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As wholesale rose providers in Los Angeles, we import our fresh cut flowers from family-owned farms in Ecuador.  South America has long been a hotspot for high quality roses, but other nations have also seen the benefits.  African countries like Kenya have made fresh cut flowers one of their most profitable industries but that hinges on keeping costs down.  New export duties could potentially cut into that profit, and these countries have reason to be worried.

On October 1st increased import duties from Africa to the European Union could see taxes of cut flowers increase from between 8 and 12%.  It will go into effect unless Kenya comes on board to sign the Economic Partnership Agreements.

Kenya Could See a Tax Increase on Cut FlowersThe Kenya Flower Council has met with the European Floriculture Forum to talk about the deal.  Apparently there have been disagreements between EU negotiators and the East Africa Community going back to March.  They couldn’t agree on how to levy export taxes on goods heading to the EU and also couldn’t find common ground on a clause that would keep East Africa nations from trading with partners in areas where the EU doesn’t have preferred treatment.

The clock is ticking and not finding an agreement would see an increase on the 120,000 tons of fresh cut flowers that are exported from African nations to the EU each year.  In effect, the East Africa traders might no longer be competitive in the EU market.

Even reaching an agreement within the next month might still not give them enough time to hit the October 1st deadline as ratifying individual parliaments can be a very lengthy process.  Since the Kenya annual worth of cut flower exports accounts for 1.6% of the nation’s entire GDP, it’s understandable why this is such a major issue.  And it’s not only flowers that will be affected, but fruits and vegetables will also see increased taxes.

Fair Trade Los Angeles Wholesale Roses From Flowerlink

At Flowerlink, roses are our business.  We bring you the finest roses from Ecuador directly to your business within three days of being cut so you know they are as fresh as they can be.  If you have questions about Flowerlink’s relationship to our rose providers or want to see our roses for yourself please contact us anytime.

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If you’re a florist in Southern California, you’re going to want to know what trends are taking hold this season, and as a Los Angeles wholesale rose provider, we want to make sure you have the flowers you need to keep your shop on top.  According to the Interior Design Society, 2014 is all about “geometrics” and colors that are “brighter and bolder.”

The geometric trend is extending to the fashion world as well as floral print dresses that mimic the works of Renoir and Van Gogh have become particularly desired this summer.  According to world famous designers at Dolce & Gabbana, “Flowers are everywhere, spilling out of vast vases, tumbling over dresses.”

It’s the season of abundance.  So how is your shop utilizing this surge?  Are you showing that roses don’t have to be contained to a vase and using the entire table top as a canvas for your designs?  What colors are you using?  Bright, bold colors are irresistible at the moment.

Pantone Color Institute, a world authority on color and provider of color systems, has named Radiant Orchid as the color of the year.  As the name suggest, the color is bold and vibrant or according to the Institute, “Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health.”

Geometric lattice patterns coupled with an explosion of color are the eye-popping trend of the moment.  Many are steering away from subtle blush tones or limited palettes and incorporating multi-color designs.

We carry many bold varieties including:

  • Early Grey
  • Flash Baccarat
  • Mata Hari
  • Picanto
  • Martina
  • Wimbledon

How do you plan on standing out this summer?

Get Bold, Beautiful Roses Wholesale Through Flowerlink

To meet customer demand, you need a trusted LA rose wholesaler.  We’ve brought our quality, fair trade roses to some of the biggest supermarkets, florists, and event planners in Southern California, and we can bring those same roses directly to you.

We’d love to speak with you about how we can meet all of your rose needs this summer.  To get in contact you can call us at 310.848.1843or email us anytime at   Better yet come into our shop in Torrance, and we can show you our finest varieties in person.

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