HASSELT, Belgium – May 3, 2018 – Smithers-Oasis Company, a worldwide leader in providing solutions throughout the plant and flower journey from propagation to presentation, recently received verification from FloraHolland for its Floralife® Express Clear 100 for post-harvest astilbe care.
FloraHolland, the world renowned floral auction located in The Netherlands, is a Dutch cooperative of growers and the largest floral auction in the world. Floralife® Express Clear 100 received the verification after a stringent, two-phased, testing procedure that began in early 2017, and after recently being verified for roses.
“We are thrilled that Floralife® Express Clear 100 has been verified for astilbe, as well as roses. It worked so well that it surpassed the competition in the tests for average vase life after-treatment for astilbe,” said Jan Boers, research and development manager, Floralife Europe, who led the efforts for the verification.
The verification process involved a precise temperature and humidity controlled testing procedure with Express Clear 100 – including a one-day grower simulation, a four-day transportation simulation, a two-day retail simulation and, finally, the consumer vase-life simulation.
The FloraHolland verification process signifies that as of May 1, 2018, Floralife® Express Clear 100 will be added to the list of approved treatments for growers. Flowers sold through the auction must adhere to very precise product specifications regarding how they are packed, treated and transported. As part of the process, growers are informed that Floralife® Express Clear 100 is an accepted and recommended pretreatment for astilbe.
Floralife® Express Clear 100 is an innovative hydration and treatment solution that allows fresh-cut flowers to become fully hydrated. The premium solution is formulated to keep fresh-cut flowers looking fresh, optimizing vase life and improving quality.
“This verification of Express Clear 100 for astilbe continues to make our customers’ lives easier by allowing growers at the FloraHolland auction to now have access to the best product for rehydrating astilbe, roses and other flowers,” said Marco Marques, managing director, Europe, Floralife.
The Floralife® brand includes a complete line of premium and innovative products for postharvest flower care and handling. Floralife®Express Technology joins a complete line of products that support the entire cut-flower distribution chain from harvest to vase; from growers to wholesalers and from supermarkets and retail shops to the consumer. Floralife®products provide the ultimate enjoyment experience for the end consumer with solutions for pretreatment, hydration, transport and storage, and flower food solutions for nourishment and conditioning.
For a free sample of Floralife®Express Clear 100, visit: http://Express.Floralife.com
Smithers-Oasis’ global expertise of the plant and flower business stretches from propagation to presentation. With locations in 20 countries and resources around the world, Smithers-Oasis manufactures floral foam products, postharvest products, growing media and flower arranging supplies for the floriculture industry. OASIS® and Floralife® are two of the company’s most recognized brands founded in 1954 and 1938, respectively. With more than 60 years of experience with foaming technology, Smithers-Oasis also develops specialty foams for a wide variety of applications including packaging, impression, absorption and molding. The company’s driving purpose is “to help people express and experience emotion by adding value to flowers and plants.” Smithers-Oasis, a privately-owned company, is headquartered in Kent, Ohio, USA.