Consumer prices actually increased by a 10th of a percentage point in July, despite the one percentage point cut in the GST that went into effect on Canada Day.
The Board of Directors of Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc., the association representing the interests of all members of the value chain in the floriculture sector in Ontario including retailers and growers has agreed in principle to move the management of its retail boards, and all projects belonging to the Retail sector in Ontario, under the umbrella of the National Retail organization, Flowers Canada Retail.
Late in 2005, the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) informed Health Canada of the fire risk associated with garden torch candles.  The concern was recently raised again due to the increased availability and popularity of these candles in the marketplace.
Growers, retailers and consumers now have a better source for information about the top-performing plants in the Simply Beautiful® brand: the all-new website at
Peat moss specialist Premier Tech Ltee has reported net earnings of $1 million in its latest quarter, up from a $2.7-million year-ago loss despite a 15 per cent decline in sales.
2006 finds a new player in the world of licensing and enforcement of plant patents.  COPF, a highly successful and effective plant management program
running for the past 41 years in Canada, has incorporated a non-profit organization in the U.S. called Plant Watch™.  Plant Watch will build on COPF’s history of facilitating relationships between growers and breeders from Europe, Asia and North America.
Darwin Plants have been granted a Royal Warrant as nurserymen to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. This is given in recognition of Darwin Plants having been chosen to supply plants directly to the Royal Household for the past five years.  Darwin Plants are the only Dutch company to currently hold a Royal Warrant from the U.K. Royal Household.
Bear Stearns Merchant Banking recently announced the acquisition of The John Henry Company.  Founded in 1912, John Henry is a leading specialty printing and packaging company serving the pharmaceutical, horticulture and floriculture markets.
Fertilizer producer Agrium Inc. has made an unsolicited $325-million cash takeover bid for major U.S. agricultural product distributor Royster-Clark Ltd.
President Danny Temkin began the company in a small corner of Los Angeles' Fresh Flower Market in 1980 when he started taking orders to replace cellophane with polypropylene.
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