One sweet success story after another

At the heart of Apura Ingredients is a love for all things sweet. We know that sweetness—delivered in the form of indulgent ice creams, refreshing sodas, irresistible candies, and more—is responsible for many of our and our customers’ favorite foods and drinks.

We also know that sugar, the long-time provider of sweetness, is the focal point of numerous conversations regarding health.

That’s why we built our company where sweetness and health converge: the low- and no-calorie sweeteners category.

Formed by one of the most experienced and knowledgeable teams in the industry, Apura Ingredients strives to deliver high-quality alternative sweeteners to the food and beverage industry. Thanks to our loyal customers, our company has quickly developed into a premier global supplier.

We serve manufacturers throughout North America, with offices and three strategically located warehouses in the United States. We’re looking forward to continued expansion in South America, Europe, Eastern Europe, Asian Pacific, and Africa as we build and foster long-term, credible relationships with our customers and partners.

As the experts in sugar alternatives, we can help you formulate with low- and no-calorie sweeteners so that you can realize the labeling and taste benefits of these ingredients while maintaining cost effectiveness, consistent supply, and product quality.

Our team

The Apura Ingredients management team is internationally acclaimed. With a combined experience of more than 100 years, our global team’s extensive industry knowledge separates our company from the competition.

Our ability to help our customers and partners navigate the market puts us at the forefront of the ever-evolving high intensity sweetener and ingredient industry. We’re committed to a long-term strategy of success for our company, our suppliers, and our customers.

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Nancy Hughes
President

A seasoned leader in the food, beverage, and nutraceutical industries, Nancy brings more than 30 years of experience in growth management. Her experience ranges from start-ups to global entities, to strategically commercialize and promote businesses, products, and technologies to both the B2B and B2C industries.

Kerry Kenny
Chief Technical Officer

With more than 20 years of experience in international food safety experience, Kerry is responsible for Apura's global quality systems. He is highly sought after by the world's largest food and beverage manufacturers for his expertise in managing international laws and policies for food safety standards, regulatory, and technical application of low- and no-calorie sweeteners. He's a key member of industry associations, including the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), International Society of Beverage Technologists (IBST), Calorie Control Council (CCC), and International Sweetener Association (ISA).

Don Schwenker
Senior Manager of Business Development

For more than 30 years, Don has been guiding his customers in choosing the right B2B ingredients for their food, beverage, and nutraceutical application needs. A senior level product and sales strategist, Don has represented several world class organizations across multiple food ingredient industries including sweeteners, flavors and extracts, gums and citrus, chemicals and additives, and colors and fragrances. Don currently manages Apura’s sweetener and ingredient portfolio East of the Mississippi and throughout Canada.

Dave Douglass
Business Development Manager

Dave is a proven sales and business development expert more than a decade's worth of experience leading sales initiatives in the food, beverage, and specialty ingredients industries. He brings extensive knowledge in the application of sugar, nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners to B2B consumer food and beverage companies. Dave provides Midwest and West Coast customers with recommendations for sweetener solutions and formulation blends to meet their application requirements.

Dong Changchuan
Vice President

A senior-level international sourcing expert, Dong brings more than 31 years of experience in global sourcing and logistics solutions, chemical process engineering, and trade compliance initiatives for ingredient and pharmaceutical industries. Dong leads the company’s strategic management of end-to-end global sourcing between Asia-Pacific and North America.

Whether your application needs a single sweetener or a blend, our customers count on us to deliver premium quality, consistent supply, and cost-effective solutions for their continued growth.