Mérieux NutriSciences has acquired Blonk, an international expert in food system sustainability. Blonk helps organizations better understand their environmental impact in the agri-food value chain by offering Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)-based advice and developing tailored software tools based on the latest scientific developments and data.
Blonk was founded in 1999 and today includes a team of 50 food and sustainability experts, software developers, and data and methodology specialists. The company is based in the Netherlands. Working with various players in the food chain, from ingredient producers to food manufacturers and retailers, Blonk has a proven track record of providing customized, science-based advice and intelligent software solutions to define the environmental footprint of products. They are also at the forefront of sustainability research in the agri-food sector. In particular, Blonk works with international and governmental organizations to define sector-specific standards and build databases allowing for assessment of environmental impact of food products combined with nutritional parameters for optimized diets.
“Bringing together Blonk and Mérieux NutriSciences is an exciting step in strengthening and accelerating our contribution to the sustainability of food systems,” said Nicolas Cartier, CEO of Mérieux NutriSciences. “Sustainability is at the heart of Mérieux NutriSciences’ vision, mission, and business roadmap, which is highlighted by our ESG commitments for Better Food. Better Health. Better World. Our ambition is to become the reference partner for science-based sustainability solutions in the food sector to support the transition to more positive food systems. With its specific experience in standards definition and data collection for the agri-food sector, Blonk strategically consolidates our existing capabilities in the field of environmental footprinting and enriches the sustainability solutions we already offer in packaging, new food alternatives, responsible sourcing and soil health, as well as transparent labeling.”