About FOSS

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

A Company on a Mission

FOSS is a company on a mission for a more sustainable use of the world’s food resources.
A fast growing population means that the global food production will have to increase by 60% by 2050 to meet demand. It is FOSS’ mission to be part of the solutions to make that happen in an innovative way.

Our Purpose

 Our key purpose at FOSS is to come up with smarter ways to make the best use of agricultural resources, to ensure product quality, fair payment, production efficiency and to help eliminate food waste. It is essential now and for the future, as the world population continues to grow.

We optimise the way we use food and agricultural resources by enabling customers to run intelligent data-driven productions with less waste, better quality, bigger yields, and more optimal use of raw materials. Our shared purpose is rooted in our mission.

The FOSS 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

Our three core values are the compass we navigate by, and they describe the principles FOSS has been guided by since 1956. They provide value for our customers, meaning for the employees, and they guide our business.

  • FIRST because being first is motivating and rewarding
  • CUSTOMER because the customer is the focus of everything we do
  • PEOPLE & KNOWLEDGE because FOSS is a company based on knowledge and employees working in collaboration
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.