Don Kremin

Managing Director
Specialty Ingredients Sector Leader


Don Kremin joined Akoya in 2023 and has more than three decades of experience in the food ingredients industry.

Prior to joining Akoya, Don was responsible for a $1.4B P&L as Group Vice President of the Specialty Foods division of Hormel Foods.

During his 34-year career with Hormel Foods, Don held various management and leadership positions within the company’s Grocery Products, Consumer Products Sales, and Specialty Foods businesses. He built a reputation for an unwavering commitment to his customers’ success while helping Hormel achieve record results.

In 2005, Don was named VP of the Walmart business team in Bentonville, Ark. He was then promoted to Senior Vice President of the Consumer Products Sales division for the Walmart business in 2008. Don’s leadership and the efforts of his team resulted in Hormel being awarded Walmart Supplier of the Year in 2011.

Don was also instrumental in the successful acquisition of CytoSport in 2014 and the ongoing development of the Muscle Milk® brand’s line of new products.

Don serves on the board of several privately held food ingredients companies.

Don also previously served as a board member for FONA International and played a key role in their sale to McCormick in 2020, earning FONA a record multiple in the flavor space.

Don earned his Master of Business Administration from the Minnesota School of Business and his Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University.

Sector-Related Experience

  • Hormel Foods Corp., Group Vice President of Specialty Foods (previously Senior Vice President Consumer Products Sales)

Portfolio Company Board Participation

  • Devansoy Inc.