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Flower Power: Italian Rose Producer Is Market Leader, Energy Innovator

Ciccolella is an Italian family business that leads Europe's flower market. In 2004, the company forged a unique partnership with Edison, to use hot-water runoff from a new power plant to heat its green houses. Now more expansion -- and innovatio

Ciccolella greenhouses cover nearly 100 hectares (Ciccolella)
Ciccolella greenhouses cover nearly 100 hectares (Ciccolella)
Marco Castelnuovo

FOGGIA – Whether you buy your rose from a boutique in Barcelona, a store in Manchester or a florist in Copenhagen, it is probably an Italian rose -- and there is a good chance it comes from the southern region of Puglia.

Around the city of Foggia, where the unemployment rate stands at 15%, the Ciccolella flower growers have a thriving business. It is one of just four companies from the South to be amongst the 300 quoted on the Italian Stock Exchange -- and the only floricultural company quoted on any of the European bourses.

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Two Ukrainian soldiers at a military base on the outskirts of the separatist region of Donetsk

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

[*Choctaw, Native American]

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