Criadero Klein, more than 100 years dedicated to wheat.
Criadero Klein is a family, private company dedicated to Wheat Genetics, the oldest in the country with more than 100 years continuously dedicated to improving wheat.
Criadero Klein S.A. is located in “Alberti” District, Province of Buenos Aires, 8 km from No. 5 National Route, about 200 km from Buenos Aires.
Currently we are proudly travelling the road constructed by its founder, making an effort in a highly competitive market to satisfy farmers’ needs.
It is a family-run company which, apart from doing the activities proper to the region such as growing cereals, oil plants, foraging and cattle breeding, counts with a distinguished, wheat genetic improvement programme to obtain new varieties.
It was founded in 1919 by Enrique Klein, an agricultural engineer, born in Koln (Germany) on 9 August 1889.
He studied at Bonn University (Germany) where he attended a special course on genetics and crop sciences, something that was very advanced for those days. In 1912 he was hired by the Uruguayan Government and in 1919 he settled down in Argentina.
In his early stages he bought a 205 hectares piece of land in Plá, in the Alberti District where he built the first farm facilities and started developing the improvement of almost all popular crop species.
Enrique Klein died in 1970 after having obtained several species of wheat, maize, sunflower, rye, malting barley, oat, sorghum and linen. These studies earned him an Honorary Doctor Degree by the University of Bonn in 1959 and in 1962, he received the Cross of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany.
In 1969, he was also granted an Honorary Doctor Degree by both, the Buenos Aires University and the “La Plata” University as well as numerous distinctions.
The country establishment is also a centre for the promotion of rotation, fertilization and crop techniques. Every year it receives visitors from Universities and Agricultural Schools.
Its main objectives include the conservation of the soil and the use of techniques for a sustainable production further in time. For this reason, it has been one of the pioneer companies to implement direct sowing and it has been the leader of this sowing technique in the area.
KLEIN’s Objectives, Values, Character and Identity
We are a family business run and managed by our own family who has been in the agricultural market for almost a century, generating and providing wheat genetics contributing to the improvement of the competitiveness in the agricultural Argentine market.
We understand our business based on technological innovation management as applied to the sustainability of the company considering the care of the environment as a critical factor.
Our purpose is to hold long term bonds with our suppliers and customers with honesty and transparency when doing business respecting intellectual property.
Our company is integrated to the communities where it operates.
We are open to new businesses related to the food industry and the growth of the current activities based on our distinctive competencies with regard to the management of processes and technological packages.
We want to enjoy at Criadero Klein as a form of managing our behaviour:
Integration and compromise with the community
From the very beginning, these values such as INTEGRITY, understood as honesty, transparency, ethics and keeping our word, and the RESPECT OF PERSONS, THE LAW AND INSTITUTIONS have made our company big and today continue to encourage it.
SUSTAINABILITY, as the main element for the development of the company, is the most important in the decision-taking process. Our emphasis is in the environment.
For us, permanent TRAINING and the experience acquired along one hundred years of hard work is as important as the transfer of this knowledge to our employees, multipliers, producers and consultants. In this way we believe that we contribute to adding value to the agricultural community.
All these values instilled on us by our founder, Dr. Enrique Klein, together with the HUMILITY with which we intend to work every day, has resulted in a strong INTEGRATION AND COMPROMISE WITH THE COMMUNITY, the basis for our company, in a permanent and uncompromising form.
Our company wants to continue enjoying the VALUES instilled on us, because this will enable us to exist in the future.
We aim to strengthen team work in a friendly way increasing companionship to become more efficient and excel in our activity to get our best results.
We want to stay in touch fluently with the different groups of interest. In this way, we mean to harmonise the relationship between the parties under the perspective of the common welfare.
Our purpose is to boost new initiatives and seek permanent innovation in all the areas of the company to be pioneers in technology applied to our field of action.
We want to be a company with a regional scope, exporting knowledge and Argentine work contributing to fighting hunger in the world.
To give sense to our work, we wish to be a teaching company and develop and enjoy the following qualities:
Our wish is to be considered a company which is:
Serious and keeps its word
Solvent and reliable
Attractive to work with
Respectful and friendly
A supplier of high quality products
Argentinian and integrated to the communities it is a part of.
Close, accessible and linked to the producer.
Thriving, with a background and a future.
A technological pioneer.
And one that respects and keeps its current, foundational values.
Klein Varieties Timeline
|1926||1933||Gral. San Martín|
|1926||1931||Trigo Fideo Capa|
|1927||1942||38 M. A. sel. Klein|
|1929||1939||Lin Calel M. A. sel. Klein|
|1930||1946||Kanred sel. Klein|
|1935||1940||Guatraché M. A. sel. Klein|
|1936||1945||Reliance sel. Klein|
|1936||1948||Klein Otto Wulff|
|1998||2004||Klein Don Enrique|
|2015||—||Klein Titanio CL|
|2019||—||Klein Cien Años|