Mérieux NutriSciences has acquired majority ownership of Swift Micro Laboratories, expanding the geographic coverage of Silliker, its food safety and quality business unit, for the first time to South Africa.
Under the new brand name Swift Silliker, the company will grow its service portfolio to match the global offerings of Silliker. The partnership gives Swift immediate and continuous access to the state-of-the-art systems and services of Mérieux NutriSciences.
Founded in 1991 and dedicated largely to the food sector, Swift is the largest privately-owned commercial food and product safety company in South Africa. Swift Micro clients include food processors, retailers and food services. The farming, government and cosmetics sectors also rely on its analytical expertise.
“This joint venture investment is in line with our strategic goal to further expand our international presence and answer the many requests from customers to develop a presence in South Africa and the fast developing African market. During initial discussions with the Swift management team, we found commonality in a strategic vision and in our values of excellence, integrity, innovation and accountability dedicated to customer satisfaction,” said Philippe Sans, President and CEO of Mérieux NutriSciences.
“To date, we have declined partnership approaches from global corporations, but the venture with Mérieux NutriSciences, and in particular Silliker, its Food Safety & Quality Division, is a natural fit. We not only share similar food and product safety approaches, but we also share global clients that operate in Southern Africa. As part of Silliker, Swift will benefit from the strength of the group, and accelerate our development with the introduction of new services for faster expansion in Africa,” said Valmé Stewart, Managing Director of Swift Silliker.