Three years running: Fortune & Great Place to Work name FONA a Best Workplace in the Nation

October 19, 2018

For Immediate Release
Contact: Deirdre Burgess

Geneva, IL, October 19, 2018 – FONA International, family-owned creator and manufacturer of complete flavor solutions, was again one of the country’s best workplaces by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work. In fact, FONA was ranked #58 out of the top 100 medium-sized businesses in the country, and was the #2 manufacturing company on the list.

This is the third consecutive year that FONA has been named to the list. The national ranking comes just weeks after Fortune magazine named FONA the #3 best Workplace in manufacturing and production (of any size), and just months after FONA was named #2 medium-sized workplace in Chicagoland and a Forbes Small Giant.

“What an honor! We say it all the time at FONA, our people are the #1 asset we have. Being named one of the top workplaces in the nation is a testament to them and to the culture of growth,” said FONA President Amy McDonald.

“When it comes to revenue growth and innovation, the 2018 Best Small & Medium Workplaces continue to outperform their peers making these companies more competitive and helping them secure their position in the marketplace,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “What these companies do differently than their peers is that they offer a great workplace for all employees, regardless of role or personal traits.”

FONA won based on employees’ anonymous responses to an extensive survey about their levels of trust, pride and camaraderie at work. The independent review by Great Place to Work reveals themes about FONA’s stated culture of growth and openness: 98% of employees rate the atmosphere, bosses and benefits as great. 97% say the same about the challenges, pride, communication and facilities. The full list is here:

According to Great Place to Work, outstanding small and mid-sized employers — as identified by their employees — are substantially more likely to report work experiences linked to retention, innovation and good customer service, according to research by Great Place to Work. The winning organizations also are more likely than their peers to maintain a healthy organizational culture as they grow larger and more complex.

About FONA International, Inc.

Founded more than 30 years ago, 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. See additional FONA news here: /category/fona-news/.

About the Award

Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from more than 112,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit