ABOUT US

Get to Know More About Prinova

Prinova has been providing high-quality ingredients, flavorsnutrient premixes, and value-added solutions to the food, beverage and nutrition industries for over 40 years. As a world leading distributor of functional ingredients, we use our global network to help our customers gain the strategic advantage they need to drive their business forward. 

 

 

We’re with You from Concept to Completion

As a one-stop shop for ingredients, solutions, and technical expertise, Prinova is uniquely suited to support your goals and plug into your supply chain. Our development services and vertically integrated capabilities add value throughout every step, from day one to final delivery.

2000 +
INGREDIENTS
90 +
QA AND R&D EMPLOYEES
1000 +
GLOBAL EMPLOYEES
35 +
STRATEGIC STOCK LOCATIONS
40 +
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
6 +
MANUFACTURING LOCATIONS
15 +
REGIONAL SALES OFFICES
25 +
GLOBAL PRODUCT MANAGERS

 

 

 

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Our Core Values

The customer is the center of everything we do. We are dedicated to achieving complete customer satisfaction for both our internal and external customers. The attitude we bring is friendly, fast, can do, accountable, adaptable and solution-oriented. Customer Focus happens when we listen, understand, commit to achieve agreed upon objectives, deliver and provide the best overall solution and value.

Integrity is the foundation to build trust, strong relationships and lasting success. We do what we say in an ethical and compliant manner. We honor our commitments with employees, customers, suppliers and communities. We do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. 

Accountability is the obligation or the willingness to accept responsibility and work together as a member of the team toward a common goal for the business. It is being responsible for the things you say you will do, and doing them. 

We are committed to providing the highest degree of quality in every product, service and endeavor of our company through reliable processes and systems.

Giving back and being involved in the community is part of who we are. We encourage groups of employees to volunteer in the community, contribute to charitable organizations and support the tradition of giving back. Prinova supports organizations where we believe we can make a difference.

We believe in developing close, lasting, mutually beneficial relationships, including customers, suppliers, fellow employees and other organizations. Building long term relationships is what we thrive on, to accomplish all of our goals.

We promote a respectful team environment that inspires us to be our best and a workplace that is safe, positive and engaging. We do it safe or not at all. We value your input, insight, effort and attitude.

 

 

 

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Global Locations, Regional Focus

Wherever you are in the world, we’ve got you covered. With manufacturing facilities on three continents, more than 35 inventory locations around the world, and sales and support offices in over 30 countries, Prinova is both your global partner and regional expert, providing comprehensive solutions that also meet your specific local needs. 

Worldwide Supply Chain

Our strategic global locations on three continents enable us to run a worldwide supply chain while addressing your requirements for just-in-time deliveries and safety stocks. With this footprint, you’re best positioned to optimise costs through reduced inventory overheads and unnecessary large stocks. Additionally, our regional presence means we’re agile enough to react to various market conditions and provide continuity of supply.  

 

With Prinova, you get world-class delivery and worldwide reach. Learn more about how we solve your supply chain needs.

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Prinova’s Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

Just as every ingredient in our product lineup becomes part of something bigger, we believe our every philanthropic act adds to the greater good. Our corporate social responsibility policy is shaped by the needs of the communities we’re privileged to serve — and by the charitable organizations that are important to our employees.    

As part of our culture and company values, corporate volunteering represents a vital aspect of daily work life. Through our employee volunteer program, everyone at Prinova is encouraged to actively participate in fundraising events and support our tradition of giving back. 

United Way of Chicago

United Way of Chicago creates strong neighborhoods by providing people with access to the resources they need. To assist in this mission, we’ve partnered with United Way to create a payroll giving program that amplifies every employee donation. Prinova matches 100 percent of employee contributions toward United Way network’s health and wellness endeavors, and 50 percent toward its other efforts.

Northern Illinois Food Bank 

As a member of Feeding America, Northern Illinois Food Bank provides nutritious meals and innovative programs to more than 500,000 people annually. Prinova employees regularly donate their time and energy to assisting the Food Bank in its efforts, including monthly visits to help pack meals. Recently, a Prinova team organized and relabelled cans of fruits and vegetables for distribution to local food pantries. 

Ongoing Corporate Volunteering Efforts 

Prinova volunteers support many charitable organizations, including:

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)  

  • American Cancer Society  

Environmental Priorities and Sustainable Practices 

We evolve our corporate sustainability policies and environmental efforts in order to continually reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner environment for generations to come.

Our sustainability efforts are primarily focused on energy consumption, paper reduction, and recycling. In the next five years, we plan to:  

  • Realize a 5% reduction in energy consumption by upgrading our heating and cooling systems, installing air curtains on dock doors, and increasing the use of sensor lighting. 

  • Reduce paper consumption by 30% with paper conservation practices and increasing access to conservative printing options. 

  • Improve the collection of recyclable waste. 

We are committed to conservation and environmental efforts related to hazardous waste, environmental noise, oil storage, product and packaging waste disposal, waste electrical equipment, and more. Our progress includes: 

 

  • Eco-Friendly Lighting: We’ve installed high-efficiency lighting in our warehouses and offices, and sensor-activated lighting in select offices and warehouse areas. 

  • 80 Percent Less Paper: We’ve reduced paper invoicing by 80 percent with the introduction of electronic invoicing. 

  • Recycling Program: We created a program to recycle cardboard, plastic, and paper at our offices and warehouses. 

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Prinova Leadership

Dedicated, knowledgeable, and highly experienced, the Prinova leadership team represents an elite group of professionals who are committed to bringing business-forward solutions to customers all over the globe.

 

 

 

Meet the Prinova Leadership Team

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Donald K. Thorp

President and Chief Executive Officer, Prinova Group LLC

Don Thorp is a University of Illinois, business finance graduate, as well as an All Big Ten, MVP of the Big Ten, and All-American football player. After graduating, Don went on to a career in professional football for a few years with the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. In 1988, at the end of the season he decided to join the family business, which was started by his father Richard Thorp. The business at the time was a food brokerage company, representing many companies in the Midwest. Don worked at every position in the company, learning all about the food business. By 1994, Don had taken over as President, and started the vertical expansion into distribution, manufacturing and packaging, as well as adding 11 acquisitions along the way. Today Prinova, a Nagase group company, is closing in on 1 billion in sales, with 1,100 employees, and is considered a global leader in the ingredient business.

 

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Rob Elias

Chief Financial Officer, Prinova USA

Rob Elias is no stranger to large-scale, complex operations like Prinova’s. Over the past 25 years, Rob has built finance teams within various industries, both domestic and global. Backed by his experience at companies like Solo Cup, Reyes Holdings, Crown Imports, and ULINE — where he led a rapid North American expansion — Rob brings internationally tested expertise to Prinova’s global financial operations. As CFO, Rob oversees the functions of accounting, business support, financial planning, financial analysis, credit, treasury, legal and mergers & acquisitions (M&A). He holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Northern Illinois University, as well as an MBA from DePaul University. 

 

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Kevin Thorp

Vice President of Operations, Prinova USA

Representing the third generation of the Thorp family’s leadership, Kevin Thorp maintains Prinova’s tradition as a family-run business, while also moving the company forward. Since completing his bachelor’s of science and joining the company in 2012, he’s spent substantial time in various roles — from purchasing to operations — learning key skills in multiple disciplines. Passionate about the industry and its impact on the world, Kevin is also an active member of the Institute of Food Technologists.

 

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Ron Juergens

Vice President, Prinova USA

A Prinova leader since 1994, Ron Juergens has been an invaluable contributor to the company’s success for decades. In his role as Vice President, Ron has influenced Prinova's aggressive growth, and lent his skills in managing the worldwide sourcing of ingredients from more than 50 countries. His expertise is informed both by his 40+ years in the food ingredients industry, and his bachelor’s degree in business and Asian studies from the University of Maryland.

 

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Bill Palagonia

General Manager, Prinova Aromas

For Bill Palagonia, success within the aromas industry has been a lifelong endeavor, starting with his first job: working for his father at a broker of essential oils and aroma chemicals. Now an industry leader, he’s led a storied, decades-long career. He learned from industry pioneers, formed his own distribution company (later sold to Prinova), and served for three years as Executive Vice President of a leading flavors and fragrances supplier. Today, as General Manager of Prinova Aromas, he leverages his strong relationships with manufacturers, suppliers, and experts worldwide, and has helped countless customers understand market and product nuances. Under his leadership Prinova Aromas established itself as a global leader within the flavor & fragrance markets and continues to focus on expanding into global markets for aromatherapy, personal care and household products.

 

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Josh Lanagan

General Manager, Solutions & Flavors

As General Manager, Josh Lanagan has a hand in every area of Prinova’s flavor business, from R&D to warehousing. Drawing on his diverse experience in product development, supply chain optimization, and global account management, Josh oversees a flavor manufacturing operation that’s both efficient and innovative. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology & chemistry from Briar Cliff University, serves as a member of the Chicago Section Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and spends his free time exploring his home city of Chicago with his wife and son. 

 

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Jason Sikkenga

General Manager, Ingredients and Particle Enhancement Divisions

Jason Sikkenga holds an undergraduate degree from Ferris State University and an executive MBA from Northern Illinois University. Over the past 15 years, Jason has built high performing commercial, operational and innovation teams who serve domestic and global customers. His dynamic experience in complex highly regulated industries — spanning operational, financial and commercial disciplines — proves valuable to the internal and external customers he serves. He understands a supplier’s most valuable role is supporting customer’s profit and sustainability objectives. Under Jason’s direction, Prinova Ingredients and Particle Enhancement remain focused on helping customers create and seize opportunities, solve challenges, and minimize risk. Jason is poised to take the Ingredient division into new end use segments, expand geographically reach, and create new sales platforms.

 

 

Prinova’s Quality & Accreditation Policy

Through our commitment to the highest-quality management standards, including compliance and safety, we provide an unmatched level of service and certainty for our customers. We guarantee full transparency and traceability of every batch we source, ensuring that you have everything you need to create winning products with complete confidence — no matter how you choose to buy. 

Your Source for Superior Ingredients

Quality starts at the source. That’s why we’ve put extensive resources into place to control and strengthen our supply chain. We’ve built decades-long relationships with manufacturers and suppliers with full visibility into their products and processes. When you work with us, you know you’re getting top quality ingredients.

Comprehensive Premix Quality Management 

Our infant-approved facilities meet the strictest standards of quality and food safety for ingredient premixes and blends. With our extensive accreditations and deep expertise, you can be assured that you’ll receive a superior premix every time.  

Depend on Our Excellence in Aromas

The Prinova seal guarantees unrivalled quality standards. With rigorous per-lot testing and robust in-house quality controls, we evaluate the purity (assay), sensory qualities, and physical and chemical properties of our flavor and  fragrance ingredients. As part of our commitment to transparency and traceability, all manufacturer original quality and regulatory documentation is available to customers upon request.

First-Class Flavor Quality and Expertise 

As an active member of the Flavor Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA), we take pride in the high caliber and quality standards of our flavor library and custom flavor solutions. We hold numerous certifications including organic certified, kosher, and halal.