Rijk Zwaan is a Dutch family-owned vegetable breeding company. It is amongst the top 4 in the global vegetable seed market with a turnover of over 400 million euros and a market share of 8%. Rijk Zwaan develops vegetable varieties and sells the seeds produced from them. It combines the huge genetic diversity that nature has to offer with continuous investment in R&D (approx. 30% of the annual turnover). This results in plant varieties with ever-better combinations of desired traits.
Rijk Zwaan has more than 1,000 varieties in its assortment, across more than 25 different vegetable crops. Rijk Zwaan seeds are sold in more than 100 different countries through locally operating sales subsidiaries and numerous distributors. To align its products perfectly with market requirements, the company maintains close contact not only with growers but also with the rest of the vegetable chain. Rijk Zwaan takes a personal approach and strives for win-win situations and long-term partnerships.
The head office is situated in De Lier, The Netherlands. In addition, Rijk Zwaan has over 30 foreign subsidiaries handling sales, R&D and seed production activities. Rijk Zwaan employs around 2,800 people and they are the company’s most important asset. The company culture is centred on involvement, teamwork and loyalty. As a result, Rijk Zwaan’s employees are highly motivated to provide all customers with top-quality seeds and a high level of service.