Plant firm goes Dutch with deal to switch on bulb trade

Butters Group managing director 'Andy Coaten. ENGANL00120130810165303
Butters Group managing director 'Andy Coaten. ENGANL00120130810165303
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Spalding horticultural firm Butters Group has tied up an exciting new partnership with a producer from Holland to create products for sale worldwide.

Butters has signed a joint venture agreement with Dutch bulb producer Kebol BV to combine the production, innovation, distribution and expertise of the the two firms.

Butters Group MD 'Andy Coaten.

Butters Group MD 'Andy Coaten.

The partnership will help to expand Kebol BV’s growing operation in Brazil, as well as to seek opportunities to produce new and better quality bulbs for the UK market.

Butters Group managing director Andy Coaten said: “This joint venture is the latest exciting development for the group and it means that we can offer our clients exclusive products and great quality at very competitive prices.

“It also allows us to secure a supply chain that our customers can rely on and to explore some really exciting opportunities for product development across the globe.”

Butters is the UK’s leading distributor of horticultural products with sales of more than £50 million and well-known clients, including Marks and Spencer, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose.

The group includes Butters Flowers Ltd which produces about 70,000 flower boxes a week for events like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.