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Top Ten Suppliers of Food Safety Products and Technology

  • February 2013
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INTRODUCTION

The world’s population has crossed the 7 billion mark. Providing food for such a large population is a significantly important business endeavor. It is imperative that agriculture and animal rearing that contribute to the world’s food needs are also taken up in a large scale. Apart from food production, the procurement, processing, packaging, logistics, distribution, delivery and final usage have all seen the impact of technology over the years. One important aspect all along the chain from production to consumption is the need to guarantee the quality of food.

There is only one food item that is known to man that is not perishable, and it is honey. This is because it is already digested by the bee. Since humankind cannot survive on honey alone, the monitoring of all other food items, which are perishable with time, command high importance. It is estimated that in developing countries, only 50% of food that is produced is finally consumed, the rest perishing at various stages of the distribution. In developed countries, this is significantly less but still in double digits for various food items.

Automation of food production and distribution has also allowed industry growth in automated food testing for quality. Such automated testing is typically first developed for use by large-scale food producers and distributors and later the methods are also adopted by smaller scale users. Some of the tests are fairly common and straightforward, but even some technologically advanced test methods such as liquid chromatography and DNA testing are also used routinely to monitor food quality.

This report is an effort to bring clarity into this growing field by providing an in-depth analysis of the top 10 companies in the field of food quality testing.

STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES

This document is a specialty report related to the BCC Research report “Global Markets and Technologies for Food Safety Testing,” report number FOD011G authored by Kevin Gainer in August 2012. That report provided a global review of the food quality testing industry with trends, regulatory aspects and other macrolevel factors. In that report, numerous companies are listed in brief, with each company’s region of operation and products listed.

The goal of this document is to provide a more in-depth look at the top 10 companies in the industry and to take a closer look at how the products from these companies are addressed in the market, thus providing an explorative financial and technical review to the readers.

The objectives include identifying companies that are considered the leaders and what technologies or management contributions make them leaders. There are certain market drivers and some constraints to both the companies and to the evolving technology they seek to dominate. There is a desire to ascertain whether these companies will be able to meet the continuing demand for their products by proprietary technology, strategy alliances, superior marketing or other sought-after advantages.

Most of the information presented in this report is based on that available from annual reports, various regulatory filings, the company website, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and other public sources and the author hereby acknowledges the same. Additional information was sourced from industry experts and people with close understanding of the industry dynamics.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

This report is intended especially for customer and supplier companies in the food industry and others with a need to understand the status and dynamics of the market for food testing methods and products. This report is largely nontechnical in nature and coverage. It is concerned less with theory and jargon than with what works, who the major global players are, what technological trends are seen in the market place and which regulations, trends, business relationships and intellectual properties are shaping the market.

As such, the report’s content should be highly useful to executive management personnel and marketing and financial analysts due to the organized presentation of data. It is not written specifically for scientists and technologists, although its findings concern the market for their work, which should interest them and provide them with a clearer perspective as to how their work can influence the future of the industry. Since this is a vast field, there is a multitude of established research organizations and universities, as well as industrial organizations and associations active in this area, and these details are briefly covered in this report.

The field of food safety testing is also extremely active in acquisitions. Several companies detailed in the report have been actively pursuing acquisitions worldwide to meet their growth targets and ambitions. The top 10 companies in this report all command revenues in the $50 million to $500 million range for business in the food safety testing market, and acquisitions have typically been less than $100 million in size. Smaller companies and their management in various countries who are looking to be acquired would find this report useful in this regard.

Lastly, the report would also be a handy reference for personnel working in the regulatory field as well as in various health-related organizations. How the private sector has developed over the years and what the food quality testing industry can offer as solutions to various food-related outbreaks can be extremely useful to them.

SCOPE

The scope of this report is a detailed analysis of the top 10 companies in the food testing technology sector. This is in many ways a selected due diligence of the key companies and drivers in the food testing marketplace. This is not a list of top 10 companies by revenues, profits or other financial criteria alone. Instead, the focus has been to pick out companies that are most influential in the field, and this is based on a combination of several factors, including size, established technologies, historical aspects, business relationships, intellectual properties, impact of regulations and the global food marketplace as such. In short, the companies selected in this report are those that can be considered as trendsetters in the field of food safety testing. Hence, a detailed review of these companies also provides a deeper look into the sector dynamics. A second list of companies that are important in the field apart from the top 10 is also provided.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vijay Subramanian has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and has extensive experience in the field of analytical testing, including in-depth understanding of testing equipment, equipment manufacturers and technologies. He worked for more than a decade in the automotive industry in the U.S. and later in India and owns multiple U.S. patents. He has been authoring reports for BCC Research since 2012.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

This report provides:
• Identification of the top 10 companies in the market for food safety products and technology, and the rationale behind these selections.
• Factors taken into account, including technical innovation, market leadership, and commitment to this market via investment in products.

When selecting these top 10 companies, BCC Research looked across the industry spectrum and selected the most active and significant contributors while recognizing that there are many other contenders. Some of these “significant others” are included but to a less-detailed extent than the top 10 companies.

Table Of Contents

Top Ten Suppliers of Food Safety Products and Technology
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 1

STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES 1
INTENDED AUDIENCE 2
SCOPE 3
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 3
RELATED BCC REPORTS 3
BCC ONLINE SERVICES 3
DISCLAIMER 4

CHAPTER 2 FOOD SAFETY TESTING INDUSTRY-AN OVERVIEW 6

SIGNIFICANCE OF FOOD TESTING 6
ORGANIZATIONS INFLUENCING REGULATIONS IN FOOD SAFETY
TESTING INDUSTRY 7
TABLE 1 ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE INFLUENTIAL IN FOOD QUALITY AND
SAFETY TESTING 8
VARIOUS METHODS OF PATHOGEN DETECTION 8

CHAPTER 3 FOOD SAFETY TESTING INDUSTRY AND MAJOR PLAYERS 11

INTERNATIONAL GIANTS 11
TESTING TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPERS 11
TESTING EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS 11
THIRD PARTY TESTING LABS 12
VETERINARY PRODUCT PROVIDERS 12
TABLE 2 TOP 10 COMPANIES IN FOOD SAFETY TESTING INDUSTRY 13
TABLE 3 OTHER NOTABLE COMPANIES IN THE FOOD SAFETY TESTING
INDUSTRY 14

CHAPTER 4 THE TOP 10 COMPANIES IN THE INDUSTRY 16

3M FOOD SAFETY 16
COMPANY INFORMATION 16
PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES RELATED TO FOOD SAFETY 17
End Product Screening 17
3M Microbial Luminescence System (MLS) 17
Indicator Organism Testing 17
Pathogen and Toxin Testing 17
Rapid Hygiene Monitoring 18
Sample Handling, Media and Lab Supplies 18
Time Temperature Monitoring 18
COMPANY HISTORY 19
PRODUCT APPROVALS, CERTIFICATIONS AND AWARDS 19
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF 3M 21
Vice Presidents 21
Additional Officers 21
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 21
FINANCIALS 22
TABLE 4 3M COMPANY FINANCIALS , 2007-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 22
TABLE 5 3M COMPANY FINANCIALS FOR HEALTHCARE SEGMENT, 2008-2011
($ MILLIONS) 23
TABLE 6 3M COMPANY EMPLOYEE COUNT, 2007-2011 23
TABLE 7 U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO FOOD SAFETY ASSIGNED TO 3M SINCE
1976 23
BIO MERIEUX 25
COMPANY INFORMATION 25
PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES 26
COMPANY HISTORY 27
COMPANY TIMELINE 30
COMPANY LOCATIONS 31
France 31
Marcy L'Etoile 31
Craponne 31
La Balme-les-Grottes 31
Saint-Vulbas 31
Grenoble 32
Combourg 32
Verniolle 32
Europe 32
Florence (Italy) 32
Madrid (Spain) 32
Basingstoke (U.K.) 32
North America 33
Durham 33
St. Louis 33
Lombard 33
San Diego 33
China 33
Shanghai Bio Merieux Kehua Bio-engineering 33
Bio Merieux (Shanghai) Biotech Co. Ltd. 33
Bio Merieux (Shanghai) Biological Products Co. Ltd. 33
Other Countries 34
Jacarepagua in Brazil 34
Australia 34
MEMBERS OF MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 34
BOARD OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS 34
FINANCIALS 35
TABLE 8 BIO MERIEUX COMPANY FINANCIALS , 2007-2011 (€ MILLIONS) 35
TABLE 9 BIO MERIEUX COMPANY REVENUE BREAK UP BY REGION,
2007-2011 (%) 35
TABLE 10 BIO MERIEUX COMPANY REVENUE BREAK UP BY TECHNOLOGY,
2007-2011 (%) 36
TABLE 11 BIO MERIEUX COMPANY PATENT OWNERSHIP AS REPORTED,
2007-2011 36
TABLE 12 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO BIO MERIEUX SINCE 1976 36
BIO-RAD LABORATORIES INC. 41
COMPANY SEGMENTS 42
Life Science Segment 42
Clinical Diagnostics Segment 42
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT 42
PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES 43
Water Testing 43
Wine Testing 43
Zoonosis Monitoring 43
COMPANY HISTORY 44
COMPANY TIMELINE 44
COMPANY LOCATIONS 46
Headquarters 46
Life Sciences Segment 46
Clinical Diagnostics Segment 46
CORPORATE OFFICERS 46
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 47
FINANCIALS 47
TABLE 13 BIO-RAD COMPANY FINANCIALS, 2007-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 47
TABLE 14 BIO-RAD COMPANY REVENUES BY SEGMENT, 2007-2011 ($
MILLIONS) 48
TABLE 15 BIO-RAD COMPANY REVENUES BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGIONS,
2007-2011 (DATA IN $ MILLIONS) 48
TABLE 16 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO BIO-RAD COMPANY SINCE 1976 48
DUPONT QUALICON 59
COMPANY INFORMATION 59
PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES 60
BAX Detection System 60
RiboPrinter Microbial Characterization System 60
DuPont Lateral Flow System 60
DuPont StatMedia Soluble Packets 61
COMPANY HISTORY 61
COMPANY LOCATIONS 64
Business Locations 64
COMPANY EXECUTIVES 64
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 64
FINANCIALS 65
TABLE 17 DUPONT COMPANY FINANCIALS, 2007-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 65
TABLE 18 DUPONT COMPANY REVENUES BY REGION, 2007-2011 ($ BILLIONS) 65
TABLE 19 DUPONT COMPANY NET REVENUES BY SEGMENT, 2007-2011 ($
MILLIONS) 66
TABLE 20 DUPONT NUTRITION AND HEALTH SEGMENT FINANCIALS,
2009-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 66
TABLE 21 DUPONT NUTRITION AND HEALTH SEGMENT COMPETITIVE
LANDSCAPE 67
TABLE 22 DUPONT NUTRITION AND HEALTH SEGMENT SALES BY PRODUCT
GROUP, INDUSTRY AND REGION, 2011 (%) 67
TABLE 23 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO DUPONT COMPANY RELATED TO
QUALICON PRODUCTS SINCE 1976 68
EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC S.E. 69
COMPANY INFORMATION 69
Growth Drivers 70
Professional Liability/Insurance 70
SEGMENTS AND LABORATORY SERVICE LOCATIONS 71
Food and Feed Testing 71
Environment Testing 71
Pharma Services-Early Development 71
Pharma Services-Central Laboratory 71
Pharma Services-Bio/Pharmaceutical and Products Testing 71
Agrosciences 71
Product Testing 71
Genomic Services 72
Forensics and Applied DNA Testing 72
REACH Services 72
COMPANY TIMELINE 72
COMPANY HISTORY 72
Turning Wine into a Winner in the 1980s 72
Acquiring Scale in the 1990s 73
Global Leader in the 2000s 74
2005 Onwards-Becoming a Global Reference 75
PRINCIPAL SUBSIDIARIES 76
GROUP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 76
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 77
FINANCIALS 77
TABLE 24 EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC COMPANY FINANCIALS, 2007-2011 (€
MILLIONS) 77
TABLE 25 EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC COMPANY REVENUES BY REGION,
2007-2011 (€ MILLIONS) 78
TABLE 26 EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC COMPANY EMPLOYEES BY REGION,
2007-2011 (FULL-TIME EQUIVALENTS) 78
TABLE 27 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC SINCE 1976 78
FOSS A/S 79
COMPANY INFORMATION 79
TECHNOLOGIES 80
Technology Areas 80
PRODUCTS BY TECHNOLOGY 80
COMPANY MANAGEMENT 82
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 82
FINANCIALS 82
TABLE 28 FOSS COMPANY FINANCIALS, 2009-2011 (€ MILLIONS) 82
TABLE 29 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO FOSS SINCE 1976 83
IDEXX LABORATORIES 83
COMPANY INFORMATION 83
PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES 85
Companion Animal Group 85
Instruments and Consumables 85
Blood and Urine Chemistry 85
Hematology 86
Quantitative Immunoassay Testing 86



Urinalysis 86
Rapid Assays 86
Reference Laboratory Diagnostic and Consulting Services 87
Consulting Services 87
Practice Management Systems and Digital Radiography 87
Digital Radiography Systems and Services 88
Water 88
Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics 89
Other 89
Dairy 89
OPTI Medical Systems 90
PATENTS AND RandD 90
COMPANY HISTORY 91
COMPANY LOCATIONS 92
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS 93
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 94
FINANCIALS 94
TABLE 30 IDEXX LABORATORIES COMPANY FINANCIALS ($ MILLIONS) 95
TABLE 31 IDEXX COMPANY REVENUES BY SEGMENT, 2007-2011 ($
MILLIONS) 95
TABLE 32 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO IDEXX LABORATORIES SINCE 1976 96
LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORP. 100
COMPANY INFORMATION 100
PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES 101
Life Sciences 102
Applied Sciences 103
Medical Sciences 103
COMPANY HISTORY 104
Invitrogen History 104
COMPANY TIMELINE 105
COMPANY LOCATIONS 105
United States 105
International Locations 106
CORPORATE MANAGEMENT 106
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 107
FINANCIALS 107
TABLE 33 LIFE TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY FINANCIALS, 2007-2011 ($
MILLIONS) 107
TABLE 34 LIFE TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY REVENUES BY SEGMENT ($
MILLIONS) 107
TABLE 35 SELECTED U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO LIFE TECHNOLOGIES
SINCE 1976 108
NEOGEN CORPORATION 113
COMPANY INFORMATION 113
COMPANY OPERATIONS 114
PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES 116
FOOD SAFETY SEGMENT 116
ANIMAL SAFETY SEGMENT 119
PROPRIETARY PROTECTION AND APPROVALS 121
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT 122
COMPANY HISTORY 122
COMPANY LOCATIONS 123
MANAGEMENT 124
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 125
FINANCIALS 125
TABLE 36 NEOGEN CORPORATION COMPANY FINANCIALS, 2008-2012 ($
THOUSANDS) 125
TABLE 37 NEOGEN CORPORATION REVENUES BY SEGMENT, 2008-2012 ($
THOUSANDS) 126
TABLE 38 NEOGEN CORPORATION REVENUES BY GEOGRAPHY, 2004-2012 (%) 126
TABLE 39 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO NEOGEN CORP. SINCE 1976 126
THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC 127
COMPANY INFORMATION 127
Thermo Fisher Scientific Brands 128
BUSINESS SEGMENTS AND PRODUCTS 128
Analytical Technologies Segment 128
Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry 128
Chemical Analysis 130
Environmental and Process Instruments 130
Biosciences 131
Specialty Diagnostics Segment 132
Immunodiagnostics 132
Clinical Diagnostics 133
Microbiology 133
Anatomical Pathology 133
Healthcare Market Customer Channel 133
Laboratory Products and Services Segment 133
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT 134
SIGNIFICANT RECENT ACQUISITIONS 134
Analytical Technologies 134
Specialty Diagnostics 134
Lab Products and Services 134
COMPANY HISTORY 134
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 135
COMPANY EXECUTIVES 136
FINANCIALS 136
TABLE 40 FINANCIALS, 2007-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 136
TABLE 41 THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC REVENUES BY SEGMENT, 2009-2011
($ MILLIONS) 137
TABLE 42 SELECTED U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO THERMO FISHER
SCIENTIFIC SINCE 1976 137



LIST OF TABLES

TABLE 1 ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE INFLUENTIAL IN FOOD QUALITY AND
SAFETY TESTING 8
TABLE 2 TOP 10 COMPANIES IN FOOD SAFETY TESTING INDUSTRY 13
TABLE 3 OTHER NOTABLE COMPANIES IN THE FOOD SAFETY TESTING
INDUSTRY 14
TABLE 4 3M COMPANY FINANCIALS , 2007-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 22
TABLE 5 3M COMPANY FINANCIALS FOR HEALTHCARE SEGMENT, 2008-2011
($ MILLIONS) 23
TABLE 6 3M COMPANY EMPLOYEE COUNT, 2007-2011 23
TABLE 7 U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO FOOD SAFETY ASSIGNED TO 3M SINCE
1976 23
TABLE 8 BIO MERIEUX COMPANY FINANCIALS , 2007-2011 (€ MILLIONS) 35
TABLE 9 BIO MERIEUX COMPANY REVENUE BREAK UP BY REGION, 2007-2011 (%) 35
TABLE 10 BIO MERIEUX COMPANY REVENUE BREAK UP BY TECHNOLOGY, 2007-2011 (%) 36
TABLE 11 BIO MERIEUX COMPANY PATENT OWNERSHIP AS REPORTED, 2007-2011 36
TABLE 12 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO BIO MERIEUX SINCE 1976 36
TABLE 13 BIO-RAD COMPANY FINANCIALS, 2007-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 47
TABLE 14 BIO-RAD COMPANY REVENUES BY SEGMENT, 2007-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 48
TABLE 15 BIO-RAD COMPANY REVENUES BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGIONS, 2007-2011 (DATA IN $ MILLIONS) 48
TABLE 16 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO BIO-RAD COMPANY SINCE 1976 48
TABLE 17 DUPONT COMPANY FINANCIALS, 2007-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 65
TABLE 18 DUPONT COMPANY REVENUES BY REGION, 2007-2011 ($ BILLIONS) 65
TABLE 19 DUPONT COMPANY NET REVENUES BY SEGMENT, 2007-2011 ($
MILLIONS) 66
TABLE 20 DUPONT NUTRITION AND HEALTH SEGMENT FINANCIALS,
2009-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 66
TABLE 21 DUPONT NUTRITION AND HEALTH SEGMENT COMPETITIVE
LANDSCAPE 67
TABLE 22 DUPONT NUTRITION AND HEALTH SEGMENT SALES BY PRODUCT
GROUP, INDUSTRY AND REGION, 2011 (%) 67
TABLE 23 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO DUPONT COMPANY RELATED TO
QUALICON PRODUCTS SINCE 1976 68
TABLE 24 EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC COMPANY FINANCIALS, 2007-2011 (€
MILLIONS) 77
TABLE 25 EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC COMPANY REVENUES BY REGION,
2007-2011 (€ MILLIONS) 78
TABLE 26 EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC COMPANY EMPLOYEES BY REGION,
2007-2011 (FULL-TIME EQUIVALENTS) 78
TABLE 27 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC SINCE 1976 78
TABLE 28 FOSS COMPANY FINANCIALS, 2009-2011 (€ MILLIONS) 82
TABLE 29 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO FOSS SINCE 1976 83
TABLE 30 IDEXX LABORATORIES COMPANY FINANCIALS ($ MILLIONS) 95
TABLE 31 IDEXX COMPANY REVENUES BY SEGMENT, 2007-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 95
TABLE 32 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO IDEXX LABORATORIES SINCE 1976 96
TABLE 33 LIFE TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY FINANCIALS, 2007-2011 ($
MILLIONS) 107
TABLE 34 LIFE TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY REVENUES BY SEGMENT ($
MILLIONS) 107
TABLE 35 SELECTED U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO LIFE TECHNOLOGIES
SINCE 1976 108
TABLE 36 NEOGEN CORPORATION COMPANY FINANCIALS, 2008-2012 ($
THOUSANDS) 125
TABLE 37 NEOGEN CORPORATION REVENUES BY SEGMENT, 2008-2012 ($
THOUSANDS) 126
TABLE 38 NEOGEN CORPORATION REVENUES BY GEOGRAPHY, 2004-2012 (%) 126
TABLE 39 U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO NEOGEN CORP. SINCE 1976 126
TABLE 40 FINANCIALS, 2007-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 136
TABLE 41 THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC REVENUES BY SEGMENT, 2009-2011
($ MILLIONS) 137
TABLE 42 SELECTED U.S. PATENTS ASSIGNED TO THERMO FISHER
SCIENTIFIC SINCE 1976 137

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