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Ball acquires majority position of Kieft Pro Seeds


May 13, 2009
By Amanda Ryder

May 13, 2009 – Ball Horticultural Company is pleased to announce the purchase of a majority share of Kieft Seeds Holland (Kieft Pro Seeds), located in Venhuizen, The Netherlands.

Ball Horticultural Company is pleased to announce the purchase of a
majority share of Kieft Seeds Holland (Kieft Pro Seeds), located in
Venhuizen, The Netherlands.

Plans are to combine activities of Kieft into the efforts that support PanAmerican Seed at Ball. The Kieft brand will continue to be active in the marketplace, to designate unique and high quality perennials from seed. The Venhuizen location of Kieft will be maintained along with the activities of breeding, seed technology and production as performed there today.  
 
Kieft products will continue to be marketed through all distribution companies worldwide.
 
Cees van Diepen, the former majority owner of Kieft, will remain involved in the company for the foreseeable future providing management of the Venhuizen facility as well as providing product development support for selected annual and perennial breeding programs.  

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