It all started with beer. The "Experimental Station of Swiss Breweries (VSB)", founded in 1889, was the research and quality assurance instrument of domestic breweries for over 100 years. However, changed framework conditions led to an intensified concentration process within the brewing industry. As a result, the number of clients shrank over decades. In addition, international breweries have moved the analytics to their central laboratories. The dominant and partly state-sponsored brewing institutes from neighboring countries stood in the way of a successful expansion of the VSB.

The solution was obvious: the new recipe for success should lie in a range of services that went beyond the beverage industry. This development began in the late 1980s with the expansion of pesticide analysis from the brewery raw materials hops and malt to fruits and vegetables. With the broadening of the range of services, systematic quality management became more and more important: Already in 1994 the first accreditation according to EN 45001 (today ISO 17025) was achieved. At the end of the 1990s, the next diversification surge took place through the takeover and integration of Labor Roth AG in the direction of environmental analysis.

VSB becomes Labor Veritas AG

For customers outside the beverage industry, VSB introduced the second name “Trust Laboratory for Special Analysis and Industrial Hygiene” in the early 1990s. With the addition of Labor Roth AG and the ongoing diversification, the need grew to combine all activities under one name. On July 1, 1999, the new appearance was launched under “Labor Veritas”.

The path to independence

A survey of the members of the cooperative in the summer of 2000 brought important insights. On the one hand, the majority wanted to be looked after by a local institute with technological and scientific knowledge in the future. On the other hand, they were no longer prepared to finance research projects in line with the purpose of the cooperative and to assume the risk of loss. Therefore, in the course of the advanced diversification and the urgently required independence, the members advocated a trend-setting step: the complete transfer of responsibility for the company to the management team through a management buyout.

Foundation of the corporation

After the decisive general assembly on September 6, 2001, the “Labor Veritas” cooperative was renamed “Cooperative House of Beverages”. It is the owner of the property at Engimattstrasse 11 in Zurich and aims to protect the common interests of the beverage industry.

The founding meeting of «Labor Veritas AG» took place on October 29, 2001. The new joint-stock company subsequently took over the furniture, the laboratory and office equipment, all customer relationships and the rights to the “Labor Veritas” name from the Haus der Getränke cooperative. At the same time, they mutually entered into a long-term rental and cooperation agreement.

Flexible and independent service company

After more than ten years, the company is still at home in the same location and is owned by employees who are committed to independence and independence. The team consists of around 30 committed people who combine a wide range of experience and specialist knowledge and thus ensure the greatest possible flexibility for customers.

We look forward to working with you to make the future of Labor Veritas AG a unique story.

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