Food and Beverage

The food and beverage landscape is fast-changing, increasingly competitive and complex. Consumer demand and changes in shopping habits are providing many opportunities for businesses in the sector to expand and diversify globally.

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However, navigating the complex array of industry specific regulations around the world, increasing costs and the fight between grocery retailers to maintain market share contributes to a challenging environment.

Strategies for success continue to be influenced by consumer demand. Online grocery shopping along with innovative delivery solutions will continue to grow at a pace, and businesses need to invest in technology and infrastructure to support growth. A more health-conscious population has resulted in a rise in businesses diversifying their product portfolio to create healthier products to meet demand, as well as an increase in strategic M&A activity, as brands look to profit from this segment of the market. Consumers' interest in nutritional content, animal welfare and organic ranges is also increasing, along with concern for the environment, waste and traceability. Yet all consumers still want value for money and have been accustomed to inexpensive food. As food and beverage manufacturers, distributors and retailers we recognise you are feeling the pressure to meet both consumer and regulatory demands whilst securing the future success of your business in an environment where inflation and cost increases are likely to be greater than ever.

Our experience

Our international food and beverage team acts for hundreds of clients in this sector across a wide range of matters globally. Our clients tell us that they value legal advisors who understand their market, their business and strategic aspirations. Being aware of the burning issues and providing reliable, timely and commercially astute advice is something that our lawyers pride themselves on.

Our global reach means we can offer multi-national food and beverage companies a fully-managed and controlled service across the countries they operate in and we are able to navigate the differences in legislation from country to country to ensure you comply across multiple jurisdictions. We offer a full suite of legal services and provide strategic advice to meet all your legal needs anywhere in the world, including:

• M&A
• EU and international trade
• competition
• regulation and global compliance
• securities Law
• risk and crisis management
• product liability, recalls and class actions
• supply chain and traceability
• health & safety and environment
• food labelling

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Key contact

David Young, Head of Food and Beverage Sector
e: davidyoung@eversheds-sutherland.com
m: +44 789 993 6238