July 2023 marks the 110th anniversary of the beginnings of Sakata Seed Corporation.
In 1913, our founder Takeo Sakata returned to Japan from his training in overseas practical business in the West. He then established Sakata Noen in Yokohama and began a business in selling young plants of trees overseas. This was the beginnings of Sakata Seed Corporation.
Although the times have changed since then, the one thing that has never changed is our “PASSION in Seed.” Sakata Seed Corporation produces superior varieties and delivers happiness to society through those seeds and plants.
Path from 100 to 110 years since our founding
10 years have passed since we celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2013. During this time, the environment surrounding our company has changed rapidly. Major challenges such as responding to climate change and preserving biodiversity have arisen in the agricultural and gardening industries which are closely linked to nature, and we now have an even greater responsibility for protecting the environment and society. Therefore, in 2022, we added Mutual Harmony to our management philosophy of Mutual Prosperity and Mutual Interest. Based on this, we have renewed our promise to work toward sustainable coexistence among nature on earth, society surrounded by nature, and companies as an integral part of the society.
Enhancement of global network
We have established bases in regions around the world, such as Sakata Vietnam Co., Ltd. and Sakata Seed Argentina S.A., thereby achieving a robust management system and supply chain that can stably deliver seeds to more than 170 countries around the world. Sakata Seed Corporation will continue to lead the global seeds and young plants industry.
Further globalization of R&D system
We have established R&D stations such as the Woodland Innovation Center in the United States and the Culiacan Innovation Center in Mexico. In addition to Japan, we are expanding our research system in North & Central America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia, thereby cultivating varieties for the global market and developing agricultural and horticultural supplies.
Support for sustainability
We implement efforts to enhancing measures to protect genetic resources of horticultural plants based on the Convention on Biological Diversity; for example, our genetic resources conservation program in Mexico was adopted by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). Furthermore, we have formulated our Basic Approach to the SDGs and our Basic Policy on Sustainability, and are promoting initiatives for the sustainable development of the world.
With gratitude to everyone who has supported us during the past 110 years, Sakata Seed Corporation will continue to deliver diverse value through seeds and young plants, and to be a seed company that earns the trust of everyone.
・110th Anniversary Website: https://global-sakata.com/110th/index.html
・SAKATA Global Website: https://global-sakata.com/