Mission and History

Our Credos

We enrich the world through the best of nutrition
We are dedicated to a world-class standard of excellence
We are committed to building solid and enduring partnerships
We are driven to exceed our customers’ expectations

Our Mission

NAI’s core mission is to support our clients and advance responsible nutrition on a global scale. We achieve this through a dedication to excellence in everything we do – extending beyond our walls to ensure lasting partnerships with clients, employees, vendors, shareholders and the environment.

Company History


Mark LeDoux, CEO & Chairman, founded Natural Alternatives International in 1980, operating originally from his San Marcos, California home.

Mark A. Ledoux 1980


NAI opened its first official office and manufacturing facility in San Marcos, California. In addition to private label manufacturing for clients, NAI produced its own product lines.

manufacturing facility in CA 1982


NAI was incorporated.


NAI began trading publicly, on NASDAQ.


On September 9th, 1999, NAI had simultaneous grand opening celebrations of new manufacturing facilities in Vista, California and Lugano, Switzerland.

new manufacturing facilities 1999


The California production facilities were increased to accommodate new growth and provide our clients with expanding capabilities.

A piece of manufacturing equipment in the middle of a lab 1999


NAI opened the Switzerland facility, Natural Alternatives International Europe, to accommodate our clients' global needs and growth.

An image of the flag of Switzerland flying on a flagpole with mountains in the background


In October of 1999, NAI issues the first patent for the CarnoSyn® beta-alanine instant release powder.


NAI commemorates its 25th year anniversary and celebrates an expansion of the Vista manufacturing facility to 100,000 square feet.

NAI 25th year anniversary 2005


NAI produces the first batch of SR CarnoSyn® beta-alanine tablets for public sale.


NAI patents SR CarnoSyn® beta-alanine.

SR CarnoSyn® Beta Alanine Tablet


NAI celebrated 35 years in business and completed the expansion of the Vista, California location to 160,000 square feet, as well as expanding the Switzerland facility to 100,000 square feet.


NAI relocates its corporate headquarters to its new home in Carlsbad Research Center, Carlsbad, California.

NAI headquarters


NAI commercially launches in sports nutrition market.

carnosyn booth set up


SR CarnoSyn® sustained release beta-alanine receives Self-Affirmed GRAS Affirmation.

GRAS logo with the words


CarnoSyn® launches Beta-Alanine Loading & Dosing Education Initiative.

A graphic explaining how


NAI debuts SR CarnoSyn® Wellness & Healthy Aging Market Expansion at SupplySide West.

The Supply Side West logo


NAI’s CarnoSyn® beta-alanine receives New Dietary Ingredient Status from the FDA.

FDA NDI New Dietary Ingredient Logo


NAI’s CarnoSyn® beta-alanine supplements are ruled “Patent Eligible” by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

global patent logo


NAI receives Self-Affirmed GRAS for their CarnoSyn® instant release beta-alanine.

GRAS logo with the words


NAI enters CarnoSyn® into the Japanese Market.

Map of japan


NAI’s CarnoSyn® wins NutraIngredients-USA 2019 Sports Nutrition Ingredient of the Year.

A Nutra Ingredients Awards winner logo from 2019


NAI’s CarnoSyn® is honored with the 2019 Novel Ingredient and Science Award by the Natural Products Association.

Mark LeDoux accepting an award from another man behind a podium


NAI is named Nutrition Industry Executive Supplier of the Month for December.

The Nutrition Industry Executive® logo


Stonegate Capital Partners initiates coverage on NAI.


NAI announces acquisition of manufacturing and warehouse facility in Carlsbad, CA to convert into a high-capacity powder blending/packaging facility.

company building


NAI unveils new state-of-the-art booth at SupplySide West Expo.

A shot of the NAI booth at a trade show, with people 6 people talking around the booth
Natural Alternatives International

Natural Alternatives International