Ter Laak Orchids, The Netherlands, have been crowned the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) 2018.

The Ter Laak Orchids family business has been growing Phalaenopsis plants since 1980. In that time, they've developed into a respected partner for many customers around the world. Their clients appreciate the results-oriented approach and typical Dutch trading mentality. In everything they do, they are guided by their core values: demonstrating ambition, respecting people and the environment and doing business in a straightforward way.

The jury praised the company for being “A fast growing international business with a strong clear focus on their people and sustainable production. A truly outstanding company.”

Celebrating the world’s best in ornamental horticultural production, the awards, sponsored by Headline Partner, Royal FloraHolland, took place on Tuesday 23 January 2018 at the IPM Fairground in Essen, Germany; during the week of IPM Essen.

The winners of each category were:

Cut Flowers GOLD - JUB Holland (Jac. Uittenbogaard & Zonen BV). - The Netherlands
SILVER - AYURÁ SAS Pride / Eclipse Flowers - Colombia
BRONZE - Saidi-Ronen – Israel
4thPlace – Holla Roses – The Netherlands / Ethiopia

Young PlantsGOLD - Van Belle Nursery Inc. – Canada
SILVER - Yunnan YinMore Flower Industry Co., Ltd. – China

Finished Plants and TreesGOLD - Ter Laak Orchids - The Netherlands
SILVER - Van Belle Nursery Inc. – Canada
BRONZE - Yunnan Weijunkai Garden Engineering Co., Ltd. – China

SustainabilityWINNER - Ter Laak Orchids - The Netherlands

Inspiring BusinessWINNER - Kwekerij van Wijgerden - The Netherlands

Bernard Oosterom, AIPH President, says: “I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Ter Laak Orchids 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.”

Find out more at www.aiph.org/groweroftheyear

International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH)

Since 1948, AIPH has united horticultural producers in an international community that thrives to this day. Much has changed in that time. Technologies advanced, cities rose from the ground, and we have become more connected than ever. As a result, our essential bond with nature has been weakened. AIPH strives to reignite and uphold an appreciation of plants that we believe is a basic human instinct. We support the work of grower associations globally and together we champion a prosperous industry, growing plants that enhance lives, advance societies and sustain our planet, for this generation and the next.

For further details visit www.aiph.org