Mérieux NutriSciences expands its footprint in Europe with the acquisition of Advanced Laboratory Testing (ALT) in Ireland – 05-09-2019

Chicago, IL, September 5th, 2019 – Mérieux NutriSciences, a world leader in the field of Food Safety and Quality, today announces the acquisition of a majority holding in Advanced Laboratory Testing (ALT), a company offering premium microbiology and chemistry testing services to the food industry in Ireland.

Advanced Laboratory Testing (ALT) was established in 2013 in Newbridge, County Kildare and provided for the first time in Ireland, a full range of local laboratory testing services to the food industry. ALT is the leading player of the food testing market, offering technical expertise within the fields of Food Microbiology, Environmental testing, and Food Chemistry, including allergen, residue and nutritional testing. The company operates 2 labs strategically located in Newbridge (Microbiology lab) and Naas (Chemistry lab).
With the acquisition of ALT, Mérieux NutriSciences enters the Irish food safety market and consolidates its presence in Europe. This operation is aligned with Mérieux NutriSciences’ strategy and will enable to better serve its Global Key Accounts present in Ireland, complementary to ALT customer portfolio.

This acquisition provides Mérieux NutriSciences with a solid entry point into the flourishing Irish food safety market and an excellent basis for growth in the region” said Philippe Sans, President & CEO of Mérieux NutriSciences. “Both companies share the same spirit and pursue the same goals of continual expansion to always serve clients with the highest quality standards”.

We are very enthusiastic to join the Mérieux NutriSciences group and thus benefit from their strong expertise and global reputation” said Billy Coleman, Managing Director of ALT “Mérieux NutriSciences and ALT are highly complementary and we have much to gain by putting together our knowledge and experience”.

Mérieux NutriSciences has acquired 75% of the shares of ALT. The company has 92 employees and generated sales in excess of €7 million in 2018 with continued 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 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. www.merieuxnutrisciences.com

 

About ALT: ALT is a wholly owned IRISH company, strategically located, with a dedicated commitment to providing testing services of the highest quality.

As the market leader in laboratory service provision on the island of Ireland, ALT offers a professional partnership to all customers, providing tailor-made cost-effective solutions which are technically valid and coupled with exceptional customer service. ALT has a wide range of knowledge, technical expertise and experience within the fields of Food Microbiology, Environmental and Water Chemistry, Allergens, Food Chemistry and Nutritional Chemistry. www.altesting.ie

Advanced Laboratory Testing Ltd (ALT) completes purchase of Microbiology testing business from Microlabs Ltd, Ireland. – 29th March, 2019

Advanced Laboratory testing (ALT), Irelands largest independently owned laboratory group today announced the purchase of the Microbiology testing business of Microlabs Ltd, Co Monaghan.

ALT, based in Newbridge, and Naas, Co. Kildare is wholly Irish owned and is Ireland’s fastest growing laboratory currently offering accredited Microbiology, Food Chemistry, Allergen, Environmental Chemistry and Veterinary testing services. Given this core focus, ALT is well positioned to continually develop new and improved testing services and focus on excellent customer service.

This purchase further enhances ALT’s geographical footprint on the island of Ireland and allows it to continue to grow and further enhance the level of service that can be now offered in-house to the Microlabs customer base.

Billy Coleman, CEO of ALT commented, ‘ALT is delighted to announce the acquisition of Microlabs Microbiology business. Microlabs is an excellent and well managed business and will fit neatly into our current infrastructure and we are delighted to welcome the Microlabs owner and Managing Director, Martin McGuire to ALT to assist with the integration of the Microlabs customer base into ALT. We are the only Irish owned Laboratory group in Ireland that has all island service levels and this purchase is a further demonstration of ALT’s commitment to servicing the Food Industry on the island of Ireland. With Brexit continuing to be a major concern to the Irish Food Industry it is vital that the Industry in Ireland has access to laboratory services that are located indigenously on the island and ALT are fully committed to providing these services.’

Martin McGuire, Managing Director of Microlabs, said “We are pleased to sell our Microbiology laboratory business to ALT. While the business has performed strongly for us in recent years, I am sure it will flourish under the focused leadership of ALT and additional testing services that ALT can offer the Microlabs customer base. Microlabs will continue to offer a localised Environmental Chemistry testing service and I look forward to continuing with this business while also assisting the team in ALT as they continue to grow.

Advanced Laboratory Testing Ltd (ALT) announces new accreditations in Microbiology, Nutritional Chemistry and Allergen Screening.

ALT, based in Newbridge and Naas Co. Kildare is pleased to announce new accreditations in Microbiology, Nutritional Chemistry and Allergen screening services. These new testing services will be of considerable assistance to customers in terms of service level improvement and reduced turnaround times.

These new accreditations include:

Microbiology:
24hr Cronobacter by PCR
24hr Enterobacteriaceae by PCR

Food Chemistry/Allergens:
Sulfur Dioxide
Water Activity
pH in Food
Casein Screening
Additional Gluten matrix screening

Billy Coleman, CEO of ALT said today ‘These new testing services further strengthen and broaden the range of testing services that can now be offered inhouse to our customers. We are particularly excited with our new rapid Microbiology accreditations which will of particular interest to the Dairy Industry and when added to our existing 24hr turnaround services will further improve the service level to customers who require positive release of product. With Brexit fast approaching, it is vital that we continue to offer as much testing as possible inhouse to reduce the dependence on subcontract labs. We look forward to announcing exciting additional developments as we head into 2019.’

Advanced Laboratory Testing Ltd. (ALT) completes purchase of Microbiology Laboratory business from Enva Ireland. – 3rd April

Advanced Laboratory Testing Ltd. (ALT) today announced the purchase of the Microbiology Laboratory business of Enva, a leading Waste, Water and Industrial Services company.

Simon Dick, Managing Director of Enva, said “We are pleased to sell our microbiology laboratory to ALT. While the business has performed strongly for us in recent years, it will flourish under the focused leadership of ALT. This move allows us to focus on our own core waste management, water and industrial services sectors, where we see significant growth opportunities in the years ahead.” 

ALT, based in Newbridge, and Naas, Co. Kildare is wholly Irish owned and is Ireland’s fastest growing laboratory currently offering accredited Microbiology, Food Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Veterinary testing services. Given this core focus, ALT is well positioned to continually develop new and improved testing services and focus on excellent customer service.

Billy Coleman, CEO of ALT commented, ‘ALT is delighted to announce the acquisition of Enva’s Microbiology Laboratory business. Enva is an excellent and well managed business and will fit neatly into our current infrastructure. ALT is the only Irish owned Laboratory group in Ireland that has all island service levels and this purchase is a further demonstration of ALT’s commitment to servicing the Food Industry on the island of Ireland. It is an exciting time in ALT as we continually expand our service levels, laboratory infrastructure and presence throughout the entire island. With Brexit fast approaching it is vital that the Food Industry in Ireland has access to laboratory services that are located indigenously on the island and ALT are fully committed to providing these services.’

ALT to Participate on ‘What are you Eating’ – 7th March

ALT, based in Newbridge and Naas Co. Kildare is delighted to again participate in this year’s series of ‘What are you Eating’ on RTE 1 television. The popular consumer orientated program presented by Philip Boucher Hayes returns again in 2018 and ALT was pleased to look after the Nutritional Chemistry analysis for this year’s series. Look out for Philip reviewing the results in the coming weeks with our Chemistry Technical Manager, Denis Kent.

We would like to thank all in Shinawil for inviting ALT to participate and also sincerest thanks to Michael Kennedy and all the team in ALT for their assistance in compiling the results.

Advanced Laboratory Testing Ltd (ALT) announces new accreditations in Nutritional Chemistry and Allergen Screening – 21st December 2017

ALT, based in Newbridge and Naas Co. Kildare is pleased to announce new accreditations in Nutritional Chemistry and also newly accredited Allergen screening services. These new testing services will be of considerable assistance to customers in terms of service level improvement and reduced turnaround times.

The new accreditations include:

Collagen
Gluten screening in food products

Billy Coleman of ALT said today ‘These new testing services further strengthen the broad range of testing services that can now be offered and reaffirm ALT’s commitment to continually rolling out new and improved testing services to our customer base. We are particularly pleased to be introducing Gluten screening and are committed to adding further Allergens services early in 2018.’

Advanced Laboratory Testing Ltd (ALT) makes it TV debut

ALT, based in Newbridge, Co. Kildare is delighted to participate in this year’s series of ‘What are we Eating’ on RTE 1 television. The popular consumer orientated program presented by Philip Boucher Hayes is now a staple in the TV schedule and ALT was pleased to look after the Nutritional Chemistry analysis for this year’s series. Look out for Philip reviewing the results in the coming weeks with our MD, Billy Coleman.

We would like to thank all in Shinawil for making the filming such an enjoyable experience and also sincerest thanks to all the team in ALT for a job very well done.

Advanced Laboratory Testing Ltd (ALT) announces new testing facilities in Naas, Co. Kildare.

ALT, based in Newbridge, Co. Kildare is pleased to announce the opening of new accredited laboratory facilities in Naas, Co. Kildare. ALT has recently completed the construction of a world class laboratory facilities in M7 Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. These new facilities have allowed ALT to transfer its Nutritional Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Veterinary testing divisions to Naas and also, significantly increase the capacity of these divisions. This strategic move also frees up laboratory space in its existing site in Newbridge Co. Kildare. This move will allow for further significant expansion of its Microbiology testing division which will now operate exclusively from Newbridge and become a dedicated Microbiology center of excellence to further enhance the level of services that ALT can provide to its customer network on the island of Ireland.

Billy Coleman, Managing Director of ALT said today “These are exciting times in ALT and we are delighted to open a second testing facility to meet our business plan objectives. This bold move allows us to substantially increase capacity across all our testing divisions and also allows us to bring more and more accredited testing services to the commercial market place. By transforming our testing site in Newbridge into a dedicated Microbiology center of excellence, it allows us to bring our level of service to a new level and implement new ideas in this area which we will announce soon. This move also allows us to continue expanding capacity throughout all our divisions as we continually strive to improve our service level offerings”.