Food and Beverage

Canada is home to a large and ever-expanding food and beverage products industry. We represent manufacturers, processors, distributors, agri-businesses, importers/exporters, logistics providers, and equipment manufacturers engaged in this heavily-regulated sector. Our clients look to us for experienced guidance to help them navigate the regulatory processes and legal issues affecting the manufacturing, processing, marketing, advertising, sale and distribution of food and beverage products. We also have significant experience advising foreign businesses in this sector entering the Canadian market.

The comprehensive services our multi-disciplinary team provides to meet the needs of clients in this sector include:

  • advising on product packaging, labelling, advertising and promotional issues
  • assisting with the regulatory process for product approvals
  • advising on brand promotion and protection, licensing, distribution and franchising
  • advising on protecting the proprietary rights associated with products and technologies
  • preparing and negotiating commercial agreements for product development, licensing, manufacturing, outsourcing, distribution, supply, international sales agreements, foreign source production agreements and foreign agent and distributor agreements
  • advising on import/export related matters, including export control laws, export finance and international payment procedures
  • providing a full range of dispute resolution and litigation services arising out of regulatory matters, contract disputes and product liability issues

Clients also benefit from our expertise in the following areas:

  • Employment– advising on employee contracts, including confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
  • Mergers & Acquisitions— advising on all types of transactions, whether for buyer or seller
  • Real Estate– advising on the purchase or lease of facilities, including the construction of turnkey facilities

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