Novus International, Inc., headquartered in metro St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., is an animal health and nutrition company. It serves customers ranging from animal nutritionists to veterinarians, to individual animal owners. Novus is privately owned by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.), and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. and operates in over 90 countries. Novuss products include amino acids, organic trace minerals, feed preservatives, and various nutrition and health products. Early 1950s – Monsanto begins metabolism studies and the development of methionine hydroxy analogue (MHA® feed supplement) production begins at Monsantos Everett, Massachusetts location.
1954 – MHA® project moves to Monsantos St. Louis research center and gets additional support.
1959 – SANTOQUIN® is the first feed additive approved by the FDA.
1979 – ALIMET® introduced. First sale of ALIMET® feed supplement to ConAgra Foods in El Dorado, Arkansas.
1991 – Mitsui & Co. and Nippon Soda acquire Monsantos MHA® and ALIMET® businesses and form Novus International, Inc.
1992 – Novus enters into contractual joint venture with Monsanto for SANTOQUIN® feed preservative. 1993 – Novus Research Center completed and occupied at Missouri Research Park in St. Charles, Missouri. Novus begins managing customer inventories and automated order for bulk ALIMET® and SANTOQUIN® customers.
1996 – Novus launches ALIMET® for dairy.
2003 – Novus completes purchase of SANTOQUIN® and AGRADO® from Solutia. Novus launches aquaculture business.
2007 – Novus hosts the first Sustainability Round-table discussion in St. Louis, Missouri. Arenus, a division of Novus Nutrition Brands, LLC (a Novus International Company) is formed. Arenus is dedicated to producing equine nutrition products as well as nutrition products for the canine market. Novus signs an exclusive worldwide agreement with Martek Biosciences Corporation to market and distribute Marteks DHA Gold in all poultry and swine feed and enrichment applications.
2008 – Novus completes global headquarters in Missouri Research Park, St. Charles, Missouri.