Long-Time Industry Leader Cees Boon Passes


Washington — Cornelis (Cees) J. Boon passed away on January 24 from complications arising from surgery. He was born in Barneveld, the Netherlands, and dedicated the majority of his life to the confectionery and chocolate Industries.


Boon embarked on his career by opening an office in Cape Town as the sales manager for a distributor of equipment manufacturer KrausMaffei. Following his time abroad, he returned to Holland and joined Royal Wessanen in the cocoa products sector, serving as European export manager. Later, he made his mark in the U.S., relocating for his role with Friwessa Inc., a division of Royal Wessanen, specializing in fats and oils.

In 1990, Boon founded Boon Inc., representing various suppliers to the confections and baked goods industries. In 1998, he was appointed executive vice-president of sales and marketing for Palatinit Inc.

In 2001, he founded Nutrigaard LLC to support emerging partnerships. By 2015, he entered into an agreement with Norevo GmbH, establishing Nutrigaard as a contract manufacturer, producing its line of products under the Nutrigaard Label Nutra for the confectionery and nutraceutical industries.

Throughout his career, Boon was actively involved in industry associations. He served on the Kettle Committee from 1985 to 1993, assuming the role of chairman in 1991. He was also a member of the NCA Supplier Advisory Committee from 1991, where he held positions as vice-chair and chair. In 2008, he was re-elected as vice-chair and served as chair from 2010 to 2012. In 2017, he was re-elected to the NCA Board.

Boon was recognized in 1992 with the NCA Distinguished Associate Award, for his efforts in fostering constructive relationships between suppliers and manufacturers. In 2010, he was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame by the National Confectionery Sales Association, and in February 2012 he received the NCA Supplier Member of the Year Award.

He was an active member of several industry associations and regularly attended events, including the PMCA, NCA Management Conference, Sweets & Snack Expo, Supply Side West, PLMA, IFT, AACT, and Engredea Nutritional/Natural Products Expo West & East.

Boon leaves behind a legacy that extends far beyond his professional achievements. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren.