Chicago Tribune Names FONA a Top Workplace

November 10, 2017
Geneva, IL, November 10, 2017 – FONA International, family-owned creator and manufacturer of complete flavor solutions, was named a top workplace by the Chicago Tribune.  In fact, FONA was ranked #8 out of the top 55 small businesses in Chicagoland.


This award follows recognition over the past few weeks from Fortune Magazine and Great Place to Work. FONA was named #1 medium-sized workplace in Chicago, #44 best workplace for women in the nation (for any size), #43 best workplace in the nation (medium size), and the #1 medium-sized manufacturing workplace in the nation. 


“To be named in the top tier of Chicagoland workplaces is such a prestigious honor. What an incredible time for us at FONA, to have multiple recognitions in the same month, from Fortune and now the Chicago Tribune!” said President Amy McDonald. “It’s a testament to FONA’s culture but most importantly to our wonderful people. They are the reason such amazing things are possible. They make the best happen.”


The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection.


“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, Energage CEO. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.”


In addition to the Chicago Tribune ranking and recognition from Fortune Magazine and Great Place to Work, FONA is continually recognized as one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, on a national and local level. The Top Workplace rankings can be viewed here: 



Energage specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Energage also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. Energage is a founding B Corporation member, a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.



Now celebrating 30 years, FONA International creates and produces flavors for many of the largest food, beverage, nutritional companies in the world. It offers flavor solutions for the confection, grain, beverage, performance nutrition, 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 complete market solutions.