French testing giant Eurofins acquires Belfast lab company

FRENCH testing giant Eurofins Scientific has acquired a business in the port area of ​​Belfast.

Biosearch, which employs 38 people in a laboratory located on Dufferin Road, specializes in food, animal feed and environmental analyses.

Founded in 1989, it was part of the W&R Barnett group of companies, which also includes Thompson Feeds.

The family business is one of the most profitable businesses in the North. Its latest accounts show the group generated annual revenue of £1.3billion in the year to July 31, 2021, with pre-tax profits of £51.3million.

Its Biosearch business has been acquired by Eurofins Food & Water Testing UK and Ireland, which already operates from sites in Dublin and Cork.

A subsidiary of the testing giant listed on Euronext, the Belfast laboratory will be the first in the north.

Paul McGillicuddy, Managing Director of Eurofins Food and Environment Testing Ireland, said: “We are delighted to welcome Biosearch and its talented team of 38 people to the Eurofins group.

“We have enjoyed positive cooperation between our two companies for several years.

“It has supported a very collaborative acquisition process and we are excited about the opportunity to provide an improved service to all of our customers on the island of Ireland.

He added: “The Biosearch lab will strengthen Eurofins’ existing footprint and expand its customer base in the UK and Ireland.

“We in turn look forward to strengthening Biosearch’s portfolio and operational footprint by providing access to the full range of services and capabilities of the UK and Irish businesses as well as the wider Eurofins group.

The company said it would offer its services in Belfast seven days a week.

Eurofins Scientific has the largest group of laboratories in the world.

In 2019 it acquired British and Irish laboratory company Chemtest, which had based its Irish subsidiary in West Belfast.

Chemtest Ireland was subsequently closed in 2020.

Eurofins said its recent investment in a state-of-the-art food nutrition and environmental chemistry campus in Cork, and the increased capacity of its food microbiology facility in Waterford, underscores its long-term commitment to the Irish market.

Laura J. Boyer