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Who we are

 

Who we are
FOSS is the leading global provider of analytics for the food and agricultural industries. We help producers maximise the value of their production while making the best possible use of valuable natural resources. Value for the customer and value for the environment go hand in hand.

For instance, our analytics will measure the level of protein in dairy products, scan meat to determine fat contents and check for unwanted objects such as bone splinters, measure sugar levels in grapes, the moisture in grain, and help decide whether the cow gets the right feed, is healthy, and produces good and nutritious milk.

Always at the forefront of analytical technology development, FOSS provides a range of analytical solutions from laboratory to at-line and in-line solutions. Across a number of industries, FOSS helps optimise the use of food and agricultural resources around the world. We do so by enabling customers to run intelligent data-driven productions, based on fast, easy-to-use and dedicated analytics. We call it SmartAnalytics.

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

 

We use many different technologies, such as flow cytometry, FTIR, NIR, Dumas combustion, X-ray, Kjeldahl distillation and Falling Number. Our solutions are implemented and developed with the newest software technologies.

 

FOSS’ solutions provide a wealth of data and therefore contain sophisticated data analysis algorithms. This means we have large teams of skilled data scientists, chemometricians and software developers implementing these methods.

 

Facts and Figures

  • €300 million turnover in 2018

  • 10% of turnover is reinvested in research and innovation

  • More than 100 patents and 20 world-first products

  • Currently 1,500 employees around the globe, and more joining each year

  • FOSS was founded in 1956 by Nils Foss and remains family-owned

  • 99% of FOSS’ business is generated outside of Denmark
 

 

Global Presence

 

FOSS has manufacturing, research and development facilities in Denmark, China, Hungary and Russia. Solutions are sold and supported through FOSS sales and service subsidiaries in 32 countries and by more than 75 distributors around the globe.

 

Our People 
FOSS employs more than 1,500 dedicated people worldwide. Many FOSS employees have a top-level scientific or technical background, including 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 around the world.

FOSS is growing, and we always have interesting open jobs to explore.

 

The History 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 2019 we employ more than 1500 skilled professionals all over the world.

  • High tech

    Over the last six decades, we have made it our business to define the standard of analytical solutions for the food and agricultural industry. FOSS pioneered advanced analysis for the challenging production environments in the 1960s, 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. FOSS holds over 100 patents and has made over 20 world-first introductions to the global market.

  • Foss in Hillerød
    FOSS in Hillerød

    Following our ambition of adding value to our customers business, our Innovation Centre in Denmark 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.

Board of Directors

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Peter Foss, Chairman
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Peter Kürstein-Jensen, Vice Chairman
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Jais Valeur
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Nils Christian Foss
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Pernille Foss
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Jimmy Maymann
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Anja Z. Willumsen
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Sussie My Nikolajsen
Christine Amalie Fisker

CEO

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Kim Vejlby Hansen, CEO

Corporate Management

Customer & Sales Support  -  Lars O. Sunesen, Senior Vice President

 

Digital Business - Rasmus Blom, Senior Vice President

 

Finance, IT & Compliance  -  Kenneth Aaby Sachse, Senior Vice President

 

Global Marketing - Troels Rygaard, Vice President

 

HR & Sustainability  -  Michael Almer, Senior Vice President

 

Production & Supply Chain, Global Quality  -  Per Sonne Sørensen, Senior Vice President

 

Research & Development  -  Tommy Bysted, Senior Vice President

 

Sales & Marketing  -  Henrik Wiboltt, Senior Vice President