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Food and Beverage Executive Search for President and CEO Positions

Food Industry > Food and Beverage Executive Search for President and CEO Positions


Bristol Associates’ Food and Beverage Division is a leader in placing top candidates in executive positions in food industry jobs nationwide. Our practice recruits for Retail including consumer packaged foods within grocery, club, mass merchandise, drug and specialty channels. In addition, we also specialize in Foodservice and Industrial Ingredients. Our practice is lead by recruiter and Vice President Peter Stern.

Our Clients

We have completed searches for a wide array of industry clients across product categories including:

  • Baked Goods (Bread & Desserts)
  • Frozen Entrees
  • Purees & Concentrates (Fruit)
  • Beef & Poultry
  • Grain-based Ingredients
  • Refrigerated (RTE) meals
  • Cereal & Nutrition Bars
  • Healthy Food & Beverage
  • Processed Meats
  • Value-Added Produce
  • Salad Toppings
  • Chocolate
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Sauces & Vinegar
  • Dairy Products (Fluid Milk & Ice Cream)
  • Olive Oil
  • Snack Foods
  • Dressings and Condiments
  • Fresh Produce
  • Processed Seafood
  • Organic Herbs & Seasonings
  • Specialty Meat Snacks
  • Edible Oils & Shortenings (Bulk)
  • Tea/Coffee/Creamers/Sweeteners
  • Ethnic foods (Asian & Mexican)
  • Probiotics
  • Tomato (Diced & Paste)
  • Flavors
  • Pet Foods

Examples of Completed Searches

Our Food & Beverage Division has placed successful candidates in a variety of executive positions including President, Chief Executive Officer, and General Manager.

President / Chief Executive Officer for a major multi-national fine foods firm. The placed candidate is responsible for all domestic U.S. operations, as well as increasing sales volume by overhauling the line, repositioning the brand, expanding the distribution base and establishing new items. They create a complete sales and marketing organization, recruit and hire product managers and sales managers, and form a customer service department and establishing an international broker network.

President / Chief Executive Officer for a private equity fund to turn-around the business, create a, growth oriented culture and successfully prepare business for sale. They were able to increase the annual top-line sales  by 31% and EBITDA by seven percent The placed candidate introduced lean manufacturing principles with focus on continuous improvement, vertical integration and ongoing profit improvement programs.  

General Manager/ Chief Operating Officer for a 50 million branded and private label Baked Goods company. The placed candidate introduced over 100 new products and ten new types of packaging, improved company manufacturing capacity and acquired a manufacturing site in the Midwest.         

Qualities of a Great Executive

With 45 years of experience placing food and beverage executives, we know what makes a great one. Below are some of the qualities and experience we look for:

  • Demonstrated passion for one's function, the marketplace, and the company's product
  • Experience with analysis of complex problems and deductive reasoning
  • Innate ability to motivate people
  • Understands importance of meeting commitments

Do these qualities describe you? Submit your resume today to be considered for our current searches. 

Why Work With Us?

Bristol Associates, an executive search firm, has a proven track record of success since 1967.  We utilize a proprietary database with over 170,000 contacts and 100,000 companies, allowing us to find the most successful match. Moreover, we utilize social media including LinkedIn (14,800 connections), Twitter, and Facebook to augment our network of industry professionals.

Perhaps most importantly, we have developed a community of key personal contacts that go beyond online networks including candidates who are highly qualified but not actively looking for employment.

The average tenure of our professional staff at Bristol Associates exceeds 15 years.  As experts in their targeted fields, our consultants are knowledgeable about trends in technology, hiring, and compensation in their industries. No one is better suited than our consultants to guide you through the hiring process.

Let us help you find the right match for you company. Get started now by filling out the short Employer Inquiry form.

Get in Touch

Vice President Peter Stern has specialized exclusively in the Food Industry since joining Bristol Associates in 1989.  He has the expertise and resources to help your company hire exceptional talent.

To learn more about our executive search services please contact him at (310) 670-0525 ext. 104 or pstern@bristolassoc.com. Employers may also fill out our Employer Inquiry Form.

Professionals looking for new opportunities can get in touch with us through the Submit Your Resume page.