FOSS develops rapid, reliable and dedicated analytical solutions for routine testing to allow for fast decisions on how to maximise value of production of agricultural food products. FOSS is the leading supplier of innovative analytical solutions with: Sales and service companies in 28 countries, More than 75 dedicated distributors around the world, More than 1300 dedicated employees world-wide, A Turnover of €236 m. in 2013, 98 percent of FOSS’ business is generated outside Denmark. More than 100 patents, More than 20 world first introductions.

Company details

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Agriculture Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Over 1000
100,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 €

History of Foss

FOSS was founded in 1956 by the innovative engineer Nils Foss. His ambition was to offer automated and cost-efficient alternatives to time-consuming analyses in the food and agriculture industry. And though much has changed in more than 60 years, our approach to business and development of innovative analytical solutions has not.

Foss History

The first FOSS instruments were developed to test moisture in grain. These were followed by analytical solutions for the dairy industry, and today we also cover laboratories and companies within biofuel, feed/forage, meat and wine. In 1997 FOSS acquired Perstorp Analytical AB, thereby adding substantial strength in reference analysis methods, in 2003 we introduced X-ray analysis and in 2017 we employ more than 1350 skilled professionals all over the world.

Foss in Hillerød

Following our ambition of adding value to our customers’ business, our Danish headquarters has become the chemometrics capital of the world. From here we build and maintain the algorithms that help businesses all over the world turn data into information and information into action. Establishing our new Digital Services division, we walk the talk and are now ready to assist big and small food and agricultural producers optimise production in a time of digital transition.

FOSS creates end-to-end solutions that secure and improve food quality. From raw material to finished product. Our analysis instruments refine measurements into information management that enables businesses to run intelligent data-driven productions with less waste and bigger yields. Controlling cost and quality across all sectors and value chains, we help food and agricultural producers limit the number of human errors, scale their business faster and reduce manual labour as well as labour costs. We call it analytics beyond measure.

We cover these food and agricultural industries: Dairy, Feed and Forage, Grain, Flour Milling & Oilseed Processing, Laboratories, Meat, Raw Milk Testing and Wine.

Over the last 60 years, we have made it our business to define the standard of analytical solutions for the food and agricultural industry. We pioneered advanced analysis for the challenging production environments in the 1960’s, and we were the first to integrate chemical composition analysis in process lines. Now our resolve and ambition have also made us the international benchmark in the field of chemometrics and real time analytics.

Our Mission

We contribute to the sustainable use of our planet’s agricultural resources and thus to the nutrition and health of the people of the world. We provide analytics beyond measure to add value to our customers by improving quality and optimising food and agricultural production.

Our Values

First - because we want to be first and best!

Customer Satisfaction - because the customer is the focus of FOSS.

Knowledge - because FOSS exceedingly is a company based on knowledge.

People and Teams - because our employees in co-operation are the basis of FOSS’ success.

FOSS has manufacturing, research and development facilities in Denmark and China. Solutions are sold and supported through FOSS sales and service companies in 28 countries and by more than 75 distributors.

Financial strength

FOSS is a 100% family-owned company with a solvency ratio of 81% and a turnover of €285 million, with 98% of turnover outside Denmark. We have been awarded the AAA diploma rating for the highest credit rating in D&B's rating scale and with an EBITA of more than 20% of turnover.

In brief

FOSS is the leading supplier of innovative analytical solutions:

  • A turnover of €285 million in 2016
  • 98 percent of FOSS’ business is generated outside Denmark
  • More than 100 patents
  • More than 20 world-first product introductions

Our people

FOSS employs more than 1370 dedicated people worldwide. Many employees have a top-level scientific or technical background, including more than 130 Master of Science and more than 20 PhDs in areas such as photonics, chemometrics, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, fermentation and bio-engineering, astrophysics, optical communication, physics, quality, nanotechnology, food science and adaptive radiotherapy. We also employ many factory-trained and certified support engineers stationed close to our customers.

At FOSS, we have a taken a holistic approach to Sustainability. It’s not only about conducting our business in a responsible and ethical manner. It’s also about developing solutions that make a difference in the world. We help our customers tackle difficult global challenges such as efficiency in food production, consistency in quality and food safety.

Sustainability is an integral part of our business

We are operating in a world with significant population growth, scarce resources, food safety scandals and growing concerns about the climate. As the leading business-to-business provider of dedicated analytical technology, we play a key role in this environment.

For example, our technology is increasingly important in expanding food supply by making rational use of increasingly limited resources, while ensuring the best quality food reaches the consumer. To address this challenge there is a need for the development of solutions that analyze and make data manageable and actionable throughout the production process. Information management of analytics will be the future of the food and feed industry, enabling producers to increase yields by being more efficient. Intelligent and automated processes that run on data will define our customers’ future production - and much of the 10% of our turnover we annually invest in research and development will be dedicated to this area.

The most valuable resource is data

Volumes increase. Operations turn global. Optimisation is on the menu, and even the most accomplished food and agricultural producers face the challenge of getting more and more out of their raw materials, while still improving their product quality.

Measurement instruments in production value chains generate large amounts of data. Very little, however, is structured or used in information value chains. Intelligent information management can ensure that neither natural resources nor knowledge go to waste. Welcome to analytics beyond measure.

Data harvests never fail

A lot can be lost and a lot can be won on the journey from raw material to finished product. Right? But where nature can wreak havoc on your production, data harvests never fail. By driving digitalisation forward, you can add a new level of automation to your business and secure quality and consistency. You will be able to limit the number of human errors that slow you down. Scale your business faster. And reduce manual labour and labour costs.

A bread maker was able to produce an additional 180,000 pounds per day, doubling previous output. This increase was due to the 11 connected machines’ remote access to historical and real-time data. Product dashboards provided a comprehensive view of the whole system. The results? Faster time to market, improved asset use, lower total cost of ownership, increased workforce efficiency and smarter expenditures.

What’s vital to successful food and agricultural production and doesn’t require feed, water or sun?

The fastest growing food and agricultural producers have already implemented data-driven production lines. Not just to strengthen daily operations, but to change – if not disrupt – the game. Automation will be automation, however, and action will always depend on the quality of data generated by the line as well as how intelligently it is put to use. Which is precisely why we deliver the accurate real-time measurements that are vital for efficient programming.

The move from analysis to analytics makes it possible to direct and oversee key processes from central hubs. We strive to ensure new standards within regulatory compliance and customer satisfaction, without ever compromising on quality.