Ecolab Announces Acquisition of Belgian Livestock Biosecurity Provider
Ecolab has reached agreement to acquire Belgian livestock biosecurity and hygiene solutions provider CID Lines which serves over 300,000 farms in more than 100 countries, subject to regulatory approval.
CID Lines’ primary business offers a full range of cleaning, disinfectant and hygiene solutions for pig, poultry and dairy farmers and generated sales of approximately US $113 million in 2019.
Announcing the acquisition, Nick Alfano, Ecolab executive vice-president and general manager, Global Food & Beverage, said:
“CID Lines’ strong product portfolio, range of applications and regulatory expertise for farming environments give Ecolab a foothold in the growing livestock and poultry biosecurity segment as well as opportunities to leverage our global presence to drive expansion, particularly in Asia where this segment is rapidly developing.”
CID Lines co-founder and CEO, Koen Brutsaert, added:
“We look forward to continuing this growth trajectory and partnering with Ecolab moving forward,” “Our focus on animal health aligns with Ecolab’s values around safe food and healthy environments.”
Larger herd and flock sizes, increasing protein production, reduced use of antibiotics and more stringent regulations are resulting in greater demand for livestock and poultry biosecurity and hygiene expertise and solutions that help ensure animal health and prevent the outbreak of diseases, which can negatively impact a farm’s production and profitability.
Regulatory clearance is anticipated in the second quarter of 2020 with both companies continuing to operate separately until then.