Maes Seeds is the brand name of the company NV Roger Maes.
NV Roger Maes is a seed breeding company specialized in field vegetables, herbs and grasses. NV Roger Maes is the only commercial company in Belgium that focuses on the breeding of field vegetables. The headquarters are located in Belgium, t Hoge 61, 8500 Kortrijk.
NV Roger Maes is owned by Francis Maes. In addition to his role as business manager, Francis Maes is also the expert in breeding.
NV Roger Maes works with subcontractors in various countries who are responsible for the production. To prevent possible failures due to poor germination, seed production is spread over two locations and even a part is grown under tunnel.
Sales is done by a worldwide network of wholesalers and independent distributors.
The NV Roger Maes company was started in 1935 by the father of the current owner.
Initially the company was a wholesaler of seeds.
Plant breeding was started in 1946. From the beginning of the 90s, the activity of improvement of leeks was started. This resulted in the inclusion of 4 varieties on the Belgian variety lists: FM 2008 Fama - FM 2002 Makostar - FM 2005 Wendy and FM 2009 Dana.
In 2006 the company started with its own breeding program for the development of hybrid leek varieties. At the beginning this involved collaboration with an external hybrid breeder. This resulted in a first series of 96 hybrids that were tested under Flemish conditions in 2010.
Further development led to other hybrid varieties that are now authorised for commercialization: Mako-Power, Mako-Nice, Mako-Bello, Mako-Flash. The most recent development is the adaptation of all seeds for organic cultivation.
The accumulated knowledge is also applied to other crops that are bred on the farm. These are celeriac, green celery, parsley, salsify, chicory, arugula, chervil and other herbs.
Currently, NV Roger Maes is operating worldwide offering a wide range of vegetables and herb seeds, grass seeds and accessories for gardening.