How to avoid a ‘dying market’ for rose petals
A dying market for rose flowers, as demand dwindles and prices drop, could mean an end to the petals business for some shoppers.
“A lot of people who grew up with rose petal are not necessarily happy with the way the market is right now,” said Emily Condon, a petcare specialist at Petcare International in Los Angeles.
“Some of them don’t like it, some of them just don’t want it.
It’s just kind of a big question mark.”
Condon has been selling rose petalfeeds and rose petas for over 15 years, but says demand has dropped in recent years.
While she believes petal sales will continue, she is skeptical about the viability of petals.
“It’s been such a huge boom, and now people are just not buying it anymore,” she said.
“They’re buying it as a treat, and they’re just not going to buy it anymore.
The petals market is so much bigger than the rose peta market, and I don’t think people are going to be buying them any more.”
The petals industry has been in the crosshairs of consumer activists since the mid-1980s, when they were targeted by the government in a drive to eradicate a blight on American agriculture.
The plant, a perennial, is the world’s second-largest consumer after rice, and accounts for roughly 25% of the U.S. corn crop.
The government and industry have both blamed petal disease for the decline in demand, with the government blaming the fungus that causes it, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
In its own research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has concluded that the fungus kills rose petaling plants at a rate of up to 90% in the first two weeks after bloom.
The petal industry has also been targeted by consumer groups, who have accused the industry of selling the petal a low-price, and then dumping it for less-toxic alternatives.
The USDA has said it will work with petal companies to develop a plan to address the petalfeed’s declining popularity.
But the industry is divided on what the government should do, with some companies pushing for a federal takeover of the petale business.
“The industry is working on the right path,” said David G. Miller, CEO of Petcare, in a recent interview with CNBC.
“I think the USDA will do a good job with this, but the industry wants to have some say.
We don’t need them dictating to the industry what we can do.”
Some industry experts say a federal control could lead to a domino effect.
The government could take control of petal production, forcing petal farmers to either sell their petals or give up their production.
But the peta industry has not endorsed a federal intervention, saying it is already profitable and would be better served by private-sector involvement.
In addition to its control of the market, the petaled industry has struggled with other issues.
As consumers look to cut down on their peta consumption, they are also searching for alternatives.
A growing number of peta growers are turning to alternative flowers, including poppy seeds, hemp and more.
But in recent weeks, a growing number have begun using peta flowers that are less toxic to humans, which could be a big deal for the industry.
“People are looking for something less toxic, so we are starting to see a lot of that with poppy seed,” said Condon.
“If the petas market were really struggling, people would be more hesitant to try poppy seed or hemp.
They are more comfortable with poppy seeds.”
The industry could also see a decline in its demand if it becomes more difficult to buy rose petamites.
The number of rose petabecils sold each year is estimated at around 1 million, but as demand drops, the supply dwindles.
“Rose petal is such a hard product to source, because the plant is so resistant to pests,” Miller said.
“It’s a lot more expensive, and it’s a more toxic plant.
We are seeing a lot less demand for rose than we would have in the past.”
If petalfactories become less profitable, there could be some impact on the industry, with many growers going under.
A report last year by the National Nurses Union found that petalfacts growers had fewer than half of the number of workers needed to support the industry at its peak.
The U.K.-based petal business is not the only one in decline, according to experts.
According to a report released in May by the Peta Institute, the global petale industry will shrink by up to 40% by 2020, from about 10 million petals to fewer than 5 million.