May 18th, 2021
Mérieux NutriSciences acquires UCGS and expands its footprint in China


Chicago, 18th May 2021. Mérieux NutriSciences, one of the world leaders in Food Safety, Quality and Sustainability today announced the acquisition of majority ownership of UCGS in Wei Nan city (ShaanXi Province).

Created in 2015, UCGS is an independent laboratory specialized in food testing. The company has 30 employees and comprises a 3600 square-meter (39000 sq ft) facility dedicated essentially to chemistry with unique know-how in illegal substance detection, active ingredients of food supplements and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

With this new acquisition Mérieux NutriSciences strategically complements its geographical footprint in the country and adds a presence in NorthWest China to its 5 accredited labs (Qingdao, Shanghai, Beijing, Ningbo and Chengdu). 

This new investment also provides a high commitment to support the world’s largest consumer market for food and beverages and to better serve Mérieux NutriSciences’ Priority Accounts present in the region, notably through high-expertise in Chemistry.

We are very enthusiastic about having the talented team from UCGS join us, and warmly welcome them to Mérieux NutriSciences” said Nicolas Cartier, CEO at Mérieux NutriSciences. “This acquisition strategically complements our activities in China and will contribute to develop our chemistry offering in the region and for the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) market.


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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 26 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.