LONDON, UK: Intertek Group plc, a total quality assurance provider to a range of industries worldwide, is pleased to announce that it has acquired JLA Brasil Laboratório de Análises de Alimentos S.A. JLA Brazil (JLA), a market-leading independent provider of Food, Agri and Environmental testing solutions based in Brazil, a news release said.
As the complexity underpinning global food supply chains intensifies, driven by increasing regulation and heightened consumer expectations, the demand for mission-critical, end-to-end Total Quality Assurance (TQA) solutions will continue to grow.
The acquisition of JLA presents a compelling opportunity to enter the fast growing food testing sector in Brazil, which is one of the largest markets globally in terms of agri-food and beverage production value. Brazil is one of the leading exporters of food product categories such as meat, poultry, soybean and sugar cane that must comply with strict testing and certification requirements.
Established in 1990, JLA serves as a trusted partner to some of the world’s leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies, providing a range of microbiological, chemical testing and inspection services from its laboratories and sample collection points in Sao Paulo.
With more than 170 employees and a strong track record of organic growth, JLA generated revenues of £4.9 million in 2020.
André Lacroix, Chief Executive Officer of Intertek, said: “The demand for food and beverage testing solutions has accelerated in recent years as global supply chains become more complex, the importance of hygiene and safety increases and consumers demand more sustainable, healthier products.
The acquisition of JLA expands Intertek’s existing Food and Agri Assurance capabilities, taking us into the attractive food testing market in Brazil, one of the largest exporters of agri-food products in the world. We welcome the JLA team to Intertek and look forward to working together to seize the attractive opportunities ahead by leveraging our industry-leading ATIC (Assurance, Testing, Inspection, Certification) solutions for our clients.”
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20 Jul, 4:35 pm GMT+1 ·Disclaimer