DE LIER, The Netherlands: Dümmen Orange expands its position in bulb and tuber breeding by entering the Calla market. The companies G. Geerlings & Zonen B.V. and Sande will join the Dümmen Orange family of businesses. This enables Dümmen Orange to offer a broad portfolio of Calla varieties to new and existing customers, strengthen its retail relationships and deepen its R&D investments in bulbs and tubers. In addition, Dümmen Orange has bought Golden State Bulb Growers (GSBG) (California, USA) seeds stocks and breeding pipeline of “Callafornia Calla” with the aim to offer an even broader portfolio of Calla varieties to new and existing customers.
The new, combined Calla business creates the global leader in Calla breeding: Geerlings’ experience in cultivation and processing of different kinds of Calla tubers, combined with the established portfolio of products from GSBG & Sande, and the leading breeding programs from Sande & GSBG.
In combination with Dümmen Orange’s global sales reach and modern breeding capabilities, this will result in a superior offering to customers worldwide and bolster innovations, especially in the introduction of disease resistance and yield traits. This step into Calla breeding is a clear demonstration of Dümmen Orange’s commitment to become a leader in bulb and tuber breeding that started in 2016 with the acquisition of Hobaho.
GSBG in California will continue its business until September 2018 to assure delivery of orders to its customers. Production of Callafornia Calla has started in the Netherlands, with the first supply expected by the end of 2018. As of that moment, Dümmen Orange will take over the supply to GSBG customers.
This step underpins our firm belief in the importance of scale. A broad portfolio is the strategic response to the trend of consolidation amongst growers, driven by the growing influence of retail markets. In taking these steps, Dümmen Orange makes the Netherlands the undisputed center of Calla breeding in the world.