For the 15th straight year, FONA International named one of Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For

July 14, 2020
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For the 15th straight year, FONA International named one of Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For

Geneva, IL, July 22, 2020 

For the 15th straight year, FONA International, family-owned creator and manufacturer of complete flavor solutions, was named one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). View the full list of winners here.

“We’re so excited! It’s been an honor to receive this award for 15 consecutive years. Being named one of Chicago’s Best & Brightest Companies showcases our commitment to FONA values and our dedication to our amazing employees.” said Tonya Hubbartt, Vice President of Human Resources.

To receive this honor, FONA was evaluated by an independent research firm which reviewed key measurements related to: compensation, benefits and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance. In addition, companies were assessed related to their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Through the first half of 2020, the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For® have demonstrated leadership and forward thinking as they pivoted their business and workforce through Covid-19. As the conversation and focus has shifted, our Best and Brightest winning companies have also been a voice for important actions regarding race relations. In these unique times, the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For excel and share their knowledge with others," said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs.

This recognition follows several recent recognitions including FONA’s ranking as a National Best and Brightest Company to work for, National Best and Brightest in Wellness and as the #5 Small/Medium Best Workplace in Chicago by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work. FONA was also recently named one of Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work’s 100 best workplaces in the nation and the #2 medium-sized workplace in the nation for manufacturing and production.


Founded more than 30 years ago, FONA International creates and produces flavors for many of the largest food, beverage, and nutritional companies in the world. It offers flavor solutions for the confection, grain, beverage, performance nutrition, OTC and emerging markets from its state-of-the-art, 33-acre campus in Geneva, IL. FONA’s seven core values drive it to pursue excellence and foster incredible partnerships. More than just great flavors — FONA provides exceptional service and complete market solutions.


NABR heads programs and community initiatives that positively impact businesses across the country through focused programs, groundbreaking studies, and field-leading support.