PSSI, a Wisconsin-based leading food safety and contract sanitation provider, announced Monday (Aug. 9) the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Safe Foods Corp., the North Little Rock-based food safety management company.
Safe Foods will remain an independent subsidiary within the PSSI family of companies. Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.
Since 1999, Safe Foods has been involved in food safety performance management with an emphasis on developing and optimizing antimicrobial applications to reduce contamination in food processing.
The company’s customers use Safe Foods technology to reduce foodborne pathogens, meet and exceed regulatory requirements, and extend food’s safe shelf-life. Safe Foods serves food processors in 11 countries. With over 60 issued patents and an extensive R&D pipeline, Safe Foods has built its brand on innovation and continuous improvement.
“We are excited about what we will accomplish together,” said Dan Taft, PSSI President and CEO. “Using our shared mission and closely aligned core values as a strong foundation for our new partnership, we anticipate a seamless transition as we work together to optimize food safety and keep food safe for all.”
“Safe Foods has been focused on ensuring a safer food supply since its founding,” said Chris Coleman, Safe Foods President and CEO. “Our new partnership with PSSI will give us the ability to jointly build the world’s premier food safety platform to provide a complete and comprehensive 24/7 solution to the world’s leading food producers.”
This investment is part of PSSI’s strategic growth plan to enhance its food safety program and offer new antimicrobial solutions to help its customers grow their businesses, according to a statement from the two firms.
PSSI is a leading provider of food safety and contract sanitation services for food processing facilities, supporting more than 450 partner plants every day. It has a team of more than 16,000 skilled food sanitors, microbiologists, technical design experts, and safety specialists.
Borne out of research conducted at UAMS more than 20 years ago, the privately-owned startup biotech company turned a big corner in 2018 when it opened a new, $15 million, 120,000 sq. ft. facility in North Little Rock.
Safe Foods reported that it had more than 100 people working between locations in North Little Rock and Rogers, Arkansas.