Ben Jeckel

December 30, 2020
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Ben Jeckel, Managing Director, Dairy Consultancy and Market Intelligence, Blimling and Associates

Ben Jeckel head shotBen Jeckel is Managing Director, Dairy Consultancy and Intelligence for Blimling and Associates. In his role, he provides tailored market insights to clients at all levels of the dairy supply chain. His global market research and pricing analysis is largely focused on dairy ingredients, with special emphasis on milk and whey proteins. Ben authors a bi-monthly publication titled Ingredient Digest which provides a market situation update and outlook for the skim and whey complex. His project consulting experience crosses a wide spectrum, ranging from plant feasibility studies and product cost models to ingredient procurement strategies and industry M&A.

Prior to Blimling, Ben spent 10 years with Abbott Laboratories with the majority of his time in the company’s Infant and Adult Nutrition business performing dairy procurement, commodity research and financial planning functions. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he focused on Finance. He has an MBA from Marquette University.


Blimling and Associates is a dairy market research and consulting firm based out of Madison, Wisconsin. For over 20 years, clients from all over the global dairy supply chain have relied on Blimling and its team of seasoned market experts for actionable insights and strategic support. Its portfolio of offerings includes timely and insightful publications, in-depth research projects, educational sessions and continuous consulting support.

 Global Food Forums Presentations by Speaker

2021 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar  — Pre-Conference: Protein Business Strategies [To be reconfirmed]

“Market Trends and Challenges for Milk and Whey Protein Ingredients”

High protein dairy ingredients surged in popularity over the past decade as health and fitness-minded consumers clamored for products containing whey and milk proteins. It was a major success story for an industry that has been battling a decades’ long slump in fluid milk sales. But the category is encountering headwinds — additional global capacity, choppy demand and significant price volatility. This presentation will highlight recent market developments and pricing dynamics around milk and whey protein ingredients, along with factors that will likely shape these markets in the next couple years.