More than40Years ofEXCELLENCE
Fort Myers, Florida
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.
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.
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.
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.
The company’s founder, Takeo Sakata, founded Sakata Noen.
The Chigasaki Breeding station in Japan was established. Research and development over a wide range of varieties began.
World’s first commercial hybrid pansy Majestic Giants, bred by Sakata, receives an All-America Selections award.
The Sakata broccoli presence was enhanced with the introduction of hybrid broccoli Green Duke, opening the door for other market-leading varieties.
Co-operation began with Northrup King, ALF Christianson Seed Company (ACS) and other companies for U.S. sales and global production needs.
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.
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.
Grand opening of the first Research Station in the U.S. in Salinas, California.
Grand opening of Sakata Seed America Headquarters in Morgan Hill, California.
Sakata Seed Corporation listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section. Grand opening of Production/Research Station in Yuma, Arizona.
Sakata Seed de Mexico (SMX) was established.
Grand opening of Research Station in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Sakata Seed de Guatemala (SGU) was established.
ALF Christianson Seed Company (established in 1926) became a subsidiary of Sakata.
Milestone: Impatiens SunPatiens®
Ground-breaking new series SunPatiens® wins The Home Depot Most Innovative New Product award.
Established Sakata America Holding Company, Inc.
Milestone: Infinite Gold LSL Melon.
Sakata launches new stable of hybrid triploid watermelon genetics, including: Charismatic, Kingman, Secretariat and Unbridled.
Introduced broccoli hybrids, Diamante and Millennium. SunPatiens® Spreading Shell Pink is the inaugural vegetative plant from cuttings to receive the AAS Flower Award.
Sakata Seed America Celebrated 40 years of business in North America! Profusion Red Zinnia announced AAS Winner.
Grand Opening of Woodland Innovation Center in Woodland California.
SDG Project: Corporate Sustainability Plan