Ecocert acquires Nature’s International Certification Services
2nd December 2019
Ecocert has acquired Nature’s International Certification Services (NICS), a US organic certification body accredited by the USDA National Organic Program. Dedicated to organic farming since the 1970s, the late founder David Engel was a pioneer of the American organic movement. The acquisition of NICS significantly strengthens Ecocert’s presence in the United States and solidifies its position as a world leader in certification under the US National Organic Program (NOP).
Marta Engel, owner of NICS, said "Ecocert is an ecologically minded company whose mission is a lot like NICS’s. With the new ownership NICS will be able to offer even better services to our organic farms and businesses, which has always been the lifeblood of our company."
Philippe Thomazo, CEO of Ecocert Group, said: "We are delighted and excited to continue the work initiated by NICS’s founders and keep developing quality organic farming. Bringing NICS into our company allows us to strengthen the Group’s presence in the United States, the world’s largest market for organic products."
Ecocert Group also operates Ecocert ICO, an NOP-accredited certification agency in Plainfield, Indiana. With 24 employees, the company certifies around 1,200 ”operations primarily in the Midwest and Texas.
The acquisition will not affect the organic certification of farms and businesses associated with NICS or Ecocert ICO.