Our Story

Clean label products and transparency has been the core of our business since our inception.

Overview


Food … it’s the business we are in and providing sweeteners to food and beverage manufacturers is at the core of what we do.

Based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Sweet Additions was established in 2004 with a mission to create innovative natural and organic food ingredients for the food and beverage industry while promoting individual wellness and supporting the sustainability of our planet.

Today, many of the largest and most well-known manufacturers of packaged foods and drinks utilize a variety of our ingredients for a broad range of applications. These ingredients include cane and grain-based sweeteners, dextrins, syrup solids and proteins.

We drive growth through our commitment to innovation. Our company’s research and development teams’ ingenuity is fostered by our understanding of customers’ changing needs and our ability to closely track consumer trends for natural and healthier products.

“Clean ingredients and social responsibility was not a response to a trend, it has been the philosophy of our ownership for over 25 years.”
– Ken Valdivia

Sweet Additions’ approach to customer solutions is guided by the expertise in the products we market. We understand our ingredients and the applications where they perform best. In addition, we also have the flexibility to customize many of our ingredients to optimize our customers’ product performance.

Creating successful innovative products is never easy and as an ingredient supplier, we consider ourself to be your partner. We understand that your success is our success so we strive to ensure delivery of the most cost effective ingredients. We have a thorough knowledge of the commodity market and how it affects raw material prices — a significant part of the cost drivers in our ingredients. We are experienced at mitigating costs and deliver solutions that reduce price and maximize value. Because of this, we assist our customers in gaining a competitive advantage.

 

 

Leadership


Ken Valdivia is Chief Executive Officer and President of Sweet Additions, LLC.
He founded Sweet Additions in 2004 with a goal of providing the natural food industry with a consistent and reliable source of natural and organic cane and grains based sweeteners.

Valdivia’s vision for Sweet Additions was conceived after realizing that a market was being under served because a significant number of customers could not procure in-demand ingredients. His extensive and unique background with rice and sweeteners was the perfect foundation for filling that need.

He began his career managing a rice mill operation owned by one of the largest vertically integrated sugar companies in the country. There Valdivia gained extensive experience in cultivating, milling, packaging and marketing both rice and cane-based sweetener.

Valdivia developed broad-based skill sets through exposure to operations, sales and business development. His primary role is to continuously develop value products to diversify its commodity driven revenue base. This includes identifying new products and developing business plans that leverages a relationship with the core customer base.

Ken holds a B.S in Agriculture with emphasis in Food Science from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Business Administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University.