Eurofins announces purchase of leading agricultural testing laboratory Galys Laboratories from Axereal and Terrena

9 July 2019

Eurofins announces purchase of leading agricultural testing laboratory Galys Laboratories from Axereal and Terrena

Axereal and Terrena have announced the signature of an agreement with Eurofins Group concerning the sale of Galys Laboratories. The company, owned by Axereal (84% stake) and Terrena (16% stake), has been specialising in agricultural testing for more than 50 years. In addition to agronomic expertise covering all stages of the plant life cycle, Galys also offers sensory and organoleptic evaluation services to its food industry clients. It employs around sixty staff and operates several laboratories, accredited and recognised by Incograin and INAO. The two main sites are at Blois and Ancenis.

Terrena and Axereal groups will continue to support Galys Laboratories as it grows, through a long-term commercial and R&D partnership with Eurofins to include, among other aspects, developing innovative new solutions for use by cooperative members.

This acquisition will significantly reinforce Eurofins’ leadership in the agronomic and agricultural analytical testing market, upstream of food processing.

It will grow the European footprint of the company’s Agro Testing division to form a unique network of laboratories across 13 countries, bringing the skills of agronomy specialists and sampling services closer to its clients. Thanks to this acquisition, Eurofins will also be able to considerably expand the services it offers, in particular for soil, with nitrogen mineralisation analyses and the Comifer-certified Azofast agronomic interpretation system, and for plants, with Bio-savital® sap testing. By adding Galys’ specialist plant pathology and harvest and flour quality branch, Eurofins will also extend its expertise in grain and field crops. Lastly, Eurofins will boost the capabilities it offers to customers working in the animal feed channel by integrating Galys’s new analysis methods for animal feed and its specialist capabilities in this area.

Christian-Guillaume Marchal, Managing Director of Eurofins Agro Testing France, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Galys to the Eurofins laboratory network. Through this acquisition, we will be able to accelerate the deployment of new analytical solutions to support both agricultural industry professionals (farmers, cooperatives, traders and animal feed producers) and their technical advisors day to day by providing the high-level expertise they require.  In return, Galys will have access to the complete Eurofins infrastructure, in particular our extensive catalogue of tests, and will become part of a European network of analytical testing services for agronomy and food applications.”