Mum Partnership Turns Heads

December 10, 2003 - 14:49

Ball Seed Company has reached an
agreement with Royal Van Zanten, LLC to be the exclusive licensee of all CBA
and Cleangro-bred chrysanthemum varieties formerly produced by Royal Van Zanten
in North America. Ball Seed will assume all responsibilities for cutting
production, distribution and marketing activities for these varieties. In
addition, Ball Seed has obtained long-term exclusivity in the United States and
Canada for new and existing varieties from CBA and Cleangro.

Milgro Newcastle, Inc., Newcastle,
Utah, will now produce unrooted cuttings of all Ball Seed mum varieties. Milgro
is a family-owned company with more than 23 years of establishment.

Ball Seed and Milgro are currently
in the process of transferring all mum cutting production from the former Royal
Van Zanten facility in Nipomo, Calif., to the Milgro facility. The transfer is
expected to be complete by March 1, 2004.

In our digging for more information
on this development, we found that there is more to the story that is not
finalized yet. We will keep you abreast of the happenings.

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