MayFord Seeds (Pty) Ltd grew out of C May & Co which was founded in 1931. Over the years the company developed a diverse portfolio including seed production, packet seed, vegetable, forage, turf and flower seed, vegetable breeding programs and specialised products for the home garden industry.
Trial grounds were acquired in 1947 outside Johannesburg, with plant breeding having been started in 1965.
1973 saw the introduction of the revolutionary and very successful hermetically sealed garden seed packets.
A decade later, and an important milestone, MayFord’s highly sophisticated seed laboratory was officially recognised as a government approved seed testing station.
In the middle of the 80’s the company transformed its distribution into a franchising operation. Today the company is operating with 7 national franchisees and various international franchisees throughout Southern Africa with a franchisor complement of 80.
In December 1999, the Sakata Seed Corporation of Yokohama, Japan, and acquired MayFord Seeds (Pty) Ltd. Sakata is one of the largest seed companies in the world with extensive global research programs in vegetable and flower seed.