Mead Johnson was born when Edward Mead Johnson, one of the founders of Johnson and Johnson, left the company. The first manufacturing plant of Mead Johnson was opened in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1905. In 1910, the company launched its first product, which was an infant formula. The introduction of another infant formula the following year became a major turning point in the history of the company. The new formula, Dextri–Maltrose became the number one feeding formula recommended by the pediatricians in the U.S.
Another manufacturing plant was opened in Evansville, Indiana in 1915. Apart from infant nutrition, the company also started manufacturing pharmaceutical and nutritional products for adults. The introduction of cod liver oil capsules in 1924 was a real success, as it was rich in vitamins A and D. Plabum was introduced in 1933. It was the first precooked infant cereal to reach the market. As it was very affordable, the cereal became popular very fast.
In 1942, the first infant formula for babies with allergies was introduced and was named Nutramigen. The main ingredient in it was protein hydrolysate. It was Mead Johnson who introduced vitamins for babies that were soluble in water. The product was named Vi-Sol. Lofenelac, special infant feeding formula for babies with phenylketonuria came to the market in 1958. Phenylketonuria is the lack of a particular enzyme in the body needed to break down essential amino acids in protein. The formula was the first one of its kind in the world.
The popular infant feeding formula, Enfamil was introduced in 1959. It was packed with all the nutrients that were present in human milk. ProSobee, the soy infant formula was introduced in 1965. It was meant for babies with lactose intolerance and cow milk allergy. Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier reached the market in 1983. Over the years, the company has continued to improve the nutritional content in their infant formulas. Enfamil A+ was developed as a result of those experiments. Apart from other nutrients, it also contained ARA and DHA necessary for brain development. In 1967, the company was purchased by Bristol-Myers which later merged with Squibb Corporation.
Company headquarters: 2701 Patriot Boulevard, Fourth Floor, Glenview, IL, USA
Annual revenue: $13.31 billion
Number of employees: 6,500
Demography: Natural and Organic