On 20 December 2018 Biobest Group NV and Bugs for Bugs Pty Ltd announced the finalization of an equity transaction whereby Biobest Group NV acquires a stake in Bugs For Bugs Pty Ltd. Bugs for Bugs is a big player in the Australian market for beneficial insects and other biocontrol products. Biobest Group, a global provider of pollination and biological control solutions reaching growers in over 65 countries, now also has a base in Australia. Biobest and Bugs for Bugs expect strong collaboration to foster the expansion and enhancement of Bugs for Bugs’ offering to Australian growers.
“Biobest’s vision is to deliver a complete range of natural solutions to growers in all major geographical markets,” says Jean-Marc Vandoorne, CEO of Biobest Group. “Australia has an important and growing production of high value horticultural crops. Due to its geographic location and unique biodiversity, there are stringent regulations which make it impossible to service this market with imported natural enemy products. We are delighted to be able to join forces with Bugs for Bugs. The company has a strong and experienced management team as well as an excellent reputation with Australian growers. As in all our strategic alliances to date, we trust that the combination of local independence and initiative plus the benefits of integration into a strong international group will again prove to be a winning formula.”
“Bugs for Bugs finds its origin in the beneficial bug business formed by Dan and Anne Papacek in 1981,” explains Marius Collatz, – joint Managing Director of Bugs for Bugs together with Dan Papacek. “Since my entry into the business in 2013, we have further consolidated our position in the Australian market by purchasing the businesses of Biomites and Insect Management Services, previously owned and operated by Paul Jones and David Loxley respectively. Both remain part of our senior management team. This alliance with Biobest is the next important step in the development of our company. We gain access to a world-class technology development program and will be able to exchange expertise with Biobest’s global teams. This will help us bring even more and better solutions to growers in Australia.”
Dan Papacek concludes: “Our teams have a shared vision and strong complementary skills. I look forward to collaborating with Biobest to expand our product portfolio and to enhance our technical advice. I am sure Biobest also stands to benefit outside Australia from what we have learned and developed here. I am pleased with this partnership and very comfortable with the steps we have defined to increase our interaction and further strengthen our ties over time.”