Takii Europe BV, situated in De Kwakel, The Netherlands, is the European base of operations for Takii & Company. Ltd. in Japan. Takii Europe BV is an integrated seed company engaged in the breeding, production, processing and sales & marketing of a wide range of flower and vegetable varieties.
Takii Europe BV carries a large assortment of flower varieties for professional growers. The company is currently leading the market with its key products: sunflower varieties (Sunrich F1 series), Lisianthus, Viola, pot Gerbera, Canna and ornamental cabbages, and has become a reliable partner for its large clientele.
The many varieties of vegetable seed supplied by Takii Europe BV are being cultivated in all main European production areas where the main crops produced from seed are onions and cabbages (White Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage and Kohlrabi) and where rootstocks are used to produce various fruit crops including watermelon, eggplant, pepper, cucumber, tomato and melon.
Due to its increasing activities in both flower seed and vegetable seed and the acquisition of K. SAHIN, Zaden BV in 2007 and of Global Flowers A/S in 2008, Takii Europe BV has become an organization with a staff of more than 150 employees.
Mr. Jisaburo Ohmoriya (Takii Jisaburo, Sr.) started distributing seeds to farmers. This was the beginning of Takii's seed business.
The company issued its first mail order catalog and launched its mail order business.
A privately-run firm known as Takii Jisaburo Shoten & Co., Ltd. was formed. Later, in 1926, its name was changed to Takii & Co., Ltd.
The Takii Plant Breeding and Experimental Station was established in Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.
Takii & Co., Ltd introduced the 'Fukujyu No.1' and 'Fukujyu No.2', F1 hybrid tomatoes and became a leader in tomato breeding in Japan.
Takii introduced the world's first varieties of Brassica F1 hybrids: Chinese Cabbage 'No.1' and Cabbage 'O-S Cross' ( A.A.S. medal winner in 1951).
'Just Right', the world's first F1 hybrid turnip, was introduced (A.A.S. medal winner in 1959).
The Ibaraki Plant Breeding and Experimental Station was established in Japan.
Takii introduced the world's first F1 hybrid daikon (Japanese Radish): Daikon 'Spring Cross'. Takii also introduced an F1 hybrid eggplant: Eggplant 'Millionaire'.
Japan's first F1 hybrid onion, Onion 'O-Y', was introduced.
Takii introduced the world's first F1 hybrid broccoli: Broccoli 'Late Corona'.
Takii introduced an F1 hybrid squash - Squash 'Delica' - which became the most popular squash variety in Japan.
- New buildings to accommodate the company's headquarters were completed.
'Coral Cross', the first F1 hybrid carrot in Japan was introduced.
The F1 hybrid Broccoli 'Green Comet' was awarded an A.A.S. Gold Medal.
- The Takii Plant Breeding and Experimental Station covering 70 hectares was established in Kohsei, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
Takii introduced 'Relish Cross', a disease-resistant F1 hybrid daikon (Japanese Radish). It won overwhelming support from farmers and consumers and led to the popularity of the green-necked radish varieties.
- Takii introduced the world's first F1 hybrid kohlrabi - Kohlrabi 'Grand Duke' (A.A.S. medal winner in 1979).
The new building for the Tokyo Sales Office was completed.
- F1 hybrid Zinnia 'Gold Sun' won an A.A.S. Bronze Medal.
- Takii introduced the world's first F1 hybrid celery: Celery 'Top Seller'.
The company's capital increased to 200 million yen.
The Sales Office in Sendai, Japan moved to a new location.
- American Takii, Inc. was established.
The Naganuma Breeding Station, Takamatsu Office and Takii Europe Liaison Office were established.
- Modern, state-of-the-art research facilities including a research wing and exhibition hall were completed at Takii's Plant Breeding and Experimental Station in Kohsei, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
Takii celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding, the 65th anniversary of its incorporation, and the 80th anniversary of its mail order business. On this occasion, Takii changed its brand name from 'Nagaoka Hybrid' to 'Takii Hybrid'. By this time, Takii had created 425 varieties of hybrid vegetables and 136 varieties of flower hybrids.
- Takii introduced its hybrid tomato, Tomato 'Tough Boy'. This pioneering, sweet-tasting hybrid enjoys an extremely high share of the market.
- 'Bio-Hakuran' was created: the first hybrid Brassica developed by cell fusion.
The Japanese sales offices in Tokyo, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Sendai became branch offices.
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of its incorporation, a corporate history titled 'Tane no Ayumi' (Footsteps of Seeds) was published.
- Kumiyama Center was completed in Kumiyama-cho, Kyoto, Japan to process and package seeds. - Helianthus 'Big Smile', one of the first dwarf sunflower varieties, won a Grand Prize at the Osaka International Flower and Greenery Expo.
- Takii Chile was established in South America.
- Takii Europe B.V. was established in the Netherlands.
Mr. Toshiya Takii became Chairman and Mr. Denichi Takii became President of Takii & Co., Ltd.
Chairman Toshiya Takii was honored with a prestigious decoration, 'The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette', a Japanese order established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji of Japan. The decoration was conferred by His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan.
- The Fujimi Plant Breeding and Experimental Station opened in Nagano Prefecture, Japan for the purpose of developing new flower varieties. (Later, it would be combined with a plant breeding and experimental station in Shiojiri, Japan to become Nagano Plant Breeding and Experimental Station.)
During the 100th anniversary of its agricultural trial research activities, Takii won the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries award for 'the establishment of the F1 breeding method'.
- The renovation of Kawaramachi retail outlet was completed.
Takii Research France was established in the south of France.
- A new warehouse for handling horticultural items was established in Kameoka, Japan.
- Zinnia angustifolia 'Crystal White' won an A.A.S. medal.
A branch was established in Seoul, South Korea.
Two facilities were established in Japan for the purpose of increasing the company's production capacity for the supply of nursery plants: Kansai Nursery Center in Mie Prefecture and the T-S Nursery in Kumamoto Prefecture.
- The Takii Horticultural School celebrated its 50th anniversary.
- Pahuja Takii Seed Limited (a joint-venture company) was established in Delhi, India.
Osteospermum 'Passion Mix' received an A.A.S. award.
- Takii do Brasil Ltda. (a joint-venture company) was established in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Yuma Research Station was established in Arizona in the US.
- Takii participated in Japan Flora 2000 at Awajishima, Japan.
- Takii became the first Japanese seed company to acquire the ISO 9002 accreditation for a quality control system.
The Inami Experimental Station for testing and improving flower varieties opened in Wakayama, Japan.
- Takii Research France S.A. purchased land with facilities for seed production in Grisolles, France and changed its name to Takii France S.A.
The newly built Quality Control Center in Kyoto, Japan began conducting various tests to ensure the supply of high-quality seeds.
- The Fukuoka branch moved to a new location with a brand-new modern building.
- Takii Korea Co.,Ltd. was established.
The Quality Control Center in Kyoto, Japan acquired the ISO/IEC17025 accreditation.
Takii acquired a 20% share in Dutch biotech company KeyGene and entered the BioSeed strategic alliance in the Netherlands. Takii began participating in the molecular breeding program using DNA markers conducted at KeyGene, a subsidiary of BioSeed.
- Takii acquired ISTA (International Seed Testing Association) accreditation.
Takii purchased Dutch flower seed company K. SAHIN, Zaden B.V.
Takii purchased Danish flower seed company Global Flowers A/S.
Takii opened new logistic centre at Takii Europe B.V.