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Direct Recruiters has been recognized as the relationship-focused executive search firm that assists Food & Beverage, Food CPG and Natural Products organizations with recruiting, acquiring and retaining high-impact food industry employees for mission-critical positions. We provide executive search, recruitment & staffing services to fill food and beverage processing jobs.  For employee recruiting assistance, placement assistance or to be considered for foodservice equipment jobs, please contact our food recruiter, Cherie Shepard at 440-996-0582 or

Finding Top Talent

The food and beverage industry includes growers of raw ingredients, and processors that transform raw ingredients into food for human consumption, whether it be one-off production, batch production or mass production. In addition there are food manufacturers, distributors and food CPG companies who contribute to a thriving industry. Direct Recruiters builds long-term relationships with food industry companies of all types to bring top talent to their companies. We provide retained, contingency and temporary solutions for organizations looking for food industry experts. Our team is dedicated to sourcing, identifying, acquiring, and retaining top performing professionals to elevate the success of our client organizations. In addition, DRI's food executive search specialists are experienced in working with Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Growth Equity firms to recruit their portfolio company leaders and teams.

As food company recruitment specialists, DRI’s Food & Beverage practice area has placed industry-specific executive talent at leading companies. Our extensive network of industry contacts along with our proprietary sourcing techniques allows our Food & Beverage recruiters to deliver the best slate of executive level candidates including C-Suite, VPs, Directors and Senior Managers.

The DRI team is comprised of Food & Beverage experts including Researchers, Senior Recruiters, and Practice Leaders who devote 100% of their efforts in this industry.  They have a thorough understanding of the current job market and what it takes to fill open positions.

Food recruiters at DRI continually receive resumes from food industry sales, operations, engineering specialists and more, to submit the best resumes to hiring managers that contracted with DRI for recruiting services. Food recruiters at DRI review the experience of each candidate to ensure that it matches the job description and requirements of food industry companies that have engaged DRI on a contingency, retained search, consulting or contract staffing basis.

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Food and beverage executive search team discussing a role

Food & Beverage Roles We Place

On a daily basis, we are in contact with Food & Beverage management and hiring authorities looking to hire key industry professionals in the areas below:

  • C-Suite
  • Controller
  • Director level
  • Engineering Manager
  • Executive Level
  • HACCP Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • National/Global Account Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Product Engineer
  • Product Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Quality
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Vice President (Sales, Engineering, Quality)
  • In-House Counsel
  • Legal Staffing
  • Private Equity and Portfolio Company Roles
  • Inquire About Other Professionals

Food & Beverage Recruiting Areas of Focus

DRI acquires talent within the Food & Beverage for clients manufacturing food products broken into the following:

  • Agriculture
  • Baked Goods
  • Beverage
  • Canned
  • Confectionery
  • CPG
  • Dairy
  • Flavoring
  • Frozen
  • Fruit/Vegetables
  • Grains
  • Ingredients
  • Natural Products
  • Poultry
  • Prepared Foods
  • Protein
  • Retail
  • RTE Foods
  • Snack Food

Get in Touch with Our Team

To Fill a Position or Discuss a Recruiting Assignment, contact our Food Recruiter, Cherie Shepard at 440-996-0582/

Cherie Shepard | Managing Partner 440-996-0582 |

Jim Stillwagon | Food & Beverage Processing Recruiter | 440-971-1195 |

Kanika Kalra | Food & Beverage Processing Researcher |

Food & Beverage Testimonials

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S.C. – Candidate

“Having worked with a recruiter in the past with negative results, I was naturally skeptical when Daniel Kramer reached out to me with an opportunity which ultimately resulted in the best move of my career. From day one, Daniel was…

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C.A. – Candidate

“Daniel helped me find an amazing job. He asked very detailed questions so that he knew my personality and skills would fit the position. He is very friendly and personable and checked on me the entire way. He was always…

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C.A. – Candidate

“Daniel was very thorough and had excellent communication skills. Had my best interest in mind. Very honest and open communication. Always available for a phone call.”

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M.D. – Candidate

“Rachel called and presented a potential opportunity to me when I wasn’t actively looking… But she worked very hard to help me understand the opportunity, and placed me in an excellent company. She was consistent, reliable, and honest in her…

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