In January 2024, the shareholder of Vandinter Semo (or the “Company”) entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Company to Cérience, a subsidiary of the French cooperative Terrena. The acquisition is fully in line with Terrena’s 2030 strategic plan, marking a new step in the development of its seed subsidiary Cérience in an international market serving the cooperative and its members.
Vandinter Semo is a company specialised in the breeding, multiplication, and marketing of forage grasses and cover crop seeds. Since its creation in 1914, the Company has developed valuable know-how in seed production, working with a wide network of farmers in the Netherlands and Denmark. The Company also invested heavily in the innovative research of nematode resistant crops and presents a unique source of high-performance fodder radish and mustard to combat harmful nematodes and soil-borne diseases.
“Through this acquisition, Cérience aims to accelerate its commercial dynamics in the Northern European markets and strengthen its competitiveness in forage seeds. Cérience seeks to capitalise on these new seed production territories conducive to the multiplication of forage grasses and complementary to its cooperative anchorage in the western part of France,” declares Luc Saint Bonnet, CEO of Cérience.
“On its part, Vandinter Semo will benefit from the genetic sources of Cérience to build its future growth,” says Bert-Jan van Dinter, its current CEO, who will remain at the head of Vandinter Semo in the coming years. “Since 1995, Vandinter Semo has experienced steady growth in resistant breeding of cruciferous crops (green fertilisers) and seed productions. In order to secure the future, I started looking for an international partner who could realise further growth. With the French company Cérience and its parent Terrena, I found a partner who shares the same ambition as Vandinter Semo. We want to serve farmers, people, and nature through an agronomy that is sustainable and beneficial to everyone”