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 myself. I personally visit every one of our farm partners.
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
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.
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.
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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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.