Aug 16, 2017
Syngenta celebrates 150 years in vegetable seeds

A seeds company this summer celebrated a century and a half in the agriculture business.

On July 1, 2017, Syngenta celebrated 150 years in vegetable seeds. Sluis and Groot, a legacy company of Syngenta, was founded in 1867 in the Netherlands as exporters of cabbage seeds.

“For generations, we have been innovating to meet the needs of growers across the world,” said Matthew Johnston, head of vegetable seeds and flowers at Syngenta. “Today, more than ever, we are focused on bringing this innovation to our customers and to the entire value chain to help meet the consumer demand for high quality, tasty, nutritious vegetables available every day of the year.”

The company today distributes vegetable seeds of 30 crops and 2,500 varieties, and has 2,400 employees worldwide.

In the U.S., the company’s ROGERS brand seed also has a rich legacy, said Lisa Moricle, Marketing Head, Vegetable Seeds North America at Syngenta.

“The principles upheld by its founders years ago continue to inspire us today – produce superior vegetable seeds and invest in research and development to continually offer the best in the industry,” she said.

Syngenta vegetable seeds research and development is conducted at several sites in key production regions of the U.S., including Woodland and Gilroy, California; Pasco, Washington; Plainfield, Wisconsin; Hall, New York; Stanton, Minnesota; and Naples, Florida.

Photo courtesy of Syngenta. 

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