Rijk Zwaan continues its innovation drive
Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel B.V. generated net turnover of €420 million in the 2016/2017 financial year. That represents an increase of 8% over the previous financial year. This growth enables Rijk Zwaan to continue its substantial investments in research and development (R&D).
Passing away of former director and shareholder Maarten Zwaan
Maarten Zwaan passed away on Monday 18 September at the age of 82. Maarten was on the Board of Directors at Rijk Zwaan from 1988 to 2000 and was co-shareholder of the company.
Rijk Zwaan presents new lettuce type for Asian market
Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan has extended its product range with a frilly, open lettuce type with the bite of iceberg lettuce. What makes this new Crystal lettuce unique is its exceptional suitability for use in hot dishes. This week, it has been presented to the Asian market during Rijk Zwaan’s Asian Leafy Days.
Rijk Zwaan enters squash market with big ambitions
Rijk Zwaan has launched its first three commercial squash varieties. The breeding company offers a complete market solution under its own identity, with outstanding fruit quality.
Rijk Zwaan joins forces in new R&D consortium
Rijk Zwaan will be able to expand its research activities as one of the partners of the Crops of the Future Collaborative. This new public-private consortium is convened by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR, located in the USA) and has research on leafy vegetables as one of its points of attention.
Retail Center now open for visitors
Rijk Zwaan has today officially opened its Retail Center in Berlin, Germany. The Retail Center is Rijk Zwaan’s latest step in further improving its service to retailers and identifying the right priorities for the company’s breeding programmes.
Knox™ wins Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2017
On Friday 10 February 2017, the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award was presented for the eleventh time. Over 70,000 visitors to the trade fair were invited to vote for their favourite out of the ten nominees, and Rijk Zwaan is extremely honoured and proud to announce that Knox™ emerged as the winner.
Bejo and Rijk Zwaan announce licensing deal on traits in vegetables
Bejo and Rijk Zwaan have signed an agreement for the exchange of non-exclusive licenses for patented traits in vegetables. This exchange will enable the two vegetable breeding companies to strengthen their innovative capacities and introduce improved varieties more quickly.
Milestone for development of African horticulture
Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan has introduced its first hybrid varieties for African eggplant. These have numerous advantages over varieties that are traditionally grown in Africa and will enable farmers to generate a better income for themselves. Rijk Zwaan spent almost 10 years working on the development of these varieties and is now selling the first seeds on a commercial basis.
Rijk Zwaan extends services with Retail Center in Berlin
Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is establishing a permanent ‘experience centre’ in Berlin to inform and inspire its international retail partners. The new Retail Center will be one of Rijk Zwaan’s two chosen themes during the upcoming Fruit Logistica. The other will be Knox™, a trait that delays pinking in fresh cut lettuce and that has been officially nominated for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2017.