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Long-established Dutch flower auction faces competition

Published Wed, Dec 17, 2014 · 09:50 PM
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Aalsmeer, Netherlands

EACH weekday morning, the buyers descend on Aalsmeer, about a half-hour southwest of Amsterdam, arriving at an enormous warehouse covering some 2 million square metres.

They squeeze onto benches, glare at computer screens and, with the push of a button, bid on an encyclopedic array of flowers: everything from amaryllis, chrysanthemums and gerbera to kangaroo paws, roses and, of course, the famed Dutch tulips.

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