DLF subsidiary Jensen Seeds has acquired the French seed company Astera Seed. Both businesses specialise in vegetable seeds.

Jensen Seeds, purchased by DLF in 2017, is a major player in the multiplication of hybrid spinach seeds among other hybrid vegetable seed crops. The Danish company says the move is designed to allow the development of seed production for more species across wider geographies with suitable climate conditions.

Jensen already produces vegetable seeds in Denmark and Germany and is starting production in New Zealand together with DLF partner PGG Wrightson Seeds. Access to central and southern France will provides opportunities for seed production of a number of vegetables.

Astera produces hybrid varieties of onion, carrot, beet and chard alongside open pollinated crops such as parsley and coriander. It also offers conventional and organic tomato, melon, leek, watermelon and peppers grown in tunnels.

“Jensen Seeds has a great expertise in the complex production of vegetable seeds and is known to the customers for delivering a quality product,” says DLF chief executive and Jensen chairman Truels Damsgaard. “We would like to leverage this expertise to develop and expand the production platform for vegetable seeds.

“The acquisition of Astera Seed is in line with our strategy to strengthen the partnership with our customers and produce seeds on more species. Therefore, we need access to the best seed production areas and with Astera Seed we can expand our production portfolio in France.”