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Buyers from Denmark, Finland, Latvia and the Netherlands seek new products at Gardenex event


The latest in the highly successful ‘Meet the International Buyers’ events organised by the Gardenex and PetQuip associations will take place at the Federation’s head office in Brasted, Kent on 1 March 2018.


The buyers that have been invited to take part in one-to-one business discussions with British suppliers will be seeking to source a wide range of garden, leisure and pet products.  The buyers include importer/wholesalers from Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands all looking for garden products to add to their ranges, as well as a Latvian importer/wholesaler looking for both garden and pet products.  A Slovenian pet retailer with online sales that also imports and distributes some brands will be looking for innovative items that could improve the lives of their customers and their pets.


From the garden sector, the Danish importer/distributor represents a number of strong European brands on the Nordic market.  Around 60 per cent of its range is currently garden decoration and 40 per cent practical garden equipment.  The buyer will be seeking further garden products to complement the company’s existing range.


The Finnish importer/wholesaler has subsidiaries in Russia and Slovakia with links via its Slovakian company into Hungary and the Czech Republic.  Its Home & Garden division imports/distributes good quality, practical and decorative garden products and the firm is now looking for additional innovative practical gardening equipment and accessories, as well as garden decorative items.  Of particular interest are biodegradable garden products such as fabric ground covers and mats.


There will also be a Dutch importer/distributor at the event.  The company supplies independent garden centres, landscape businesses and garden centre chains such as Intratuin and Life & Garden.  Following the acquisition of a well-established B2C garden online store and a wholesale distribution business specialising in high-end garden items, the company is looking to expand its range.


The Latvian buyer is from an importer/wholesaling business that supplies garden retailers and florist shops across the country.  The company already handles a number of well-known brands from the UK, France, Spain and the Netherlands.  The buyer/owner is looking for new garden products suitable for sale in DIY stores and garden centres, as well as product lines for professional gardeners.  


To ensure that you don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for 25 minute one-to-one meetings with any of the buyers on 1 March, or to find out more about future ‘Meet the International Buyers’ events for both the garden and pet sectors, please contact as soon as possible.  

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