Bakker Brothers is a seed company with a rich history and a futurist mindset. Established in the Netherlands in 1928, our company specializes in the breeding, production, and sales of vegetable seeds. Our specialized teams manage the processes involved in a seed business from A to Z. We develop varieties ourselves as well as produce, clean, treat and pack them. Our experience in the worldwide seed industry we use to fulfill customer desires and needs.
From the 1950s onward we started exploring the world, looking for new markets. In 1954 East-Africa was chosen as the new production site. In the years following we broadened our distribution channels to export to countries outside of Europe, in particular countries in the Middle East and Africa. In the early 2000s we’ve fully expanded into the Middle East by opening a sales office in the region, which was turned into a breeding and trial station in a later stage. Over the years we’ve successfully penetrated hard-to-reach informal markets in the Middle East and Sub-Sahara Africa. We’ve opened offices and stations in these regions to serve and understand the local market even better.
Bakker Brothers is an international company with offices and facilities in Europe, the Middle East, and Sub-Sahara Africa. Our breeding activities take place worldwide and we conduct product trials across all continents. Our focus markets are Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Sahara Africa. To ensure our seeds thrive in our focus markets, our research & development team makes sure our products are bred especially to suit the needs of these markets.
2018 | Bakker Brothers acquires an onion breeding program, expanding our product catalogue with new onion varieties.
2017 | A breeding and training station is opened in Arusha, Tanzania.
2016 | We relaunch our breeding and sales activities for the processing market for our bean and carrot crops.
2013 | Bakker Brother expands to Jordan. An office location is opened, as well as a research and trial station in Jordan.
2013 | Zaad Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Zeder Investments, becomes Bakker Brothers’ parent company.
2012 | Our breeding station in the Netherlands is expanded to include a greenhouse complex totalling three hectares for initial breeding activities.
2011 | We start creating own varieties through breeding of hybrid seeds. Our breeding team is expanded and we start focusing on eggplants, hot pepper, determinate tomatoes, beans, and carrots.
2008 | Expanding of the breeding programmes for tomatoes and peppers.
2003 | Klein Karoo Kooperasie from South Africa takes a majority interest in Bakker Brothers, marking the beginning of a successful collaboration.
1980 | Bakker Brothers starts breeding and selecting an increasingly wider selection of vegetable seeds, including carrots, peppers, lettuce, and tomatoes. Exports are now also targeted at countries outside of Europe, particularly in Africa and Middle East.
1976 | Increased focus on the cultivation of bean seeds.
1972 | Bakker Brothers starts to focus more on the breeding and selection of new bean varieties.
1954 | East Africa is explored as the new growing area for stock seeds. The first production on the company’s own farm in Tanzania is completed.
1945 | The company starts focusing on the cultivation and sale of bean seeds.
1928 | Bakker Brothers is founded under the name ‘Gebroeders Bakker Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel B.V.’. The company gets their start by growing cabbage seeds for export to Germany.
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.