Our people

Richard Hall


Richard is an economist who was made a Director of the Dairy Trade Federation at 28 and has since become a world leading expert on the international food and drink sector. He regularly chairs industry conferences and client company strategy reviews. He is a respected presenter and writer of numerous industry and market studies.

Duane Stanford

Executive Editor

Duane Stanford joined Zenith in July 2015 of Beverage Digest.

Duane has written about the food and beverage industry for almost a decade, first for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and most recently for Bloomberg News. While at Bloomberg, Duane was a regular contributor to Businessweek magazine and to Bloomberg television and radio. Duane also appeared on regional and business programs including NPR's Marketplace.

Duane's 23-year career in news has included its share of hurricanes, tornados and floods -- he once rode out a hurricane from inside a Louisiana fire station.

Duane graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, where he met his wife of almost 21 years. Duane serves as president of the high school PTSA and enjoys competitive tennis.

Matt Wilton

Executive Vice President - Commercial

Matt Wilton is a strategy consultant with extensive experience in the food and drinks sector. Matt holds primary responsibility for all commercial consulting activity. He has directed multi-country strategic projects for some of the world’s leading food and beverage companies. He has a strong focus on new market entry, business strategy and commercial due diligence.

His experience prior to joining in 2010 spans roles in both consultancy and industry. He worked for Kantar and AC Nielsen where he was responsible for a number of large multi-national FMCG clients. He has also worked for Unilever and Colgate Palmolive, where he specialised in market insight, category management and customer marketing.