Who we are

We are Rijk Zwaan. A fruit and vegetable breeding company. Every day, millions of people eat fruit and vegetables grown from our seeds.

Rijk Zwaan at a glance

30% to R&D

of our annual turnover

3,900+ employees

in over 30+ countries

25+ crops

over more than 1500 fruit and vegetable varieties

People first

At Rijk Zwaan, we believe in putting people first.Ourcompany culture plays a key role in everything we do. For us, this means prioritising the well-being and satisfaction of employees, customers, and stakeholders. By creating a supportive and inclusive culture, we aim to foster long-term success and positive societal impact.

Rijk Zwaan in the UK

Rijk Zwaan UK was founded in 1987 and has evolved from a small office in Immingham to its current purpose built distribution site in Pocklington since 1990. The growth and success of Rijk Zwaan UK has been built on the long term relationships it has formed with its growing partners, customers and suppliers. One of Rijk Zwaan UK’s key features is its unique company culture, which puts its employees at the heart of its business and therefore success. In order to maintain and continue this environment recruitment and retention of its like minded employees is paramount.


Step by step is the approach we like to take

Douglas Alexander has worked for Rijk Zwaan UK since 1990. His role within the company has always been within Internal Sales and Logistics. These types of roles come with a strong emphasis on customer service and supporting colleagues in and out of the office.

Continuous innovation

Rijk Zwaan is a family-owned international fruit and vegetable breeding company supplying seeds to growers in more than 100 countries.

Research is at our core. We breed future-proof varieties in anticipation of climate change and ever-changing market demands. To accelerate the breeding process and ensure high-quality seeds, we utilise modern technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital phenotyping, and data-driven breeding. This enables us to breed better, more sustainable varieties with higher yields and natural resistances to plant diseases for growers and chain partners all over the world.

Seeds at the start of the food chain

Rijk Zwaan develops high-quality fruit and vegetable varieties for the professional agri-food sector. As an independent family-owned company, we operate globally in over 100 countries. With more than 25 different crops and over 1,500 varieties, we provide high-quality seeds to growers worldwide. Our aim is to offer a wide range of fruit and vegetable varieties, whether for high-tech greenhouse, protected cultivation or open-field farming.