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

  • Outstanding communication and analytical skills
  • Coordinates with creative staff to develop effective marketing material
  • Collaborates with colleagues both inside and outside of the marketing department
  • Manages marketing projects and works with creative teams, agency partners, and production companies
  • Ability to think creatively and bring innovative solutions to marketing challenges

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.

Partner with Bristol Associates

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

Vice President of Marketing

We completed the Vice President of Marketing search for a major Asian Foods processor. The position develops business by building marketing plans that drive sales, margins, and profit across the portfolio of products, and by directing and implementing effective promotional programs. They also identify and lead product improvement, innovation, line extension, and new product opportunities that leverage trends or internal capabilities. Our placed candidate also proactively works with business partners to identify, analyze, develop, and implement actionable solutions to improve business performance and brand-building.

Marketing and Public Relations Manager

We were selected by a Fortune 50 CPG Food company to complete their Marketing and Public Relations Manager search. The position manages strategic development, PR plans, and annual General Market marketing for one of the Company’s high-profile divisions. Our placed candidate is responsible for improving brand awareness and communication by interfacing closely with field sales organizations to discuss marketing opportunities and capitalize on grass-roots promotional efforts.

Brand Manager

Our client is a specialty foodservice distributor, and we placed their Brand Manager. Our successful candidate is responsible for the development and execution of the Company’s annual marketing plan, including marketing campaigns, multiple sales promotions, and events for the organization. They also develop and maintain vendor relationships.

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

  • Brand Manager
  • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
  • Director of Advertising
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Consumer Engagement
  • Director of Consumer Insights
  • Director of E-Commerce
  • Director of Innovation
  • Director of Marketing
  • Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Marketing and Public Relations Manager
  • Regional Marketing Director
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Senior Brand Manager
  • Senior Director of Marketing
  • Vice President of Brand Strategy and Marketing
  • Vice President of Marketing
  • Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising