Client Testimonials

Our tenured executive recruiters know what it takes to make great matches. But don’t take our word for it; see what these food and beverage hiring authorities have to say about working with Kinsa Group.

I recently had the opportunity to work with Laurie Hyllberg from Kinsa Group on a number of senior positions within the food and beverage industry. 

Laurie possesses a deep knowledge and understanding of the industry and is well connected.  

She very quickly understood the profiles we were looking for according to the professional factor, as well as the personality type.  

From day one, Laurie was extremely approachable and communicative and all with a smile and good attitude. The communication between us was smooth, open and direct and I highly appreciate it. 

I warmly recommend Kinsa Group we will no doubt use Laurie’s service again for our food & beverage searches.


I rate Kinsa Group a 10 out of 10 for the quality of candidates.


Kinsa Group knows the industry and are able to find qualified candidates.

Human Resources Manager

The professionalism that Kinsa brought to the table in my search is very much appreciated. We were able to find a very suitable candidate and I attribute this to Kinsa’s can-do attitude, perseverance, and professionalism.

Senior Director & Plant Manager

Kris understood our business structure, our vision and requirements well. All candidates were well qualified.

Director of Human Resources

I rate Kinsa Group a 10 out of 10. We had very specific requirements that made recruiting a person difficult and Kris did not give up. She kept looking and eventually found a candidate that our Executives liked.

Human Resources Manager

Mary has the ability to hone in on the experience and qualifications of the candidates were searching for.

Director of Human Resources

Kris provided excellent customer service and excellent candidates.


I rate Kinsa Group a 10 out of 10. The service has been great, productive and responsive.

Executive Assistant

I rate Kinsa Group a 10 out of 10 for their attention to customer needs.

Chief Operating Officer

Your firm did a fantastic job for which we are grateful. We are confident that Spencer’s executive leadership skills and food service experience will help us to exceed the company’s short and long term growth plans. We will keep the Kinsa Group in mind as future needs dictate.


I rate Kinsa Group a 10 out of 10 for match to specification, culture and immediacy of action!

Human Resources Director

I rate Kinsa Group a 10 – Rob N. has lightning fast response time using phone, text and email.

Director, Human Resources

I recommend Kinsa Group for their consistent follow-up, great prequalifying of candidates, and responsiveness.

Vice President Human Resources

Thank you so much for helping us build an amazing and diverse Nutrition team in California!

Hiring Manager

I appreciate your professionalism, patience when I know it’s hard to show it, and honesty.  I think you’re phenomenal at finding people that fit specs given to you and so encouraging to work with.  Thank you for being a good partner.

HR Director

Karen did a phenomenal job servicing our needs. We are very happy with the process and quality candidates presented.

HR Manager, WI

We’re doing well, trying our best to stay safe and healthy, hope you and the team over at Kinsa Group are doing the same. Feedback has generally been very positive on the candidates Kinsa Group has placed. The candidates have not only the technical skills we look for, they also really embody our organization’s spirit and drive.

Your team has a really solid understanding of what we’re usually looking for, and they do a good job at asking questions and taking feedback and using that to help them in their search. Both myself and our hiring mangers have enjoyed working with them and look forward to continuing that relationship once we pick back up.

Talent Manager, NY

I just wanted to reach out and say thanks for your hard work in helping us fill the Quality position in our Fullerton, CA location.  I’m always cautious about celebrating before a new hire’s actual first day, but I’m very glad you were able to support Stephanie and we appreciate your assistance on this difficult search!  As much as I always hope we can fill positions on our own, it’s nice to find a great partner, too.

Recruiting Manager, CA

We’re excited to have Ray come on board. Karen did a great job. She didn’t miss any information and followed up aggressively between myself and the candidates. We’re happy with the process!

VP of Sales & Marketing, CA Food Manufacturer

I wanted to reach out and let you know how impressed we have been with Mary Chambers. Last year she sourced a COO for us that has been an amazing addition to our team. She also worked extremely hard to find a Marketing Director by request of our Vice President. Even though the company went a different direction, it was not due to the candidate pool Mary provided -they simply decided not to fill the role. Before that decision was made however, Mary came through with a strong selection with terrific backgrounds. When we pulled back from hiring, Mary never made us feel badly. She merely said she would be there if we needed her.

We are currently looking to hire a National Sales Director. It was a no brainer to reach out to Mary for assistance. I also had to share with her that I am leaving the company. Although I will be handing off unfinished work to colleagues, Mary worked so quickly to get multiple options to us that there will be very little left to transition. We are simply waiting for the owners to select whom they wish to interview.

Aside from the actual delivery of service, you should know that Mary has a way about her that is so customer centric. She follows up without appearing pushy and truly seeks to understand our needs. I am grateful for her and will carry her contact to future endeavors as a result. Please know that she represents Kinsa well. The company is both impressed and grateful for all that Mary has done and we thought you should know.

Thank you.

Director of Employee and Community Relations – New Jersey

Karen, I’ve got to give you a lot of credit.  This is the second “major” placement you have worked for us.  The Director of Plant Operations is working out fantastically and I have every confidence that our new hire as Quality Director will as well.  Thanks for all your help, it’s always a pleasure to work with your group.


CEO – Dairy Industry – SD

Thank you again for everything!  Pete has been a great addition to our team!  As for how  Kinsa Group did, GREAT!!!  I had put a lot of trust into Kinsa Group with a quick, quick turnaround task with little more than having used Kinsa Group for a brief search last year.  The quick response I received with that made me reach out to you for our new Bakery Controller.  I was not disappointed in any aspect of the search from your great partnership and communication, to the quality and quantity of candidates.  Kinsa Group gets top ratings from me! You’ve been a pleasure to work with.

Director, Human Resources – IL

Dave Rothe is a consummate professional.

His easy, gentle manner, thoughtful skills and excellent vetting of candidates made our search easy. There were a few candidates that could have worked with the team. That said, the Vice President of Operations hired is the right choice for where our company is now and we are thrilled!

Director – Cannabis Confections – CA

I want to compliment Karen Engelmann for excellent customer service. She was knowledgeable, patient and helpful to me. Well done Kinsa Group!

Director of Human Resources – Meat – PA

Kinsa Group helped our company fill a large void — the Director of Plant Operations position. This was a hard role for us to find due to the fact in essence it is replacing my uncle’s experience and knowledge of the past 50 years! Kinsa Group did a great job in seeking out someone who was not even actively looking for a job and we are very excited to add this gentleman to our family! You did an excellent job and I give you 5 out of 5 stars. Thank you very much!

CEO – Specialty Ice Cream Manufacturer

We do not often use executive recruiters but over the past two years, working with Kinsa Group has made the process efficient and faster than if we had not engaged your services.

The recruiting experience working with Kinsa was exceptional. You provided a good recap of the applicant’s background and motivations for the opportunity, which saved us time when we conducted our phone screens and onsite interviews. You have a good sense of when to check in on our progress by not being pushy or ‘salesy’ in order to close the deal. You are pros in what you do. We were able to make a successful hire within a few weeks, which is fast considering it was a high-level key executive position. In the end we have a person on board who is excited to be here, has already begun to implement processes which we were lacking and is working with me to add a support person to his team.

Thank you!


Human Resources Manager – Frozen/Refrigerated Foods – CA

The VP of Technical Services is a Great Match with us! She is really hitting the ground running. She is busy making some necessary changes and updated within her department and has been traveling to our various operating facilities since starting this past August.

VP of HR – Frozen Food Processor/Distributor

Kinsa Group took time to understand our needs for the Director of Product Development candidate. They delivered. We will certainly utilize Kinsa Group’s recruiting services again.

VP Sales & Marketing – Los Angeles Food Manufacturer

Kinsa Group was easy to work with, understood our needs, and delivered quickly. The process was easy and enjoyable. We will absolutely use Kinsa Group’s services again.

Executive VP Product Development – Los Angeles Food Processor

I would like to thank you once again for your great work and directions in finding and hiring Arnaud. I think you handled the process in a very professional and – not least – ethical manner, which I and the team really appreciate. We are looking very much forward to having Arnaud on board in August.


Global People & Org Development Manager – International Food Ingredient Company

I am writing to let you know how much I appreciate the outstanding support that you provided us during this hiring process. I am highly pleased with the professional manner in which you handled our requirements.

I look forward to working with you again in the future.


Director of Human Resources – Pennsylvania Meat Processor

The recruiting process went well. Information exchange was timely and the Plant Manager was on-boarded without issue. He has been a valuable addition to our team.

Director of Operations – Wisconsin Dairy Processor

It has been great working with you on our Director of Retail and National Accounts and our past position that was filled for the Maintenance Manager. You have given us excellent candidates that had the experience we were looking for and within the time frame we needed to have this position filled. We will continue to use Kinsa Group for future positions as we were very satisfied with all aspects of the recruiting process for this position.

HR Manager – Pennsylvania Refrigerated Food Processor

The two recruits you found for us are working out perfectly. They are two super stars!

Senior VP Market Development – Food Service Beverage Equipment Manufacturer

You did a really fine job on the search for a Plant Manager. Your calling card is that people you placed with us are working out so well.

Vice President of Supply Chain – Chicago Food Manufacturer

Thanks so much for all of your help. We are very excited to add Tera [Regional Sales Account Manager – Central USA] to our team. We have had great success in finding the right candidates with your organization.

Head of Finance and Administration – International Producer of Gluten-Free Foods

The Kinsa Group Recruiters did an excellent job understanding the experience and background we required for our critical hires, and provided us with well qualified candidates to choose from.  Our new Operations Manager and National Broker Manager have been great additions to our company. I highly recommend the Kinsa Group for professional level food and beverage recruitment needs.

President and CEO – Wisconsin Cheese Processor

The differentiator with Kinsa Group was the attention to the scope of what we were seeking, which in itself was a challenge. Too many of your competitors would send what they have on the books as opposed to holding back because the fit was not there. Your approach was great because it did not waste time and more importantly did not encourage a decision which in the medium term would not have been for the benefit of the business. At the end of the day it all comes down to the people. Thanks.

CFO – Los Angeles based Food Processor

I have been very pleased with the level of service and quality of candidates provided by Dave Rothe, Nancy Furgason, and Russ Lilly. Joe Sommerfeldt has been a great account manager to work with too. Nancy was an especially pleasant and responsive recruiter!

Senior Corporate Recruiter – Baltimore Food Processor