Ecke Ranch joins Agribio Group
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We are proud to inform you that Ecke Ranch joins DNA Green Group. The combination of Fides Oro and Ecke Ranch within DNA Green Group provides a solid platform to enhance innovation, grower and retail solutions at the North American market.
Please find the complete announcement below as released by Ecke Ranch earlier tonight.
Ecke Ranch Joins DNA Green Group
The Ecke Ranch is pleased to announce its acquisition by the Dutch based DNA Green Group. The addition of Ecke Ranch will provide DNA Green Group a solid platform to enhance innovation, grower and retail solutions across a broad array of products, customers and markets. The transaction is expected to close by mid September, 2012.
Paul Ecke III states: “I have been looking for the right opportunity to launch Ecke Ranch to a new level of excellence. Our strong brand name, high standards for quality and reliability, and excellence in breeding will be further supported. Our customers are changing rapidly- as a primary breeder and supplier our role is ever-expanding. We need a strong partner to support our innovation and provide our customer more options. DNA Green Group is the right partner to do just this.”
Harry Kloppenburg, CEO of DNA Green Group says: “I am thrilled that DNA Green Group becomes a top 3 player in the North American vegetative market. We are so proud to support the Ecke brand name and prominence in the industry. Ecke Ranch, together with Fides Oro, makes the right platform to form a positive and lasting impact on our industry. We very much look forward to the success of our new venture and the solutions it will bring to our customers and market.”
Andy Higgins, President of Ecke Ranch, notes: “With the acquisition by DNA Green Group, Ecke Ranch is well positioned to address the needs of the supply chain. Our team remains committed to our poinsettia breeding and our customers. DNA Green Group will be a catalyst to further our efforts, which will be recognized by our customers through enhanced breeding, innovative supply chain solutions, and more focused retail programs.”
For almost 100 years, Ecke Ranch has led the industry in breeding and distribution of poinsettias. The company intends to continue this leadership position and further leverage its extensive gene pool, focusing on value creation for the entire supply chain.
For the 2012-2013 sales season, sales and marketing programs will remain as published. Ecke Ranch will continue with a ‘business as usual’ approach to support brokers and customers post close. Ecke Ranch’s large technical support network will continue providing excellent after sales support to foster customer success.
The Ecke Ranch is a leading breeder and producer of vegetative products providing integrity, innovation and grower solutions for almost 100 years.
Ecke Ranch is a worldwide leader in the breeding and development of flowering plants and is one of the top 5 growers in the US based on greenhouse area managed by the company. Core to the company¹s success is its focus and dedication to retailers, as well as the growers who serve them. With facilities in The United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Denmark and Spain, Ecke Ranch employs or contracts more than 1,000 staff dedicated to research and development, production, marketing and sales. Ecke Ranch also licenses and distributes product from more than 30 other plant partner breeders.
DNA Green Group / Fides Oro
DNA Green Group is a group of breeding and propagation companies and trades over one billion cuttings per year. The company is a global player in terms of vegetative breeding and propagation of plants and flowers, offering their customers a wide range of products and varieties with superior quality in cuttings and services. DNA Green Group includes top breeding companies such as Fides, Japan Agribio, Spanish based Barberet & Blanc, Bartels Stek and Lex+ both of the Netherlands.
Fides Oro is a breeding and propagation company, offering a wide range of products: Pelargonium, Dahlia, Osteospermum, Impatiens NG®, Multiflora, Petunia, Nemesia, Calibrachoa, Kalanchoe, decorative Kalanchoë (Calandiva®), Alstroemeria, Carnation, Lobelia, Scaevola and Bacopa. Production takes place at Guatemala, which is known for its reliability and high quality cuttings.
Please take a look at www.dnagreengroup.com.