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Sakata Seed observes 100th anniversary


Sakata Seed Corporation, a company with a rich history of breeding and producing breakthrough flower and vegetable varieties, will celebrate 100 years in business in 2013. Sakata Seed Corporation is proud to join the ranks of those few companies that have celebrated this milestone. 

Sakata Seed Corporation was founded in 1913, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is recognized today as a global leader in the development of innovative flowers and vegetable genetics. Sakata is organized into four major divisions operating in Asia, South America, Europe, and North and Central America and has presence in more than 32 countries.  Sakata's mission is to quickly and efficiently meet industry expectations for high quality varieties that offer optimum performance for growers, and to promote retail and consumer demand.

Sakata Seed America was established in California in 1977--over thirty-five years ago--and was the first overseas division for Sakata Seed Corporation. Sakata Seed America serves as the headquarters for the North and Central American operations. Sakata Seed America President/CEO Dave Armstrong expresses his thoughts about the 100th Anniversary, "A century of continuity in business matters to our customers; Sakata has not only survived through world wars, economic crises and natural disasters, but has continuously adapted, creating new standards in both ornamentals and vegetables lines. In a global marketplace characterized by intensive consolidation, Sakata stands as symbol of independence, innovation and reliability."

Sakata wishes to thank its staff, customers, growers and other industry members all over the world  - since Sakata owes so much to them for their longevity and success.
Important Highlights in Sakata Seed Corporation History:
1913:   Takeo Sakata founded Sakata Noen - now known as Sakata Seed Corporation
1934:   Sakata's F1 petunia Victorious Mix, the world's first all double petunia, earned an All- America Selections award
1943:   WWII conflicts caused Sakata to safeguard seed stock by sending it to Canadian partners, including Stokes' Seeds
1951:   Opening of Sakata Garden Center in Yokohama, Japan
1965:   Takeo Sakata awarded All-America Selections Medallion of Honor for his exemplary work in the ornamentals industry
1966World's first commercial F1 hybrid pansy Majestic Giants, bred by Sakata, receives an All-America Selections award
1977:   Sakata Seed America was established
1981:  Introduced celosia Apricot Brandy - this variety wins an All-American Selections award
1985:   Opened the Salinas Research Station in California
1988:   The Morgan Hill office opened, becoming the Sakata America headquarters
1990:   Opened the Yuma Production/Research facility in Arizona
1999:   Introduced zinnia Profusion in the United States, Cherry and Orange are awarded All-America Selections Gold Medals
2006:   Ground-breaking new series SunPatiens┬« wins The Home Depot Most Innovative New Product award
2010:   Established Sakata America Holding Company, Inc.
2011:   Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, which miraculously caused no significant damage to Sakata's business activities or personal injury to our staff
2013:   Zinnia Profusion Double Hot Cherry and Double Deep Salmon win All-America Selections awards