has gone from being a small family enterprise to one of the world’s leading seed companies
was founded in 1880
by Ramón Fitó
in Sant Martí de Provençals, which later became the industrial district of Barcelona known as Poblenou.
The second generation, led by Antonio Fitó
, concentrated on field crops and experimented with the first crossbreeds between different types of seeds, producing the first hybrids
, the third generation, concentrated the firm’s activities on seed production
, efforts focused on research
and the challenge of bringing out new varieties. At that time in Spain, the first F1 hybrids of melons, tomatoes and peppers
were being developed, and this period saw the inception of a programme of genetic improvements in other horticultural and agricultural species such as broad beans, onions and corns, new varieties of wheat, forage and horticultural crops through traditional improvement methods
the use of biotechnology
became a key factor in quality control and product improvement processes.
Up until 1995
, Semillas Fitó
had only specialized in the national seed market.
the company started concentrating on international expansion, seeking out similar markets in the Mediterranean region.
Thus in 2000 Jordan
was chosen for the opening of the company’s first development centre outside Spain.
a subsidiary was opened in Turkey
; in 2006
the leap was made to Latin America, specifically Brazil
, with the opening of a development centre, and in 2007
another centre was opened in Morocco
the company set up a subsidiary in Mexico
and in the last two years another subsidiary has been opened in Portugal
plus a development centre in China
We closed 2010
with the creation of our subsidiary in Culiacan, launching a new line of hybrids for the amateur sector in Hobby.
In March 2011
we committed to expanding the centre in Almeria, reaching 10 hectares. We also highlight the Guía Edition: El Césped y sus Cultivos, de Áreas Verdes (Grasses and their Crops, in Green Areas). Written by Josep Cirera, a source of reference in the industry.
the Swiss company DSP and Fitó joined forces to produce early varieties of corn. The construction of a new production centre in Maresme (Llavaneras) commenced, totalling a surface area of 8.5 hectares. The facilities in Barcelona were improved, gaining more office space.
the plot of land at Les Cases de Barbens was purchased and the construction of the Distribution Centre commenced, which will distribute crop seeds throughout southern Europe.
two new subsidiaries were added to the Group: the Production Centre in Arica (Chile) and the new subsidiary in India to supply seeds to the whole of southeast Asia. The brand SEMBRA was born under Hobby, which covers the Kit of all elements required to create your own small garden.
In 2015, the largest processing and logistics center for extensive seeds in southern Europe was opened in Les Cases de Barbens. Facilities of 250,000m3 of ships with 60,000m3 of cold rooms.
In 2016, a new subsidiary of Semillas Fitó was inaugurated in Brazil to cover the commercial and seed distribution network in the countries of the South American area.