De Eeuwige Lente adds a Saintpaulia portfolio and sales of other ornamental plants such as Euphorbia milii to Dümmen Orange’s range.
The new partnership gives customers worldwide access to a wider range, "responding to the trend among growers to consolidate and to the growing influence of the retail sector".
Europe is still the biggest sales market for Saintpaulia cuttings, with a global market offering opportunities, especially in North and South America and Asia, says Dümmen.
Unrooted cuttings production will stay at the current production site in Indonesia.
De Eeuwige owner Clemens Wittenberg said: "I am happy that my products are now part of the Dümmen Orange range. The opportunities I have seen in terms of breeding will provide an even better, wider assortment. This will also enable me to better serve my existing and potential customers all over the world."
Dümmen Orange managing director Harry Kloppenburg said: "Saintpaulia and Euphorbia milii are beautiful products with huge potential for existing and new customers. They add even more depth to our range for our customers and their customers in turn. I am looking forward to working with Clemens and his team and using and enhancing their wealth of experience globally with our network and our breeding techniques."
Grow-Tech LLC, of Maine, USA, a developer and manufacturer of grow plugs and microgreen growing media is joining Dümmen Orange. This step reflects the growing importance of scale in the plug business, says the new owners, who say young plant growers have identified innovative rooting techniques as the main driver to improve the quality and value of their products and services.
Grow-Tech managing director Edwin Dijkshoorn said: "We are very excited to be part of this team. Dümmen Orange has the broadest offering of starting material in the floricultural market and its Grower Solutions business supports growers around the world to become more successful in the greenhouse. We are empowered to drive our growth and lead our expansion. The deal between two private equity owned companies was straight forward recognizing the trend to market consolidation between growers and their suppliers. The valuation was aligned with current market conditions."
Dümmen Orange chief executive Biense Visser said: "We are proud to welcome US based Grow-Tech to
our family of businesses. Dümmen Orange respects and values all existing customer relations and has asked the directors of Grow-Tech to press ahead. Edwin Dijkshoorn will not only continue to guarantee the current level of knowledge and support but he will also provide a stimulus for continuous innovation and expansion of services to customers around the globe.
"With the addition of Grow-Tech, Dümmen Orange will further expand its business in the plug market where it is already represented with the EU based activities of Omni Solutions (2010) and Quick Plug (2017)."
Meanwhile, Selecta one has launched a new member in the Selecta one group. Selecta France
is a joint venture between Challet-Hérault, best-known in France and a young plant and breeding company for 125 years, and Selecta one, the breeding company of vegetatively propagated ornamental plants.
Selecta one chief executive Nils Klemm said: "The environment in which we all do business in is more dynamic and faster changing than ever. This is both, challenge and chance depending on how we plan, and how well we execute those plans. In this respect, we - Nils and Per Klemm and Jean Pierre Challet, owner of Challet-Herault - have been making plans together. It was our vision to create a strong, independent and family owned and managed young plant supplier based in the heart of France."
Selecta France, within the Selecta one group, will focus on supplying the French market.
Selecta France is located at Cholet, in the former office of Challet-Hérault.
At Salon du Végétal in Nantes, from June 20-22, 2017, Selecta France will be presenting itself to the public for the first time.