Elsoms are the UK's leading independent plant breeding business. A culture of investment, passion, expertise & integrity has ensured that the company continues to adapt and fulfil the changing demands of its customers, suppliers and partners. Throughout the long history of the company the professionalism and teamwork within the organisation has ensured that Elsoms always provides excellent service.
From left: Roger Keeling, Chairman of Elsoms Seeds Ltd, Andrew Davis, Finance Director, Robin Wood, Managing Director, Anthony Keeling, Deputy Chairman.
Established in 1844 Elsoms has remained an independent family owned business throughout its history.
At Elsoms we are passionate about seeds. We have 4 key activities, split into business units: vegetable seeds, agricultural seeds, seed treating and plant breeding/research and development. Across these four activities, suppliers and customers alike receive the same high level of expertise and support for which Elsoms have become renowned.
We work very closely with our key seed suppliers and the majority of our vegetable seed sales are from Bejo Zaden; we are their sole distributor in the UK. We also distribute in the UK for Holland Select and Gautier Semences.
Our agricultural portfolio is expanding and we distribute here for a range of companies: Florimond Desprez, Saaten Union, Crites and van der Bilt. Elsoms has also established a market leading seed priming and treatment operation, which treats our own seeds but also attracts significant processing contracts from across the industry. Our seed treatment business partner is Incotec; we use their technologies and materials.
We invest in our own plant breeding programme and it is our clear intent to be global leaders in the crops in which we breed, including parsnip and swede. Our portfolio of own-bred material is growing and our goal is to see this become a greater part of our income. We also participate in joint breeding programmes with Bejo for brussels sprouts, purple sprouting broccoli and spring cabbage. We continue to make substantial investments in our plant breeding team and facilities, using the latest marker technology to help breed an even wider portfolio of varieties. These major investments have seen the site develop into a major plant breeding station with state of the art facilities.