Just like the food and drink industry it serves, the fresh produce sector has always been a dynamic environment to operate in, with new challenges emerging all the time. Increased investment in robotics to counter the shortage in seasonal labour, the growth of direct sourcing from retail buyer to grower, and the emergence of the service provider, are just some of the factors currently reshaping the fresh produce landscape, and creating opportunities for the vertically integrated producer.

 

As a long-term executive search partner to fresh produce companies in the UK and overseas, we understand the intricacies of the industry and the headwinds our clients face. We recognize that, sometimes, it’s necessary to look beyond the usual sector specific talent to find people with the right skills and expertise to take a company forwards. Using our knowledge of the global food and drink supply chain, allows us to engage with the very best talent; individuals experienced in tackling hurdles head on, who can stay true to the unique culture of an industry that is relentless but also incredibly rewarding to work in.

If you’re looking to shape your leadership team to meet the needs of tomorrow, get in touch with one of  our fresh produce executive search consultants.

Our specialists

David Macaulay 
As Founder and Managing Director of Eden Search & Select, David has spent his career working with a diverse range of businesses in the food and farming sectors.

Charlie Eaton
Charlie possesses over 9 years experience working within executive search focusing on senior leadership appointments across the food and drink sectors.

David Macaulay
Managing Director

David Macaulay

Managing Director

As Founder and Managing Director of Eden Search & Select, David has spent his career working with a diverse range of businesses in the food and farming sectors – supporting their strategy and helping them recruit and retain Directors and Senior Managers. During this time, he has developed a deep understanding of the industry and the skills and attributes required by businesses to deliver high performing board and executive teams. This experience and track record has made him a credible sounding board on succession planning for both his clients and industry peers. Results-driven, David’s personal values of industry insight and integrity have delivered numerous successful projects and established Eden Search & Select as the executive search partner of choice for leading companies in the fresh food, food and drink, food manufacturing and farming sectors. David’s industry experience is deep rooted, having grown up on the family farm in Essex, which he remains actively involved in.

Charlie Eaton
Associate Director

Charlie Eaton

Associate Director

Charlie focuses his attention on recruiting for senior leadership appointments across the global food and drink supply chain. Charlie is a sector expert and can demonstrate an excellent track record of successfully leading executive search campaigns across several disciplines for some of the UK’s most prestigious companies.

Prior to joining Eden Search & Select Charlie led a team of 7 recruitment consultants as a Senior Manager at Michael Page Group. His commercial agricultural experience was gained as UK & Ireland Sales Manager for Claydon Seed Drills where he recruited, trained and retained a team consisting of Territory Managers and also played a pivotal role in developing a dealership network to further expand market presence.

Charlie grew up on a dairy farm in Dorset, but he quickly developed a strong passion for arable farming so whilst at university he travelled around England to work on arable operations across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and West Sussex. Since graduating from Reading University in Agricultural Business Management Charlie has generated a unique blend of commercial agricultural experience combined with extensive recruitment and executive search knowledge which enables him to partner with his clients to support and develop high performing leadership teams.

Having recently hung up his boots on an amateur rugby career which he persisted with for 27 years, Charlie now spends most of his spare time dressed up in lycra cycling the roads of North Somerset.

Case studies

PDM Produce

Managing Director

Established in 1991, PDM is a private family-owned company based in Shropshire. They are recognised as an innovative and dynamic organisation and one that has achieved rapid growth and an enviable market position in their sector.

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Barfoots of Botley

Operations Director

Over 40 years ago, Barfoots started life as a small family farm with a handful of people and a modest range of crops. Today, they are a global farming and food business working thousands of acres and employing thousands of people around the world to grow, process, pack and market a range of fresh produce.

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