July 2nd, 2019
Mérieux NutriSciences acquires the Dutch company KTBA and enhances its Food Compliance Solutions capabilities in Europe

Chicago, IL, July 2nd – Mérieux NutriSciences, a global player in food safety and quality, today announced the full acquisition of KTBA, a Dutch company offering premium quality assurance consultancy and training, label compliance, and software solutions to support the food industry in responding to the growing demands of food safety from the market and consumers.

Present in the Netherlands and in Belgium, KTBA provides a complete spectrum of quality and business assurance solutions building on more than 20 years of expertise. From consulting through training to label and regulatory compliance, KTBA serves a large panel of food processors and retailers.

The acquisition of KTBA strategically complements Mérieux NutriSciences services in the Netherlands where the company already operates testing activities in Ede, located in the Food Valley. This acquisition also strengthens Mérieux NutriSciences European label compliance, regulatory and risk monitoring services aiming at supporting its clients to make their products marketable and safe.

We are very enthusiastic to have the talented and recognized team of KTBA joining us” said Philippe Sans, President & CEO of Mérieux NutriSciences. “This acquisition is fully aligned with our strategic roadmap and illustrates Mérieux NutriSciences commitment to offer solutions beyond testing to support our customers throughout the entire value chain”.

Ron Besseling, founder of KTBA added: “We’re very excited. Joining the Mérieux network enables us to further achieve our professional and international ambitions. This move is the perfect match as both Mérieux NutriSciences and KTBA complement each other’s strategy!

Mérieux NutriSciences has acquired all shares of KTBA. The company has 183 employees serving more than 1200 customers and generated sales of about €14 million in 2018 with a very strong double-digit growth year-on-year.


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About Mérieux NutriSciences: A world player in food safety and quality for more than 50 years, Mérieux NutriSciences is present in 23 countries through more than 100 laboratories.

As part of Institut Mérieux, Mérieux NutriSciences offers analytical and product development solutions to prevent health risks related to food and more generally to the use of everyday consumer products. The company also offers digital solutions as part of its dedicated business unit. www.merieuxnutrisciences.com

About KTBA: Founded in 1996, KTBA is a market leader in quality assurance and food safety consultancy for the Dutch and Belgian food industry and retail. With offices in Kaatsheuvel (Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium), the company employs 183 professionals.  www.ktba.com