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
  • competition investigations
  • corporate acquisitions and disposals
  • health and safety matters
  • property acquisitions and sales
  • employment matters
  • 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.
  • international issues

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.

MacRoberts are delighted to support the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2017.

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