Green Boy Group, a global supplier of plant-based, non-GMO, and organic food ingredients, appointed Thomas Smit as head of its new office in Chicago.

"We couldn't have hoped for a better way to start the new year than being finally able to announce the opening of our Chicago office," says Peter van Dijken, Green Boy co-founder and owner. "Especially, since Chicago is a city so dear to our hearts and a major natural food hub in the US. Since a lot of our customers are located in the Midwest it was a logical next step. Now we'll be able to even better serve their needs"

"It took about three years to get this office ready to go" Frederik Otten, Green Boy co-founder and owner, elaborates. "Mostly because we wanted the right person to lead the Green Boy Chicago office. Our eyes were set on Thomas Smit for a while, a food industry veteran with more than a decade of experience in supplying plant-based food ingredients. Thomas is a burst of positive energy and has a proven track record of successfully building up and managing a new office in Chicago.

Thomas Smit's career started at Nidera in 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where he focused on supplying plant-based food ingredients globally. In 2016 Thomas joined Royal Ingredients and moved over to Chicago to start their new office in the role of managing director. BayWa acquired Royal Ingredients in 2018 due to the growth of its sales in the US market.

Green Boy, founded in 2016 by Frederik Otten and Peter van Dijken, is a worldwide supplier of plant-based NON-GMO and Organic Food Ingredients with a specialization in supplying functional plant-based proteins. Green Boy has offices in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Chicago.