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Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.

Novus International, a Subsidiary of Mitsui USA, Acquires IQF Group

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May 26, 2010


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On May 20, 2010, Novus International, Inc. (Novus), a majority-owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., acquired the IQF Group . The acquisition includes 100% shares of Investigaciones Quimicas y Farmaceuticas, S.A. (IQF), Carotenoid Technologies S.A. (Carotech) and IQF ENAMEX, S.A. (Enamex).

The IQF Group, based in Tarragona , Spain and Cordoba, Mexico, is a leading producer of natural feed carotenoid pigments for the poultry, swine, ruminant and aquaculture markets and has a presence in over 60 countries worldwide. Carotenoid pigments are added to animal feed to enhance meat and egg color and nutritional value, and respond to an increasing demand for natural products.

Novus's acquisition of the IQF Group is expected to enable Novus to capitalize on a well-respected brand and to expand its product portfolio for new and existing animal agriculture customers around the world.

Overview of IQF
Company: Investigaciones Quimicas y Farmaceuticas, S.A.
Location: Tarragona, Spain
Established: 1970
Main Activities: Production, marketing and sales of feed ingredients
Main Brands: X amacol®, Astacol®, Lutecol®, Betacol®, Canthacol®, Toxiban®, Micokap®, NextEnhance®
URL : http://www.iqfgroup.com/
Overview of Carotech
Company: Carotenoid Technologies S.A.
Location: Tarragona, Spain
Established: 1970
Main Activities: Production and sales of feed ingredients
Main Brands: X amacol®, Astacol®, Lutecol®, Betacol®, Canthacol®, Toxiban®, Micokap®, NextEnhance®
URL : http://www.iqfgroup.com/
Overview of Enamex
Company: IQF ENAMEX, S.A
Location: Córdoba, Mexico
Established: 2002
Main Activities: Production and sales of feed ingredients
Main Brands: Enacol®, Desmycotox®, Enamold®, PMX Vitaminica®, Inclorfos®, Canthacol®
URL : http://www.iqfenamex.com.mx/
Overview of Novus
Company: Novus International, Inc.
Location: St. Charles, Missouri, USA
Established: 1991
Shareholders: Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd.
Main Activities: Production and sales of feed ingredients
URL : http://www.novusint.com/

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For inquiries on this matter, please contact

Mr. Shinichi Hirabayashi
Public Affairs Officer
Mitsui & Co. ( U.S.A.), Inc.
Tel. (212) 878-4072