Monsanto Opens New Office and Warehouse in Leamington, Ontario, to Support De Ruiter Brand

New Facility Allows Quick Response Time to Meet Customer Needs

Leamington, ON (Aug. 3, 2011) – Monsanto recently opened a new office and warehouse facility in Leamington, Ontario, to help serve the needs of its De Ruiter protected culture growers in the region.

“One of our largest single customer bases is Leamington, so the location was ideal to help us better connect with our customers,” said Harry Beukelman, De Ruiter brand business lead. It is our goal to deliver the very best products and the best technical support to our growers.”

De Ruiter varieties will continue to be sold primarily through its local dealer network. The Leamington office and warehouse facility will import from Monsanto’s facility in the Netherlands and stock inventory to supply orders throughout Canada with a quick turnaround time. As incoming seed shipments can sometimes encounter delays in transport or customs, having a seed supply within Canada or the United States is crucial to respond quickly the needs of Canadian growers.

 “The new office provides local growers a place to meet with our De Ruiter technical team to obtain product information and tech support,” said Jenny Burko, the local office manager at the new Leamington facility. “Our De Ruiter tech team is based here and will be available to answer any questions about our varieties or rootstock products.”

The warehouse will support protected culture growers throughout Canada, including those located in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. De Ruiter Seeds supplies varieties in key protected culture segments including: tomato, pepper, cucumber, eggplant and rootstock. The majority of De Ruiter protected culture tomato varieties are now Good Seed and Plant Practices (GSPP) certified and will be labeled with the GSPP logo.