With a turnover in the UK in excess of £94 billion and accounting for over 18% of the total manufacturing sector, the food and drink industry is hugely important to both the Scottish and UK economy and is a growing export market for Scotland.
As one of the most diverse and dynamic sectors, it is essential to have advisors who understand the specific challenges, including:
volatile commodity prices and sustainability
the global economic downturn, volatile exchange rates and competitive pressures on pricing
health and environment-focused legislation and regulation
health & safety and food safety issues
supply chain concerns
the importance of provenance and branding
compliance with food and safety standards
Our cross-departmental team of experts with in-house experience in the sector can advise on:
supply chain management
product liability claims
sale and distribution arrangements
food safety compliance and regulatory issues
licensing and franchising
corporate acquisitions and disposals
health and safety matters
property acquisitions and sales
business purchases and disposals
general commercial contracts of every description
EU competition and regulatory matters
intellectual property rights – licensing, brand protection, trade marks, copyright, patents etc.
With considerable experience in this sector, our clients are involved in the production and sale of a huge variety of food and drink products from haggis to scotch whisky, from cakes and chocolate to salmon and sausages. Such a shopping basket of products results in a truly broad collection of businesses from field to fork engaged in all stages of the supply chain
We understand the very specific needs of those operating in the food and drink sector, such as ingredients and final product manufacturers with regard to supply chain liability; the logistical needs in relation to high value or high volume or perishable goods; packaging and advertising requirements, obligations and limitations in different markets; and the protection and enforcement of rights with regard to proprietary processes and brands.
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