About Us

Clarico Food Executive Search are headhunters and talent acquisition specialists for the global food and beverage sector.

Led by co-founders Russ Metcalf and Jamie Town, Clarico FES uses big data, digital marketing and over 20 years of recruitment experience to target, attract and hire the elite food and beverage candidates unreachable by traditional recruitment methods.

Clarico specialise in working with high growth and disruptive food and beverage companies across the globe. We have completed successful recruitment campaigns in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and the USA for high performing food & beverage executives who deliver on objectives and drive our clients growth and expansion strategies.

As the only global headhunting firm dedicated to the food and beverage sector Clarico’s laser focused executive search strategies are perfect to assist food and beverage startups, disrupters and organizations with aggressive expansion plans by having a recruitment partner who can deliver the right candidate, first time, everytime.

For our executive candidates, not only do we have excellent connections within the food & beverage sector to bring a wide range of roles that meet your career goals, we take care to only work with clients where we would want to work and pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional recruitment experience from start to finish.


Our values


Be an expert partner to Clients and Candidates with high aspirations.


Ensure operational excellence and high ethical standards.


Maximise the performance of Client and Candidate by sharing values and strategies.


Fully utilise our innovative thinking, expertise and every advance in technology.


Continue to be a company with strong ethics and social responsibility.


Successfully meet the expectations of all stakeholders in each case.

Our Founders

Russ Metcalf


Russ is a charismatic and experienced CEO with a wealth of experience in the food and drink sector and brings expert knowledge to hiring the best and most suitable talent.

His passion for business development and building collaborative partnerships have enabled food and beverage companies in Europe, Africa, The Middle East and the United States to fast track their growth strategies by hiring elite candidates.

As a growth specialist Russ enjoys working with food and beverage companies who are innovative or disrupting the food space and looking to make key appointments to aid in their growth strategies.

He has also worked at numerous food and beverage operations including several successful turnaround projects that has seen him involved in all of the top tier supermarket supply chains and with some of the world’s most recognisable brands.

A proven headhunter of top-level executives and managers, Russ achieves success through a dedicated and clinical approach to providing clients with the right talent. His vision has seen him develop an executive search platform that utilises data science and the latest candidate nurturing techniques to deliver industry leading professionals in the food and drink sector throughout the globe.

Russ comes highly recommended by those who have benefited from his dedication, experience, and knowledge and he is considered an asset to any business searching for leadership talent and a highly professional business associate.

Food and drink category experience includes: Frozen goods, canned goods, soft drinks, juices, bakery produce, sports nutrition, health food, fish and sushi, fresh produce, confectionery, water, convenience food and oils.

“I would have no hesitation in recommending Russ to work as a true partner alongside your organisation” – Sarah Vie, Head of HR (UK Manufacturing) at a leading global food manufacturer.

Jamie Town

Founder | DIRECTOR

Jamie is the Co founder of Clarico Food Executive Search, and has developed the company’s brand and digital marketing strategy.

An innovative and inspirational leader, Jamie has consistently kept Clarico at the forefront of the recruitment industry by utilising innovative search methods to target the elite food and beverage industry candidates.

Amongst Jamie’s strengths, is the ability to identify future shifts in the recruitment sector. He has introduced AI, data science and digitalisation into recruiting, which is why Clarico is a world-leading technology-driven recruitment agency.

Through his calm, assured and constructive approach to recruitment, Jamie has established strong collaborative relationships with senior executives and recruitment directors across both the FMCG and food manufacturing sectors.

A talented strategist, Jamie has also overseen the growth of Clarico’s digital operations and recruitment processes by utilising an array of marketing tactics.

Drawing on more 14 years’ experience in the recruitment sector, Jamie recently devised and launched Clarico’s digital client and candidate acquisition systems which position the company as the world’s only dedicated search form for the food and beverage industry.

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