The worlds best innovators will enable the specialty food ingredients market to be valued at $196M in 5 years, recording a CAGR of 5.8%. Exceptional innovation and solid growth reflect the current strength of the ingredients market.

Our reputation within the Ingredients industry is exceptional.We've provided support to the largest of multinationals, to the new start-up with their high growth ambitions.


Our ability to place exceptional candidates isn’t down to luck.

The Ingredients market and superb talent go hand-in-hand. This has undoubtedly resulted in the industry becoming as intriguing as it is. Our clients expect us to match their ongoing innovation in relation to our specialization of sourcing the best talent. Plant-Based and intrusive applications are allowing diversification of our palettes, something that will inevitably expand further. It’s more prominent than ever to know the demands of the industry. We know our openness to embrace and become invested in the industry has certainly added to our success.


Short-term clients aren’t for us, long-term partners are more our thing.

The mass growth of the Plant-Based market wouldn’t have been made possible without the various suppliers, which have been the driving force in to enable this growth. We take pride in what we have built so far on the Ingredients team, and future clients will no doubt add to that excitement. Whether you are a candidate seeking a new role, or a client looking to add new hires, our service doesn’t differ when it comes to quality. Just like the Ingredients market, we adapt ourselves to meet our high standards.

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Case Study

If the job is right, job locations don’t exist.

Our client is a small to medium-sized ingredients manufacturer, who have strong ambitious growth plans over the coming years. Their smaller scale has always allowed for a certain degree of flexibility, but their HQ location has provided a slight barrier to on-site talent attraction. The company achieved their recent growth targets, and we were able to successfully support them through further hiring. Some of the new employees are the first remote working team-members, something completely new for the company. Since then, we have continued to support them and their novel ideas for their company and learned of the excellent success of the remote working employees.

Case Study

If the job is right, job locations don’t exist.

When it comes to bespoke approach, allowing us to deliver finding the high-performers of tomorrow, theres no one-size-fits-all solution. We make every search personal, diverse and provide an individual unrivalled experience.

Direct Contact

One point of contact. It creates a smooth, success-driven process.

To deliver the best executive search solution, we work closely with the hiring manager to better understand the organisation and it's culture. Having one dedicated recruiter and one point of contact ensures a smooth process from start to finish.

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360° talent mapping. Presenting the best candidates first time round.

We thoroughly map out a market and identify all possible matches for the specific position, as well as reciting notification when a new candidate becomes avaliable. Upon request, we can provide an overview of the market and movements within it.

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Adopting a tailored approach to executive search.

Our team at Irving Knight view global executive search from an alternative perspective. Utilising a wealth of market knowledge and vast industry connections, we deliver an unrivalled experience for both clients and candidates alike. As a team of talented recruitment professionals, we trust that our deep understanding of the intricacies that each market entails takes us one step further.

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Delivering the best results

Over 80% of our searches are conducted under the retained model allowing us to conduct a meticulous and comprehensive service.

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We've filled 96% of the roles that we have engaged with on an exclusive basis.


Our CV Sent to Interview ratio across all searches engaged on in the last 12 months.


94% of our clients say they would use our services again on another assignment.