Sweet Corn Spurs Syngenta to Acquire Abbott & Cobb

Sweet Corn Spurs Syngenta to Acquire Abbott & Cobb


Abbott & Cobb’s respected sweet corn line attracted Syngenta’s interest. Shown here: SS Bicolor ‘Early Riser.’

Global agribusiness giant Syngenta has announced the purchase of independent vegetable seed breeder, producer, and marketer Abbott & Cobb. Company officials confirm the acquisition was finalized at the end of March.

In its announcement, Syngenta emphasized Abbott & Cobb’s sweet corn seed line, indicating what led to the acquisition of the Feasterville, PA-based company that has been in operation for more than 100 years (founded in 1917).


“Abbott & Cobb is a strategic acquisition for Syngenta Vegetable Seeds and it will give us access to high eating quality germplasm, and early maturity varieties to complement the Syngenta portfolio,” Javier Martinez-Cabrera, Syngenta Head of Vegetables Seeds North America, says in the announcement.

To learn what you can expect from this purchase, check out American Vegetable Grower‘s interview with Paul Minehart, Syngenta’s Head of Corporate Communications.