NSF International, a food safety auditing, training, and consulting organization, is in the process of acquiring Euro Consultants Group (ECG), a food safety and quality service company based in Wavre, Belgium. ECG, founded in 1990, promotes the one-stop shopping concept and high values of flexibility and services across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) through 14 subsidiaries that span nine countries: Belgium, France, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Romania, Canada, Morocco, Poland, and the Ivory Coast.
As a result of the merger, NSF International will add food safety consulting, auditing, certification, and training support throughout the EMEA region, targeting retailers, caterers, industries, private companies, and European and international institutions. ECG clients will now have access to NSF International’s range of services. The NSF Global Food Division provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, including agriculture, animal feed and welfare, produce, processing, distribution, dairy, seafood, quality management software, retail, and restaurants in more than 160 countries.
“The merger of the Euro Consultants Group into NSF International’s Global Food Division enables us to expand consulting, auditing, and training services to our multinational retail, foodservice, and restaurant customers with operations in the EMEA region,” said Tom Chestnut, senior vice president of NSF International’s Global Food Division. “ECG has a robust network of experienced consultants and has maintained a strong reputation within the foodservice industry and at a broader institutional level. We appreciate the stalwart reputation, technical expertise, and operational support that ECG brings to NSF International, along with its proficiency in research, training, and supervision to improve food safety and quality.”
The merger is expected to be finalized in the spring of 2016.