March 15, 1990
Our founder Jelle Zwemstra, began his career as the ‘Flying Dutchman’, bringing trolley loads of flowers and plants straight from the famous auction in Aalsmeer, Holland to sell to florists in the Yorkshire region.
At this time, most people bought their flowers from specialist florists and other independent outlets like Garden Centres but with the rise of the supermarkets in the UK, Jelle could sense change was coming.
March 11, 1997
In 1997, that change and vision became a reality and JZ Flowers International Limited was formed in partnership with the Van Duijn Group (later becoming the Dutch Flower Group). This saw the creation of a pack-house and distribution centre based in Hull that focussed on meeting the growing demands of UK supermarkets.
February 16, 1998
JZ Flowers saw another opportunity to grow and establish itself in the wholesale of British grown Daffodils to UK and European markets. We opened a small trading office in Spalding, Lincolnshire and quickly grew our customer and supplier base.
May 23, 2006
By 2006, we expanded to three sites around Kingston Upon Hull and our wholesale operation in Spalding operation had developed into a vibrant and successful production facility.
We then opened a new 10,000sq.ft production facility in Naas, Ireland continuing our exciting journey to becoming the leading name and producer of floral bouquets for retail consumers.
April 7, 2010
In 2010, we consolidated our 3 productions sites in Kingston Upon Hull into a purpose built, state of the art pack-house in Newport, East Yorkshire. This new facility allowed us to become more efficient in almost everything we do and would become the flagship location in the JZ Flowers story.
January 9, 2011
In 2011, we made a commitment to British Grown products and we started to invest heavily in our Spalding site with the aim of becoming a market leader in the supply of British Grown seasonal products. As a result, we developed strong relationships with our local growers by being a trusted and driven business partner.
March 28, 2013
By mid-2012, we realised that the current site was not big enough to meet the ambition and rate of success and growth the business was achieving. We hoped we would outgrow our new factory eventually, but we had not this soon! In 2013, we extended JZ Newport with phase 2 where we added an additional 5500m² of state-of-the-art cold storage and production facilities to meet the demands of our customers and consumers.
August 19, 2014
Following our aim to be a lead supplier and exporter of British grown flowers in the UK, we again invested into our Spalding production facility to help with greater production capabilities closer to the source.
July 8, 2015
Continuing from our expansion in 2013 and again continued growth and success with our customers, we decided to invest further into our production and storage facilities for our Newport site with an expansion of 12500m².
October 6, 2015
Continuing to build and now wanting to globalise the JZ brand, we began an exciting joint venture into the United States with a long-standing key supplier in Columbia where we started to supply just 25 stores in Florida.
October 15, 2016
Our US operation began to flourish and thrive within the US retail market. In 2016, we managed to expand from 25 stores in 1 state to over 450 stores across 11 states, reaching as far West as California and as North as Indiana.
November 20, 2017
Furthering the globalisation of the JZ brand, we again began an exciting joint venture with a key long standing supplier, this time in Turkey. Our focus is on the supply of fresh cut bouquets within the Turkish retail market. We built a 5000 sq. ft pack house and an office in Antalya, which is the heartbeat for Turkish grown flowers.
January 13, 2018
By 2017, much like JZ Newport in 2012, our JZ Ireland packing facilities were starting to reach their limits and not meeting the current rate of growth and success being achieved. We therefore found and secured a new, much larger, site allowing us to have greater efficiencies in production and future developments.