History

In 1928 Arie, Gerrit and Willem Bakker, market gardeners in Langedijk, decided to start growing cabbage seeds for export to Germany.

1945: Jan Bakker, Gerrit’s son, joins the business. The company starts focusing on the cultivation and sale of bean seeds.

1954: East Africa is used as the new growing area, and 1956 sees the first production on the company's own farm in Tanzania, ‘Manyara Estate’.

Jan Bakker’s sons also start working in the business: Gerard in 1963, Rob in 1973 and Eric in 1983.

In the 1970s the company starts to focus more on breeding new bean varieties.

1976: Founding of Bakker Brothers of Idaho in the USA, our growing organisation for the cultivation of bean seeds in the disease-free area of Idaho.

In the 1980s Bakker Brothers starts offering an increasingly wider selection of vegetable seeds and breeding these as well. Exports are now also targeted at countries outside of Europe.

2003: Klein Karoo Kooperasie from South Africa takes a majority interest in Bakker Brothers, marking the beginning of a successful collaboration.

2004: Wouter, Rob’s son, starts working in the business.

In 2008, seed breeding company Delphina is founded in South Africa together with shareholder Klein Karoo Seed Marketing. A start is made on expanding the breeding programmes.

In 2011 attention is also turned to creating own varieties through breeding, cross-fertilisationand development of hybrid seeds. The breeding team is further expanded with the focus on 6 vegetable crops.

2012: a greenhouse complex is acquired (totalling 3 hectares), which is used for the initial breeding activities in the Netherlands.

2013: Zaad Holdings Ltd (subsidiary of Zeder Investments) acquires 100% of Klein Karoo Seed Marketing.

In November 2013 a Bakker Brothers seed breeding company (Bakker Brothers Jordan Co.) is started up in Jordan. Together with the business in the Netherlands and South Africa, breeding activities take place year round, up to 3 generations per year.