Online Only: Top 100 Growers Survey Responses
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%