Novus International, headquartered in St. Charles, Missouri, creates animal nutrition solutions for livestock, poultry and aquaculture. Novus operations include corporate offices, research and development laboratories and manufacturing facilities in more than 35 countries, as well as smaller offices with field staff in an additional 60 countries. At each Novus location around the world, day-to-day business is guided with the goal of achieving a clearly defined corporate Vision and Mission.
To help feed the world affordable, wholesome food and achieve a higher quality of life.
Make a clear difference in sustainably meeting the growing global need for nutrition and health.
Novus's Core Values bring this Vision and Mission to life. These Core Values define, in practical terms, how our 800-plus employees in over 100 countries conduct business with each other, with our more than 3,000 customers worldwide and with other stakeholders. They guide all business strategies, plans and objectives. They shape our company's culture, which begins at the individual level and carries through to the marketplace.
We seek excellence from every employee. We encourage, expect and support alignment, diversity, individual growth, initiative and teamwork. We strive to provide products with demonstrable value. Our research focuses on leading-edge concepts, and we are committed to supplying preferred products and services.
It is critical that we maximize long-term customer satisfaction. Whether related to products, services or innovation, we must always anticipate our customers' needs and exceed their expectations.
We protect our employees, the public and the environment. Specifically, we make health, safety and environmental considerations a priority in everything we do. We act with integrity. We treat all of our stakeholders - including employees, customers, suppliers, business partners, our owners and the public - in a fair and ethical manner.
Novus’s scientific roots and history originate in the 1950s when St. Louis, Missouri-based Monsanto Company began conducting livestock and poultry feed metabolism studies. In 1959, one of its products received FDA approval as an animal feed additive, which helped launch the Monsanto division that would become Novus. In an effort to focus on its core businesses - seed, herbicide and biotechnology - Monsanto sold its Feed Ingredients division to Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. in 1991, setting Novus on its path of Health through Nutrition based on science.
With two products for the poultry industry and the vision of helping to feed the world affordable, wholesome food, Novus International was born. At the time, this vision statement was considered a bold goal and some questioned how Novus could realistically make a contribution. Although Novus was a small, business-to-business company, we understood that our core knowledge of health and nutrition related to poultry could be beneficial to other species.
Since 1991, Novus has brought numerous products to the market, including more than 100 over the past decade, and developed product families including Methionine solutions, Trace Mineral solutions, Enzyme solutions, Therapeutic Nutrition solutions and Feed Quality solutions. Novus’s comprehensive portfolio provides a holistic approach to solutions, service and sustainability for poultry, swine, aquaculture and cattle.
Novus’s Triple S Bottomline honors our commitment to Solutions, Service and Sustainability.
Solutions and Novus
Novus has pledged to answer customer pains and industry issues by providing solutions. This pledge comes from our rich legacy of providing innovative total management solutions that optimize livestock and poultry production, addressing just about any challenges nutritionists and producers face. We are committed to reducing feed costs, optimizing gut health and supporting a greater plane of nutrition for livestock and poultry production globally.
- Feed Cost Reduction — Helping Producers Target Their Largest Input Cost--Feed
- Gut Health Optimization — Supporting Health Through Nutrition Backed By Research
- Tissue Integrity and Health — Feeding Livestock and Poultry to Their Genetic Potential
Service and Novus
Service is central to Novus’s presence in the market as it embodies our interaction with customers, business partners and our communities. Service is multi-dimensional and our approach is to think globally and act locally. Whether providing superior customer service in applying solutions to support our customers in dealing with their many challenges, or working one-on-one in communities we serve, Novus believes in a hands-on working relationship to serve. Our service pledge to all of our stakeholders is a promise of professional, knowledgeable and friendly service and support from people with appropriate backgrounds, training, understanding and commitment to the solutions and markets we participate in around the globe.
- Customer Service — Professional, Knowledgeable and Friendly Service and Support
- Community Service — Locally Experienced in Communities Where We Do Business
- Industry Service — Addressing Industry Challenges Around the Globe
Sustainability and Novus
Novus is driven by a vision of helping feed the world affordable, wholesome food so they can achieve a higher quality of life. This ambition is ingrained in our culture and is a driving force in our mission to make a difference in sustainably meeting the growing global need for nutrition and health. Sustainability is a priority for Novus and is a mindset that permeates throughout our operations. We have a social, environmental and economic obligation to deliver products, services and programs that ensure a sustainable future for all of us.
- Social Sustainability — Helping Producers Meet Global Food Needs
- Environmental Sustainability — Protecting Against Excess Nutrients
- Economic Sustainability — Optimizing Nutrient Utilization for Return on Investment
Novus is committed to delivering complete animal health and nutrition solutions each and every day. Part of that dedication is ensuring we provide the best quality products in the market, verified by science and proven in production. Products like MINTREX® and MAAC®. MINTREX and MAAC trace minerals are manufactured under the Novus Quality Management System, ensuring safe, high quality trace mineral solutions that consistently exceed stringent global standards.
The trace mineral production process begins with a strict examination of raw materials for undesirable contaminants such as heavy metals, dioxin and PCBs. The same quality commitment used to procure raw materials continues into production. Exacting processes controlled by time and temperature are qualified by Novus chemists and audited by Novus Quality Assurance to maintain a pure manufacturing environment. Highly trained Novus manufacturing managers review each batch record to assure compliance with prescribed procedures and control limits. Lastly, each and every lot of finished, outgoing MINTREX chelated trace minerals is tested using industry standards and Novus proprietary methods to guarantee compliance with rigorous specifications for purity and performance.
All MINTREX and MAAC chelated trace mineral manufacturing and packaging facilities are required to have one or more of the following certifications:
- ISO 9001
- ISO 22000
- AFIA Safe Food/Safe Feed
- FC 14000
- ISO 14000
From qualification of suppliers to the procurement of the best raw materials to packaging to delivery of the finished product, the Novus Quality Management System creates optimal production conditions with systematic monitoring and controls at each step along the way producing a highly-effective product. For Novus customers, this means knowing MINTREX and MAAC trace minerals will perform exactly as they should, every time.
More food will have to be produced over the next 40 years than has been produced during the previous 10,000 years combined. Satisfying this increasing demand without straining, depleting or polluting the earth’s natural resources will continue to be a complex challenge. It will require innovative solutions in nutrition, combined with a solid commitment to global sustainability.
Since its inception, Novus has been driven by a vision of sustainably feeding the world by collaborating with customers to provide nutritious food that is available and accessible to all people. This vision has fueled our passions, our energies and our business growth over the past 20 years. This vision remains acutely relevant in today’s world and continues to inspire, motivate and guide the Novus team.
To learn more about Novus’s commitment to sustainable practices, please view our 2012 Sustainability Report – “Living Our Values”.