Golden State Bulb Growers Sells Product Lines to Dümmen Orange
Press Release: Golden State Bulb Growers (GSBG) Sells Product Lines to Dümmen Orange
Moss Landing, California – June 12, 2017
Golden State Bulb Growers (GSBG) has sold its Callafornia Callas, AmeriHybrid Scentiment Begonia, Aloha Lily Eucomis, Caribbean Jewels Scilla and Callafornia Diva Aethiopica product lines to Dümmen Orange. GSBG will continue to supply the market through September of 2018 at which time Dümmen Orange will assume supply and delivery of these product lines to GSBG customers.
Changes in macroeconomic conditions in California have made it less and less profitable to breed and grow flower bulbs, tubers and cut flowers. GSBG ownership and management decided that it would be best for their customers, products and shareholders to search for a new owner who could move crop production to a more economical location and invest more in breeding and marketing.
GSBG will continue to serve their customers through September of 2018 with crops harvested June through December of 2017. As of October 1, 2018 Dümmen Orange will begin shipping Callafornia Calla tubers from The Netherlands to GSBG customers. The cultivation of Callafornia Callas is already underway in The Netherlands. For the other crops, Dümmen Orange is exploring options to cultivate them in Europe and Central America. Dümmen Orange will employ several key GSBG employees to ensure a smooth transition of all the product lines.
Golden State Bulb Growers
Golden State Bulb Growers is a fifth generation family business located on California’s Central Coast. The Company has been growing flower bulbs and tubers since 1911. GSBG is focused on the development and production of bulbs, tubers and cut flowers for domestic and international retail and wholesale markets. Their primary products are Callafornia Callas, AmeriHybrid Begonias, Aloha Lily Eucomis, Caribbean Jewels Scilla and Callafornia Diva Aethiopica. They are a vertically integrated company controlling all aspects of research, breeding, production and sales. GSBG is the world’s foremost and largest producer of both tuberous Begonias and colored Callas. The Company is known globally for its unsurpassed quality flower bulbs.
Dümmen Orange, headquartered in The Netherlands, is a leading company in the breeding and development of cut flowers, bulbs, succulents, potted plants, bedding plants and perennials. Its turnover is approximately EUR 240 million. The company employs more than 7,000 people worldwide. In addition to a large marketing and sales network, Dümmen Orange has a strong network of production sites. The key to Dümmen Orange’s success is a broad and deep product range, supported by a global supply chain. The company embraces its social responsibilities and invests in the health, safety and personal development of its workforce.