Our Company

More than40Years ofEXCELLENCE

OUR FACILITIES

Salinas,
California

Woodland, California

Morgan Hill,
California

Pacific
Northwest

Fort Myers,
Florida

Yuma,
Arizona

Our Story

Sakata Seed America was established in 1977 as a research, production and sales division of Sakata Seed Corporation. Headquartered in Morgan Hill, California, we have facilities across the country. Our goal is to quickly and efficiently meet the industry's needs for quality seed, strong performance and excellent yields, as well as retail and consumer demand for delicious fruit and vegetables. Today, we continue to challenge ourselves to be the industry leader for innovation, quality, reliability and service.

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Our Story

Today, the Sakata name has become one of the major international symbols of comprehensive customer support and products that meet diversified customer needs. Our broccoli and pansies, for example, maintain an overwhelming share of the global market and attest to our position as a formidable leader in the seed industry.

By making full use of the climate and environmental conditions in various regions around the world, we are able to develop new varieties ideally suited to a wide range of environments. These facilities feature advanced equipment for top-level research and development, including biotechnology.

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Our Story

Sakata Seed Corporation, headquartered in Yokohama, Japan became the first Japanese company to export seed and has since been actively involved in the development of new and improved plant varieties around the world. Sakata’s overseas activities have earned it a reputation for quality in over 130 countries.

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COMPANY MILESTONES

A Note from our President and CEO, Dave Armstrong

A century in business matters. Sakata has survived world wars, economic crises and natural disasters to continuously create new standards in global vegetable and ornamental markets. In a marketplace characterized by intensive consolidation, Sakata stands as a symbol of independence, innovation and reliability. A century of business matters to Sakata staff, who have shown their commitment through decades of dedication. It matters to our customers, who have become partners, supporting Sakata genetics over these many years, while realizing value in their businesses from our innovation. On this momentous occasion, we express our deep appreciation to all of Sakata’s stakeholders.

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1913

The company’s founder, Takeo Sakata, founded Sakata Noen.

1930

The Chigasaki Breeding station in Japan was established. Research and development over a wide range of varieties began.

1966

World’s first commercial hybrid pansy Majestic Giants, bred by Sakata, receives an All-America Selections award.

1972

The Sakata broccoli presence was enhanced with the introduction of hybrid broccoli Green Duke, opening the door for other market-leading varieties.

1972

Co-operation began with Northrup King, ALF Christianson Seed Company (ACS) and other companies for U.S. sales and global production needs.

1977

Sakata Seed America, Inc. was established. The first office was located in downtown San Francisco, California, and was staffed by a small team of dedicated employees.

1979

Hideo Takahashi arrived in San Francisco at Sakata Seed America. There was only one person in the small office downtown founded on the principle of “local” production.

1985

Grand opening of the first Research Station in the U.S. in Salinas, California.

1988

Grand opening of Sakata Seed America Headquarters in Morgan Hill, California.

1990

Sakata Seed Corporation listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section. Grand opening of Production/Research Station in Yuma, Arizona.

1993

Sakata Seed de Mexico (SMX) was established.

1994

Grand opening of Research Station in Ft. Myers, Florida.

2000

Sakata Seed de Guatemala (SGU) was established.

2001

ALF Christianson Seed Company (established in 1926) became a subsidiary of Sakata.

2005

Milestone: Impatiens SunPatiens®

2006

Ground-breaking new series SunPatiens® wins The Home Depot Most Innovative New Product award.

2010

Established Sakata America Holding Company, Inc.

2012

Milestone: Infinite Gold LSL Melon.

2014

Sakata launches new stable of hybrid triploid watermelon genetics, including: Charismatic, Kingman, Secretariat and Unbridled.

2015

Introduced broccoli hybrids, Diamante and Millennium. SunPatiens® Spreading Shell Pink is the inaugural vegetative plant from cuttings to receive the AAS Flower Award.

2017

Sakata Seed America Celebrated 40 years of business in North America! Profusion Red Zinnia announced AAS Winner.

2018

Grand Opening of Woodland Innovation Center in Woodland California.

2019

SDG Project: Corporate Sustainability Plan