Food & Agriculture

Food & Agriculture Executive Search

Your Food & Agriculture Industry Executive Search Firm Partner

We are proud to partner with top Food & Agriculture companies on nationwide executive searches. Our track record spans a breadth of product categories including coffee, hay, wine, jerky, dairy & cheese, co-ops, timber, beverage, hops, and seafood. We can help you find your next Food & Agriculture leader too.

Our methodology enables us to quickly recruit the executive talent you are looking for to give you peace of mind about your team leadership.

  • Starbucks

    Corporate Architect

    Dir of Business Intelligence

    Regional Director of Operations

  • Oberto

    VP of Operations
    VP of Sales

  • Darigold

    Chief Operations Officer

  • Restaurants Unlimited
    Restaurants Unlimited

    VP of Operations

  • Wines of Substance
    Wines of Substance

    Dir of Special Events

    Dir of Marketing & PR

  • Smith Brothers
    Smith Brothers

    VP of Operations

  • Chateau St. Michelle
    Chateau St. Michelle

    Director of Procurement

    (Sycamore Partners Management)

  • Collins

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
    Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

    Chief Executive Officer

    Recruiting Consulting

  • Northstar Attachments
    Northstar Attachments

    VP Operations

  • Beta Hatch
    Beta Hatch

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Silver Bay Seafoods
    Silver Bay Seafoods

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Global Harvest Foods
    Global Harvest Foods

    VP Finance

    (Endeavour Capital)

  • Novelty Hill
    Novelty Hill

    General Manager (GM)

  • Territorial Seed
    Territorial Seed

    General Manager

  • Midwest Dairy
    Midwest Dairy

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

  • The Dairy Alliance
    The Dairy Alliance

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Swiss Water / Ten Peaks
    Swiss Water / Ten Peaks

    Head of Marketing


    VP Food Service

  • Wild Mike’s Pizza
    Wild Mike’s Pizza

    VP of Sales

    VP Food Service Sales

  • Ponzi Vineyards
    Ponzi Vineyards

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    Dir of Marketing

  • EMPWR Nutrition
    EMPWR Nutrition

    VP Sales, N. America

    BD Director, N. America

    (Waterland Private Equity)

  • Congdon Orchards
    Congdon Orchards

    President & GM

  • Skagit Valley Malting
    Skagit Valley Malting

    VP Marketing

  • Dairy West
    Dairy West

    Chief Executive Officer

    VP Sustainability

    Dir of Corp Communications

    VP of Finance


  • Western United Dairies
    Western United Dairies

    Chief Executive Officer

  • ESHA

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Glanbia

    COO (Southwest Cheese)

    VP of BD (Nutritionals)

    BD Mgr (Nutritionals)

    BD Mgr (Cheese)

  • Aquastar

    VP of Finance

  • Anderson Hay & Grain
    Anderson Hay & Grain

    Chief Operations Officer

    Chief Financial Officer

    Dir of HR

    Sales Mgr (Japan)

  • Vegetable Growers Supply
    Vegetable Growers Supply

    President & GM

  • Oregon Farm Bureau
    Oregon Farm Bureau

    Executive Director

  • Kwik Lok
    Kwik Lok

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    Chief Revenue Officer

    Chief People Officer

  • Oregon Forest Industries Council
    Oregon Forest Industries Council


  • Yakima Chief Hops
    Yakima Chief Hops

    Chief Financial Officer

    VP Digital

  • InnovAsian Cuisine
    InnovAsian Cuisine

    VP Marketing

    Dir of Food Service Marketing

  • Wafla

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

  • Glacier Fish
    Glacier Fish

    VP of HR

  • WineShipping

    Recruiting Consulting

  • Jones Soda
    Jones Soda

    Chief Financial Officer

    VP of Sales

    VP of Marketing


  • Molbak’s

    Chief Operations Officer

Clients partner with Herd Freed Hartz for a few key reasons:

Proven Track Record – Since 2001, our firm has successfully worked with 400+ Northwest clients on nationwide, executive-level searches. Forbes also recognized us as the “Top Executive Search Firm in the Northwest” for 3 years in a row.

Results That Matter – We deliver the candidate quality and speed you are looking for. Our “Time to Candidate” average over the last 3 years is 37 days. 95% of candidates we place are still in the role 18 months later. We deliver a high ROI and peace of mind by ensuring you are surrounded by an “A-player” executive leadership team, giving you a competitive advantage.

Recruiting Partnership – Clients enjoy our trusted, long-term partnership that goes beyond just filling the role. We provide customized strategic recruiting insights, methodologies, and best practices, which can be used across all your hiring needs. We believe in the “art of recruiting” by crafting your story in a compelling way, helping you stand out from the pack and attract top-talent you would not find on your own. Our goal is to make working with our team a professional and fun experience.