Eurofins invests in HQ to ‘future-proof’ site

Eurofins Wolverhampton

Eurofins Food and Water Testing UK and Ireland has invested in its Wolverhampton headquarters.

The £1.5m investment will increase capacity at the i54 site and be complete by autumn.

Development will see expanded food microbiology laboratories on the ground floor and water hygiene testing in a first floor extension alongside a larger staff canteen.

The site is currently 4,000 m² - the extension will bring an additional 1,000 m². It employs 180 staff but no jobs will be added as a direct result of the expansion.

Future proof and widen scope

Patrick Harte, general manager at Eurofins Food and Water Testing UK and Ireland, said the investment is future-proofing the facility and widening the scope of what it can offer.

“We are continuing to invest in labs across the UK and our investment focus is not at a single site, however we do require additional capacity at Wolverhampton,” he told FoodQualityNews.

“Wolverhampton is a key centre of excellence in the UK and as we continue to grow and following the integration of our Birmingham site it was the right time to launch our next phase of investment to ensure we can continue to grow for the long-term.

“We do not anticipate any issues on time or capacity. We are planning various stages of the build around our current working patterns. The build will allow us to have additional capacity once completed.”

Review new areas of testing

Eurofins said the investment would bring even greater food and water testing capabilities.

“This is a combination of ensuring we can increase our capacity to maintain and improve our service levels, while also reviewing new areas to offer testing. The extension will allow us to have the footprint to offer additional services as they are developed,” added Harte.

Eurofins Food and Water Testing UK and Ireland is made up of 11 laboratories in food, feed and water testing, offering analytical techniques to support customers' increasing quality and food safety standards.

It acquired Exova's food, water and pharmaceutical testing businesses for £18m (€23m) in May last year. Ten laboratories and more than 300 staff joined Eurofins sites in the UK.

The company is part of Eurofins Scientific, which acquired MVZ für Laboratoriumsmedizin am Hygiene-Institut (Hygel), a group of clinical diagnostic labs based in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Eurofins Food Safety Systems has achieved ISO 17021 accreditation for Food Safety Management Systems and Management Systems Certification from the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).

This means the firm is a fully-accredited certification body able to perform certification audits to FSSC 22000, ISO 22000 and FAMI-QS standards.

Eurofins conducts audits to food safety standards benchmarked to GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) including SQF, BRC, and FSSC 22000.

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