SAF awarded a total of nine Best in Class ribbons at their 2021 Annual Convention. And Rio Roses was proud to win TWO of those ribbons — one of only two companies to achieve this.
The annual SAF convention is always a highlight of the year for the floral industry. That was especially true this year, at the 136th Annual SAF Convention in Orlando, Florida, as we were able to meet in person for the first time since 2019.
As always, the Outstanding Varieties Competition was a convention highlight. A panel of expert judges reviewed thousands of flowers across five categories: color and commercial appeal; stem and foliage; bloom form; bloom size; and overall quality/presentation. They awarded one Best in Show and nine Best in Class ribbons and presented dozens of blue and red ribbons.
As always, Rio Roses was proud to participate in the convention — and even prouder to win 13 ribbons at the competition! These included two purple Best in Class ribbons for our Baby Rio Babe Spray Rose and our Rio Hanoi Ranunculus.
We were also awarded a blue ribbon for our Rio Bicolor Lisianthus and ten red ribbons for the following varieties: Baby Rio Ilse Spray Rose, Baby Rio Porcelina Spray Rose, Rio Luciano, Rio Frutteto, Rio Kahala, Rio Playa Blanca, Rio Pavia Oriental Lily, Rio Corcovado Oriental Lily, Rio Zanella LA Hybrid Lily, and Rio White Delphinium.
The SAF is a leader in educational programs for the floral industry. Rio Roses has been a proud SAF sponsor for more than 20 years, as we believe education to be the foundation of our industry.
Congratulations to the entire Rio Roses team for all our winning varieties and to SAF for a fantastic and educational convention!