HYPRED ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF LCB FOOD SAFETY, LEADER IN RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS IN FOOD SAFETY

Dinard, 6 September 2017 – Almost four months after its merger with Antigerm, Hypred announces the acquisition of 100% of the capital of LCB Food Safety, a company formerly owned by Patrick la Chesnais, Unigrains and Sofimac Partners. Following this operation, the new company will have a turnover of approximately 200 million euros.

Supported in the acquisition by its major shareholder, the investment company Ardian, Hypred confirms its role as a major player in the ongoing consolidation of the sector, and increasingly asserts its position as a leader in bio-safety solutions and an expert in food safety, with its constant approach to social responsibility and consideration of public health challenges.

Supplier of turnkey hygiene solutions, present at all stages of the food process, LCB Food Safety is the world leader in surface disinfection by ultradiffusion, with its advanced technology and its unique active ingredient diffusion process for food safety. LCB FOOD SAFETY develops solutions which reduce waste, improving animal well-being while optimizing competitivity in the value chain, from farm to fork.

Since 2015, LCB Food Safety has operated from a 7500m2 industrial site at Boz (Ain), near Macon, and in 2016, the company recorded a turnover of 10 million euros.

The acquisition involves three key areas of interest for Hypred:

  • it enables the expansion of its range of hygiene and disinfection solutions with high value-added products, mainly based around ultradiffusion, a unique technology developed by LCB Food Safety.
  • it provides access to new markets, as LCB Food Safety has developed advanced skills and knowledge in agriculture, poultry and pig farming, as well as in the food industry, more particularly in the fields of industrial baking, cheese-making plants, and meat production.
  • it reinforces its access to international business opportunities, as LCB Food Safety has a presence in more than 40 countries, mainly through its network of distributors.

Sébastien Bossard, CEO of Hypred, states, “The incorporation of the LCB Food Safety team within our group marks a significant new stage in our development. This acquisition allows us to consolidate our responsible approach to challenges in society, public health and environmental impact. This company, whose values we share, will bring us a major new technology which represents a great competitive advantage in our markets. The commercial prospects of ultradiffusion are promising and we will largely capitalise on the products associated with it to strengthen our service offering but also our expertise in food safety. LCB Food Safety is a “spark of energy” and we welcome them into the very heart of our group.”

Patrick de la Chesnais, CEO of LCB Food Safety, adds, “As LCB Food Safety has been going through a phase of strong international development for several years with our FUMAGRI® poultry and pig farming and ULTRAD® food production industry brands, it was considered by myself and my joint shareholders, Unigrains and Sofimac, that Hypred would be the ideal partner to help rapidly strengthen our position in the field of food safety. With our common values and our complementary technology, product ranges and activity sectors, our teams will be able to co-operate with the Hypred structure in order to convince industrialists and the food distribution world to actively contribute to consumer health in response to a major Public Health issue: “We are what we eat.”.”

To find out more about ultradiffusion visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyNAydzZVB0

  

About the new group created by Hypred and Antigerm

Created in 1985, Hypred has a strong industrial expertise in the formulation, production and marketing of bio-safety, disinfection and hygiene solutions for food production professionals, as well as disinfection, hygiene and animal feed supplements in agriculture.

Hypred is now present in more than 40 countries and employs more than 400 personnel. Hypred benefits from first-class industrial facilities, enabling it to work with clients throughout the world. It has its own or partner production sites in, amongst others, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Turkey and the United States. In 2016, Hypred recorded a turnover of more than 100 million euros.

In April 2017, Antigerm joined Hypred. Founded in 1938, Antigerm is a European leader in the supply of bio-safety solutions, particularly in hygiene and disinfection in the food, drink and agricultural markets. Antigerm is also involved in water disinfection with its market leading subsidiaries, Medentech and Aquatabs. Antigerm is present in 16 countries worldwide and has 8 industrial sites in its own right or in partnership, in France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Ireland, China and Turkey. In 2016, Antigerm recorded a turnover of 80 million euros.

The new group formed by the merger of Hypred and Antigerm aims to become the leader in bio-safety solutions, ensuring the best performance for the end-user.

www.hypred.com ; www.anti-germ.com

About LCB Food Safety

Created in 1963, LCB Food Safety acts as a food safety expert and recommends and provides turnkey hygiene solutions at every stage of the food chain using an integrated approach from “farm to fork”. LCB Food Safety has around 50 employees and is operational in more than 40 countries, largely through a distribution network and its three subsidiaries. LCB is the world leader in Aerial Surface Disinfection and benefits from its own internal, innovative and unique technology, ultradiffusion®. Since 2015, LCB has operated from its own 7500m2 modern industrial site in Boz, near Macon. In 2012, Unigrains and Sofimac Partners took a minority shareholding in the company, with the major objective of accelerating the development of international business activities.

www.lcbfoodsafety.com