Kenya flower exporters make $259,000 deals in the US.
Kenya flowers are attracting the interest of American flower buyers. A recent event in Dallas, USA saw Kenyan flower growers exhibit at the show with a total of $259,000 in deals with the US customers.
The Kenyan flowers are getting a fare review in continental US following the introduction of a direct flight from Nairobi to New York last year which has eased cargo and passenger movements.
Flower growers from Kenya have been waiting long for the moment that they could enter the enormous US market with Kenyan grown flowers. Shipping directly to the US market without having to reload the flowers somewhere in Europe, affecting both their freshness and cost price, was simply not possible until now.
During the Dallas event, over 12 flower growers booked and exhibited at the edition.
World Floral Expo is a trade show that offers a platform especially for growers, where they can introduce and present their very best export products to the US flower buyers.
Kenyans flower exporters took the opportunity to travel to Dallas to investigate their chances on the US market. At the same time representatives of various Kenyan Agriculture departments also flew in to the show to find out more about US import requirements for fresh flowers, so they can serve their growers better when they start exporting.
With to date almost 75 exhibiting floral companies from Ecuador, Kenya, Colombia, Holland, Canada, but as well as from the USA itself, it promises to be a very interesting trade show for the flower buyers. A unique chance to see and source fresh flowers grown on different continents, such Africa, European, South America and North America. Besides fresh flowers also many related dry floral products will be on display as well.
UASID Kenya also noted the effectiveness of the show to the Kenyan flower farmers. In a post on their social media, USAID Kenya said, ” As one of the largest exporters of flowers globally, Kenya is working to increase its U.S. market share and create jobs by taking advantage of AGOA.”