Executive 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 Executive segment of the industry. Our F&B recruiters place top candidates in a variety of key executive 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:

  • Passion for one’s function, the marketplace, and the company’s product
  • Solves complex problems and has great leadership qualities
  • Innate ability to motivate people and delegate effectively
  • Understands the importance of meeting commitments
  • Proven experience in managing multiple projects, including operations and logistics

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 Executive Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back

Chief Executive Officer

We made the Chief Executive Officer placement for a leading food manufacturer. The CEO is responsible for developing new business in all strategic channels including retail and food service, and for both branded and private label food products, to reach strategic and operational targets. The position develops new distribution channels and customer segments and works with the Research and Development team to develop new products. Our placed candidate became the key representative of the organization in the US and is an ambassador in relevant markets, as well as to stakeholders and government bodies.

Chief Operating Officer

Our internationally based client is an innovative and fast-growing entrepreneurial marketer and distributor of leading-edge natural food and beverage products. Our candidate who filled the COO position is a Finance Executive with a background in operations, including sales, distribution and logistics, HR, and IT, in branded co-manufactured natural foods and beverages. Responsibilities of the Chief Operating Officer include developing and implementing a strategy to improve overall operational efficiencies and maximize revenue growth and profitability. They report directly to the President as a key player in the formulation and execution of overall strategy, interacting with all organizational levels throughout the Company.

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.

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

  • Chief Engineer
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Corporate Vice President
  • Corporate Vice President of Quality Assurance
  • Director of Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Director of Sales
  • Director of Supply Chain
  • General Manager (GM)
  • President
  • Regional Director of Operations
  • Vice President of Food Safety and Quality
  • Vice President of Manufacturing
  • Vice President of Operations
  • Vice President of Product Innovation
  • Vice President of Research and Development