07 January 2019
HIJJUELAS, Chile: At the beginning of November 2018, Benary opened its new production site in Chile in the presence of the main shareholder Klaudia Benary-Redlefsen. Benary has been producing flower seeds in Chile for decades.
Hijuelas offers the perfect climate for the production of some of the company’s cash crops. Hijuelas is located in the middle of a popular horticultural region; about 100 km north of Santiago and about 1.5 hour drive from Santiago airport. There is a perfect network here of contract manufacturers with whom Benary has worked together for many years.
New production facilities enable Benary to massively improve its collaboration with partner companies, to produce critical cultures on its own and to carry out various post-harvest processes independently. Quality, efficiency and reliability in flower seed production are thereby further improved and permanently guaranteed.
Furthermore, the new facility has been built to strict environmental standards, further underlining Benary’s claim to maximum sustainability.
The site comprises approximately 5 hectares of land with 3 hectares of production area and 10,000 m2 of greenhouse area. Approx. 1,100 m2 are used for seed cleaning, the warehouse, dispatch and office space. Both F1 hybrids and OP seeds are produced in Hijuelas.
For 175 years, the new development of seed raised ornamental varieties has been Benary’s core business. Benary is known worldwide as the leading breeder of Begonias. The main focus of our cultivation lies on tuberous and fibrous Begonias, and includes some of the industry’s most sought after varieties in Violas, Pentas, Petunia, Tagetes, Impatiens and Rudbeckia. The aim of the independent family business in its 6th generation is top quality cultivation with high efficiency. Benary maintains three breeding locations worldwide: the Netherlands, Germany and the USA. The core of our business lies in the development and sale of new ornamental plant varieties for the professional bedding plant market. Benary’s finely selected assortment of annuals, biennials and perennials is available to international distributors and young plant producers.