In 1989, Van Holland faced a big decision: Move his family across the country and keep his job as a purchasing director for a major food company or take a big entrepreneurial leap and start his own company. He, of course, chose the latter.
That fork in the road gave birth to Ultra Ingredients, an innovative new business model that connected the highest quality ingredients with food, beverage and flavor companies on the U.S. West Coast. Almost immediately, Van’s company stood out for its deep understanding of the buyer’s mindset and unwavering commitment to quality.
Thirty years later, those qualities still ring true. Led by CEO and owner Audryn Swigert since 2018, Ultra Ingredients continues to match the highest quality natural ingredients with the most innovative food, beverage and flavor companies. With an exceptional customer service team, Ultra Ingredients prides itself in delivering an exceptional experience for both customers and suppliers.
Based in Los Angeles but with a global reach, the company is known for its collaborative approach, commitment to quality and in-depth, up-to-date knowledge of the food and beverage industry’s complex regulations.
The commitment doesn’t end when the ingredients are sourced. The team is also committed to supporting new product development. “We find the most exciting breakthroughs and inspiration come from product presentations and ‘taste and tell’ sessions, where we bring in new and different ingredients,” Audryn says. “We leverage the vast technical expertise of our stellar suppliers and the ‘blue-sky’ innovations of our customers to help create amazing products.”