NEW BERLIN, WIS. — Denali Ingredients, a manufacturer of custom specialty ingredients for the ice cream and frozen novelty industry, named Jeremy Thompson its new president and chief executive officer.

Thompson succeeds Neal Glaeser, who is retiring on Aug. 1.

Thompson joins the company from Florida Food Products, where he most recently was president of its taste division. He joined FFP in April 2022 as its chief strategy officer. He has been with such companies as FONA International, Sensient Technologies Corp., Tate & Lyle, Givaudan and ADM.

He also founded Prairie Lake Operating Partners, Inc., a business that helps provide strategic and operational advisory to companies in the flavor and food ingredients industry, in 2021.

Glaeser has been with Denali for approximately 35 years, holding several senior management roles. He joined Denali Brands, the flavor innovation arm and former sister company of Denali Ingredients, as president 23 years ago.

Later, Glaeser was named president and CEO in October 2019, after serving as company president for 18 years. Glaeser oversaw both Denali Ingredients and Denali Flavors.

Upon his retirement, Glaeser will transition to an executive adviser and continue his role as a member of the board of directors for the company.

“With Denali Ingredients well-integrated into OFI, our group is now targeting further structural growth in the US,” said Tor Osmundsen, senior vice president of OFI and CEO of sweet ingredients and chairman of the board for Denali Ingredients. “Adding additional leadership talent and resource to the Denali team has been our final step in preparing for the next phase of OFI’s US expansion.”