Food & Agribusiness

Heidrick & Struggles’ Food & Agribusiness team has been advising clients in this increasingly complex global industry since the firm’s doors opened in 1953. In its simplest form, agribusiness involves the production of agricultural products that can be bought and sold. However, this definition gives no indication as to the complexity of the industry surrounding the full value chain from ‘seed to fork’, i.e. the numerous inputs, the production, buying, selling, processing of agricultural commodities and food ingredients. Truly global in nature, coverage of the sector is fully integrated with all our practices.

Our Practice specialists work with all facets of the industry, including major seed and crop protection companies, trading houses, food and feed manufacturers, funds and investment banks involved in the food & agricultural sector.

In addition, we have sector specialists in each of the following sub-sectors:

  • Seeds, Crop Protection, Animal Nutrition and Animal Health – including fertilizer, pesticide, agronomy, agricultural equipment, and animal feed companies
  • Trading and Supply Chain Management – including the origination, trading and basic processing of grains, animal protein, oilseeds, sugar and cocoa
  • Food and Ingredients – including the processing, bottling, packaging and distribution of products for further food manufacturing and the consumer market

We understand how to develop successful strategies to attract talent within developed and developing markets. Our 'best team focus' provides the breadth of experience (function, market, product) for high potential executives to develop into effective “C” level leaders.


Michael Thomas Michael Thomas Partner