Premier Analytical Services

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About Us

Our History

Premier Analytical Services now operates at the heart of The Premier Foods Group, the UK’s leading food producer.

Initially conceived as the research, development and testing centre for the RHM Group (formerly known as Ranks Hovis McDougall and acquired by Premier Foods in March 2007), Lord Rank established the company at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in 1963 under the original name of "RHM Research".

The name was changed to "RHM Research and Engineering" and then "RHM Technology" but it was finally agreed that "Premier Analytical Services" more appropriately conveyed the scope of services on offer.

The expertise available in many specialist areas was very quickly recognised by all sectors of the Food Industry. Demand rapidly grew from organisations outside the parent company for our services in these specialist areas.

Premier Analytical Services has now developed into one of the most respected food testing centres in Europe by providing these specialist services, on a strictly confidential basis, to clients both within and outside The Premier Foods Group.

Our Vision

To be the preferred supplier of analytical services to the food industry.

Our Structure

Premier Analytical Services has over 40 staff, a high proportion being qualified to graduate and PhD level.

Resources (people / equipment) are organised by Department.

Projects are organised by client and can be cross-functional and multi-disciplined as required.

Our Culture

Premier Analytical Services offers a lively and challenging working environment and is committed to recruiting the right staff for the job and then helping them to develop to meet the needs of both the business and the staff themselves by:

  • providing "on the job" training and opportunities to attend external training courses as required
  • sponsoring qualifications such as PhDs, degrees and NVQs

In line with this commitment, Premier Analytical Services does not discriminate either before or during employment on the grounds of ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or age. It is also Company policy to offer equal opportunity to disabled persons applying for vacancies having regard to their aptitudes and abilities in relation to the jobs for which they apply. Arrangements are made, as far as possible, to continue the employment of those employees who become disabled during the course of their employment with the company.

Our core values are:

  • Trustworthiness - integrity is fundamental in everything we do
  • Innovation - both with our customers and internally
  • Ambition - excelling at everything we do
  • Enthusiasm - enjoying the experience.

Our work characteristics are:

  • Practical
  • Inventive
  • Multi-disciplined
  • Widely experienced
  • High in quality.

Our Business Focus

Premier Analytical Services is in business primarily to help develop and protect the integrity of the brands and products of its customers by providing comprehensive scientific support on a routine, ad hoc or research basis.

Our products and services will:


  • Provide appropriate solutions with implications
  • Deliver results plus interpretation
  • Be tailored to specific customer needs
  • Guarantee absolute confidentiality
  • Meet the deadlines of time, specification and cost
  • Be competitively priced.

Our Achievements


World-class services in specialist areas of sophisticated chemical analysis such as:

  • Detection and quantification of GMO's - with the first method for the QUANTIFICATION of GMOs to be accredited by UKAS to the ISO 17025 standard
  • Mycotoxins - with the widest scope of methods accredited by UKAS to the ISO 17025 standard
  • Trace contaminants e.g. chloropropanols (3-MCPD) - the method developed by our scientists now adopted as an industry standard
  • Authenticity
  • Food & packaging related taint identification
  • Allergens
  • Nutrition
  • Vitamins, Mineral and Additives

World-class services in Microbiology including Microbial Shelf Life Assurance Testing.

World-class services in Forensic and Investigative Microscopy, with 25 methods for the identification of Foreign Bodies accredited by UKAS.

An extensive quality system with laboratories accredited by UKAS to the ISO 17025 standard for over 140 analytical methods.

Our Customers

Premier Analytical Services has a worldwide customer base that includes:

  • The Food Standards Agency
  • Food Manufacturers - large and small
  • Retailers
  • Other testing laboratories.

We are always very pleased to welcome new customers
We never forget that our customers have a choice

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FIRST FOR SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY