Expansion allows NSF International to grow capacity of services in New Zealand and Australia

ANN ARBOR, Mich. and AUCKLAND, New Zealand – NSF International, a global organization with over 70 years experience in food safety auditing, training and consulting, has acquired the Burwater Pacific Group, a leading food safety training, auditing and consulting business based in New Zealand.

Through this acquisition, NSF International will expand food safety and quality services to a wider New Zealand and Australia food manufacturer and retail market. The Burwater Pacific Group has worked closely with NSF International for several years, providing food safety auditing and training services for NSF International clients in New Zealand.

The Burwater Pacific Group, led by Nigel Burrows, will be renamed NSF Burwater and become part of NSF International’s Food Safety and Quality Division, reporting to Peter Bracher, Managing Director, NSF International Asia Pacific. NSF Burwater will continue to run the New Zealand School of Hygiene Ltd, the Food Auditor Ltd, and Shoppers Anon Ltd., a leading mystery shopping service.

Both NSF International and the Burwater Pacific Group share a similar commitment to food safety, training and auditing services. With over 100 years of combined food safety experience, the NSF Burwater team will continue to lead food safety operations throughout New Zealand and Australia, supported by the added strength of NSF International’s technical experts in the US, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Benefit of acquisition to NSF International food safety clients

As a result of the acquisition, multinational food businesses will have their food safety auditing, certification, training and consulting needs supported throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Services offered via NSF Burwater include:

  • Technical consulting – Services for new product launches including product development, label review and development, food control plans and HACCP development, micro and chemical sampling, internal auditing, training and product development.
  • Auditing services Franchise compliance and operational standards review and audits as well as global standards and third-party regulatory audits including high risk food categories.
  • Training and development Consultation, coaching and formal training in all areas from basic food handling to food safety program development and allergen management.

Benefit of acquisition to NSF Burwater clients

Existing NSF Burwater clients will now have access to NSF International’s extensive suite of services, helping food businesses to protect their customers and their brands.

“The addition of the Burwater Pacific Group to the NSF International Global Food Safety and Quality Division enables us to provide global auditing, certification, training and consulting services to the New Zealand and Australian food industry for our multinational retail customers and complements our current operations in the Asia-Pacific region, where we have offices in Korea, China, Thailand and India,” said Tom Chestnut, Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Quality, NSF International. “We welcome the expertise, strong reputation and shared commitment to food safety that the Burwater Pacific Group brings to NSF International’s food safety and quality business.”

“Burwater has already forged a strong working relationship with NSF International,” said Nigel Burrows, now Regional Director for NSF International in New Zealand and Australia. “The opportunity to have access to the technical expertise of NSF’s Food Safety and Quality services will benefit New Zealand and Australian Food businesses on a local and global level. We are extremely excited to be part of NSF International as their global leadership in Food Safety and Quality will benefit our existing and new clients.”

The highly experienced team in New Zealand will remain with NSF Burwater. Co-founder Nigel Burrows has over 30 years of food safety experience including an extensive background in all aspects of food safety implementation, communications, training and program design for the manufacturing, retail and the hospitality industries, as well as compliance and internal auditing. Upon earning qualifications in Environmental Health and Education in the U.K., Burrows moved to New Zealand where he held a number of environmental health and food safety roles for the local and central government and in private industry.

Tracey Burrows, Burwater co-founder, also has significant food industry experience. She will continue lead the NSF Burwater Shoppers Anon service for and provide other key management support, including the high level customer service, for which they are known.

For more information about the NSF International Food Safety and Quality Program, please contact Peter Bracher at pbracher@nsf.org or +0066 2650 3080101 or Dan Fone, Director of Global Business Development for Food Safety at dfone@nsf.org or +1-734-214-6241.

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About the Burwater Pacific Group

The Burwater Pacific Group (burwater.co.nz) was founded in 1985 and is comprised of a number of complimentary businesses involved in training, food safety and video production. More recently, Burwater Pacific incorporated regulatory auditing and covert assessment as a part of the suite of services. The team is passionate about food safety and has worked throughout the food chain in New Zealand and Australia including agriculture, manufacture and transport as well as in retail and hospitality. The company was acquired by NSF International in January, 2016. As NSF Burwater, the company continues to follow its original tenet of “making a difference.”

About NSF International

NSF International (nsf.org) is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

The NSF Global Food Division provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, including agriculture, animal feed and welfare, produce, processing, distribution, dairy, seafood, quality management software, retail and restaurants. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification (SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., IFS, FSSC 22000, BAP and CanadaGAP), HACCP validation and inspection, label claims verification and certification (including GMO transparency, gluten-free, honey traceability and kosher), and organic food certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI). We also offer expert auditing, consulting, technical services and DNA testing. NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment and nonfood compounds.