Intertek Acquires American Analytical Chemistry Laboratories Corp

January 12, 2011

Oak Brook, IL – Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world, has acquired American Analytical Chemistry Laboratories Corp (AACL), a testing, analytics and research company focusing on food, functional foods, nutritional supplements, cosmeceuticals and pharmaceuticals.

Based in Champaign, Ill., AACL provides analytical testing and research services to companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of food, functional foods, drinks and cosmetics, nutritional supplements, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals. Its chemical testing services help companies monitor for the presence of residues, pesticides and antibiotics in order to establish compliance with regulations as well as quality and health standards. AACL also helps clients to verify nutrient content and other properties during the product development or registration stages of regulated foods, nutrition supplements, nutraceuticals, functional cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals.

"Intertek's acquisition of AACL broadens our extensive capabilities, including quality, risk and safety assessments, commodity testing and analytics, inspections, auditing and certification," said Jochen Zoller, president of Intertek Food Services. "As the multi-billion dollar functional foods industry continues to experience steady growth, we are well positioned to meet the increased testing and certification needs of our customers."

Increased health awareness is driving growth in the food and functional food market as consumers seek out products that promote good health and improve well being. At the same time, global regulation of these products has increased the need to ensure the accuracy of product composition and nutritional or health benefit claims. Intertek's acquisition of AACL positions the company to meet the growing testing, analytics and certification needs of companies producing, manufacturing and distributing food and functional food products.

To learn more about Intertek's Food & Agriculture capabilities, please visit: www.intertek.com/food/  

Contact:

Amy Paille, Public Relations Coordinator, Intertek Consumer Goods North America
Phone: +1.630.481.3163
Email: amy.paille@intertek.com  

About Intertek

Intertek (www.intertek.com) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 26,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world.