In August, 2018, Gulf Stream Search was engaged with a half-billion dollar privately-held food manufacturer that was at the beginning stage of hiring a VP of Food Safety.
The company had recently completed a massive round of funding to accelerate the company’s top-line growth.
At the time, the company was not an industry leader in their category – top 10 at best; however, the company recognized some gaps they could exploit in competitor’s brand mix as well as their competitor’s lack of recent innovation.
With their recent infusion of funding for R&D, Production and Sales/Marketing, the company felt it a good time to invest and steal market share in the US.
To the executive team and the investor’s credit, they acknowledged that a product recall or a Quality issue with their Supply Chain could derail all of their best Sales & Marketing efforts.
They acknowledged the importance and investment necessary to get an experienced, credible Food Safety & Quality executive.