Our History

Business as usual wasn’t working for Joseph Slawek.

He believed something was missing in the flavor industry: an organization that could compete with the largest international flavor companies across a range of market segments, but also connect with customers as only small companies can, developing relationships, sharing ideas, methods and time.

This vision of a different kind of flavor company led Joe Slawek and his family to found FONA International in 1987.

Built on a bedrock of commitment to excellence, the highest standards of personal integrity, exceptional service and respect, FONA has grown into a flavor powerhouse, helping many of the most successful food, beverage and healthcare companies grow and move forward.

FONA’s high tech, high touch philosophy and unwavering commitment to employees, customers and stakeholders set FONA apart — and have resulted in an industry-leading growth rate, five times the average.

FONA is recognized for its unique culture of energetic professionals and has established a reputation as the customer-focused, forward-thinking, independent solution provider in the very competitive flavor industry.

A look back.

We made this video in honor of our founder’s 50th Anniversary in the flavor industry. When it comes to talking about FONA’s history, this truly says it all.