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Stagnating volume at Aalsmeer answered with budget cuts


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AALSMEER – The growth of FloraHolland, ‘Aalsmeer’s’ flower auction, is stagnating significantly and causing so much concern that it is paring down its 2009 budget. FloraHolland anticipates a volume drop of six percent compared to 2008. In modifying its budget, the auction will be putting in place a frugal spending policy and specifically has targeted its upgrading and modernization plans with a $37 million cut. Items agreed upon in the merger talks between the Bleiswijk and Aalsmeer competitors will not be affected. General expenses and payroll costs are also expected to contribute to a leaner budget, and vacancies in FloraHolland’s workforce of 4,700 may not be filled. The auction operates 39 auction clocks at six locations (Aalsmeer, Bleiswijk, Eelde, Naaldwijk, Rijnsburg and Venlo).