Randy Marten is the owner and principal of Food Ingredient Advisors, a consulting company providing risk management and strategic advice to the food processing industry. He retired after a 43-year career in the agricultural industry. For the past 19 years, Marten served as executive vice president and COO of with Miller Milling Company, a private, Minneapolis-based flour milling company. Marten’s career also included time with Ralston Purina, Consolidated Grain and Barge and Campbell Taggart Baking, an Anheuser-Busch company.
He has served on many agricultural boards, including the National Wheat Foundation board of directors, Minneapolis Grain Exchange board, USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service Advisory Board, Wheat Quality Council and the American Bakers Association Commodity Task Force. He has also served on the University of Illinois Alumni Association board of directors and the national board of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
Marten grew up on a family farm in central Illinois and manages the operation with his father. He received a degree in agricultural science from the University of Illinois. He is an avid golfer and road bike cyclist, logging as many as 2,000 miles in some years. He and his wife, Bobbi, split their time between St. Louis and Dallas. They have a daughter, Joanna, who resides in Seattle and works for Amazon. The Martens enjoy cruising and have traveled to many exotic destinations around the world over the years.