The International Association of Horticultural Producers named Flores El Capiro S.A., its 2017 International Grower of the Year on Jan. 24 during the week of IPM Essen in Germany, according to a news release. The coveted Gold Rose winner is one of the larger chrysanthemum growers and container exporters in Colombia and the world.
Capiro’s planted area covers 75 hectares, with plans to both reach 100 hectares and increase productivity to meet its customer demand. Delivering flowers to customers using pioneering sea freight and innovative packaging, its container-packed cut flowers reach distant markets, including Australia, with a transit time that exceeds 30 days. The jury praised the company for “not only being a good example for the Colombian ornamental industry but with its sea freight program, a worldwide example.”
Receiving the Silver award for cut flowers was Van den Berg Roses from the Netherlands and the Bronze award went to LLC TK-Podosinki from Russia.