Vitaplant in a nutshell
At the Romanshorn and Uttwil sites in eastern Switzerland, the Vitaplant AG and Max Zeller Söhne AG companies employ more than 150 people from the fields of agronomy, biology, food technology and pharmacy.
These fifth-generation businesses, rich in tradition, pursue long-term and sustainable goals. Central to this is a close and personal customer - supplier relationship with a long-term outlook.
Vitaplant lives by traditional values. This includes close communication and relationships with our customers. We see challenges as an opportunity for fruitful and long-term cooperation.
At its headquarters in Switzerland, Vitaplant has greenhouses with various climate zones for research purposes, 6 ha. of land for experimental and pilot cultivation, an in-vitro propagation laboratory and a GACP / CGMP raw material warehouse.
Commercial cultivation of the crops takes place worldwide either at our subsidiaries or at hand-picked cooperation partners.
The company's state-of-the-art laboratories and long-standing partnerships with analytical service providers ensure that the raw materials produced are promptly tested thoroughly.
Max Zeller Söhne AG
Vitaplant belongs to the Max Zeller Söhne AG group of companies.
Max Zeller Söhne AG is the leading producer of phytopharmaceuticals for the Swiss market and one of the few companies that monitor the entire value creation process from the seed to the finished product. The pharmaceuticals are sold in Switzerland and in over 25 countries worldwide.
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Renewal of certifications
Successful recertification in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 / BIO certificationMore
Recognition of Vitaplant’s own plant varieties
Between 2000 and 2017, the following Vitaplant breeds were recognised by the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO).
- Vitan (Hypericum perforatum)
- Petzell (Petasites hybridus)
- Agnuzell 440 (Vitex Agnus-castus)
- Vival (Valeriana officinalis)
- Passizell 52 (Passiflora incarnata)
Start of subsidiary Vitaplant East Africa
Development of local management as well as the necessary organisation and infrastructure on site.
Inauguration of a publicly accessible medicinal plant garden
Take a virtual tour and learn more about the medicinal plant garden.Arzneipflanzengarten
New analytical laboratory
Inauguration of the new state-of-the-art analytical laboratory.
Recognition of Vitaplant’s own breeding Passizell 52 (Passiflora incarnata).
Joint venture in Thailand
Start of a joint venture with our new cultivation partner in Thailand.
Acquisition of new location in Uttwil on Lake Constance
- Acquisition of the new premises covering approx. 1,000 m2
- Commissioning of the computer-controlled greenhouse system
- Commissioning of the CGMP high-bay warehouse
- Construction of the in-vitro laboratory
- Construction of the 60,000 m2 experimental areas, partly under shade
Takeover by Max Zeller Söhne AG
Foundation of Vitaplant
Vitaplant was founded as a spin-off from the University of Basel. Max Zeller Söhne AG and Vitaplant have cooperated from the very start on various R&D and cultivation projects.