AIPH invites entrants to international grower awards

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) invites ornamentals growers from all around the world to enter the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards (IGOTY) 2017.

2016 winner Costa Farms
2016 winner Costa Farms

The awards will feature the overall winner from Horticulture Week's UK Grower Awards, put forward by the NFU. In 2016, Majestic Trees took the silver award at IGOTY after triumphing at the 2015 UK Grower Awards.

The AIPH awards recognise best practice in horticultural production by the top ornamental production nurseries from around the globe, celebrating the expertise and energy they give to horticulture.

An international jury will look for excellence in five key areas: economic performance, level of innovation, market orientation, environmental standards and human resource policy.

Crucially they will also look for the stand out features that elevate the business to be the best grower in its field and the world.

Last year ornamentals growers from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, UK and USA reached the finals, where they competed for the global status of AIPH IGOTY.

Jose Costa, executive vice president of Costa Farms foliage division - IGOTY winner 2016, said: "It’s exciting to see how the award has increased our team’s drive to continue to grow, improve, and be the very best we can be. It was an amazing way to kick off the 2016 season."

Leo Hoogendoorn, chief executive officer of Florensis, IGOTY Young Plants Gold winner 2016, added:"It’s feeling a bit like winning the gold medal in the Olympics. It’s a great way for a company and its staff to be rewarded. I recommend everybody who thinks they are out standing in our industry to apply for this award."

The awards will take place during IPM Essen, Germany. 

AIPH secretary general Tim Briercliffe said: "We encourage any grower that believes in what they are doing and believes that they are the best to enter this global contest, and we invite all those linked to the ornamental horticulture industry to join us at the awards ceremony when the winners are announced in January 2017."

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