Approximately 110 million ROSES will be sold and delivered within the three-day Valentine's Day time period. That's an astounding number! But have you ever wondered how far these flowers have traveled to get to their final destination? You might be surprised!
Domestically, California produces 60% of all American roses. However, most of the RED ROSESsold during the Valentine's Day holiday in the U.S. are actually imported from Columbia, South America. The United States buys more than One Billion roses each year, mainly imported from Columbia, Netherlands, and Ecuador. Because American producers are unable to grow enough roses in time to meet the increase in demand, the United States must import the roses it needs for Valentine's Day sales.
The roses you buy in mid-February will be cut and packaged, and then flown from South America by a fleet of 777 cargo airplanes, arriving in Miami within hours, and then distributed to wholesalers all across the United States. Once your roses are cut and packaged in South America, they are kept continuously chilled from that point up until the moment you pull them out of the display case in the supermarket or they are delivered by your florist. The entire cycle occurs in only a few days from the grower in South America, to the distributor in Miami, to your local florist and delivery to customer.
If you want to see how all of this works. Go to the largest floral expo and trade show the International Floriculture Expo (IFE) in Miami on June 9th – 11th . Everyone from floral buyers from supermarkets, chain stores, wholesale florist distributors, online retailers will be attending. These people will make sure you have fresh roses for next Valentine’s Day 2021.
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