Sakata Seed America Acquires Vanguard Lettuce Program

Salinas, Calif.– Sakata Seed America has acquired Vanguard Seed, a prominent lettuce seed company based in the Salinas Valley.

The purchase of Vanguard provides Sakata Seed America with all existing Vanguard lettuce genetics. Vanguard’s seed team, dedicated to bringing quality lettuce genetics to the market, will join Sakata Seed America and Vanguard’s breeding, seed production, sales and marketing will be fully integrated under the Sakata brand.

‘This is a mutually advantageous decision that allows us to bring top quality lettuce varieties to the market,’ states John Nelson, Vice President of Sakata Seed America. ‘Sakata is a market leader in multiple segments, including broccoli, and has an excellent reputation for quality, reliability and service in the Salinas Valley and beyond. We believe this opportunity will create great synergy for both the lettuce and broccoli markets.’

Sakata Seed America will integrate the Vanguard team into daily operations and retain Vanguard’s Salinas warehouse and office location. ‘We are excited for this opportunity to expand our product line into the lettuce segment’, continues Nelson. ‘Lettuce is a widely consumed vegetable globally and this acquisition will enable Sakata to accelerate development of lettuce varieties for global markets and position our company as a major player in the lettuce market segment’.

‘The Vanguard team is excited to integrate operations with the Sakata team, and we look forward to continuing to develop the lettuce program backed by Sakata’s reputation for quality, reliability, and service.  Sakata is a leader in the broccoli segment in the Salinas Valley and beyond; together we can create a similar success story for lettuce,’ says Dave Henson, Co-owner of Vanguard Seed.


Headquartered in Morgan Hill, CA, Sakata Seed America is a major research, seed production and marketing-distribution subsidiary of Sakata Seed Corporation, established in 1913.   Sakata Seed America serves as the headquarters for the North American operations. Sakata’s objective is to quickly and efficiently meet industry expectations for quality seed, innovative genetics and excellent greenhouse and field performance.