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    KWS Vegetables

Our ambition in vegetables is to be a supplier in top quality varieties

In 2019, we put together a team of vegetable seed specialists that with an adventurous and pioneering spirit will build an organization and its activities towards a significant position in markets around the globe.

This ambition expands the existing KWS portfolio into a market that has a long term outlook of growth through drivers as the trend towards a sustainable and healthier diet.

Working together with experts and companies who share our values and drive for high quality, we will make step by step investments in the years to come.
In doing so, we will follow a three pillar approach; organic growth, accompanied by the sale of licensed commercial varieties and selective acquisitions.

For more than 160 years we have been developing very successfully varieties of agricultural plants. This competency will now help to build up the new business activity in vegetables.
Dr. Hagen Duenbostel, CEO

Developing a diverse vegetable portfolio with selected partners

In order to meet the different needs of growers around the globe, we are teaming up with selected partners in various countries.
We will combine our efforts and develop future varieties within our international breeding network as such keep expanding our crop range.

Currently, we can already offer high quality varieties for crops such as spinach, red beet, swiss chard and beans.

For the future we are focusing on tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, watermelons and melons which are the five most important vegetable crops around the world.

Our focus in breeding vegetables is to equip plants with a high tolerance to abiotic stress and minimize the use of resources such as water and chemicals in growing them.
Paul Degreef, Head of Business Unit Vegetables

The Vegetable network

Vegetable breeding is a long term endeavor. It takes an average of seven years from the start of a breeding program for a new variety to be launched. Thus acquisitions and partnerships with companies, who already have embarked on this path very successfully, are an important cornerstone within our long-term strategy.

Find the vegetable seeds for your country

Detailed information about the country specific products and local representatives can be found on the separate country pages. In each country different varieties are offered which are adjusted to match the specific growing conditions and market needs.

Click on your country to get redirected to the country’s website.

Developing an international breeding network

Our ambition in vegetables is to be a supplier in top quality varieties. Therefor our Headquarter is located at the campus of the famous Wageningen University: world leading in Agricultural Research and Education. Another important breeding site is located in Andijk, at the very heart of Seed Valley, the centre of Plant Breeding in northwestern Netherlands. At both locations skilled workers and experienced breeders and researchers are collaborating in order to become the best in the vegetable seed industry.

In addition to our sites in the Netherlands we are establishing state-of-the-art breeding stations in Southern Europe, Asia and Latin America. By exchanging knowledge and experience with our specialists across the globe and by reaching out to partners from regional companies and professional institutions, the most effective breeding programs are being designed to develop top quality vegetable varieties.

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Thom Schepers
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