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Milestone Varieties

1965: Savoy King Cabbage
1966: Majestic Giants Pansy
1981: Apricot Brandy Celosia
1982: Red Ace Beet
1988: Blue Vantage Cabbage
1998: Olympic Gold Melon
1999: Profusion Cherry Zinnia
2001: Double Up Pepper
2005: Sweet Hearts Tomato
2005: SunPatiens® Impatiens
2007: SuperCal® Petchoa
2009: Vincent® Sunflower
2012: Centennial Broccoli
2013: Profusion Double Deep Salmon Zinnia
The Centennial logo denotes a flower with seven colorful seed shaped petals circling the words "PASSION in Seed." These seven petals represent seven values incorporated into "PASSION." The logo's design also expresses Sakata's hope that these values will feed the passion in the hearts of our customers and employees all over the world.
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Never Give up!

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. 

Our Roots: 1913 - 1966
1913
The company's founder, Takeo Sakata, founded Sakata Noen.
1920
The first Sakata Noen export catalog was published.
1930
The Chigasaki Breeding Station in Japan was established. Research and development over a wide range of crops began.
1934
Sakata's F1 petunia Victorious Mix, the world's first all double petunia, earned an All- America Selections award.
1943
Due to the political conflict during World War II,
Sakata safeguarded its
seed stock by sending
it to Canadian partners, including Stokes Seeds.
1951
Opening of Sakata Garden Center in Yokohama, Japan.
1965
Takeo Sakata was awarded the All-America Selections Medallion of Honor for his exemplary work in the industry.
1966
World's first commercial F1 hybrid pansy Majestic Giants, bred by Sakata, receives an All-America Selections award.
First Steps in America: 1972
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.
The Beginning of Sakata Seed America: 1977 - 1987
1977
Sakata Seed America, Inc. was established. The first office was located in downtown San Francisco, CA, and was staffed by a small team of dedicated employees.
1981
Introduced celosia Apricot Brandy - this variety wins an All-American Selections award.
1982
F1 beet Red Ace
was introduced by
Alf Christianson Seed Company, a close partner and future subsidiary of Sakata.
1985
Grand opening of our first Research Station in the U.S. in Salinas, California.
1987
Sakata introduced
F1 broccoli Marathon.
Growth & Expansion: 1988 - 2009
1988
Grand opening of the Sakata America headquarters in Morgan Hill, California.
1990
  • Sakata Seed Corporation listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section.
  • Established Sakata Europe in The Netherlands (SOE/SVE).
  • Grand opening of Production/Research Station in Yuma, Arizona.
1993
Sakata Seed de Mexico (SMX) was established.
1994
  • Grand opening Research Station in Ft. Myers, Florida.
  • Acquisition of Agroflora S.A., which became Sakata Seed de Brazil(SDA).
1999
Introduced zinnia Profusion
in the United States.
Cherry and Orange are awarded All-America Selections Gold Medals.
2000
Sakata Seed de Guatemala (SGU) was established.
2002
Alf Christianson
Seed Company
(established in 1926) became a subsidiary of Sakata.
2002
Dubbed "The Fantasy Tour" Sakata America led its third highly-acclaimed customer tour to Japan.
2003
  • Acquisition of the flower division of L. Daehnfeldt A/S.
  • Introduced F1 pansy Majestic Giants II.
2005
  • Introduced F1 broccoli Avenger.
  • Introduced F1 grape tomato Sweet Hearts.
  • Introduced F1 Spinach
    C2-606 to US markets.
  • Acquisition of
    Qualiveg Seed.
2006
Ground-breaking new series SunPatiens® wins The Home Depot Most Innovative New Product award.
2007
Introduced petchoa SuperCal® series, combining the best qualities of petunia and calibrachoa.
2008
Acquisition of market-leading cabbage genetics from Reed's Seeds.
2009
Introduction of sunflower Vincent® series.
Our Future: 2010 and beyond
2010
Established Sakata America Holding Company, Inc.
2011
  • Introduced F1 triploid watermelon Bold Ruler and Citation.
  • Opened state-of-the-art offices and supply chain facility in Burlington, WA.
2012
Introduced Centennial Collection, including F1 tomato Rally and F1 broccoli Centennial.
2013
Zinnia Profusion Double Hot Cherry and Double Deep Salmon win All-America Selections awards.
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