Tomato Seeds Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Tomato Seeds Market is Segmented by Type (Hybrids and Open-pollinated Varieties), Growing Technology (Open-field and Protected Cultivation), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for the Tomato Seed Market in volume (metric tons) and value (USD million) for all above the segments.

Market Snapshot

Tomato Seeds Market Overview
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 7.9 %

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Market Overview

The tomato seeds market is projected to register a CAGR of 7.9% over the forecast period (2022-2027).

Among all the vegetable seeds, the tomatoes seed replacement rate is one of the highest, at 99.3%. There is also an increasing trend toward the production of greenhouse tomatoes in countries such as the United States, Canada, and France. ​All the above-mentioned factors lead to an increase in demand for the new tomato seed varieties that are driving the global tomato seed market.​ However, the market saw a slight decrease during the first two quarters of 2020 due to the negative effect of COVID-19.

The cultivation of tomatoes has been exhibiting an increasing trend around the world. The production of tomatoes globally increased from 176.85 million metric tons in 2016 to 180.7 million metric tons in 2019. The global tomato processing market increased from 37, 47 million metric tons in 2017 to 38.777 million metric tons in 2020. The market in the United States, Canada, and the EU is mature in terms of the adoption of hybrid and high-yielding seeds. These markets experience a growing demand for new and improved varieties, such as mini plum/snack tomatoes.​

Scope of the Report

Tomato is one of the most important vegetable crops grown extensively in tropical and sub-tropical climates. Tomato is a major vegetable consumed globally, second only to potatoes. The Global Tomato Seeds Market is segmented by Type into Hybrids and Open-Pollinated Varieties, Growing Technology into Open-Field and Protected Cultivation, and Geography. For a broader classification, 16 countries have been picked up for this study from across the regions: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa. The report offers market size and forecasts for Tomato Seed Market in volume (metric tons) and value (USD million) for all above the segments.

Open-pollinated Varieties
Growing Technology
Protected Cultivation
North America
United States
Rest of North America
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growing Area Under Cultivation and Adoption of Hybrid Seeds

The increasing awareness regarding the high nutritional value of vegetables has increased the consumption of vegetables, including tomatoes, in order to meet diverse dietary and nutritional needs. The aforementioned factor has caused a rise in the demand for tomatoes, which in turn automatically drives the demand for tomato seeds. Also, there is a significant increase in tomato cultivation globally. For instance, the global area under tomato cultivation increased from 4850.2 thousand hectares to 5,030.5 thousand hectares between 2016and 2019. The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus affected more than 210 countries across the world, resulting in a decline in the global tomato seed market in 2020. The climate changes, resistance developed by pests, poor infrastructure, and post-harvest loss led to the need for developing the new high-yielding and hybrid seeds to help the farmers increase the yield.

Rising awareness among farmers about the benefits associated with the adoption of hybrids, especially in the emerging economies, such as India and Brazil, through government support, is accelerating the market. The biotech area is also growing around the world, which leads to an increase in the demand for hybrid tomato seeds.

 Global Tomato Seeds Market

Asia-Pacific to Exhibit the Highest Growth Rate

Asia-Pacific is the fastest-growing region in the tomato seeds market. Increasing the high-intensity cultivation of tomatoes is the major factor driving market growth in the region. The shares of China's tomato seed market in the Asia-Pacific market accounted for 40.2% in 2020. The market is mostly driven by the export markets of processed tomato products, such as sauce, paste, ketchup, and diced tomatoes. This fortifies the production of tomatoes, which in turn boosts the demand for varieties of seeds.​

Farmers in the region have been investing in protected cultivation and other cultivation practices such as plastic mulching and drip irrigation. Major regional companies are also increasingly investing in R&D to develop hybrids through advanced breeding technologies. Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel BV, a Dutch seed breeder, started laying emphasis on improving pink tomato varieties that are resistant to TYLCV and grown in greenhouses for the Japanese market in 2016.​

Tomato Seed Market - Growth Rate by Region (2020-2025)

Competitive Landscape

The global tomato seeds market is fragmented, with the top global and regional players competing fiercely with local manufacturers. Diversification of portfolios through the development of new varieties is one of the most prominent strategies applied for further intensification in the matured markets. Bayer CropScience, BASF SE, Syngenta International AG, Groupe Limagrain, East-West Seed International, UPL Limited, Rijk Zwaan, and Sakata Seeds Corp are some of the key players identified in the market.

Recent Developments

In February 2022, BASF developed an onion seed variety under the brand name Sunions in cooperation with partners from the value chain, and it is the first tearless onion entering the European market.

In January 2021, Vilmorin-Mikado launched Terapur for carrots to fight against nematodes like Heterodera carotae nematodes.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Hybrids

      2. 5.1.2 Open-pollinated Varieties

    2. 5.2 Growing Technology

      1. 5.2.1 Open-field

      2. 5.2.2 Protected Cultivation

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Italy

        2. Spain

        3. Netherlands

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Chile

        4. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Nigeria

        3. Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Mergers and Acquisitions

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.3.2 Bayer Crop Science SE (Seminis)

      3. 6.3.3 Groupe Limagrain

      4. 6.3.4 Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel BV

      5. 6.3.5 Syngenta AG

      6. 6.3.6 UPL Limited (Advanta Seeds)

      7. 6.3.7 Sakata Seeds Corporation

      8. 6.3.8 East-West Seed International

      9. 6.3.9 Namdhari Seeds Private Limited

      10. 6.3.10 Takii & Co. Limited



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Tomato Seeds Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Tomato Seeds Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.9% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

BASF S.E., Syngenta International AG, Groupe Limagrain, East-West Seed International, Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel BV are the major companies operating in Tomato Seeds Market.

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