Barenbrug acquires Seedmark in Australia
The Royal Barenbrug Group has announced the acquisition of Seedmark in Australia. “This acquisition reinforces our long term commitment to the Australian pasture and forage seed industry and delivers even greater improvements in farmer productivity” said Bastiaan Barenbrug, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Barenbrug Group.
Seedmark currently produces in excess of 90 individual proprietary seed varieties. The company successfully markets these not only in Australia but also in over 70 other countries. They realize over 25 million Australian dollar turnover and have one of the most substantial, professional and dedicated teams of seed growers globally. The origin of Seedmark dates back to 1964 with the formation of Seedco, the South Australian Seed Growers Cooperative.
“The product portfolio of Seedmark is very complimentary and enables us to offer a complete range of seeds for pasture, forage and field crops”, concluded Peter Young, CEO of Heritage Seeds, the Australian subsidiary of Barenbrug. “This acquisition also gives access to valuable breeding programs and will strengthen our seed production network”.
Royal Barenbrug Group
The Royal Barenbrug Group is a family-owned business, whose core activities are plant breeding, grass seed production and international marketing of seed for turf and forage grasses and legumes. With over 550 employees and 24 branches in 15 countries on 6 continents, Barenbrug has been the leading grass seed business in the world for over 100 years. The Australian 100% subsidiary of Barenbrug, Heritage Seeds, is one of Australia’s largest research and development focused seed companies. The company is specializing in a range of proprietary and common seed varieties. They provide local solutions for the dairy, meat and livestock industries as well as the professional turf grass market in temperate and sub-tropical zones.