Beverages, Wines and Spirites


The beverage industry faces challenges including evolving consumer preferences, sustainability concerns, and intense competition from established suppliers and new entrants. Some ingredients are undergoing supply restrictions which require efficient sourcing and cost management strategies. Changes need implementing without compromising on product quality while companies seek to adapt and thrive in this dynamic sector.

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To succeed, companies need leaders who can drive brand innovation, digitisation, and sustainability, whilst staying ahead of market trends. Our Consultants have a comprehensive understanding of this alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks category. Their in-depth networks enable them to identify candidates with a strong track record of addressing market challenges and opportunities for businesses ranging from growing challenger brands through to established global players.

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Client quotes

Nigel Wright Group were great to work with and found us the most outstanding candidate for our Senior Marketing Manage role. Our chosen candidate has had an exceptional impact on our business and we will certainly chose Nigel Wright as search partner for us again.
Will Stratton-Morris , Chief Executive Officer at Café Nero

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We found the process really smooth and is probably the best level of engagement and communication I have experienced in recruitment. Getting a full understanding of our requirements and supplying a credible view of the current market, then tailoring the feedback sessions accordingly, was very effective. The progress update on the longlist also helped me keep context on the process and your honest feedback as to candidate fit helped hugely in establishing confidence in your shortlist selections. This drove a high degree of trust.
Robin Petley, European Finance Director at Finlay Beverages

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The project management was exceptional throughout. Once we’d recruited the senior leadership team, the rest of the process ran smoothly because of the level of trust and understanding we’d already established. I genuinely believe partnering with one search firm and having them manage the whole project has helped us achieve this and it is an aspect of the search process which has exceeded my expectations. 
Richard Baragwanath - Managing Director GB&I, Capri Sun UK Limited

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Having worked with Nigel Wright over several years across most functions, we have always received a good service overall. 
Andrea Taylor, Head of People & Experience at Fentimans

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We had an urgent requirement for a Sales Director. The ideal candidate needed significant experience within the alcoholic drinks industry and proven success in winning new customers. Nigel Wright was accommodating right from the start. Nothing was considered impossible, and they were very keen and eager to take on the challenge. One week after starting the process, they had presented a shortlist of strong candidates for the role. We’re delighted with the appointment we’ve made. Engaging Nigel Wright for this appointment has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.
Grace Ubawuchi, CEO & Founder at Xīn and Voltaire

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We selected Nigel Wright to lead this critical Global Sales Director search assignment based on its drinks industry expertise and extensive consumer sector networks. They took the time to get to know our business and used this insight to deliver a successful process. They kept us informed of developments, provided weekly update reports and managed our expectations in an open and transparent way. The final shortlist included two strong but very different candidates. This was the ideal outcome as it challenged us to think about what we really wanted. We’re delighted with the result and will happily use Nigel Wright again in the future. 
John Keeling, Director at Silent Pool Distillers

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I provided Nigel Wright’s consultant with what I believed, was an impossible list of attributes. They included finding someone with experience of scaling up a distillery, who could operate effectively within our agile entrepreneurial culture. My expectation was that we’d attract candidates with some, but not all these traits. The successful candidate is the perfect fit for 58 Gin, and I expect will be a real asset to our business. I’m delighted with the result and look forward to working with Nigel Wright again in the future.
Carmen Dunphy, Managing Director at 58 Gin

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