Many of you have asked us about recent news stories regarding the short supply of flowers affecting the floral industry right now. The supply-demand imbalance for flowers has been unprecedented in the last 30 years, however, have been fortunate enough to partner with amazing farms, and suppliers that have allowed us to be shielded from many of the issues seen in the industry. I want to take this opportunity to explain what is causing the tight market conditions and how they might impact flower supply across the industry.
Love N 'Bloom has strong and resilient relationships with our Flower partners to help bind our connections to our growers in places such as Holland, California, Alaska, Hawaii, and South America. As a result, we are confident that we are well-positioned to compete for the premium and luxury flowers and roses used in the arrangements we design at Love N' Bloom.
We are dedicated to providing our clients with high-quality flowers and are passionate about designing your arrangements at Love N' Bloom.
Two years ago, the entire world confronted a massive disruption from the Covid pandemic. The global economy ground to a halt, and many U.S. florists and flower distributors shut down, at least temporarily. Around the world, the growers were being impacted as flower demand collapsed. Nobody could predict what would happen next. As a result, many growers made decisions in 2020, reducing cost and pared-back production volumes. However, we are still dealing with the downstream effects of those decisions. Exacerbating the supply constraints, several largescale grower/online-only bouquet makers supplying mass markets have acquired South American farms, thus reducing products available to the local brick and mortar flower shops and florist channel. On top of all that, Mother Nature has recently weighed in with inclement weather conditions in Colombia and Ecuador, which has further reduced growing or destroyed flower farm production.
The pandemic and supply chain backlogs also wreaked havoc with the delicate fresh flower supply chain and logistics companies that get flowers to us fresh from the farms. Passenger flights have reduced dramatically, forcing increased demand to cargo airlines for freight. In some cases, cargo planes have been redeployed from South America to other world regions to accommodate spiking demand. The result – is higher prices for air cargo and less space availability for perishable items like flowers. Complicating distribution issues even more, U.S. trucking companies are struggling to hire farm-to-market drivers due to the explosion of e-commerce in the past year, which has driven farm-to-market driver demand all-time high.
All of the above is happening just as consumer interest in flowers has caught fire. Americans have been nesting at home and can still be separated from loved ones. As a result, the beautiful products that we sell have seen a spike in demand. That is excellent news and something we hope will be sustained. The challenge, of course, is that the spiking demand for flowers is occurring at precisely the time when flower supply is in a trough.
Love N 'Bloom has been able to maintain a premium selection of flowers for our customers. We are in constant communication with our flower partner suppliers and importers and plan in advance for our client's special event occasions. As a result, we are confident that we are well-positioned to compete for great flowers and roses in the global market plant. That said, everyone in the industry is affected by the conditions in some way or another. We want you to know that while Love N' Bloom will do everything in our power to fill orders precisely as we have taken them, there will occasionally be a need for flexibility as we do not budge on quality when it comes to the flowers we design for our clients. We can guarantee that we will make every effort to be 100% on the mark and delivery you the highest quality of blooms. Still, we know the situation will make it difficult for many of our floral industry friends and partners to achieve that goal. We also know that flowers will be more expensive to purchase from our farms and suppliers until this supply-chain imbalance returns to normal. So, we ask that you bear with us as we strive to provide outstanding quality flowers Love N' Bloom holds as an essential cornerstone of our brand values as we move through this unusual period. We will be communicating proactively during this time, as always. We hope this resurgence of having and giving beautiful flowers continues, and we look forward to a more regular supply level in the months ahead.
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
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Neil Diamond is a rock star with a rose that suits him perfectly and one of the many roses preserved at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.
The garden was designed in 1908 primarily for display and to provide the quantities of cut blooms needed for the elaborate floral arrangements Henry and Arabella Huntington loved bringing into their home. Household records indicate that more than 30,000 flowers were used in these massive bouquets in one year alone, 9,700 of which were roses.
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