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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. However, the complex array of industry-specific regulations around the world, increasing costs and the battle between grocery retailers to maintain market share also create a challenging environment.

Strategies for success are influenced by consumer demand. Online grocery shopping and innovative delivery solutions will continue to grow, so businesses must invest in technology and infrastructure to support growth. A more health-conscious population has also resulted in a rise in businesses diversifying their product portfolio to create healthier products, as well as an increase in strategic mergers and acquisitions activity.

Consumer interest in nutritional content, animal welfare and organic ranges is increasing, along with concern for the environment, waste and traceability. Yet all consumers still want value for money and have grown accustomed to inexpensive food.

We recognize the pressure to meet both consumer and regulatory demands in an environment where inflation and cost increases are likely to be greater than ever. Whatever your needs, Eversheds Sutherland is here to help.

Experienced food and beverage lawyers

Our international food and beverage team acts for hundreds of clients, globally and across a wide range of matters. We truly understand their markets, businesses and strategic aspirations. Our lawyers pride themselves of their in-depth industry knowledge and the ability to provide reliable, timely and commercially astute advice.

Our international reach means we can offer multinational food and beverage companies a fully managed and controlled service across the countries they operate in and that we are able to navigate the differences in legislation from country to country to ensure that your business is compliant across multiple jurisdictions. We offer a full suite of legal services and provide strategic advice to meet all your legal needs, including:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • EU and international trade
  • competition
  • regulation and global compliance
  • risk and crisis management
  • product liability, recalls and class actions
  • supply chain and traceability
  • health and safety and environment
  • food labelling

Contact our food and beverage team

If you would like any further information or need advice on food and beverage law, please contact our legal team.