•    a different kind of company
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Welcome to Manatee Fresh

a different kind of floral wholesaler. Manatee Fresh is a direct importer and nationwide distributor of fresh cut flowers, greens and locally grown potted plants

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It's the "People That Matter"

Sustainable floriculture has been a passion for me over the past 30 years. Specifically the rights of workers on floral and produce farms throughout the world. Manatee Fresh will only work with certified farms that pass rigorous standards audited annually by third party agencies and by Me. I personally visit every farm partner.

I'm looking for growers that employ local workers, pay fair livable wages and provide the safety training and equipment to ensure they return healthy to their families each night.

- Robert McLaughlin President Manatee Fresh

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FULL SERVICE CUT FLOWER WHOLESALER - PALMETTO, FL

Our trucks serve daily over 100 retail customers on the Gulf Coast of Florida . Retailer florists, event planners and farmers markets order daily from one of our friendly sales staff.

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 FULL SERVICE CUT FLOWER WHOLESALER - PALMETTO, FL
 POTTED PLANTS

POTTED PLANTS

We partner with growers in the US and Canada to bring you the best plants and flowers for all your holiday needs. Our main supply partner Manatee Farms is located right here in Manatee County and have been growing for over 125 years.

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Full Mass Market Bouquet Department

We supply high volume retailers from our corporate office in Palmetto, Florida. With direct imports we can offer our customers the best the world has to offer brought together in one location and distributed to stores nationwide..

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 Full Mass Market Bouquet Department

Direct Imports Daily

We have over 30 years of direct relationships with farms around the globe. With offices in Miami, Bogota and Palmetto, Florida we can supply your needs FOB or Delivered.

Sunflowers for Good project with Goodwill Industries of Central Florida

Manatee Farms Spath House in Bradenton, Florida

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SENSE OF SOURCE: An Industry of Beauty and Pain by Robert McLaughlin

From the mountains of Medellin to the streets of Bogota and Miami I have experienced the underside of an industry of beauty, civil war, drug violence and climate change. My experiences in the industry over 36 years have exposed me to CIA operatives in Haiti, venture capital infighting in Silicon Valley and corruption in Latin and North America. I've had my life threatened on two continents, involved in a car chase down the streets of Ecuador’s capital and gotten lost in the jungles of Colombia looking for coffee. This is an industry of beauty used to show our affections, soothe our losses and show our thanks in a very primal way. The gift and adornment of flowers goes back to the beginning of man. My time in this industry has been a lifetime and during some of the most interesting times of modern history.

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From the Blog

End of Year Wrap Up 2020 and Look Ahead

End of Year Wrap Up 2020 and Look Ahead

The new year is upon us and most of us have survived the Covid slow downs of 2020. Whew, let’s get this year behind us fast PLEASE.
  • Robert Mclaughlin
Ecuador October 2019

Ecuador October 2019

As many of you have heard there are strikes going on in Ecuador. In a nutshell the government has been subsidizing the cost of fuel giving a false economy to millions of people and businesses " What does that mean to me?"
  • Robert Mclaughlin
Russian Cut Roses

Russian Cut Roses

Unless you're an importer you might have never heard the term Russian cut roses. Since Ecuador began its production in the late 1980's and post US...
  • Robert Mclaughlin