Company History

Premier Analytical Services 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



PAS has two major values ingrained through every part of its business –

First for Food Analysis

To be the first choice laboratory for analysis for the UK food industry, delivering the highest quality service with unrivalled technical expertise to our clients.

First for Scientific Integrity

To continuously deliver innovative techniques and solutions for meeting the testing needs of the food industry, whilst upholding and abiding by the highest scientific principles.

PAS also strives to uphold the values of the Premier Foods Group –

  • We aim higher
  • We champion fresh ideas
  • We are agile
  • We are united
  • We respect and encourage one another


Our Structure

PAS has over 50 staff, the vast majority of whom are qualified scientists and with a high proportion of those holding post graduate degrees in Science.

The technical expertise at PAS is second to none, with the heads of each department being internationally recognised in their relevant fields, sitting on steering committees and guiding the industry on the latest innovations within analysis – find out more on the Meet the Team page.

All PAS laboratories are based in our Centre of Excellence at High Wycombe, meaning that teams will work together to ensure the optimal client experience, as well as projects easily being able to be cross-functional and multi-disciplined.

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:

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.

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.