January 7, 2004
Some Interesting facts:
An average of 19 million flowers and 2 million plants change hands every day within a surface area of 1 million square meters. These are supplied by around 7000 growers worldwide, and bought by 1375 wholesalers and exporters. Within a couple of hours, they are exported to almost every country in the world. Aalsmeer Flower Auction’s market share is 44%.
Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer is a growers’ cooperative. Around 3300 growers are members of the cooperative society and thus joint owners of the auction building. As members, they are obliged to sell their entire product via the auction. The grower contributes a percentage of his sales profit for the use of the building and staff costs; this is known as the commission. This percentage is set in the general meeting. Buyers are not members, but are registered as buyers in the computerised administration system.
With its 999,000 square meters of floor space (soon to be more than 1 million), the auction building is the largest commercial building in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer turns over EUR 6 million every day.
From journal Amsterdam - a city that never sleeps!