Dutch, U.S. companies agree on clone distribution deal

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Dümmen Orange North America said it has secured a distribution agreement for hemp clones from Colorado-based Dutch Heritage Gardens.

Under the partnership, Dutch Heritage’s Royale Botanicals division will have access to existing distribution assets through two Dümmen Orange national plant brokerage firms, Vaughn’s Horticulture and McHutchison. Dümmen’s participation in the agreement is through its Quick Plug division, which produces professional horticulture systems.

Holland-based Dümmen Orange, with U.S. headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, is an international specialist breeder of cut flowers, bulbs, tropical plants, pot plants, bedding plants, and perennials. The new hemp clone initiative with Dutch Heritage Gardens is Dümmen Orange’s first entry into the U.S. hemp industry.

10 million sold

Dutch Heritage, Larkspur, Colorado, is an ornamental bedding plant grower that supplies more than 200 retail outlets in Colorado and surrounding states with flowers year-round. The company dates to 2006. It created Royale Botanicals in 2017 to develop cultivars for CBD biomass extraction and smokable grade flower. The unit has produced and sold more than 10 million hemp clones nationwide, according to Dutch Heritage.

The two companies said they have a long-term plan to produce clones at Dümmen Orange’s Guatemalan facility pending changes in laws that presently do not differentiate between cannabis and hemp. Until that time, Dümmen Orange’s Quick Plug technology will be used to produce the clones in the USA, the companies said.

“We hope to sell the clones not only to field farmers for CBD oil production but also to greenhouse growers that have extra space during their off season to grow smokable hemp,” says Aaron Van Wingerden, Owner and President of Dutch Heritage Gardens.

The two companies have longstanding business relationships, Van Wingerden said.

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