Paris, October 7, 2021
Kersia announces the signing of an exclusive agreement for acquiring a majority stake in AgroChem to pursue development in the US
A global leader in food safety, International group Kersia continues its international expansion acquiring majority stake in US-based dairy hygiene specialist AgroChem beside the DeMarco family who remains minority shareholder. With this important milestone, Kersia becomes a significant player in the US dairy farm hygiene market further reinforcing and diversifying its US operations.
With more than 1,850 employees and a presence in 120 countries, Kersia has developed a complete and unique offering in the global agri-food and agricultural safety markets.
A common DNA and important opportunities for synergies.
This new partnership is based on the great potential for positive synergies between the two entities, both of which have a global reach, solid industry experience, and broad geographic coverage. They complement each other in terms of solutions and market segments.
AgroChem Inc. based in Saratoga Springs, New York, has experienced solid growth since its creation in 2005 and is now a leading US dairy farm hygiene player. Equipped with modern industrial facilities and an integrated Research & Development center, AgroChem specializes in the manufacture and marketing of solutions for dairy farms, including: hoof health, udder care, and milk house cleaners. In addition to AgroChem, an affiliate company, Biosan LLC specializes in peracetic acid and will offer a full line of EPA registered and FDA accepted products suited to a variety of industries including: dairy, meat & vegetable processing, water treatment, and healthcare. A winning combination provided by two growing entities and the values and entrepreneurial spirit shared by Kersia and AgroChem.
The combined group will count on the solid experience of Robert DeMarco, the current AgroChem President who will continue to lead the company and to drive the development in the market while creating value for current and future customers.
Already present in the food industry hygiene sector, this strategic acquisition allows Kersia to strengthen its presence on the US farm market with a range of multi-species hygiene solutions. These complementary technologies, expertise, and human resources will enable Kersia to accelerate its international development and position itself to seize new market and acquisition opportunities in North America.
A new strategic move for Kersia inNorth America following the acquisition of Choisy Laboratories ("Choisy"), in 2019, a leading developer and manufacturer of chemical, biotechnology, and biosafety solutions based in Canada.
Sébastien BOSSARD, CEO of Kersia
It is a pleasure to welcome Rob DeMarco and his teams to Kersia; to strengthen our presence in the US, to address Food Safety in our core business segments Farm and Food-Industry has been our goal for several years. AgroChem Inc., its location, its solutions, its recognition, its skills, its industrial capacities, and above all its entrepreneurial family DNA is a perfect match for our objectives. With Rob, we have a great ambition to invent new food safety solutions in this large American market where citizens have increasingly high demands. Thank you to the DeMarco family for their confidence; we are delighted with the agreement that will allow our two Groups, together, to develop strongly.
Robert DeMarco, President of AgroChem
We are excited to join Kersia in this new partnership to strengthen and develop our presence in the US food safety market. With Kersia by our side, AgroChem will fortify its market-leading position in the US dairy industry and pursue related markets where our combined products and technologies will impact food safety from farm to fork. Internationally, we are better positioned to grow key products in countries where Kersia is well established. We will continue to foster innovation, develop our employees, and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit that has been key to our success. I have always felt that our goals and values are closely aligned and look forward to working with Sebastien and the Kersia team.
The transaction remains subject to customary regulatory approvals.
Kersia is a global leader in food safety, providing value-added solutions that prevent animal and human contamination at all stages of the food chain. The group also offers differentiated niche solutions to the human health sector. Kersia operates in more than 120 countries.
About AgroChem, Inc.
AgroChem, Inc. is a family-owned and operated manufacturing company located in Saratoga Springs, New York that specializes in supplying efficient products and solutions for hygiene challenges. Products include hoof care products, teat dips, hay and forage preservatives, and cleaning products. In addition to AgroChem, an affiliate company, Biosan LLC specializes in peracetic acid, a more environmentally-friendly alternative to chlorine bleach.
All AgroChem, Inc. products are proudly researched, developed, and manufactured in their state-of-the-art facility in Saratoga Springs, New York.