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Vilmorin-Mikado is a unique Franco-Japanese seed producer, which has specialised in creating, producing and marketing vegetable seeds for professionals since 1743.

Our purpose

As a responsible partner in the vegetable food chain, our purpose is to help better nourish people everywhere.

A global actor close to our markets

Our broad, unique and original range is distributed in over 100 countries by our teams, all of them passionate about plants. The world leader in carrots and witloof chicory, Vilmorin-Mikado is a major player in salads, tomatoes, peppers, kabocha squashes, daikon radishes and bunching onions. 

A multicultural approach that benefits innovation

Breeders, product managers, laboratory assistants, salespeople and growers, our entire thousand-strong staff of over 25 nationalities are masters of their skills. With this diverse strength, our teams have developed a unique approach that allows them to innovate sustainably for all actors in the value chain. Together, we create the seeds of tomorrow, adapted to different climates, consumer tastes and producer needs, as varied as these might be, for all forms of agriculture.

•    Two headquarters, one in France at the La Ménitré site (near Angers) and one in Japan, at the Chiba site (near Tokyo)
•    Present on 5 continents, with 14 operating sites 
•    A loyal team of distributors in over 100 countries
•    Two strong brands: Vilmorin and Mikado

A responsible partner

Through its tree seed business, started by its founders almost three centuries ago, Vilmorin-Mikado also contributes just as actively to the sustainable renewal of forests. Did you know? In the professional market, two trees out of three planted in France grow from Vilmorin-Mikado seeds.

Vilmorin-Mikado is part of Limagrain, an agricultural cooperative and an international seed group owned by French farmers. Limagrain is driven by its purpose: cooperating for the progress of agriculture everywhere, for everyone. Focused on the genetic progress of plants, Limagrain breeds, produces and distributes field seeds, vegetable seeds and agri-food products. - #Limagrain

Our history

  • 1743 - 1850

    In the beginning, the seed companies Vilmorin & Koshibe

  • 1903

    Meeting of the families Vilmorin & Koshibe in Tokyo

  • 1975

    Vilmorin joins Limagrain

  • 2000-2016

    Cooperation between Vilmorin & Mikado Kywoa Seed

  • 2007

    Mikado Kywoa Seed joins Limagrain

  • 2016

    Creation of Vilmorin-Mikado