CIS, or the International Seed Company (Compañia Internacional de Semillas, in Spanishat the time.leader in their Menendez family and SPSP), was founded in 1986. Its partners were The Royal VanDerHave Group, an old family company of Dutch sugar beet
The company placed 79 tons of multigerm beet seeds on IANSA and exported its first maize, which was processed in the plant of Swiss firm Ciba-Geigy in Santiago. That same year, it imported its first maize drying equipment from Holland and took its first steps to export beet seeds to Uruguay.
In 1990, the company created the Nursery Department to meet the needs of VanDerHave and other clients, seeking to strengthen relations and closeness to them to satisfy their counter-season needs. The first crops worked were maize, sugar beet, rapeseed, sunflower and beans. That year, the company invested US$420,000 to build and equip the processing plant. It also signed an agreement with IANSA to obtain sugar beet seed varieties with
That year, the corporation achieved sales of US$5,840,000. The company began exporting mainly to the United States and began
Our main customer, Corn States, became part of the Monsanto group, for who we produced maize, sunflower and canola. This year, the company began to produce for clients in Pakistan, France and Spain.
This year, the company signed an agreement with Corn States, in which the latter gave it priority, at market prices and with a minimum surface for the next three years. In addition, from this year on, the relative importance of the sugar beet industry began to decrease sharply, having less than half of the sales of 2002. For its part, the maize business grew strongly as well as sales in the local market, with fodder and alfalfa seeds, which achieved their highest levels since the company’s inception.
The winter rapeseed introduced in 2007 became the main business of CIS seed sales in Chile, reaching market shares above 70%. This same year, CIS closed a deal to become the exclusive distributor of maize of prestigious French company RAGT.
Our partner, Advanta, had been dismantled and sold for parts to various competing companies. This brought about times of instability and unrest to our team, and CIS had to adapt to the new scenario. Finally, in this same year, Laserco bought Advanta’s shares, leaving the company in the hands of Chilean shareholders.
The Sahli Lecaros family, shareholders of Laserco, took control of the company through Inversiones Nueve Chelines, keeping CIS’ characteristic of being a family business.
The company began to locally produce 59 hectares of multigerm sugar beet for the domestic market and exportation, and 60 hectares of maize for its Dutch partners, VanDerHave. During that same season, the corporation took charge of the sugar beet research program that VanDerHave had led in Chile, and began to try Dutch maize varieties for the south of the country, SPS Argentina sunflower seeds, Dutch wheat, VanDerHave gramineae and hybrid onions.
In 1989, a plot in Paine was purchased, where there current processing plant is being built. The company continued increasingly testing and producing sugar beet and maize, in the search for additional crops. For example, they considered of the possibility of maize seeds for human consumption – Cornut.
In 1991, the company hired a Production Manager to properly address increased activity. This year, the company reported to have a three-fold increase in sales over the past 4 years, exceeding US$2,000,000 and over one million kilos of exported maize seeds, and served the American market for the first time.
That season, the company was involved in the production of lettuce, cauliflower, hybrid tomato, onion, beans and other seeds.
That year, there was a decision to invest in the first seed harvesting machine, a small processing plant for leafy vegetable seeds, and other equipment.
This year, VanDerHave merged with AstraZeneca Seeds, creating Advanta Seeds, based in the Netherlands. There were changes in the board for the first time since the company’s formation in 1986. Mr. Adrian Huige and Mr. Lykele van der Broek replaced Mr. Peter
On 2003, transgenic production had gained importance with the consequent difficulties in complying with genetic purity, mainly for European corn yields. Additionally, there was a shortage of labor, which narrowed the margins of Nursering and increased prices.
Chile started to become an expensive producer due to the low yields of transgenic products, low exchange rate and aspirations for higher profits from farmers producing the seeds.
The introduction of Monsanto’s winter raps materials was a success and became one of the main businesses of the company in the local market.
This year, due to excellent relationships, CIS started producing counter-season soybean seeds for Corn States and then Monsanto. This production and ensuring certain minimum volumes allowed CIS to invest in the processing plant allowed it to be the largest producer of soybeans in Chile.
seeds, and Duncan Fox Co., a Chilean trading company owned by the Menendez family and SPS Argentina, which is linked to the Inchauspe family and was the leading sunflower seeds company at the time.
The initial objective of the company was to assist the Chilean National Sugar Industry (IANSA), a company that VanDerHave had served for years through a local representative. Afterwards, the company expanded its business to all seed markets, whether it was by producing to satisfy the local market or for export, the latter being mainly the counter-season supply of maize, sunflower, sugar beet, and other seeds.
New trials were added to the to the crops that had begun to be tested the previous year. These were North American maize, both in the south and central area, amenity grasses, and foreign clovers.
double their tolerance to diseases such as yellow wilt and fusarium yellows, to ensure being largest supplier of seeds in the industry.
its relationship with Corn State, with which it established a long and prosperous business relationship. That year, it attempted to produce the first transgenic hybrid for Corn States, unsuccessfully.
First sugar beet
First operations at the processing plant.
Board meeting in
Holland – May 1994.
First maize seedbeds for Corn States.
First maize seedbed – Scana variety – Farmer: Mario Diaz.
Land purchase in Paine and the start of construction of the seed processing plant.
Frontal view of the processing plant at the end of 1989.
Visit to Vynce sugar beet seed production.
New CIS logo in use after the change in ownership from Ses VanDerHave to Advanta.
CIS team in 1994.
That year, the first monogerm seed imported from VanDerHave Holland was sold to IANSA, and maize was produced for the first time for Cooperative de Pau, from southern France.
Beikus and Hossein Akrad, representing Advanta. The company’s property to that date was shared equally between Laserco (ex Duncan Fox) and Advanta.