Online Only: Top 100 Growers Survey Responses
Read exclusive online results of our Top 100 Growers survey.
April 28, 2009
What is the number one force affecting your business right now?
The Economy 59.3%
Energy Costs 11.1%
Which, if any, of the following products/systems do you use? Please check all that apply.
Alternative energy 10.7%
Bench and/or floor heating 96.4%
Double layer glazing 64.3%
Energy curtains 75.0%
Solar panels 0
Wind turbines 0
Have you seen a return on investment on those products/systems?
No, but I expect to within the next five years 3.6%
No, and I don't expect an ROI 3.6%
Which alternative fuel sources are you using? Please check all that apply.
Have you been affected by labor shortages?
No, but I expect we will be soon 6.9%
If so, how have you adapted production? Please check all that apply.
More automation 53.3%
Cut back production 0
Labor placement services 20.0%
Increase wages 26.7%
We just work harder 26.7%
Implement lean production 66.7%
Extended hours 33.3%
Which of the following improves your bottom line the most?
Bar codes/RFID 0
Carts and racks 24.0%
Lean manufacturing practices 44.0%
Real-time inventory capabilities 8.0%
Where have you seen growth in the last year? Please check all that apply.
Current customers 46.2%
New customers 53.8%
Mass merchandiser chains 19.2%
Home improvement stores 19.2%
Supermarket chains 15.4%
Independent garden centers 23.1%
Your own retail store 3.8%
None, the market has been flat 26.9%
Where do you see opportunities for growth? Please check all that apply.
Current customers 57.7%
New customers 69.2%
Mass merchandiser chains 30.8%
Home improvement stores 26.9%
Supermarket chains 19.2%
Independent garden centers 19.2%
Your own retail store 11.5%
None, there are no opportunities 3.8%
How has your relationship with grower-customers changed in the last five years?
Now sell to growers exclusively 0
Sell to more growers now 26.9%
Sell to fewer growers now 15.4%
No longer sell to growers 0
The relationship has not changed 57.7%
If you are working with other growers, what kinds of things are you doing?
Contract growing 76.5%
Hiring contract growers 58.8%
Working with a co-op 11.8%
How has industry consolidation affected your company in the past year?
It has made us stronger 65.4%
It has made us weaker 0
It has not had an impact on us 4.6%
Have you bought or sold outside companies and/or facilities in the last year?
Bought and sold 3.6%
None of the above 89.3%