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The foundation of FOSS

  • History of Foss 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 History of FOSS

    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 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.

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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.

The Courage of Conviction

Read this book about Nils Foss’ formative years and career, offering a fascinating snapshot of recent Danish and European history. Read the Book
Nils Foss Book