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East-African summer flower specialists join forces in newly formed consortium
Marginpar strengthens its cooperation with East-African producers through an integration with Kariki Ltd Kenya, Carzan Flowers Kenya and Marginpar Ethiopia. This new consortium has been made possible through an investment made by Agri-Vie Fund II and the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund). It will facilitate a future strategy of sustainable growth and amalgamation of innovation, production and marketing within the supply chain of niche summer flowers.
Through this consolidation the individual companies will build on each other’s expertise whilst still being able to focus on their core activities.
Marginpar is one of the leading players in the marketing and sales of summer flowers from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia through forming long lasting and sustainable partnerships between breeder, grower and market. All producers linked to the group will trade their product under the Marginpar name strengthening its position as a worldwide brand for summer flowers.
We have started supplying our famous Clematis cut flower from Kenia. Our first supply was the variety “Blue Pirouette” and now we have added “Inspiration” as well. The well know Clematis varieties were only grown in Tanzania until recently. By spreading our production into Kenya, we are now able to offer more consistency in supply, in particular with longer stems.
We are building and expanding our range of Astrantia ‘Star’ series. Apart from introducing new varieties, we are also expanding our production sites. Our farm in Ethiopia has now joined to become a regular supplier of Astrantia, with a focus on Astrantia Star of Billion (white)
Supplier name is: BLUE NILE / MARGINPAR. Available through the major Dutch wholesalers
Since November 2017 we have been responsible for the handling of all flowers from Carzan Kenya. The past few months we have put a lot of effort in streamlining the processes between ourselves and the Carzan production sites. Up till now we have made minimal changes in the presentation of the products, but this is going to change. In the months to come, we will be introducing more products in the Marginpar sleeves. The “M” brand on the sleeve stand for reliability and innovation and we are making continous improvements to increase the quality of our brand. Our cooperation with Carzan and Kariki Kenia results in a strong position for products like Solidago and Gypsophila.
Since September 1st the Kariki Group Kenya has taken control of Carzan Flowers (K) Ltd.
With the acquisition of Carzan Flowers, The Kariki Group is aiming to be the leading producer of summer flowers in East Africa.
Since the establishment of The Kariki Group, Marginpar BV has been its business partner in The Netherlands, responsible for the handling and marketing of Kariki’s summer flowers.
As of 1 November, Marginpar will also take on the responsibility of handling Carzan Flowers (K) Ltd.
The flowers grown by Carzan will be incorporated in the Marginpar portfolio of exclusive products and will be supplied according to Marginpar’s high standards.
Marginpar will participate on the Trade Fair Aalsmeer, stand number 12.