New owner pending for multi-million-dollar flower business in Birdwood
The vendor of one of Australia’s largest year-round producers of chrysanthemums, Blumberg Flowers, is considering prospective buyers’ offers after the expressions-of-interest campaign officially closed last week.
The Birdwood flower farm, 52 kilometres east of Adelaide, produces 15 varieties of chrysanthemum, often fondly referred to as the Mother’s Day flower due to the time of year it blooms, for a loyal customer base built during the past 20 years.
Colliers International’s Nick Goode and Jesse Manuel were appointed to the sale of the 34-hectare property via expressions of interest, which closed Thursday, June 1 at 2pm.
“First established in 1996, Blumberg Flowers is a vertically integrated flower farm utilising the latest Dutch growing and processing techniques to produce chrysanthemums for the national wholesale market,” Mr Goode said.
“The operation has been extensively developed to ensure all variables are controlled, including day length, humidity, temperature, irrigation and nutrient levels.”
Mr Goode said the business was highly profitable, operating on a weekly cycle with individual bays harvesting the different varieties of chrysanthemum before they are processed and packaged on site.
“The greenhouse is controlled via a Dutch-engineered program, which can be accessed remotely from anywhere in the world,” he said.
“The specialised machinery, imported from the Netherlands, is the only one of its kind in Australia. It grades, de-leafs, cuts, bunches and sleeves the flowers to ensure uniformity.
“The flowers are then stored on site in anticipation for delivery four times a week to local and interstate customers.”
In addition to the flower farm, which encompasses a 10,000sqm greenhouse, 1,200sqm glasshouse for mother-stock chrysanthemums, underground bore and desalination plant, the property has a five-bedroom homestead, internal roads and new fencing.