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Costa Farms buys Delray Plants

March 21, 2017
By Dave Harrison

March 22, 2017, Miami, FL – Costa Farms has acquired Delray Plants, one of the leaders in the indoor houseplant industry.

Founded in 1968 by Jake Koornneef, the Koornneef and Gilde families and the Delray team have built a rich legacy reflected in the company’s high-quality products and state-of-the-art production facilities. Delray Plants recently was recognized as the 14th largest grower in the U.S.

Jose Smith, CEO of Costa Farms, says the acquisition is a unique opportunity. “Costa Farms has long admired Delray Plants and its contributions to our industry.”


Smith says Delray has a diversified product line which adds significant synergies to our growing organization. “We are committed to the growth of our team and industry,” said Smith.

Just three years ago, Costa Farms acquired the Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses and has taken the sales of Exotic Angel plants to new heights.

Randy Gilde, CEO of Delray Plants, agrees with Smith.

“The hard working team at Costa Farms is committed to the same values and principles that guided the Koornneef and Gilde families for almost 50 years. Their goal is our goal – to bring the best foliage and newest varieties to market, educate the consumer, and grow a sustainable product.”

“We can’t imagine a better company to help move our legacy forward,” says Gilde.

Costa Farms is expanding its reach in the indoor houseplant category at a time when consumers are getting closer to nature and potted plants and green walls are becoming a greater part of home décor.

“We are working tirelessly to recruit the next generation of consumers through education and innovations that will help consumers succeed with our products,” added Smith.


Costa Farms is the largest producer of ornamental plants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned business that globally stretches over 4,000 acres and employs nearly 5,000 people.

Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in South and Central Florida, North

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