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Bayer CropScience to invest US$ 30 million in new seed processing facility in the United States


Expansion of vegetable seed business:

Monheim, – Bayer CropScience’s Nunhems subsidiary has opened a new vegetable seed processing facility at its site in Parma, Idaho. The company has invested some US$ 30 million in the new facility and in modernizing its existing capacities for seed processing and storage. Over the course of the almost three-year planning and construction phase, the site has been extended to a total area of 60 acres and has thus almost doubled in size. Bayer CropScience expects the demand from its customers in the United States and the rest of the world for high-quality vegetable seed to continue to increase and plans to further expand its seed business by investing in both research and development and infrastructure.

Parma is the site of the U.S. headquarters of Bayer CropScience’s Nunhems subsidiary which, with annual sales of EUR 240 million (2009), is among the world’s top commercial vegetable seed producers. Here’s where most of the company’s onion and carrot seeds are processed, packaged and stored. Approximately 150 employees work there.

Nunhems has seed production locations in all Western states as well as research facilities in Brooks (Oregon) and Bakersfield, Lodi, Davis and Salinas (California). Nunhems employs a total of approximately 300 staff in the United States.

About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 6.5 billion (2009), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of about 18,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:

About Nunhems
Nunhems, a subsidiary of Bayer CropScience, is the global specialist in vegetable genetics and services. As a globally integrated group of teams Nunhems builds unique customer relationships and shares products, concepts and expertise with the professional horticultural production industry and supply chain. Its portfolio includes leading varieties and brands in crops such as leek, onion, carrot, melon, cucumber, tomato, watermelon, lettuce and pepper. With an extensive range of 28 species and some 2,500 varieties, Nunhems is among the world’s leading vegetable seed companies. With more than 1,500 people, Nunhems is present in all major vegetable production areas in the world.

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