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Seeds, at the heart of world food challenges

By the year 2050, food production will need to be increased by 60%, in order to feed almost 10 billion people and thus meet the needs of the world’s growing population. It will therefore be necessary to produce more and produce better in a context marked by the erosion of arable land and growing conditions are becoming more complex.

Vilmorin & Cie’s ambition is to contribute to meeting world food challenges by developing more efficient seeds (yield, disease resistance, better adaptation to different climates and regions, etc.).

A world leader in seeds

Vilmorin & Cie is one of the world leaders of the seeds sector. It develops business around three activities, two of which represent its core business: vegetable seeds and field seeds, along with the garden seeds activity.

As No. 1 worldwide for vegetable seeds and No.6 worldwide for Field Seeds, Vilmorin & Cie relies on sustained investment in research and a strong international development strategy to sustainably strengthen its competitive positions.

A specific development model

Vilmorin & Cie’s development model relies on three major, singular advantages: a single core business of seeds, close proximity to its markets and a long-term vision of its development. This development model draws strength from the fact it adheres to three founding values, shared with its reference shareholder Limagrain: progress, perseverance and cooperation.

It is also founded on more than 275 years of prestigious history dedicated to plant improvement.

A single core business of seeds

Vilmorin & Cie is a pure play seed company, not involved in agrochemicals.

Active throughout the value chain, from research to distribution, Vilmorin & Cie controls all the stages in the seed business, proposing high quality seeds, perfectly adapted to each of its target markets.

Close proximity to its markets

Vilmorin & Cie has chosen to organize each of its activities around Business Units, in order to focus on proximity to its multiple markets.

This organization model, specific to Vilmorin & Cie, is a great strength. It guarantees very close proximity to its customers, excellent knowledge of its markets, which are highly segmented both in terms of products and regions, along with a real capacity to anticipate and to react.

A long-term vision of its development

The long-term is in the very nature of the profession of farmers and seed producers since on average it takes 7 to 10 years to create a new seed variety.

Vilmorin & Cie’s long-term vision is strengthened by the consistent accompaniment of Limagrain, whose culture and governance model encourage lasting strategic choices.


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