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Food Safety Testing Market in Europe to Top $1 Billion in Five Years

According to Food Micro—6, a new market research report from Strategic Consulting, Inc., food safety microbiology testing in the EU will reach close to 350 million tests in 2016, at which point the market should top $1 billion in value.

Woodstock, VT February 9, 2012 — Europe is a substantial market for food microbiology testing. With a population of over 500 million, the 27 countries of the European Union (EU) conducted an estimated 275 million food safety microbiology tests in 2011, according to Food Micro, Sixth Edition: Food Microbiology Testing in Europe (Food Micro—6), a new market report from Strategic Consulting, Inc. In comparison, there were 213 million such tests conducted in the US in 2010.

EU Food Safety Test Volume 2005 - 2011

EU Food Safety Test Volume 2005 - 2011

Food Micro—6 is the first definitive report to focus exclusively on the European food microbiology testing market, and reviews the methods, technologies, companies, regulations and trends shaping food safety testing in Europe.

According to Tom Weschler, president of Strategic Consulting and lead author of Food Micro-6, “Food safety microbiology testing in the EU will approach 350 million total tests in 2016, at which point the market should top $1 billion in value.” Given these numbers and other factors, the European food safety testing market must be examined and understood, Weschler says. “A resurgence in public awareness in the wake of the 2011 E. coli outbreak in Germany, and the continued focus of the European Food Safety Authority on EU-wide systems, could drive test volumes even higher.”

A resurgence in public awareness in the wake of the 2011 E. coli outbreak in Germany, and the continued focus of the European Food Safety Authority on EU-wide systems, could drive test volumes even higher.

In preparing this new and comprehensive review of the European food microbiology testing market, Strategic Consulting (SCI) conducted more than 175 detailed interviews in 11 European countries accounting for 77% of all agricultural/food value-added in the European Union. Because of this primary research with food-processing plants throughout Europe, Food Micro—6 is able to offer new, detailed data on European food safety testing such as test volumes, methods used for routine and pathogen testing, and costs per test performed. Differences in testing practices are analyzed for the meat, dairy, fruits/vegetables, and processed food segments. Variations within countries are outlined, and expected changes in future testing practices are discussed.

“Routine” microbiology tests used in the food processing industry in Europe to indicate the presence of microorganisms in the plant or food product include total bacteria, E. coli, Staphylococcus, yeast and molds. In 2011, these routine tests numbered 225.4 million. The balance of food microbiology tests in Europe were 49.9 million “pathogen” tests, which look for specific microbes such as Salmonella, Listeria, L. mono, Campylobacter, and E. coli O157.

Food Micro—6 also profiles the leading diagnostic companies competing in the food safety testing market including a discussion of new technologies and market strategies. Food Micro—6 includes company profiles for Becton-Dickinson, BioControl, bioMérieux, Bio-Rad, BIOTECON, DuPont Qualicon, Foss A/S, Idaho Technology, Life Technologies (ABI), Merck Millipore, 3M, Neogen, Pall Corporation, QIAGEN, Roka Bioscience, R-Biopharm, SDIX and Thermo Fisher.

Food Micro—6 is a companion report to Food Micro, Fifth Edition: Microbiology Testing in the U.S. Food Industry (Food Micro—5), published by SCI in 2011, which reviews the current practices and changes impacting food safety testing at 9,350 U.S. food processing plants.

Strategic Consulting has published six reports to date reviewing quality and safety testing in the food industry. The food sector represents almost 50% of the total industrial microbiology testing market, and is more than double the size of any other industrial segment including pharmaceutical, personal care products, beverage, environmental, and industrial processes. SCI market research reports are widely accepted by leading diagnostic manufacturers and investors as highly credible analyses of the industry.

For more information about Food Micro, Sixth Edition: Food Microbiology Testing in Europe, call Strategic Consulting’s U.S. office at 802-457-9933.

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Strategic Consulting, Inc. (SCI) provides market reports and business consulting for industrial diagnostics companies delivering microbiology-based products for quality and safety testing in food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, environmental water, and industrial-process water. With more than 75 combined years of international management in the industrial marketplace, SCI’s principals have proven success in working with venture capital backed start-ups, publicly traded companies, technology acquisitions, and transformation of underachieving companies. For more information on Strategic Consulting, Inc. and its current market reports, visit www.strategic-consult.com or call 802-457-9933. Follow SCI president and industry expert, Tom Weschler, on LinkedIn or Twitter @tomweschler.

 

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European Food Safety Testing Market Poised for Change

Growing public concern could foster significant change in European food safety systems, and increased regulations and testing volumes should follow suit, according to Food Micro—6: Food Microbiology Testing in Europe, a new market report from Strategic Consulting, Inc.

 

Woodstock, VT December 12, 2011 — Europe is a substantial market for food safety microbiology testing. The population of the 27 countries of the European Union is 500 million, nearly 60% greater than the US population. Altogether, EU countries performed an estimated 275 million food micro tests in 2011. In comparison, there were 213 million such tests conducted in the US in 2010.

Food Micro, Sixth Edition: Food Microbiology Testing in Europe from Strategic Consulting, Inc. (SCI) is the first definitive report focusing exclusively on the European food safety microbiology testing market. Food Micro—6 reviews the important markets, methods, technologies and trends shaping food safety testing in Europe.

In addition to size, the European food safety testing market differs from the US market in areas such as methods used, organisms tested, and current and pending regulations. As a result, says Thomas Weschler, president of SCI and lead author of Food Micro—6, “Europe must be examined and understood as a separate entity as it relates to food microbiology testing, and not simply thought of and treated as ‘like the US.’”

“Europe must be examined and understood as a separate entity as it relates to food microbiology testing, and not simply thought of and treated as ‘like the US.’”

A strong global link between the European and US food markets remains however, Weschler says. Key global food companies such as Nestle and Kraft have a significant presence in both geographies. European consumers, like their American counterparts, want access to all types of food year-round and as a result draw increasingly from a global food supply.

At the same time, there is a growing public awareness of food safety issues, with the recent E. coli outbreak in Germany only one of the incidents heightening concern about contaminants in the food supply. “Growing public concern about food safety could ramp up change in Europe, and increased regulations and testing volumes should follow suit,” Weschler says.

In preparing this new and comprehensive review of the European food microbiology testing market, Strategic Consulting (SCI) conducted more than 175 detailed interviews in 11 European countries representing more than 75% of all food production in the EU. Through this primary research at food-processing plants throughout Europe, Food Micro—6 offers new data on European food safety testing practices including overall test volume, cost per test, and methods used for routine and pathogen testing. Differences in testing practices within food segments and countries also are detailed, and expected changes in future testing practices are discussed.

Like all SCI publications, Food Micro—6 is based on new, primary research and industry-specific expertise and analysis. Food Micro—6 incorporates:

• Lengthy interviews with food processing plants in the meat, dairy, fruit/vegetable, and processed food segments in 11 European countries representing more than 75% of the total food production in the EU.

• A discussion of key drivers for food microbiology testing, and a country-by-country comparison of total testing, organisms tested, and methods used.

• Test volumes, methods, and products used for routine, environmental and pathogen tests for TVO, Coliform, Yeast/Mold, ATP, Staphylococcus, Salmonella, Listeria, L. mono, E. coli O157, and Campylobacter.

• Forecasts for the state of the market in 2016 including routine, pathogen and overall test volumes and market values.

• Insights from Strategic Consulting’s principals honed over more than 75 combined years in the worldwide industrial diagnostics marketplace.

Strategic Consulting’s long tenure in the industrial diagnostics industry includes the publication of 14 research reports addressing critical market topics over the last 15 years. Strategic Consulting market research reports are widely accepted by leading diagnostic manufacturers and investors as highly credible analyses of the industry.

Food Micro—6 will publish in January 2012 but orders placed before January 16, 2012 can receive a pre-publication savings of $500 off the report price.

For more information on Food Micro—6, request a prospectus, email info@strategic-consult.com, or call (802) 457-9933.

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Strategic Consulting, Inc. (SCI) provides market reports and business consulting for industrial diagnostics companies delivering microbiology-based products for quality and safety testing in food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, environmental water, and industrial-process water. For more information on Strategic Consulting, Inc. and its current market reports, visit www.strategic-consult.com or call 802-457-9933. Follow SCI president and industry expert, Thomas R. Weschler, on LinkedIn or Twitter @tomweschler.

 

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Food Pathogen Testing Moving to Outside Testing Labs

An emerging trend in food safety testing: Pathogen analysis moving to contract labs or corporate testing centers

We’re seeing an emerging trend in food safety testing that we believe has big implications for diagnostic equipment manufacturers: Pathogen analysis is increasingly being conducted outside of food plants in contract labs or corporate testing centers.

Food Micro-5, Strategic Consulting’s latest market research report on food safety microbiology testing, shows sizable growth in both routine and pathogen testing in the U.S. food industry. With pathogen testing growing at twice the rate of routine testing, it all adds up to increased opportunity for diagnostic test manufacturers.

Even more important, however, is where that analysis is taking place. Increasingly, SCI is seeing food plants deciding to send their samples outside for analysis, either to contract testing labs or corporate testing centers. In fact, the volume of samples sent outside for analysis is growing at an even faster rate than the pathogen testing market is growing. read more…

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