Type of business Private
|Predecessor Summit Sourcing, Inc.|
|Key people Founder & CEO
Products nutritional supplements
Headquarters Lebanon, New Jersey, United States, Cascais, Portugal
Summit Nutritionals International, Inc. is an American multinational manufacturer of raw materials for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and food industries.
Summit Nutritionals International, Inc. was founded in 2001 by Dr. Caesar DePaço, a Portuguese businessman and diplomat currently serving as Honorary Consul of the Portuguese Republic to Florida, in Palm Coast, as an expansion of Summit Sourcing, Inc., DePaço's first nutraceutical company.
The company notably produces chondroitin sulfate, a sulfated glycosaminoglycan used in dietary and nutritional supplements, under the trademarked brand Droi-Kon. It also produces collagen powders and cartilage powders (bovine, chicken, porcine, and marine).
Summit Nutritionals International maintains a European office located in Cascais, Portugal, outside the capital of Lisbon.
In 2015, Sioux Pharm, Inc. brought a case against Summit Nutritionals International, on the basis of allegations that the chondroitin sulfate it produced was not pure grade. However, in October 2015, Sioux withdrew all claims made against Summit Nutritionals International and the lawsuit was dropped.
Summit Nutritionals has notably maintained a philanthropic program in regard to its local community, around its international headquarters in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and across the United States.
Notably, Summit Nutritionals supports police departments across the USA, through support in equipment, vehicles, and notably through K-9 programs for the training of police dogs and donating them to the police departments.
The company's, and particularly CEO DePaço's support for police K-9 programs has led to the Morris County, New Jersey, K-9 facility being renamed as the Caesar DePaço, Ph.D. Sheriff’s K-9 Training Grounds
As an act of solidarity to the French people, after the November 2015 Paris attacks, DePaço and Summit Nutritionals offered a canine unit to the French National Police.