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Sakata Seed America acquires Danziger blocky pepper breeding program

All existing Danziger commercial varieties will be made available to the industry via Sakata Seed America, effective immediately.


June 23, 2020
By Fruit and Vegetable

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Sakata Seed America, a California-based research and seed company, acquires the blocky bell pepper breeding program from Israel-based Danziger Seeds Ltd.

The purchase transfers all existing assets of Danziger’s blocky bell pepper breeding program to Sakata.

Sakata says the acquisition, which includes several existing commercial varieties in the market, will enable Sakata to combine Danziger’s genetics with existing Sakata blocky bell pepper advancements and bring more products to market.

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“We’re very excited to tap into this resource to better serve the blocky bell pepper market, not only in USMCA, but globally, as well,’ states Bryan Zingel, senior sweet pepper product manager for Sakata, in a media release. “Danziger has an exceptional breeding program and commercial variety portfolio focused on the Mexico mid-tech market, as well as U.S. growers utilizing high tunnel and shade cover growing practices.”

Danziger developed its blocky bell pepper varieties using fast-track computational breeding technology from seed breeding specialist, Equinom Ltd., an ag-tech seed company that integrates technology with data-driven breeding methodology. The technology enables the company to breed non-GMO varieties with high levels of accuracy and efficiency.

Micha Danziger, CEO of Danziger Seeds, concluded, “Here at Danziger, we are very happy that our pepper varieties are now in the hands of Sakata, as we are convinced that Sakata will do a great job in maximizing the potential of our breeding program and varieties to create value for Sakata, the pepper growers and consumers around the world.”

All existing Danziger commercial varieties will be made available to the industry via Sakata Seed America, effective immediately.