On 12 April 2019, Kiwa Group and AQS Polska have signed an agreement, which makes AQS Polska part of Kiwa in Poland. With this acquisition, Kiwa aims to strengthen both its footprint in the international Food, Feed and Farm market (FFF) and in its Polish activities, which also include asset health related services. Kiwa's accreditations include all of AQS Polska's services, which ensures these can continue as they were. Kiwa is an NPM Capital portfolio company.
AQS Polska, formerly part of AQS Holding BV in the Netherlands, is an independent inspection body. Its main activities lie within the food sector, mainly performing second and third party audits for producers, distributors and packagers of fruit and vegetables in Poland and partially in Latvia and Ukraine. Competences include GLOBALG.A.P, IFS and BRC.
Paweł Smoleń, Country Manager of Kiwa Poland: "We value the addition of AQS Polska to the Kiwa Group. AQS Polska is one of the main players in the fresh fruits and vegetables market in Poland. The Food, Feed and Farm market is of strategic importance given its size and considerable growth expectations over the next years. We see a bright future."
Anna Kusyk, General Manager of AQS Polska: "Since 2006, we have been building a successful company in agro-food related inspection and certification activities. The addition to the Kiwa Group provides AQS Polska access to an international network and a platform for further growth."