About us

Rijk Zwaan is a family-owned vegetable seed breeding company founded in The Netherlands in 1924 by Mr Rijk Zwaan. Our story is about respect for nature, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and driving change. The company employs 3,600 people throughout over 100 countries.

Rijk Zwaan Australia

Founded in Daylesford, Victoria, in 1987, Rijk Zwaan Australia (pronounced ‘rake zwarn’) employs approximately 80 staff, working across three primary areas:

  • Vegetable seed sales
  • Research and development
  • Seed production

Working with growers, retailers and processing companies, we continually exchange ideas to drive the development of vegetables, product lines and concepts aligned to market needs. In addition, we closely collaborate with research institutes and universities.

Salanova® mixed butter leaf

Salanova® varieties create a premium salad segment in Australia

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Innovative solutions for growers

Rijk Zwaan is focussed on creating sustainable, tasty and colourful vegetables for growers, retail and trade, and consumers.

We are committed to providing technical expertise and solution-based approaches to growers backed by extensive research and development in vegetable breeding, supported by access to global data.

At the heart of Rijk Zwaan are our people

The company is devoted to developing varieties and services with a value-added approach towards working together with partners throughout the supply chain.

We believe a people-focussed structure creates a stable and secure environment, and allows employees to flourish contributing to the success by creating and developing new varieties.

With seeds at the start of the food chain, we recognise the responsibility our company carries in providing quality products and ensuring a healthy future is possible.

Breeding for sustainability

Investing in seed quality

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Please watch our company video "Sharing a healthy future".