Online Only: Top 100 Growers Survey Responses

What is the number one force affecting your business right now?
Competition  7.4%
The Economy  59.3%
Energy Costs  11.1%
Labor   3.7%
Weather  18.5%

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
Windbreaks   10.7%
Wind turbines   0

Have you seen a return on investment on those products/systems?
Yes      92.9%
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.
Corn 0
Grass 0
Manure 0
Wood 12%
None 88%

Have you been affected by labor shortages?
Yes    24.1%
No    69.0%
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%
Equipment   20.0%
Lean manufacturing practices 44.0%
Real-time inventory capabilities 8.0%
Robotics/automation  4.0%

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  7.1%
Sold  0
Bought and sold 3.6%
None of the above 89.3%

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4 comments on “Online Only: Top 100 Growers Survey Responses

  1. I purchased a plant from a large flower shop. Very beautiful. don’t know what it is though.
    it has like mothers toung leaves with stickers on them, and new leaves growing in the middle of it and they are bright pink. Later turning to the dark green. No Name on the tag. What is it that I have.

  2. I purchased a plant from a large flower shop. Very beautiful. don’t know what it is though.
    it has like mothers toung leaves with stickers on them, and new leaves growing in the middle of it and they are bright pink. Later turning to the dark green. No Name on the tag. What is it that I have.

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