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The winds of change...

The powerful “Gales of November” occur when cold, dry air from Northern Canada converges with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico over the Great Lakes and the result is an impressive force of nature to behold. Sustained wind speeds well over 50 miles per hour stir up huge angry waves that crash against shorelines as the Great Lakes fight the approach of winter with all their might.

covershot102919 Fall is all about bountiful pumpkins and hardy chrysanthemums. Four-month-old granddaughter Willow enjoys the spirit of the season.Yet the abiding truth is that all storms eventually subside and relative calm follows. So as you head into the frenzy of fall and winter trade shows and holidays, along with ramping up for the crush of Valentine’s Day, remember, “this too shall pass.”

In this edition, Bill Prescott introduces Sun Valley’s patented ilex; Frank Biddle recaps two Ecuadorian flower shows; and we inform you about industry awards, partnerships, expansions and appointments. And speaking of changes, five years ago John Niblock passed the Director of Floral Marketing baton to me and now I’m handing that baton over to Cindy Hanauer. From now on, she will be bringing you the news and views of supermarket floral.

As I take on a new assignment and move over to the produce side of the aisle, I want to thank you for your valuable input, assistance and support. It’s been my happy privilege to work with all of you in this remarkable industry. So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu …

Richard Lutes is the floral editor and floral sales manager of The Produce News. He can be contacted at 763/595-9559 or