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Europe: Lloyd’s Register buys food safety service provider

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Lloyd’s Register (LR), the global engineering, technical and business services organization, has acquired Acoura, the UK’s leading compliance and safety specialists for the food and drink industry, to strengthen the market-leading position of LRQA’s food safety assurance services.

LRQA is a member of the LR group and a leading provider of professional assurance services.

With over 28,000 customers in the food and beverage sector, Acoura is one of the UK’s leading providers of risk and compliance services and uses scalable supply chain technology solutions to deliver a wide range of food inspection, advisory and training services.

The acquisition of Acoura will strengthen LRQA’s position within the food sector by expanding their offer into new markets, underpinned with technology.

Together, LRQA and Acoura will deliver increased brand protection for customers through end-to-end supply chain assurance from farm to fork.

“The visibility of real-time supply chain information – using Acoura’s technology platform to gather and report data – together with our collective food safety technical expertise – will enable us to deliver valuable insight to customers by enabling them to benchmark their suppliers and improve risk management,” said John Rowley, LRQA MD.

One of Acoura’s main clients is red meat promotion body Quality Meat Scotland for which it currently delivers an independent assessment service as part of the quality assurance schemes that underpin the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands.