At Seminis®, we are constantly thinking of the next generation. The next generation of seeds and the next generation of our customers and their families all over the world.
Every day for more than 150 years, the Seminis® heritage has worked to empower our customers by improving vegetable seeds and providing solutions to their toughest challenges. Today we are one of the world’s largest developer and marketer of vegetable seeds for open-field and unheated-protected crops. Reaching this milestone takes us back to our beginnings.
Comprised of several of the most well-known and trusted local and regional seed brands — some dating back to the mid-1800s — Seminis® has a proud heritage and a long history of excellence. This extensive experience in the global marketplace, coupled with the rapid advancement of our technological capabilities, enables us to continually add to our vast and diverse collection of germplasm. Having access to this data enables us to quickly develop new vegetable seed varieties that provide our customers with the features and characteristics they need to meet their precise regional preferences. The result is predictable and helps growers produce the highest yielding and best performing products.
We believe that every generation can be better than the last. This principle goes beyond our innovative seed development. It is a deeply held conviction that if tomorrow is to be better for customers, it is up to us to work in collaboration to make it so.
Here is a look at some of the incredible milestones in our journey to become the Seminis® seed supplier you know and recognize today.
Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc. purchases De Ruiter and Peotec Seeds S.R.L.
Seminis Inc. (DE) is merged into Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc. Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc. purchases Poloni Semences and Western Seed.
Monsanto Company purchases Seminis, Inc.
Monsanto Company purchases Asgrow Seed Company from Seminis, Inc. Seminis, Inc. retains Asgrow Seed Company’s vegetable seed business.
Petoseed Co., Inc. changes its name to Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc.
Seminis, Inc. is founded by the merger of the vegetable division of Asgrow Seed Co. (owned by ELM), Petoseed Co. Inc. (owned by Geo J. Ball) and Royal Sluis (owned by Geo J. Ball). Savia SA. de C.V. (formerly known as Empresas la Moderna, S.A. or “ELM”) owns 60% of Seminis Inc. Geo J. Ball owns the other 40% of Seminis.
Seminis, Inc. is incorporated in Delaware in 1994.
Petoseed’s head offices are established in Saticoy, California in 1958.
Asgrow purchases F.H. Woodruff & Sons Seed Company and accounts for 5 million acres of plantings in 18 states.
Everett B. Clark Seed Co. is merged with two other seed companies N.B. Keeney & Sons (est. 1860) and John H. Allen Seed Company (est. 1856) to form Associated Seed Growers, Inc. (also known as “Asgrow”).
Everett B. Clark Seed Co. is incorporated and headquartered in Orange, Connecticut.
Royal Sluis, a Dutch company is founded.