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Industry Overview:

The process of fermentation is one of the oldest industries; its history trails back nearly 10,000 years, to the discovery of a jar of wine dated 7000 BC. And humans are not alone in their quest for fermented drinks; in autumn, drunken elk are a common sight in Sweden, as they enjoy eating fermented apples that have fallen from trees. The study of fermentation is far more important than just “searching for a good time”, however: Eduard Buechner’s discovery of the fermenting enzymes in yeast is considered the birth of biochemistry, and Louis Pasteur is one of history’s most famous scientists due to his development of pasteurization, which culls the fermenting microorganisms that causes spoilage in milk.

Fermentation continues to be crucial to the food and beverage industry today, influencing the creation of not just wine and beer, but also sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kombucha, and yogurt just to name a few. Fermentation plays a key role in other industries, as well, including personal care. Most recently, it has huge influence on the field of biotechnology, naturally promoting products for a variety of uses.

Common Applications:

  • Glycolosis
  • Pyruvate, etc.
  • Gases – hydrogen, methane
  • Organic acids
  • Bio-ethanol, etc.
  • Sugar, yeast, bacteria, etc.
  • Microbial cells, biomass – bakers yeast, etc.
  • Microbial enzymes – protease, lipase, etc.
  • Metabolites – primary, secondary
  • Recombinant products – insulin, hepatitis B vaccine, etc.
  • Biotransformations – steroid biotransformation, etc.
  • Food microbiology
  • Safety – botulism, etc.


With almost 35 years as a top food and beverage industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals.  As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates.  Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top food and beverage talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.

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The typical positions, roles and/or functions our search consultants serve include:

Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)
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