Advising on opportunities and risks in foods and beverages
We advise food companies, growers, manufacturers, suppliers, processors, distributors, and traditional and e-commerce retailers. Our advice bridges legal requirements and commercial considerations, helping you to manage risk and benefit from new opportunities.
Our sector specific experience covers the entire food and beverage product lifecycle. We advise on strategy, risks and compliance throughout product development and into the post-marketing period.
This includes R&D, formulation and design, labelling, supply chain, food and product safety, product recalls, and litigation. We also support clients in activities relating to promotion, advertising and marketing including social media, quality regulations and regulatory submissions, registration and listing, cross-border sales, and import/export requirements. Our experience includes facility inspections, internal and regulatory investigations, indemnity agreements with suppliers, litigation and enforcement actions, and product liability implications.
“Our sector specific experience covers the entire food and beverage product lifecycle. We advise on strategy, risks and compliance throughout product development and into the post-marketing period.”
We also provide robust and diverse thought leadership, including podcasts, webinars and publications. Tracking and understanding the trends that affect you means we can provide you with up-to-date advice, tailored to local markets while benefiting from a global perspective.
For example, our clients have experienced issues relating to direct to consumer delivery, notably increasing prices. Issues around transparency have resulted in litigation and enforcement actions. We’re also seeing litigation and enforcement relating to plastics usage and claims of recyclability and biodegradability.
Food and beverage companies in general want to demonstrate to consumers and investors a focus on sustainability, and on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues unique to their products.
The food and beverage sector is leading the way in identifying alternatives to standard food and beverage products. These include plant-based products, supplements, and alternative proteins, often created using novel processes. Beverages are being harnessed as a means to consume supplements that are customized for individual benefits. We’re also seeing the rapid growth of CBD products and other cannabinoids.