May 4, 2023
Biobest plans to acquire biopesticides manufacturer

Biobest, a global leader in biological control and pollination, has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire BioWorks Inc., a Victor, New York, biopesticides manufacturer.

The proposed acquisition will accelerate Biobest Group’s expansion into biopesticides using BioWorks’ innovative portfolio of biopesticides for disease and insect control as well as its product development, marketing and logistics expertise. With a continued focus on horticulture and specialty agriculture markets, and as a member of Biobest Group following the proposed acquisition, BioWorks will expand its range of biopesticide solutions for growers, enhancing the company’s contribution to reduce reliance on synthetic pesticides.

“Biopesticide solutions are a global strategic priority for us, and BioWorks has a strong range of products that growers demand,” Jean-Marc Vandoorne, Biobest’s CEO, said in a news release. “Upon consummation of the proposed acquisition, BioWorks will continue to actively service the highly effective distribution channels it has developed over the past 30 years while adding new and unique biopesticides that will expand the range of biocontrol solutions available to growers.

BioWorks will operate independent of Biobest’s insect and pollination business and Biobest’s North American subsidiaries.

BioWorks’ bioworks-logoheadquarters will serve as the North American manufacturing and marketing hub for biopesticides for the entire organization. The New York facility features more than 55,000 square feet and combines office, manufacturing, research and development and warehouse space serving North America. BioWorks also has warehouse and shipping space in Las Vegas, Nevada, that enhances supply capabilities to growers and distributors in western U.S.

“We are excited about our intended relationship with Biobest Group and how it will be transformative for the solutions and support we offer to the market,” Bill Foster, CEO of BioWorks, said in the release. “Our priority is to be one of the most important sustainable crop protection providers across North America. Growers, channel partners and our employees will all benefit from our relationship with Biobest.”

The transaction is subject to completing customary due diligence investigations, execution of a definitive purchase agreement and satisfaction of specified closing conditions, including board approval of each company and certain third-party approvals.

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