About Us

Along with a support and research staff, Carlson Food Careers has a winning combination that presents our candidates in a professional and confidential manner to our multi-national clients.  Our success is based on developing personal relationships which are built on honesty, integrity and a high level of customer service. As a result we have placed hundreds of people in new positions, most of which are still in those positions leading successful careers.

Prior to starting Carlson Food Careers recruiting company, Van Carlson was Vice President of Midwest Accounts for DRAGOCO, Inc., a multi-national flavor and fragrance manufacturer. At DRAGOCO, he was part of a technical and sales team that built a territory from zero to $14 million in domestic sales and was a valuable partner and preferred supplier with seven of the top 25 food companies in the U.S. This required a close working relationship with: product development, process engineers, packaging development and the supply chain organization which included production, operations, customer service, purchasing and marketing.

Earlier in Van’s career, he was a new product and process developer for both Pillsbury and Archer Daniels Midland. Leading projects from concept through commercialization has given him invaluable insight into the staffing needs of food manufacturers.

“I am so grateful to you that you were so patient and reassuring with me through this whole process. You have a real talent for matching people with great companies with a range of options: company culture, industry expertise, locations, etc. You have a great team and I will always do whatever I can to further your success.”
- Placed Candidate