Mérieux NutriSciences expands its footprint in Europe by entering
the German food safety testing market with the acquisition of Institut Kirchhoff
Tassin la Demi-Lune, France - May 9th - Mérieux NutriSciences today announced the acquisition
of Institut Kirchhoff Berlin GmbH, a Berlin-based company providing high quality chemical,
physical, molecular biological and microbiological studies using state of the art analysis
equipment and inspection services for the food industry.
Established in 1983 by Dr. Erhard Kirchhoff and employing 180 people, Institut Kirchhoff brings
more than 30 years’ experience in food safety with a highly recognized scientific expertise in the
German market and beyond. The company operates a Berlin-based accredited laboratory
covering a surface area of 5000m 2 (54 000 sqft) in which approximately 90 000 samples are
processed every year.
With the recent purchase of the German food labeling and regulatory business of Swiss Food,
Mérieux NutriSciences will now offer a complete range of food safety services to the German food
“This acquisition is a major step in our strategy to become a leader on the European food safety
segment as it enables us to enter one of the most important market in Europe. We are delighted
to have the talented team of Institut Kirchhoff Berlin and its founders join us, and both
companies share commitment to the highest quality standards in order to contribute to protecting
consumer’s health.” said Philippe Sans, President and Chief Executive Officer at Mérieux
Dr. Erhard Kirchhoff and Dr. Jutta Kunert-Kirchhoff, Institut Kirchhoff founders, added: “We are
pleased that the change in ownership has put the future of Institut Kirchhoff in a forward-looking
and sustainable direction. We are convinced that this step will enable us to develop our potential
even more intensively.”
Mérieux NutriSciences has acquired all shares of Institut Kirchhoff Berlin GmbH.