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East PEPPER Players
Gridiron
Gridiron
Blitz
Blitz
Touchdown
Touchdown

East PEPPER Players

A winning line-up!


VIDEO Bryan Zingel presents NEW peppers for the EAST

Score BIG with Sakata’s new Eastern pepper players!

Not only does our line-up offer traits like great adaptability, earlier maturity, high yield potential, labor friendliness, improved disease resistance, flavor and shelf life, these peppers are backed by a team of research and market experts that is constantly analyzing trends, features and priorities to help you get the sustainable returns you need. ​

Meet the Breeder!

Meet the Breeder!

Arun Sharma


Get to know our pepper breeder! Arun has been passionate about agriculture since he was a child growing up in India. Read more!

New Bells for the East - Become a fan!

After many years of intensive and rigorous development, the Sakata team is proud to introduce three exciting new bell peppers—Blitz, Gridiron and Touchdown—specifically developed and adapted for regions and slots on the East Coast.

Blitz is an early maturing, widely adapted blocky bell with heavy first cropping potential providing growers the opportunity for earlier returns. The extra-large and jumbo fruit are of good general quality and have thick walls.

Gridiron is also early maturing and has high yield potential of extra-large and jumbo fruit with a darker green color than Blitz. Both have high resistance to TMV: 0, and Xcv: 0-5, 7-9 and intermediate resistance to TEV. 

For growers looking for high yields of large and extra-large fruit, Touchdown  is a good option. The plants are robust and prolific, with good cover, and also have high resistance to TMV: 0 and Xcv: 0-5, 7-9. Sweet Pepper breeder, Arun Sharma adds, “The main feature of Touchdown is that it maintains its shape and extra-large size. The fruit is blocky, four lobed, with nice shoulders, and the fruit comes off of the plant very easily. Touchdown also has a very outstanding extended harvest potential.”

Our Research Goals

Bryan Zingel, Senior Product Development Manager for peppers says, “From a development perspective, emphasis is placed on features and benefits for the complete customer chain, from growers to the final customer.” Sakata’s R & D teams work on key traits like fruit flavor, texture, eating quality, color and shelf life, among others. 

There is also a great amount of focus on improving important traits for the growers such as adaptability, marketable yield potential, labor friendliness, drying qualities, improved disease resistances...one of the primary goals of the Sakata pepper program is to provide you with improved bottom line and satisfied returning customers. See video.

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