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Chances are that the flowers for weddings in London, birthdays in Spain and funerals in Germany passed - quickly - through FloraHolland.
By the time the doors open for visitors at 7 a.m., dozens of electric carts pulling trolleys stacked with flowers and plants are zipping across the warehouse floor, sending scents floating toward the rafters.
While it is the opportunity to see millions of flowers at once that draws tourists, equally striking is the logistical prowess of the cooperative, founded to bring the supply of a highly perishable product into a single space.
Within 90 minutes, flowers bought at the auction are delivered to the buyers, who load them onto trucks and send them speeding toward every corner of Europe or flown around the world.
Today the market has some 4,500 members from countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Israel, Colombia, Ecuador, Belgium, Italy and Britain, with 4.5 billion euros ($5 billion) in annual revenue, helping to make the Netherlands the largest exporter of cut flowers in the world.
We are not an extension of the Dutch Consulate or Embassy. However, many of us on the board moved here from Holland at one point and could give some advice based on what we have experienced moving to this great country. Feel free to ask us questions about passports, visas, etc. We will answer what we can or otherwise point you in the right direction.
We also work closely with the Honorary Consul General of The Netherlands in Arizona, Siebe van der Zee. Feel free to contact Siebe, preferably by appointment, with the contact information below:
The Netherlands Honorary Consulate in Phoenix
Siebe van der Zee
8149 N 87th Place, Scottsdale, Arizona
480 563 0092
Dear Friends and Members of the Dutch-American community,
It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you that our friend Jetty Jones has passed away a couple of weeks ago. Jetty was dealing with some health issues in recent times but she always kept her fighting spirit going. Jetty was a dear friend to many of us. She was also a leader with great passion and unstoppable energy. When she came to Arizona, Jetty joined our Netherlands Business Association of Arizona (now the Dutch Connection of Arizona). Within a short time, Jetty became very active in our organization and we were happy to elect her to the position of President. Her drive and enthusiasm helped the NBBA flourish and membership increased as a result.
During the last few years it became a little more challenging for Jetty to be active in our Dutch Connection activities. There are several new members who may have never met Jetty in person. I would recommend anyone to read the obituary for our Jetty Jones. Her background is impressive. So is the work she has done for the Dutch-American community in Arizona.
Jetty is survived by her daughter Jacqueline Page (Mark Stringer) and grandchildren Chloe & Luke, and her son David Page and grandchild Sofie.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Oct. 1, 2016 at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Scottsdale, AZ at 11:30am in the Daily Mass Chapel. In lieu of flowers and in accordance with her wishes, the family request a memorial donation be made to either St. Vincent de Paul, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left on Henriette (Jetty) Jones online guest book atwww.sonoranskiesmortuaryaz.com
I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to Jettys family. Jetty will be dearly missed. May she rest in peace.
Warehouses are not normally tourist stops, but one exception is the century-old Royal FloraHolland depot outside of Amsterdam where millions of flowers are distributed every day.
The same tourists who flock to the flower barges in central Amsterdam get up at dawn and pay 7 euros ($8) to visit the warehouse. It is the size of 400 football fields and some 20,000 varieties of flowers and plants are sold there.
Each morning, the world's largest flower market swings into action by 6 a.m., when a cooperative founded in 1911 by Dutch growers holds an auction where bidders buy products to be exported all over the world..