Kiwa UK, part of the Dutch international testing, inspection and certification Kiwa Group, has bought Acheta Consulting, a UK independent pest management consultancy specialising in the food chain.

Kiwa will run Acheta as an operating division of Kiwa Agri Food, one of its six UK business areas, which is based in Harrogate. Kiwa Agri Food is a UKAS-accredited product conformity certification body with a British Retail Consortium (BRC) 5-star rating as a certified body. The company certifies the AIC’s FEMAS, FIAS and TASCC assurance schemes.

Chief executive Paul Brown says the Kiwa UK Group has grown rapidly through organic growth and acquisition, doubling in size over the last four years.

“I am delighted to welcome the Acheta team to Kiwa,” he continues. “Acheta’s expertise and reputation in the marketplace complements our Kiwa Agri Food service offering perfectly. The potential synergies from this joining of forces are many, as are the opportunities for innovation, growth and an expanding UK and international presence.”

Acheta founder and business unit director Dr John Simmons adds: “Over the past 19 years, Acheta has grown to be a highly professional and well-respected consultancy. The Agri Food division of Kiwa is a very good fit for what we do and offers the opportunity for us to grow as part of an international organisation. We share some customers already and now have an opportunity to expand into Kiwa’s customer base and vice versa.

“Our core business activities – independent pest management inspection, training and consultancy – continue unchanged, as does the Acheta management team. I have always emphasised that independence is of critical importance to what we do. This status is in no way altered or compromised by the change of ownership – this is a really exciting development in the future of a unique business.”