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.

And that’s why we’re proud to have expanded our reach to the flavor modulator category, where sweetness and healthier applications can live in even better harmony.

As the world clamors for reduced-sugar and sugar-free applications that taste as good as their sugar-packed counterparts, Apura has brought together the best in the world to become the global source of optimized sweetness and health-forward solutions.

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.

Being connected with Apura means being a part of an exclusive network.

Whether you’re seeking sweeteners, custom taste solutions, scientific expertise, a more reliable supply chain, nutritional ingredients, or more, Apura is a turnkey partner who puts all within reach. When you’re developing your next product, you cannot afford unreliability in your supply chain. Apura is the agile partner doing the work to overcome global supply challenges so that you don’t have to worry about them.

We serve manufacturers throughout North America, with offices and three strategically located warehouses in the United States. And we’re moving toward 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.

Nancy Hughes
Nancy Hughes

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
Kerry Kenny
Chief Technical Officer

With more than 30 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).

Mr. Dong Changchuan
Mr. Dong Changchuan
Vice President

A senior-level international sourcing expert, Dong brings more than 35 years of experience in global sourcing and logistics solutions, chemical process engineering, and trade compliance initiatives for the ingredient and pharmaceutical industries. Dong leads the company’s strategic management of end-to-end global sourcing between Asia-Pacific and North America.

David Douglass
Dave Douglass
Director of Sales

Dave has built an exceptional career that spans 13 years leading sales strategy within the food, beverage, nutraceutical, and personal care ingredients industries. Dave has been fundamental in achieving transformational growth at Apura Ingredients through defining and executing long-term business strategies, product innovation, new customer acquisition, sales management, and marketing and industry trade leadership.

Donald Schwenker
Don Schwenker
Senior Manager of Business Development

For more than 35 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.

Katharina Pueller
Katharina Pueller
Senior Business Development Manager

As Senior Business Development Manager for Apura Ingredients' U.S. Western Territory, Katharina Pueller brings seven years of global expertise in sweeteners, flavors, and specialty ingredients, focusing on providing cutting-edge sweetener and taste modulation solutions to diverse sectors, including food, beverage, specialty, and pharmaceutical sectors. Her 16-year career began in Austria, where she played key roles in sales strategy, organizational development, and purchasing across multiple organizations.

Roger Fang
Roger Fang
Senior Quality Manager

Roger is a chemical engineer with more than 15 years’ experience in food ingredient quality and technical support. His background in food safety certification and quality management systems, overseas third-party audits, and Corrective Action Plans aligns with Apura Ingredients' global requirements for its sweetener portfolio. Roger also provides technical assistance to support Apura suppliers, customers, and the management team.

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.