Date: Apr 01, 2013
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Sakata Seed America

Morgan Hill, CA

Member since 1985


Sakata Seed Corporation, a wholesale seed company with a rich history of breeding and producing breakthrough vegetable and flower varieties, will celebrate 100 years in business in 2013.

Sakata Seed Corporation was founded in June of 1913 and is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan.  It is now recognized as a global leader in the development of innovative vegetables and flowers genetics.  Sakata is organized into four major divisions operating in Asia, South America, Europe, and North and Central America and has presence in at least 32 countries.  The firm’s mission is to quickly and efficiently meet industry expectations for high quality seed that offers optimum field performance for growers, and to promote retail and consumer demand for delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables.

Sakata Seed America, Inc. was established in 1977, and is now a major research, seed production and marketing-distribution subsidiary of Sakata Seed Corporation.  Sakata Seed America serves as the headquarters for the North and Central American operations.  Sakata America Holding Company Inc. was formed in 2010 to serve as the parent holding company for all of Sakata’s businesses in North America and Central America, including Sakata Seed America, Alf Christianson Seed Company, Sakata Seed de Mexico and Sakata Seed de Guatemala.  Sakata is very proud of the value represented throughout North and Central America by the Sakata and Chriseed brands.

Sakata Seed America President and CEO Dave Armstrong recently expressed his thoughts about the 100th Anniversary: “A century of continuity in business matters to our customers; Sakata has not only survived through world wars, economic crises and natural disasters, but has continuously adapted, creating new standards in both vegetables and ornamentals product lines.  In a global marketplace characterized by intensive consolidation, Sakata stands as a symbol of independence, innovation and reliability.”

He added that the company wants to thank its staff, customers, growers and other industry members all over the world — since Sakata owes so much to them for their longevity and success.

To learn more about the Sakata Seed Corporation Centennial and view all timeline events, please visit


Key Events in Sakata Seed History:

1913:            Takeo Sakata founded Sakata Noen – now known as Sakata Seed Corporation

1943:            WWII conflicts caused Sakata to safeguard seed stock by sending it to Canadian partners, including Stokes’ Seeds

1965:            Takeo Sakata awarded All-America Selections Medallion of Honor for his exemplary work in the ornamentals industry

1977:            Sakata Seed America was established

1985:            Opened the Salinas Research Station in California

1988:            The Morgan Hill office opened, becoming the Sakata America headquarters

2003:            Acquired Alf Christianson Seed Company

2010:            Established Sakata America Holding Company, Inc.

2011:            Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, which caused no significant damage to Sakata’s business or personal injury to staff


About the Sakata Anniversary Commemorative Logo: The Centennial logo denotes a large flower with seven colorful seed-shaped petals enclosing the words "PASSION in Seed.”  These seven petals symbolize seven values represented by the letters in the word “PASSION.”  The logo’s design also expresses Sakata’s hope that these values will feed the passion in the hearts of all of the company’s customers and employees all over the world.

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