About Rijk Zwaan

Rijk Zwaan is a family-owned vegetable breeding company founded in 1924. It originated in The Netherlands and today operates in more than 100 countries worldwide.


Employees are the most important asset of Rijk Zwaan. We have circa 3,900 employees in more than 30 different countries.


We have more than 1,500 varieties in our assortment in more than 25 different crops.

Research and Development

Every year, we invest approximately 30% of our turnover in R&D. This results in vegetable varieties with ever-better combinations of desired traits.

Market position

We are the number 4 vegetable breeding company in the global vegetable seed market with a turnover of approx. 600 million euros and a market share of 10%.


Our seeds are sold in more than 100 different countries all over the world, via 30 locally-operating Rijk Zwaan sales subsidiaries and numerous (exclusive) distributors.


Rijk Zwaan is a totally independent family business with employee participation. 90% of the shares are in the hands of three families and 10% of the capital is in the hands of employees in the form of share certificates.


Our head office is situated in De Lier, the Netherlands. Rijk Zwaan has over 30 subsidiaries worldwide handling sales, R&D and seed production activities.


Through our social initiative, Love My Salad, we help to educate consumers in the wider community about vegetables, reinforcing the Rijk Zwaan promise of sharing a healthy future.