Dating back to the early 1100’s a flour mill was established by English Benedictine munk’s who had come to Odense to establish a monastery in honour of the Danish Saint, King Canute - who had been killed in Odense on the 10th of July, 1087. These munk’s quickly established a mill to produce flour for bread. Although the exact date is not known, it is a fact that this mill – Munke Mølle (the munk’s mill) has been a part of Odense for about 900 years, and as such is the oldest known registered company in Denmark.
SANOVO’s history starts in 1937 when the mill invested in a spray drier to experiment with new methods in the milling business. After a few years it was obvious, however, that this technique did not work as planned so the mill looked around for other possible applications of the spray drier. One such possibility was to produce milk powder and dried egg powder, and to mix these powders with flour from the mill and other ingredients to manufacture various half-processed food products. In late 1941 this project was formalized into the company which has today grown into the SANOVO EGG GROUP.
The year was 1942– not a good time to start a new business. Because of the war everything was in short supply and rationed. The Danish authorities would not allow flour to be used in the production and the use of eggs for dried products required a special permit from the Ministry of Agriculture as well. For the remainder of the war, permits were only granted for small quantities of eggs, and much less than was needed to use the full capacity of the spray drier.
In the late 1940s salmonella bacteria several times affected international egg production. As a consequence the demands from health authorities increased, and as early as in 1951 SANOVO started to experiment with pasteurisation of its egg products, so they would be able to supply the market with salmonella-free products. SANOVO therefore, was in front when it came to research and development concerning hygienically processed egg products. Well before egg products processing methods became regulated by health authorities throughout international markets, SANOVO had implemented strict requirements internally.
SANOVO Eiprodukte GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1963. The factory started its activities as the first egg product factory in Germany and today it holds a leading position in the German market. SANOVO Eiprodukte is situated in Zeven, a city between Bremen and Hamburg in northern Germany. Zeven has an optimal infrastructure due to a good accessibility to highways, harbours (Hamburg and Bremerhaven) and airports.
SANOVO EGG PRODUCTS UK, England was formed in 1980 as a trading company specifically to service the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland with both egg powders and cheese powders. The company is located in Braintree 80km North East of London. In Braintree we have our sales office and our warehouse.
SANOVO International as was founded in 1996 and is situated in Odense, Denmark. SANOVO International as is a trading company and buys, sells and distributes eggs, egg products and other related products. SANOVO International as is a leading company within the international trade of eggs and egg products with many years of experience within this business.