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Planning a flower campaign: Choosing the ideal flower buying audience based on consumer research

As Michael LoBue indicates in his recent post Why do consumers buy flowers?,  CalFlowers commissioned a consumer marketing and research firm, Traction, to perform a study to help us understand not only why consumers buy flowers, but also why they don’t buy more flowers.

The study shows that lapsed (infrequent) flower buyers first think of flowers as romantic, while active (more frequent) flower buyers first think of them as exciting.

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CalFlowers engaging in legislative advocacy in 2019

Several months ago we reported on CalFlowers’ actions in relation to two proposed bills directly impacting floral markets in California and the nation: CA Assembly Bill 1205 and House Resolution 3019.  Since that time we have actively reached out to 16 members of the California Assembly, 7 members of the California Senate and 24 members of the Cut Flower Caucus in the House of Representatives.  We then followed up with phone calls and conversations with staff members from six Cut Flower Caucus members, and several Assembly and Senate offices.  We even enjoyed the visits to Fun ‘N Sun of staff members from the offices of Assembly Member Limón, State Senator Jackson and Congressman Carbajal.

We are expanding our scope to study proposed legislation affecting all aspects of the California floral industry dealing with a range of business issues.  As we move into 2020 we will also explore federal legislation affecting our members across the country.

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Why do consumers buy flowers?

Ask those who work in the floral industry, “why do people buy flowers?” and you will get numerous answers delivered with great confidence.  Some of these answers may even be correct.  However, we can’t be certain which ones are the real reasons consumers buy flowers.  Turns out, asking consumers such a direct question will not reveal the most accurate answers.

All consumers have unconscious reasons for just about anything they purchase, especially something as discretionary as flowers.

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Floral Business: Grower Tour Garners Applause

We were pleased to have E. Shaunn Alderman, Floral Department Marketing Strategist at FLORAL BUSINESS / PRODUCE NEWS, attend our biennial convention, Fun ‘N Sun, a few weeks ago. She wrote an article about the event – with great photos­ – in the August issue of Produce Business, and provided us with a pdf of the article.

Please click on this link to read and/or download the article.

Inspired Design Retreat & Floral Runway Show

The design team “Inspired Design”, co-founded by Patience Pickner, AIFD, PFCI, and Ace Berry, AIFD, PFCI, recently held a three-day floral education retreat in Chamberlain, South Dakota.  The retreat started with a brunch riverboat cruise and featured several styled shoots, including one on the Missouri River.

The retreat culminated in a Field to Table dinner and Floral Couture runway show in a 100+ year-old barn venue.  The public was invited to this event, and the barn was filled to capacity, where over 175 people attended. They got to enjoy an amazing locally grown/raised dinner, locally produced wine, several speakers who touted the importance and benefits of purchasing American Grown flowers, and the finale of the evening where over 40 floral designs rocked by gorgeous models on a floral runway brought the house down!

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CalFlowers Supports Certified American Grown

In light of CalFlowers' recent public position on state and national legislative issues, some might conclude that CalFlowers does not support the Certified American Grown program.  That conclusion would be wrong. 

CalFlowers supports American consumers who wish to select their floral products based on where those flowers and greens are grown. We also support consumers who enjoy flowers regardless of their origin.  For the former group, programs like Certified American Grown and CA Grown are valuable programs. For the latter group, the market should provide a range of convenient choices at affordable prices year-round.

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Looking forward to Memorial Day Flowers 2019

Final preparations are underway for this year’s Memorial Day Flowers tribute, taking place on Monday, May 27, at 40 national cemeteries around the country. The national event is led by the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation.

25,000 visitors to Arlington National Cemetery will receive roses and California focal flowers to place at the grave sites of loved ones and others.  Holland America Flowers is donating 700 bouquets for children in T.A.P.S. (the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors).

291,000 flowers have already been ordered for National Cemeteries across the country.  



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CalFlowers Goes to Washington

 

A group of CalFlowers board members and I joined more than 90 retail florists, wholesalers, suppliers and growers from all over the country to walk the halls of Congress last week. Our goal was to speak with our representatives about how they can support a healthy environment for cut flowers in our state.

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Record Numbers at CalFlowers Fun 'N Sun Convention

Attendees of this year’s CalFlowers-hosted Fun ‘N Sun came out in droves for the growers’ tour, educational sessions and expo. The whales in Monterey Bay and the colorful jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium gave attendees something to talk about and to Instagram, but the real draws, once again, were the daylong growers tour, great educational sessions and the flower fair.

The biennial gathering of CalFlowers growers, shippers and business partners, along with retailers and designers, created a new record for Fun ‘N Sun attendance of more than 500 attendees and guests. That included 35 exhibitors, including growers, suppliers, wholesalers, and our transportation partners.

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Bloom365 Book Offers Tips and Ways to Enjoy Flowers Every Day

According to researchers at Rutgers University, flowers make us happy http://urwebsrv.rutgers.edu/magazine/archive1013/departments/spring-2010/insights/flower-power.

J Schwanke with Kelly Blank at UBloom has just published a terrific new book, Bloom 365 – The Essential Guide to Arranging Flowers Every Day (http://ubloom.com/blog/2015/04/26/bloom-365-allyson-garden-rose-cover-eufloria-flowers/) that focuses on how to simply enjoy flowers – and get happy. This great softback book, which comes in a variety of covers featuring a wide range of flowers, offers 365 tips on everything floral.

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CalFlowers Exhibits at IFE for the First Time

CalFlowers was in the California Pavilion at the 2015 International Floriculture Exposition in Chicago on June 9 & 10.  While the booth itself was on the small side, it was ideally located near the exhibit entrance, and therefore, enjoyed excellent traffic over the two days of the show.

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Journey to AIFD National Symposium with CalFlowers June 30 - July 4

AIFD, the American Institute of Floral Designers, will host its annual National Symposium (http://aifd.org/upcoming-events/2015-symposium/) June 30-July 4 in Denver, Colo.

This event offers a robust schedule of not only design classes, but local chapter meetings and gatherings of industry professionals involved in the national organization. Instructors include leading floral designers from around the U.S. who will help attendees with the latest products and techniques.  CalFlowers is a Diamond Partner of this event, which also will offer a design contest.

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CalFlowers Recognizes Mt. Eden Floral Company Patriarch Yoshimi Shibata with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award

Every other year, CalFlowers hosts its Fun 'N Sun conference, Monterey, Calif,  July 29-August 1.  During this event, the group that helps get flowers from the field to the consumer will honor floral industry visionary Yoshimi Shibata for the 2015 Distinguished Service Award.  Honorees of this award are recognized for the highest levels of leadership, strategic thinking and contributions to the floral industry.

Shibata led San Jose, Calif.-based Mt. Eden Floral Company, formerly Mt. Eden Nursery, for more than 55 years.  Founded in 1906, Mt Eden’s hallmark was its ability to adapt to change.  The company’s many notable achievements range from the innovation of cooperative flower “pools” for roses and chrysanthemums; helping create better packing and working with the air freight industry for shipping; establishing new greenhouses, breeding and propagation programs.

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Five Central Coast Flower Growers to Open Farms to CalFlowers Fun 'N Sun Attendees

Growers’ tours, with their abundance of color, scent and generally amazing photo opportunities, tend to bring out the happy in people, even those who work in, and around, flowers all day. Attendees of the 2015 CalFlowers bi-annual Fun ’N Sun convention July 29-August 1 will get plenty of happy at this year’s round of five amazing farms located in the Monterey, Calif. area.

As part of the always-amazing conference agenda, attendees will climb aboard buses on Thursday, July 30 with a breakfast box and be transported to the greenhouses and fields of five leading California growers, representing a broad variety of the many unique and widely distributed California Grown products.

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CalFlowers to Sponsor Memorial Day Flowers Foundation to Honor Service Members Across the U.S.

This year, for the first time, CalFlowers will join other floral industry providers and organizations in supporting the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation (https://memorialdayflowers.org/about-us/).

The foundation started in 2011 to “…show appreciation for our country and to honor those who have served…” with executives at four flower industry companies who distributed 10,000 roses at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC).

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Check Out Our New Virtual Home

Check Out Our New Virtual Home:  CalFlowers Launches New Website

CalFlowers continues its evolution as a vital link from flower to the consumer with a new website.

If you click over to http://www.cafgs.org, you will see a fresh new design that symbolizes the rebranding of CalFlowers from its NorCal roots.

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2014 Recap: CalFlowers Continues Growth to Serve Its Members

As we all know, about 80 percent of cut flower production occurs in California, creating an economic engine with an impact greater than $1B dollars just in the state of California (Floriculture Crops 2013 Summary - pg. 7).

To support floral industry growth, California Association of Flower Growers and Shippers (CalFlowers), has been working hard on your behalf and is even expanding its role and mission for its grower and shipper members.

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