Animal health and nutrition company Novus International Inc. on December 9 announced its intent to expand ALIMET feed supplement manufacturing capacity in the United States Gulf Coast region.

ALIMET feed supplement provides a methionine source for livestock in the form of HMTBa. Methionine is an essential amino acid for poultry, swine, cattle and aquaculture diets and ALIMET demonstrates a proven performance in these applications.

Novus says new methionine capacity will be needed as the projected global demand is forecast to outpace planned increases in production capacity. Sources of methionine are essential to meat, milk and egg production, and to the efficient use of feed grains in balanced diets for maximized production.

This planned capacity expansion builds on Novus’s current ALIMET production capacity of 320 kilotons per year and is planned to add another 120 kilotons per year by 2020. The Novus engineering team is engaged in selecting the site, which is planned to be in the United States Gulf Coast region because of the advantages associated with logistics and cost effective sourcing of raw materials from the industry base supported by North American shale developments.

Novus International Inc. is headquartered in metropolitan St. Louis and serves customers in nearly 100 countries around the world.