Just like the food industry it serves, the fresh produce sector has always been a dynamic environment to operate in. New challenges emerge all the time. Factors include 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. These issues and others are reshaping the fresh produce landscape in the UK and globally, creating new opportunities for vertically integrated producers.

 

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 know that, sometimes, it’s necessary to look beyond the usual sector specific talent pool to find people with the right skills and expertise to take a company forward. Using our knowledge of the global food and drink supply chain, allows us to engage with the very best talent. We are highly experienced at finding individuals who can tackle hurdles head on, and who can stay true to the unique culture of an industry that is relentless but also an incredibly rewarding place to work.

If you’re looking to shape your leadership team to meet the future needs of your business, get in touch with David Macaulay or George Christoudias, who will share details of our experience, results and credentials in this area.

Our specialists

George Christoudias

George has worked his entire career in the food industry, covering areas of chilled convenience, fresh produce and also branded pet food, working at a senior board level for fresh food and FMCG giants such as Bakkavor, Mars Inc. and Branston Ltd.

George has been central to delivering industry benchmark category and customer first approaches to retail relationships, bringing insight led, innovative food concepts and store experiences to market, delivering mutual sales and profit growth plans with key customers, including profit and category turnaround plans, whilst leading and developing high performing, cross functional teams.

At Eden, George is utilising his deep sector insight and knowledge, alongside our unique approach, to successfully deliver executive search assignments and talent solutions for the global food sector.

David Macaulay 
As Founder and Managing Director of Eden, David has spent his entire career working with a diverse range of businesses in the food and agritech ector – supporting their strategic objectives and helping them recruit and retain Non Exec and C-suite leaders.

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. Results-driven, David’s personal values of industry insight and integrity have delivered numerous successful projects and established Eden as the executive search partner of choice. David’s industry experience is deep rooted, having grown up on the family farm in Essex, which he remains actively involved in as a Partner.

 

George Christoudias
Associate Director

George Christoudias

Associate Director

George has worked his entire career in the food industry, covering areas of chilled convenience, fresh produce and also branded pet food, working at a senior board level for fresh food and FMCG giants such as Bakkavor, Mars Inc. and Branston Ltd.  A Marketing graduate, George progressed rapidly upon entering the industry through category and commercial roles, taking responsibility of large, strategic retail accounts early in his career and at 30 years of age, was appointed Sales Director, displaying his people development and leadership ability, alongside his strategic agility and commercial acumen.

Across the Food sector, George has been central to delivering industry benchmark category and customer first approaches to retail relationships, bringing insight led, innovative food concepts and store experiences to market, delivering mutual sales and profit growth plans with key customers, including profit and category turnaround plans, whilst leading and developing high performing, cross functional teams.  Within the Produce Sector George has championed the sustainability agenda, uniting agricultural and buying teams to evolve long term retail and supplier buying models and more recently establishing a new business division, now the largest in the UK of its kind, to utilise waste streams within the retail manufacturing supply chain.

At Eden, George is utilising his deep sector insight and knowledge, alongside our unique approach, to successfully deliver executive search assignments and talent solutions for a diverse range of Food and Drink businesses.

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 agritech sectors globally. David’s industry experience is deep rooted, having grown up on the family farm in Essex, which he remains actively involved in.

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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Produce Investments Ltd.

Specialist Interim Solutions for a Specialist Market

Eden and Produce Investments have worked in partnership since 2012 across the range of businesses within the group. As the partnership between the two businesses developed, it became clear Eden could support Produce Investments’ specialist interim requirements.

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