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 first Sakata Noen export catalog was published.
The Chigasaki Breeding Station in Japan was established. Research and development over a wide range of crops began.
Sakata's F1 petunia Victorious Mix, the world's first all double petunia, earned an All- America Selections award.
Due to the political conflict during World War II,
Sakata safeguarded its
seed stock by sending
it to Canadian partners, including Stokes Seeds.
Opening of Sakata Garden Center in Yokohama, Japan.
Takeo Sakata was awarded the All-America Selections Medallion of Honor for his exemplary work in the industry.
World's first commercial F1 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, CA, and was staffed by a small team of dedicated employees.
Introduced celosia Apricot Brandy - this variety wins an All-American Selections award.
F1 beet Red Ace
was introduced by
Alf Christianson Seed Company, a close partner and future subsidiary of Sakata.
Grand opening of our first Research Station in the U.S. in Salinas, California.
Grand opening of the Sakata America headquarters in Morgan Hill, California.
- 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.
Sakata Seed de Mexico (SMX) was established.
- Grand opening Research Station in Ft. Myers, Florida.
- Acquisition of Agroflora S.A., which became Sakata Seed de Brazil(SDA).
Introduced zinnia Profusion
in the United States.
Cherry and Orange are awarded All-America Selections Gold Medals.
Sakata Seed de Guatemala (SGU) was established.
(established in 1926) became a subsidiary of Sakata.
Dubbed "The Fantasy Tour" Sakata America led its third highly-acclaimed customer tour to Japan.
- Acquisition of the flower division of L. Daehnfeldt A/S.
- Introduced F1 pansy Majestic Giants II.
- Introduced F1 broccoli Avenger.
- Introduced F1 grape tomato Sweet Hearts.
- Introduced F1 Spinach
C2-606 to US markets.
- Acquisition of
Ground-breaking new series SunPatiens®
wins The Home Depot Most Innovative New Product award.
Introduced petchoa SuperCal®
series, combining the best qualities of petunia and calibrachoa.
Acquisition of market-leading cabbage genetics from Reed's Seeds.
Introduction of sunflower Vincent®
Established Sakata America Holding Company, Inc.
- Introduced F1 triploid watermelon Bold Ruler and Citation.
- Opened state-of-the-art offices and supply chain facility in Burlington, WA.
Introduced Centennial Collection, including F1 tomato Rally
and F1 broccoli Centennial