Top 11 Vendors in the European Seeds Market

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Biofuels are in high demand thanks to their environmental and diversification benefits. The demand for biofuels is the main reason behind the growth of the European seeds market. Sustainability is the name of the game, and the development of sustainable biofuel feed stock will further boost the success of this market. According to analysts at Technavio, the European seeds market will grow at a CAGR of approximately 10% by 2020. Expect to see a great deal of merger and acquisition activity occurring on the competitive landscape, leading the major players to further penetrate the market.

In this blog, we identify some of the key and prominent vendors in the market.

Key vendors

Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a Life Science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture. With its innovative products, Bayer is contributing to finding solutions to some of the major challenges of our time. Bayer’s Crop Science division is the third largest innovative agricultural input company in the world and has businesses in high-value seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control.

Groupe Limagrain

Limagrain is a seed group involved in the development of integrated agricultural chains. Founded and managed by French farmers, Limagrain is the 4th largest seed company in the world. The Group makes annual sales of almost 2 billion Euros and has a headcount of nearly 9,000, spread out over 42 countries, including more than 1,800 researchers. It conducts its business within the framework of a global, sustainable vision of agriculture and agri-food based on innovation and regulation of agricultural markets.


Monsanto Company is an American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is a leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed and Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide. This month, Monsanto agreed to accept Bayer’s offer to purchase Monsanto for $66 billion pending regulatory approval.


Syngenta is a leading agriculture company with more than 28,000 employees in over 90 countries. With products in seeds, crop protection, flowers, and beneficial insects, Syngenta is helping improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Syngenta was formed in 2000 through the agribusinesses of Novartis and AstraZeneca.

Other prominent vendors


BASF SE is the largest chemical producer in the world and is headquartered in Germany. The BASF Group comprises subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 80 countries and operates six integrated production sites and 390 other production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa. The company’s broad portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. In 2015, BASF posted sales of €70 billion and income from operations before special items of approximately €6.7 billion.


DLF is a global seed company dealing in forage and amenity seeds, and other crops. The company is a global market leader providing grass and clover seeds to more than 80 countries and is owned by a cooperative of Danish grass-seed farmers.

Gansu Dunhuang Seed

Gansu Dunhuang Seed Co., Ltd. is mainly engaged in the crop seeds and cotton business, as well as the production and processing of other agricultural products and related businesses. It is one of the leading companies of agricultural industrialization strategy, approved jointly by eight state ministries, including the Ministry of Agriculture.

KWS Saat

KWS has been breeding crops for the moderate climatic zone for more than 150 years. The company is now one of the world’s leading seed producers. KWS’s core competence is crop breeding. To that end, the company invested € 174 million last fiscal year in research and development, 17.7 percent of its net sales. As a result, KWS is able to provide farmers with almost 400 new, higher-yielding market approvals every year.

Land ‘O Lakes

Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations. The company was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in Minnesota. Its three areas of business include crop inputs, dairy foods, and feed.

Mahyco Seeds

Mahyco is the first company in India to introduce hybrid seeds in many crops including several vegetable crops. As the pioneer in seed technology, Mahyco has transformed the country’s agricultural landscape and helped farmers improve crop productivities substantially. Mahyco is on a mission to make India not only self-sufficient in food production, but also a major global exporter of agricultural produce.


Sakata is a world leader in breeding and producing vegetable and ornamental seed and vegetative cuttings. Sakata breeders around the world work diligently to develop varieties that offer superior performance and set new standards for the industry.

Looking for more information on where the Europen seeds market is headed in the next few years?

View the 2016-2020 Seeds Market in Europe Report