The two Dutch seed companies KWS Vegetables B.V. and Zasco B.V., have agreed that the Pop Vriend Vegetable Seeds trading business will be transferred to Zasco in an asset deal. This business area involves sourcing, producing, and supplying a broad range of vegetable seeds that are well-adapted for use in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, predominantly high-quality open-pollinated (OP) seeds.
"In expanding our vegetable seed business, we are focusing on developing and selling high-performing varieties for nine vegetables, namely tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, watermelons, spinach, beans, red beet, and chard, with a geographical focus on Southern Europe, Asia, and Latin America. This is why we decided to sell the Pop Vriend Vegetable Seeds trading business", Paul Degreef, Head of the Business Unit KWS Vegetables, explains. "We are delighted that Zasco as a strong market player, will now use its expertise, network, and market position to further develop the OP seed business."
"The products of Pop Vriend Vegetable Seeds are an appropriate addition to assortment and customer base in Africa and the Middle East. Also, the coating and canning line is a welcome addition to our service activities, says Gert-Jan de Groot, Director of Zasco. Zasco was founded in 1994 by Laurens Zwaan. The company offers a full range of OP vegetable seeds, field crops, and fertilizers with a clear focus on the Mena and African countries.
The acquisition was completed on 28-09-2022. The employees of Pop Vriend Vegetable Seeds will continue to work within the Pop Vriend and KWS Vegetables organization.