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Anthura crowned AIPH International Grower of the Year 2020

Anthura of the Netherlands upon being crowned the International Growers of the Year 2020. Photo: AIPH.

Anthura is known as a worldwide specialist in anthuriums and orchids; as a breeder and propagator, Anthura is continually working to develop new techniques, stimulate entrepreneurship, and make the process chain more sustainable.

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29 January 2020 | 0

Anthura BV, of the Netherlands, has won International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) 2020 by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH).

Anthura won the coveted Gold Rose award, presented by Royal FloraHolland CEO, Steven van Schilfgaarde, at the AIPH IGOTY Awards on Tuesday at IPM Essen, Germany.

The IGOTY event is now in its 11th year, and it is an annual celebration of excellence and best practice in ornamentals production.

Anthura were also awarded Gold in the Young Plants category, presented by jury member Jan-Dieter Bruns, and it won Gold again in the Sustainability category, bestowed by Sven Hoping of Pöppelmann.

After winning the Young Plant Gold award, Marco van Herk, commercial director, at Anthura, said: “Winning International Grower of the Year, is a significant recognition. In horticulture, it means a lot.”

Anthura’s director, Iwan van der Knaap, added, upon winning International Grower of the Year 2020: “We are very proud. Together we can make the whole world more beautiful and sustainable.”

Anthura

This year’s overall winner, Anthura, is known as a worldwide specialist in anthuriums and orchids. As a breeder and propagator, this organisation is continually working to develop new techniques, stimulate entrepreneurship, and make the process chain more sustainable.

Anthura reached a unique milestone for horticulture when its research and development department sequenced and mapped the DNA of orchids and anthuriums. The company has since invested in infrastructure, technology, and people to translate this breakthrough into more sustainable production of anthuriums and orchids.

Years of innovation and sustainable product development have resulted in an unlimited assortment of colourful varieties. Due to Anthura’s knowledge of genetics and its expert selection process, it offers customers vigorous plants in fabulous colours with long flowering periods. Anthura stands for innovation, expertise, pragmatism, and entrepreneurship which its motto embodies: “Unlimited in varieties, offering unlimited possibilities”.

The judging panel

The AIPH IGOTY jury is a panel of six internationally renowned horticulture experts chaired by AIPH vice-president, Tim Edwards. Of Anthura, the judges said: “Anthura is a role model for all of us. They have managed to be the leader within the entire palette: innovation, R&D, new tech, sales and marketing, environment, and HR.”

Other IGOTY 2020 category winners

Young Plants

Gold: Anthura, the Netherlands.

Silver: Kernock Park Plants Ltd, UK.

Bronze: Danziger Guatemala, Israel.

Finished Plants & Trees

Gold: Hangzhou Huazhiyun Agricultrual Investment Co Ltd, China.

Silver: Miao Fu Holdings Co Ltd, China.

Bronze: LVG Plants (Pty) Ltd, South Africa.

Cut Flowers & Bulbs

Gold: Hasfarm Holdings, Hong Kong, China.

Silver: BellaRosa, Ecuador.

Bronze: Oserian Development Co Ltd, Kenya.

Sustainability

Gold: Anthura, the Netherlands.

Silver: Citrina, the Netherlands.

Bronze: LVG Plants (Pty) Ltd, South Africa.

“The 2020 IGOTY Awards provide an opportunity to put a spotlight on the best in our industry, showing the world the quality businesses that exist. This year’s event was another delightful occasion.”, said Bernard Oosterom, president of the AIPH.

Entry to The IGOTY Awards 2021 will be open from March to July 2020.

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