The CEO and co-owner of Sugar Foods jumped to his death from the 11th floor of his apartment building in Manhattan.
Donald Tober, 89, reportedly leaped around 5 am but his body was found in the courtyard many hours later, the New York Post reported.
Sources said that he was struggling with Parkinson’s disease for many years.
According to reports, Sugar Foods had annual revenue of $286 million in 2018 but Tober’s exact net worth hasn’t been made public.
His father, Harry, founded the company in 1948.
Sugar Foods became known for distributing sweeteners, snacks, and condiments to hotels and restaurants around the world. But the company was best known for its Sweet’N Low artificial sweetener.
Tober was behind the push to place Sweet’N Low in restaurants around the world.
By the mid-1990s, 80 percent of US food establishments used the artificial sweetener, Restaurant News magazine said.
The president of Sugar Foods, Steve Odell, once said: “Don’s had as much to do with building Sweet’N Low into a household name as anyone ever has with a product.”
“Every packet of Sweet’N Low sold today can be traced back to a single sales call that he probably made or at least had a part in,” Odell added.
Even though it no longer distributes Sweet’N Low, Sugar Foods is still one of the leading food production companies in the country.
Tober previously served as Vice Chairman of the Culinary Institute of America. He had been married for almost 50 years to Barbara Donovan Tober, a journalist and editor.
The couple were regular donors to The Julliard School, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Lincoln Center.
Friends of the couple said the Tobers were “seasoned world travelers, avid equestrians and skiers.”
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