As the CBC reported, large protests in Ecuador have triggered a state of emergency due to the end of gasoline subsidies causing a price surge overnight. Riots and protesters have barricaded roads to and from Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, as well as routes to the airport.
Unfortunately, these unsafe conditions have affected Ecuadorian flower farms that we work closely with to source fresh cut product. These farms have paused operations as they’ve reported vandalism in their fields, and their employees are unable to come to work due to the barricades.
During this state of emergency, we expect some disruptions with flowers we typically import from Ecuador. Our service departments will keep you apprised as to the availability of our Ecuadorian offerings. We will be looking to our partners in other growing regions including Colombia and California to fill in where needed.
We extend our thoughts to our friends and partners in Ecuador, and hope these conflicts are resolved soon.