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Tozer Seeds America: The Innovative Company Behind The Hot New Veggie Kalettes™

BY: Paj Ann Herr | DATE: February 23, 2015

Santa Maria, Calif.; February 23, 2015- Tozer Seeds America is the proud company behind Kalettes™, the brussels sprouts and kale hybrid, which have been named a top food trend for 2015. 

Tozer Seeds America is the U.S. branch of Tozer Seeds, the largest independent and family-owned vegetable breeding company in the UK.  Tozer Seeds specializes in breeding, production and distribution of quality vegetable seed.  In 2008, Tozer Seeds expanded their distribution and sales operation to the U.S. and opened an office in Santa Maria, Calif.

"At Tozer Seeds America, we are proud of our European heritage and the quality of the products we sell," said Kraig Kuykendall, sales manager of Tozer Seeds America.  "Tozer Seeds is known for their vision and quality, innovative product lines, and we are very pleased to offer these great varieties to our U.S. customers."

In 2013, Tozer Seeds won third place in the Fruit Logistica Innovation Awards for Flower Sprout®, which is the name used for Kalettes in the U.K.  This brussels sprouts and kale hybrid was successfully launched by Tozer Seeds America in the U.S. last year.  The name change to Kalettes was partially due to the popularity of kale in the U.S. Kalettes are the product of over 15 years of research and development and were created through traditional hybridization.  Tozer Seeds does not produce any GMO varieties and strives to ensure that all of their seeds are healthy, pure and have the highest possible germination.

Tozer Seeds puts emphasis on developing new and innovative products with excellent flavor and good field performance.  In the past 70 years Tozer Seeds has achieved many notable firsts such as the first to devise a method for screening lettuce varieties for mildew resistance. They were also the first to produce commercial F1 hybrid celery and F1 hybrid parsnip. 

"Innovation has been at the heart of Tozer Seeds since their inception in 1939," said Kuykendall. "Tozer Seeds has always allowed their breeders time for 'blue sky projects.'  This enables them to develop their own ideas with novel projects and Kalettes are a product of the company's innovation."

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