Colombian grower wins international prize with Bransford Webbs taking silver

Flores El Capiro S.A., Colombia, is the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) 2017.

Bransford Webbs
Bransford Webbs

The Gold Rose winner is one of the largest chrysanthemum growers and container exporters in Colombia and the world. Capiro’s planted area covers 75 hectares, with plans to both reach 100 hectares and increase productivity to meet with customer demand.

The jury praised the company for "not only being a good example for the Colombian ornamental industry, but with its sea freight programme, a worldwide example."

Bransfords qualified after winning the UK Grower of the Year awards and was nominated by the NFU.

The awards took place at IPM Essen, Germany.

The winners of each category were:

Cut Flowers
GOLD - Flores El Capiro S.A. - Colombia
SILVER - Van den Berg RoseS - The Netherlands
BRONZE - LLC TK-Podosinki – Russia

Young Plants
GOLD - Graff Kristensen A/S – Denmark
SILVER - Beijing Nabobay Horticulture Co. Ltd – China

Finished Plants and Trees
GOLD - Gui Zhou Miaofu Urban Horticulture Co. Ltd - China
SILVER - The Bransford Webbs Plant Co - UK
BRONZE - Boomkwekerij Ebben B.V. - The Netherlands
HONORARY AWARD - Boterdaele Erik bvba – Belgium.

Bernard Oosterom, AIPH President, said: "I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Flores El Capiro and all our winners after what has been a fabulous awards ceremony and celebration of the very best in our industry. The ornamental horticulture industry can be proud of the many amazing businesses that it contains which are world leaders in innovation, sustainability and technological development."

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