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Syngenta acquires sweet corn breeder Abbott & Cobb

Syngenta’s US business has announced that it has acquired independent Pennsylvania-based vegetable breed and seed producer Abbott & Cobb.

Established in 1917, Abbott & Cobb is particularly strong in sweet corn and cucurbits, as well as peppers and beans for processing. According to Syngenta, combining the expertise, portfolios and pipelines of both companies will enable it to increase its ability to innovate and enhance its offer to growers. In particular it will strengthen Syngenta’s vegetable seeds business in sweet corn, which is seen as one of the company’s core crops globally.

Javier Martinez-Cabrera, Syngenta Head of Vegetables Seeds North America, commented, “Abbott & Cobb is a strategic acquisition for Syngenta Vegetable Seeds and it will give us access to high eating quality germplasm, and early maturity varieties to complement the Syngenta portfolio. We welcome the Abbott & Cobb team into the business and look forward to achieving great things as one team.”

Photo Caption: Abbott & Cobb are leading breeders of sweat corn

Photo Credit: Abbott & Cobb / Twitter

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Waitrose moves to 100% UK sweetcorn

West Sussex based Barfoots has begun harvesting the English sweetcorn crop and the weather has helped supermarket Waitrose which is preparing to stock 100 per cent fresh British sweetcorn over the next couple of months.

Workers at Sefter Farm near Bognor Regis began harvesting the first of the crop at the end of July. Despite the weekend’s rainy weather, the glorious temperatures in June made for perfect growing conditions, resulting in a bumper crop of British sweetcorn.

Patrick Keane, Waitrose buyer commented, “All eyes are on South America this summer when it comes to food, home to some of the tastiest sweetcorn recipes, but with our own sweetcorn tasting this good, Bognor is giving Brazil a run for its money! Sweetcorn is robust enough to cook on the barbecue and makes great finger food, which is what the summer dining is all about.”

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