Safe Foods International Holdings LLC (SFIH) has announced the acquisition of the International Food Network (IFN), a consulting firm providing product development services from initial idea generation through commercialization. The partnership between IFN and SFIH’s other holding, The National Food Laboratory (The NFL), a consulting and testing firm supporting the food and beverage industry, will create a group able to provide a comprehensive offering of product and process development solutions for a broad set of products and clients.
“We are very excited to welcome IFN to the Safe Foods group,” said Eric Larson, chairman of SFIH. “IFN will further SFIH’s mission of assisting companies that bring consumers products that are safe, nutritious and great tasting.”
“The team at IFN are product development experts and well known in the space,” said Johannes Burlin, President of SFIH and Chairman of The NFL. “The combined skills of IFN and The NFL will allow us to offer new services to our clients in ways that other firms cannot currently provide. It will be a new way of delivering results within our industry which we believe will benefit our customers greatly.”
“IFN is very proud to be joining the Safe Foods family. We are known for developing foods, beverages and ingredients that taste better while being better for you and SFIH’s focus on food safety and sound nutrition is very congruent with our values,” said Peter Salmon, founder and CEO of IFN. “The NFL’s leadership in sensory research, consumer testing, food safety, analytical services, and process authority services are perfect complements to our skills in product and process development.”
The combined entity will now offer more than 100 in-house subject matter experts, 4 R&D centers (including 1 in Europe), 10 product development labs and culinary kitchens, over 4,000 square feet of modular pilot plant space, proximity to additional pilot plant space and technical contacts at leading food science universities, 36 computerized sensory booths/consumer test stations, and both chemistry and microbiology analytical labs. The firms will have facilities in Livermore, Calif. (San Francisco Bay Area); Ithaca, N.Y.; Naples, Fla.; and Reading, UK.