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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 a food industry job, please contact our food and beverage processing 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.

Food and beverage professional making a checklist in a food manufacturing facility
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 | Foodservice Equipment Recruiter | 440-971-1195 |

Kanika Kalra | Foodservice Equipment Researcher |

Food & Beverage Testimonials

R.S. – Candidate

By Celeste Gable | March 22, 2022

“Jim was great. Process was quick and Jim prepared me well. Jim was awesome to work with and was responsive to my needs. Overall, very positive and Jim did a great job!”

Fabricio Ruilova, Candidate

By Christy Fox | October 24, 2018

“DRI helped me immensely during the recruitment process. Their professional approach is only matched by their dedication to represent their candidates. The close rapport DRI holds with employers makes them an extremely valuable point of contact. I would highly recommend…

K.J. – Candidate

By Celeste Gable | January 6, 2018

“Daniel is been an excellent resource for me. He’s organized, helpful, strategic, and always looking out for the best in others. I highly recommend him!”

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