On 15 March 2015 GLOBALG.A.P. introduced a dedicated registration fee for producers of flowers and ornamentals.

The growth potential in the market for certified flowers and ornamentals is extremely promising. Increasing numbers of consumers are turning to more responsible consumption patterns, and in turn retailers are reacting by offering a greater range of products that meet ecological and/or social criteria. Flowers and ornamentals are no exception.

The GLOBALG.A.P. Board considers this sustained trend to be an opportunity for its certified producers to penetrate this market in greater depth. Twelve years after the introduction of the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard for Flowers and Ornamentals - in Madrid in 2003 - this year it was decided to qualify this standard further by developing tailor-made sector solutions and thus expand its competitiveness.

“We wanted to transfer the expertise we have gained from other agricultural sectors to the standard for flowers and ornamentals and as a result substantially boost the benefits of the standard,” said Dr. Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P.

This includes:

  • Harmonisation and simplification of certifications
  • Avoidance of double audits and thus reduced costs
  • The introduction of an ongoing data collation process in conjunction with the producers aimed at enabling affiliated producer companies to systematically compare processes and products both quantitatively and qualitatively
  • Extension of the standard to include further (social) criteria 
  • Set-up of a German-speaking task force for acquisition in German retail 
  • Planning and implementation of activities relating to consumer communication

The substantial enhancement to performance that is planned requires a different level of staff and financial resources than in previous years. Consequently, from mid-2015 the intention is to raise funds for the sector-specific extension of the standard for flowers and ornamentals by reviewing the registration fee for licensees. The general space-related fee for plant production will be converted into a registration fee specifically for flowers and ornamentals  that is more closely aligned to the revenue value of the sector.

Even if the necessary alteration of the fee, which has not been reviewed for ten years, represents a noticeable hike in costs for many businesses, the steering committee is confident that its licensees will understand:

“Solid financial planning is necessary if the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard is also to become a reliable benchmark in the flower sector. We will regularly evaluate the extension of our standard and we will create a level of transparency so that our licensees can see that the funds are being used properly at all times,” assured Guy Callebaut, chairman of the GLOBALG.A.P. Board.

(Producers can obtain further information via their certification bodies, and soon more detailed information on the GLOBALG.A.P. website: http://www.globalgap.org).

The producer registration fee is based on the production area registered in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database , separated into two categories: covered and non-covered crops. Note that for perennial crops, the area covered by the registration fee is the area in production, i.e. juvenile, non-producing fruit trees are not subject to any fee. Likewise, in case of ornamentals like Christmas trees, the registration fee only applies to the area to be harvested during the year of validity of the certificate. In order to maintain information about the whole area under cultivation, the area in production and to be harvested shall be registered as “First Harvest”, and the non-producing area as “Further Harvest”.

The latest version of the GLOBALG.A.P. fee table can be downloaded here.

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About GLOBALG.A.P.

GLOBALG.A.P. is a leading global certification program whose mission is to bring farmers and retailers together to produce and market safe food to protect scarce resources and build a sustainable future. 

Contact:

GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH
Anne Kafzyk
Certification Body Administration
T: +49 (0) 221-57993-86
Email: kafzyk@globalgap.org