Seed World

Syngenta Celebrates 150 Years of Vegetable Seeds

On July 1, 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. Today, Syngenta is one of the world’s leading vegetable seeds companies with 30 crop species and 2,500 varieties.

“We are very proud of our long heritage in vegetable seeds,” says Matthew Johnston, head of vegetable seeds and flowers at Syngenta. “For generations, we have been innovating to meet the needs of growers across the world. 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.”

Syngenta has 2,400 employees around the world dedicated to its vegetable seeds business.

“In the United States, our history in the vegetable seeds industry is further enhanced by the strong legacy of ROGERS brand seed,” 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.”

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. Trialing occurs throughout the year, allowing Syngenta to continually introduce innovative new varieties that fulfill grower needs and meet consumer demand.