Royal FloraHolland applies modified supply times at our locations around public holidays such as King’s Day, Ascension Day and Pentecost. In addition, on several days during this period, we either do not auction or auction one hour earlier. In November, we already communicated the non-auction days and early auction days with reservations. This has changed: two early auction days (11 April and 22 May) are cancelled.
Below the complete overview of the early auction days and non-auction days in 2023 for our export locations.
Early auction days
Four early auction days have been designated for 2023 (flowers and plants). This means that on the early auction days at the export locations, auctioning of flowers and plants will start an hour earlier.
This concerns the following days in 2023:
Monday 24 April (busy Monday in the week of King's Day (non-auction day))
Monday 8 May (busy Monday for Mother's Day in the Netherlands.)
Monday 15 May (busy Monday in the week of Ascension Day (non-auction day))
Tuesday 30 May (Tuesday after Pentecost)
The early auction days Tuesday 11 April (day after Easter) and Monday 22 May are cancelled.
Labour market tightness is expected to continue and the period around the holidays traditionally still peaks in work supply. If circumstances call for it, up to two additional early auction days may be announced in 2023. We will communicate this at least four weeks in advance.
The following six non-auction days have been designated for 2023.
Easter Monday falls on Monday 10 April, after Mother's Day in the UK (19 March).
King's Day falls on Thursday 27 April. It has been decided not to auction on King's Day. However, from talking to various customers, we have learned that there is disagreement about this. Ultimately, for the industry (buyers and RFH), the cost increase was too high, which is why it has been decided not to auction.
As Ascension Day (Thursday 18 May) falls after Mother's Day in the Netherlands (Sunday 14 May), and is two weeks before Mother's Day in France (Sunday 4 June), there is no need to auction that day.
Whit Monday (Monday 29 May) falls just before Mother's Day in France (4 June) this year. It has been decided not to auction on Whit Monday and to designate Tuesday 30 May as an early auction day.
Christmas Day and Boxing Day; Christmas in 2023 falls on Monday 25 December and Tuesday 26 December, with both days non-auction days. Given the expected volume, there is no reason to auction early on Wednesday 27 December.
New Year's Day 1 January 2024 falls on Monday, and there will be no auction.
As in previous years, we will go for high-quality Logistical services (particularly fulfilment of direct trade and logistic supplies) for suppliers and customers on the days when there is no auction. We would like to hear what additional requirements growers, customers and transporters have on these particular days, so that we can respond appropriately,