Altamont Flower Shop News
Attracts Floral Professionals from Across the Nation - Business Wire (press release)Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Patti Fowler, AIFD, CFD of Flowerama® in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Kierstin Rutan of 1800Flowers Jacksonville, Florida. Second place went to Andie Muller, FSMD of The Flower Studio in Altamonte Springs, Florida and third place went to Kristina Metcalf of Fleurs de Vedra in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.Also during Fresh Forum 2017, a drawing was held featuring a Grand Prize trip for two to the SAF (Society of American Florists) Annual Convention at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida September 6-9, 2017. The Grand Prize, which includes airfare, hotel and registration to the convention, was won by Sandy Lincoln of Any Blooming Thing in Bloomingdale, Georgia.Complementing Fresh Forum, Napco is presenting it annual pre-show now through March 1, 2017. More than 1,000 new Napco items are being introduced during pre-show along with versatile merchandising ideas florists can utilize to enhance their in-store displays and promotions. The pre-show event is being held in the Napco corporate showroom in Jacksonville, Florida and florists attending the event can take advantage of VIP shopping, show specials, seasonal dating, freight incentives and other important benefits.“Napco and BloomNet were thrilled to welcome florists from across North America to Fresh Forum 2017. I want to thank all who attended, helping to make this year’s event one of our best ever,” said Mark Nance, AAF, President of BloomNet. “I also want to thank our presenters, each of whom shared their artistry and expertise, showcasing new possibilities in floral design and providing leading-edge ideas florists can utilize to grow their businesses. And, I want to congratulate and thank all the designers who participated in the Floriology Institute Design Competition...your amazing talents are an inspiration to everyone.”About NapcoWith more than 75 years as a trusted source to the floral and related industries, Napco (www.napcoimports.com) is the one-stop-shopping home for floral, garden, gift and seasonal decor needs. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Napco creates, imports and distributes a vast line of products featuring exclusive designs. The company’s diverse product line includes floral containers in virtually all shapes, sizes and colors along with decorative accents, inspirational and sympathy products, a wide variety of garden items, superior quality glassware, and trend-forward products carefully selected for holidays throughout the year including Valentine’s Day, Christmas and many other special occasions. Dedicated to providing unparalleled customer service, Napco has a highly experienced team of sales associates located throughout the United States and the company offers flexible purchasing options as well as state-of-the-art order fulfillment capabilities. Napco is a division of BloomNet® and a member of the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM family of brands.About BloomNet®As the leading floral industry service provider, BloomNet (www.BloomNet.net), a wholly-owned subsidiary of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, is focused on continually exceeding the expectations of its select community of Florists. Retail Florists across the nation and around the globe rely upon BloomNet as their trusted source for unique personalized service, comprehensive florist care, innovative programs, and quality products designed to increase their viability. BloomNet is committed to working side by side with ou... http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170203005385/en/Napco-Fresh-Forum%25C2%25AE-Attracts-Floral-Professionals-Nation
One stop shop for holiday parties: Wine and florist shop opens in Altamont - Albany Business ReviewTuesday, December 06, 2016
One stop shop for holiday parties: Wine and florist shop opens in AltamontAlbany Business ReviewOne stop shop for holiday parties: Wine and florist shop opens in Altamont. Nov 28, 2016, 6:53am EST. Industries & Tags: Food & Lifestyle · Chelsea Diana Reporter Albany Business Review. Share. Order Reprints · Save Article · Print. Email; Twitter ... http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/news/2016/11/28/one-stop-shop-for-holiday-partiewine-and-florist.html
Flowers, spirits, and fresh meats: Three new retail shops open in Altamont - The Altamont EnterpriseMonday, May 23, 2016
ALTAMONT — Businesses evolve with the times as favorite gathering places in the village have new life.The one-time pharmacy is now home to both a flower shop, Bella Fleur, which moved from the outskirts of the village to its center, and, likewise, a wine store, now aptly named Remedies. And the long-time butcher shop is a brand-new custom-cut meat shop that also serves deli meals.Wine and rosesBella Fleur Florist and Remedies Wine and Spirits are in the same building but separate — they need to be, legally, explained flower-shop owner Diana Greene, since florists cannot get the liquor license needed to sell wine — although they feel like one large, chic establishment, with a low, half-wall separating them down the middle.On one side is the flower shop, which does orders large and small including flowers for weddings and also does deliveries. And on the other side is the wine shop, which will offer wine tastings most Thursday afternoons.Greene is co-owner, with Troy Miller, of Remedies... http://altamontenterprise.com/05202016/flowers-spirits-and-fresh-meats-three-new-retail-shops-open-altamont
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html
Contrasting Soupman (SOUPQ) & FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD) - Fairfield CurrentTuesday, January 08, 2019
The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About SoupmanSoupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells soups in the United States. It markets and sells its products to grocery chains, school systems, and franchisees under The Original Soupman brand name. The company also franchises Original Soupman restaurants and mobile unit; and other high-traffic locations, such as casinos, airports, theme parks, and other tourist locations. It has 9 franchise locations, including co-branded locations. The company was formerly known as Passport Arts, Inc. and changed its name to Soupman, Inc. in January 2011. Soupman, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is based in Staten Island, N... https://www.fairfieldcurrent.com/news/2019/01/03/comparing-soupman-soupq-ftd-companies-ftd.html