Jeremy Sisson Joins Sakata Seed America's Tomato Breeding Team; Jeff Zischke and Bryan Zingel Comment
FT MYERS, FL - Sakata Seed America has its sights set on expansion, and it’s beginning with its unique team of skillful produce experts. The seed maven recently revealed it has tapped industry veteran Jeremy Sisson as Senior Tomato Breeder, with an emphasis on the saladette tomato segment.
“My professional and personal passions align well with the Sakata mission, making this opportunity particularly compelling to me,” Sisson said. “I am laser-focused on the development of sustainable and innovative solutions in the creation of vegetable hybrids to meet the modern challenges of different geographical production regions, with the end goal of creating high-quality, healthy vegetables for people to enjoy. Joining a company with the reputation of Sakata’s creates endless channels of opportunity for cross-functional connection and exceptional product development.”
Sisson brings over 15 years of valuable experience in tomato breeding, and specializes in the saladette category, according to a company release. In his new role, he is based out of the Sakata For Myers Research Station, perfect for fostering collaboration with the company’s breeding, biotechnology, and pathology resources.
“The saladette category—both indeterminate and determinate—is an extremely complex and competitive category with huge potential,” stated Jeff Zischke, Senior Director of Research and Development. “As Sakata continues to build and secure its leadership position in the tomato segment, we expect further growth of our market share to come with the leadership and expertise that Jeremy brings to an already outstanding team.”
In addition to his expertise from working in the industry, Sisson received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from West Virginia State University, where he also received a Master of Science in Biotechnology.
Bryan Zingel, Senior Tomato Product Manager, also issued a statement on Sisson's recent appointment.
“Jeremy is a tremendous addition to our team,” Zingel said. “Sakata has a strong and developing portfolio of products in the saladette category and a skilled and passionate team positioning us for success. Our extensive network of international experts and global partners further enable us to understand and tackle this segment, providing better value to growers; and, ultimately, supplying superior products to end-consumers.”
Congratulations to this talented industry vet on the next step in his decorated career!