Aalsmeer Flower Auction
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It is the largest flower auction in the world. The auction building of the flower auction in Aalsmeer is the largest building by footprint in the world, covering 990,000 m² (10.6 million sq ft; 243 acres). Flowers from all over the world (Europe, Ecuador, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, etc.) are traded on a daily basis at the Aalsmeer facilities. Around 20 million flowers are sold daily with a 15% increase around special days such as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. Their flowers are subjected to around 30 checks so that they can be graded on a scale (A1, A2 and B).
The auction is set up as a Dutch auction in which the price starts high and works its way down. Bidders get only a few seconds to bid on the flowers before they are shipped off to the new owner's business.
On January 1, 2008 the auction merged with their biggest competitor FloraHolland.
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