A Celebration of Service
A Look Into our Past
A Note from our President and CEO, Dave Armstrong
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.
Our Roots: 1913 - 1966
The company’s founder, Takeo Sakata, founded Sakata Noen
First Steps in America: 1972
The Beginning of Sakata Seed America: 1977 - 1987
Growth & Expansion: 1988 - 2017
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.
- Grand opening Research Station in Ft. Myers, Florida.
- Acquisition of Agroflora S.A., which became Sakata Seed de Brazil(SDA).
Sakata Seed de Guatemala (SGU) was established.
Alf Christianson Seed Company (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 market-leading cabbage genetics from Reed’s Seeds.
Established Sakata America Holding Company, Inc.
- Sakata expands partnership with garden and lifestyle expert, P. Allen Smith, to include SunPatiens® and Cut Flower Collection.
- Profusion Orange zinnia becomes the first flower to bloom in outer space.