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1913 Establishment of Sakata Noen after return of Takeo Sakata from Europe and North America.
1921 Establishment of the first germination laboratory in the private sector in Japan.
1930 Establishment of Chigasaki Breeding Station and commencement of wide ranging varieties improvement activities.
1934 Sakata awarded prize in the All-America Selections for the first time with the F1 All Double Petunia "Victorious Mixed", world's first all double flower Petunia.
1940 Announcement of "Suteki Kanran", the world's first F1 hybrid cabbage.
1942 T.Sakata & Company established as a corporate trust.
1951 Retaill section establishment in head office-one of Japan´s first gardening shops (presently Garden Center Yokohama).
1959 Establishment of Misato Research Station.
1960 Establishment of Chogo Research Station.
1961 Establishment of Nakai Research Station.
1962 Commencement of sales of the "Prince" Melon.
1965 Medallion of Honor of the All-America Selections awarded to Takeo Sakata.
Commencement of sales of the "Kinkei 201" Cabbage.
"Savoy King" Cabbage awarded prize in the All-America Selections.
1966 Establishment of Hazawa Distribution Center as packaging and shipping base.
World's first F1 Pansy "Majestic Giant Mixed" and "White with Blotch". Awarded Bronze in the All-America Selections.
1971 Import and sale of sweetcorn "Honey Bantam".
Kimitsu Research Station established and vegetable seed research program expanded.
1972 Commencement of sales of the "Atlas" Spinach and "Zuiko" Tomato with multiple disease resistance.
1977 Establishment of Sakata Seed America, Inc.
Commencement of sales of the "Andes" Melon.
1983 Flower exhibition held at Mukogaoka-Yuen in celebration of the 70th anniversary.
1985 Commencement of sales of "Peter Corn" Sweet Corn and Sacrust High-Tech Seed.
1986 Corporate name changed to Sakata Seed Corporation.
1987 Sakata Seed listed on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Successful pollen culture of Chinese cabbage.
Successful culturing of broccoli from anthers.
Successful raising of male sterile cabbage from cultivar.
1990 Establishment of Sakata Seed Europe B.V.(presently Sakata Holland B.V).
Sakata Seed listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Establishment of Kakegawa Research Center.
Establishment of Hokkaido Research Station.
Participation in International Garden and Greenery Exposition, and Grand Prize awarded to "King of Snow" Lisianthus.
1991 Establishment of Sakata Seed Chile S.A.
1993 Flower exhibition "Dream show" held at Kakegawa Research Center in celebration of the 80th anniversary.
1994 Purchase of Agroflora S.A.(presently Sakata Seed Sudamericrica LTDA).
Establishment of Sakata Seed do Brazil LTDA.
1995 Head office moved to Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama.
1996 Establishment of Sakata Siam Seed Co., Ltd.
Sakata Seed Iberica S.L.
Sakata Seed France S.A.R.L. (presently Sakata Vegetables Europe S.A.S.).
Purchase of Samuel Yates Ltd. (presently Sakata UK Limited).
1997 Purchase of Chung Won Seed Co., Ltd. (presently Sakata Korea Co., Ltd.).
1998 Establishment of Sakata Seed (Suzhou) Co.,Ltd.
Establishment of research center in uchaux, France.
Establishment of Nimes Research station (presently Uchaud Research Center).
Establishment of Laboratory Building in Kakegawa Research Center.
1999 Zinnia "Profusion Cherry" and "Profusion Orange" awarded
prizes in the All-America Selections.
Establishment of Sakata Polska Sp.z.o.o.
Purchase of MayFord Holdings (Pty)Ltd.
(presently Sakata Seed Southern Africa (Pty)Ltd.).
2000 Establishment of Yoju Research Station.
2001 Zinnia "Profusion White" awarded prize in the All-America Selections.
Establishment of European Sakata Holding S.A.S.
2002 Garden Center Yokohama renewed.
Purchase of Alf Christianson Seed CO.
The sales in Japan changed 4 Branches organization.
2003 Celebration of the 90th anniversary.
Acquisition of the flower division of L.Dæhnfeldt A/S.
Establishment of Sakata Ornamentals Europe A/S.
Seed Testing Dept. (presently Quality Control Dept.) obtained the certification of The International Seed Testing Association for the first time in Japan among private companies.
2005 Medallion of Honor of the All-Amedca Selections awarded to Shunichiro Suda, Senior Managing Director.
Purchase of Qualiveg Seed Production, Inc.
2006 Establishment of Yaita Logistics Center.
2007 Adoption of Executive officer System.
2008 Establishment of Sakata Seed India Private Limited.
Breeder's Cup of the All-America Selections awarded to Masao Bessho, Deputy General Manager of Production Dept.
2010 F1 "Seirin" cabbage authorized for "2009 Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Authorized Variety," the first authorized variety developed in the private sector.
2011 Establishment of Sakata Turkey (Sakata Tarίm Ürünleri ve Tohumculuk Sanayi ve Ticaret LÎMÎTED ŞÎRKETÎ).
60th year anniversary of Garden Center Yokohama and 80th year anniversary of mail order.
2013 Celebration of the 100th anniversary.

Hiranuma head office in 1928

Sakata awarded prize in the All-America Selections with the F1 All Double Petunia "Victorious Mixed", world's first all double flower Petunia.

"Prince" Melon

"Zuiko" Tomato with multiple disease resistance

"Atlas" Spinach

Sakata Seed America, Inc

"Andes" Melon

"Peter Corn" Sweet Corn

"King of Snow" Lisianthus

Kakegawa Dream Show

Head office moved to Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama

Sakata Seed (Suzhhou) Co., Ltd.

Zinnia "Profusion Cherry" and "Profusion Orange" awarded prizes in the All-America Selections.

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