Novus International Awarded First AFIA IT Innovation Award

Arlington, Va., April 4, 2011 – The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is proud to announce the first AFIA Information Technology (IT) Innovation Award was given to Novus International, Inc. of St. Charles, Mo. The runner-up was awarded to Feed Energy Company of Des Moines, Iowa.

In 1993, Novus pioneered a vendor-managed inventory for bulk liquid feed ingredients with the introduction of a patented automated remote monitoring system known as AIMS®. This system provided improved inventory management of Novus’s bulk liquid ingredients via the telecommunications system. In 2009-10, Novus upgraded the AIMS infrastructure by incorporating the latest satellite communications and remote monitoring technology throughout its bulk liquid product supply chain. The new platform is internet-based and provides precise, dependable and instantaneous inventory readings for any customer 24/7, and has been implemented at over 500 locations across North America. A full review of this technology will be available in the June/July issue of Feed & Grain and the summer issue of the AFIA Journal. For more information on Novus International, Inc. visit

The 2011 runner-up, Feed Energy Company, recently developed a computational-based stochastic model, the Nth Load, to help the company in decision making and optimization of inventory management for ingredient procurement, processing and finished goods inventories. The model is run weekly using historical and current data from Feed Energy’s three locations in a five-week planning horizon. The Nth Load has helped Feed Energy ensure it has the proper supply to meet the demands of its livestock and poultry customers. For more information on Feed Energy Company, visit

The 2011 AFIA IT Innovation Award was sponsored by AgGateway and Feed & Grain magazine. Novus will be recognized on April 29 at 2:00 p.m. CDT at their St. Charles, Mo. offices and a donation will be made to the Global 4-H Knowledge Platform Project on their behalf. This project develops a system to connect 4-H partners worldwide for greater impact of the programs. Over the next five years, a network will form that employs the 4-H model to create sustainable livelihoods and improve economic security for young people around the world. For more information on the 4-H Global Knowledge Center, visit

About AFIA

AFIA, based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. Founded in 1909, AFIA also is the recognized leader on international industry developments. Members include more than 500 domestic and international companies and state, regional and national associations. Member-companies are livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies which supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers.

The feed industry makes a major contribution to food safety, nutrition and the environment, and it plays a critical role in the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish and eggs and pets. More than 70 percent of the feed in the United States is manufactured by AFIA members.