For Americans, Giving Roses Is a Foreign Affair
Date of publication: February 11, 2007
Source: New York Times via Dow Jones
Author: Phyllis Korkki
If you are giving or receiving roses this Valentine's Day, chances are that they came from the same countries that produced your coffee. Nearly 90 percent of all roses sold in the United States are imported, and most of those come from Colombia. Other major rose importers include Ecuador, Mexico and Guatemala.
In future years, the same country that produces your tea may fill your vases with roses: China has made it a national priority to become one of the world's major rose exporters...