CBD Specialists for Food and Beverage

Founded in 1967, we are a boutique firm with over 55 years of executive search experience. The retained recruitment service Bristol offers includes sourcing, screening, submitting qualified candidates, scheduling interviews, and negotiating employment and compensation packages of selected finalists. 

Bristol Associates’ Food and Beverage practice recruits within the CBD (Cannabidiol) segment of the industry, including production and manufacturing businesses. Our F&B recruiters place top candidates in a variety of key CBD functions. We specialize in senior, executive, and management positions.

Simply put, placing top executives is what we do, and we know what makes a great leader. Below are just some of the qualities and skill sets in this discipline that we look for:

  • Experience working in the CBD industry
  • Possesses highly transferable skills that apply to the CBD industry
  • Maintains working relationships with colleagues and clients
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Familiarity with natural product chemistry and herbal supplement products, specifically CBD

Are you looking to hire exceptional talent with the skills listed above? Submit an employer inquiry and one of our consultants will be in touch with you soon!

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

Join the Many Food and Beverage Companies That Have Filled Their Roles with Bristol Associates

Our Satisfied Clients Love to Share Their Experiences Working with Bristol Associates

“Bristol Associates is my go-to firm for all manager level and higher recruiting needs in the food / bev space. The food and beverage team takes the time to learn about my company and the position as well as the subtleties that determine fit within the culture. I am grateful for their patience, as we have a stringent recruiting process, and that has led to more protracted searches than either of us would prefer. But the investment in the relationship has yielded some outstanding candidates. Most recently, we took months to look for a planning / purchasing manager, and they nailed it with the perfect person that brought skill, experience, worth ethic, and cultural fit all within our budget for the position.”

David Choe

Chief Executive Officer, Jo's Candies

“I’ve found Bristol Associates to be incredibly helpful in working with COR strategically to identify how our organization needs to change as we grow. Bristol Associates has been adept at helping us find great employees in multiple sales channels and at multiple levels of the organization.”

Mike Forbes

Vice President of Sales and Marketing, California Olive Ranch

“I have partnered with the Bristol team both as a candidate and as a hiring agent over the past 20 years. Bristol Associates has been a pleasure to work with and does a great job of matching both skills and culture between candidates and companies. This is so important in today’s competitive job market to ensure good career alignment and retention.”

Dave Nicholson

Chief Executive Officer, GFF, Inc. / Girard's Haco Swiss

“Bristol Associates was wonderful to work with. Their team was responsive, proactive, and professional from start to finish. We would definitely consider using Bristol again.”

Barb Stuckey

President and Chief Innovation Officer, Mattson: We Make Food Happen

Why Work with Bristol Associates?

Over 55 Years in Business

We have specialized in executive search since 1967, and are now in our 3rd generation of family ownership.


We have unrivaled industry knowledge in the areas in which we focus.

Individualized Service

We provide consultative, individualized service to our client companies. We pride ourselves in conducting our processes confidentially when necessary.

Network of Candidates

With over 1M+ relevant candidates in our private database, and growing every day, we have a strong network of senior-level talent across the board.


Our recruiters value a communicative relationship with our select client companies and candidates, providing updates throughout the search.


Our exceptional lead recruiters each have at least 15 years’ of experience in executive search.

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Our Successful Food and Beverage CBD Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back

Vice President of Operations

A hemp producer was our client for this Vice President of Operations search for a new finished products production facility. This VP role is responsible for hiring management and non-management employees, as well as onboarding staff to the new facility. Our placed candidate implements inventory tracking processes through an ERP system and GMP practices in concert with the management team.

Process Chemist

We completed this search in the Northwest for a rapidly growing CBD manufacturer. The Process Chemist troubleshoots a wide array of synthetic chemistry issues at the bench scale and applies corrective measures when needed. Our placed candidate conducts and documents process optimization studies and applies changes to the modified route, while optimizing processes within both non-GMP and cGMP laboratories.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager

We placed the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager for a hemp enterprise. The position maintains and supports procedures to ensure the compliance of all products and packaging. Our placed candidate supervises all QC staff as well as performs and monitors product stability studies.

We Can Fill Your CBD Roles in the Food and Beverage Industry

  • Corporate Director of Quality Assurance
  • Director of Finance
  • Director of Innovation
  • Director of Research and Development
  • Director of Sales
  • Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Financial Controller
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • Manager of Research and Development
  • Product Developer
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Vice President of Engineering
  • Vice President of Operations
  • Vice President of Process Development
  • Vice President of Research and Development
  • Vice President of Sales