MariboHilleshög is an integrated sugar beet seed company with R&D, seed multiplication, processing, logistics and sales and marketing for the global market. The company markets its well-known, legacy sugar beet brands, Maribo and Hilleshög, in more than 30 countries. Established on 1 October 2017, MariboHilleshög is a strategic business unit in the DLF Group, a global seed company with headquarters in Denmark and global market leader within forage and turf seed. MariboHilleshög has 350 employees dedicated to sugar beet seed with breeding and seed production sites in Denmark, Sweden, Italy, France and USA. The MariboHilleshög headquarters are located in Holeby, on the island Lolland, Denmark. MariboHilleshög Research AB in Landskrona Sweden, is the center of the breeding and research activities. The US business, Hilleshog Seeds LLC, is based in Longmont, Colorado and activities are spread over multiple sites in the US. For further information: www.maribohilleshog.com.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2018, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of 39.6 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.6 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.2 billion euros. For more information, go to www.bayer.com.
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. In fiscal 2017/18, 5,147 employees in 70 countries generated net sales of EUR 1,068 million and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR 133 million. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for more than 160 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugarbeet, cereals, rapeseed and sunflowers. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield and resistance to diseases, pests and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested EUR 198 million last fiscal year in research and development, 18.5 percent of its net sales.
* All figures exclude the companies carried at equity AGRELIANT GENETICS LLC., AGRELIANT GENETICS INC. and KENFENG – KWS SEEDS CO., LTD.