Americans love Dutch flower bulbs

Americans love Dutch flower bulbs

The Netherlands exported 3.6 billion flower bulbs last year. That is 2 percent more than in the crisis year 2009.

The export value however, decreased by 6 percent to 313 million Euros, according to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published Monday.

The United States has long been the biggest customer of flower bulbs for the Netherlands. Except for 2004, most flower bulbs are exported to the U.S. since 1998. Last year there were almost 800 million. Although this is 10 percent less than in 2009, but despite this decline the USA remains with a share of over 20 percent the biggest customer. Approximately 60 percent of flower bulbs are sold in Europe.

Over half of the exported flower bulbs are tulips. Followed gladioli, daffodils and hyacinths.

A total of 23.2 thousand hectares flower bulbs are being produced in the Netherlands In 2010, 300 acres less than one year earlier. Last year there were 1,700 companies active in the flower bulb production, 7 percent less than in 2009.

In the last thirty years, the number of flower bulb producers decreased almost every year.

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