Food & Drink

Volatile commodity prices and exchange rates, competitive pressures on pricing, compliance with health and environment-focused legislation, regulation and standards, supply chain complexities and concerns, the importance of provenance and branding... these are just some of the challenges MacRoberts' expert Food & Drink lawyers can help you overcome.

We provide specialist legal support at every stage of the supply chain, from assisting with supply agreements and supply chain liability to advising on packaging and advertising requirements and obligations. Our lawyers have a comprehensive grasp of the ever changing food & drink environment and understand the increasingly complex supply chains which operators and businesses must navigate. 

Given the varied nature of the sector, and the supply chain and cross-sector complexities industry operators face, we work closely with specialist teams across the firm to provide a fully comprehensive legal service. The legal advice and support we provide therefore reflects the needs of the sector, both within the industry itself and when it inevitably interacts with other industries.

“From field to fork, MacRoberts is engaged with every stage of increasingly complex and dynamic supply chains, whether it be aquaculture, dairy, meat, cereals, bakery, processed foods, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks (and all of their separate ingredients). In addition, relating to equipment, packaging or the services required in these supply chains, MacRoberts offers expertise and specialist legal services across the food & drink sector.”

Euan Duncan, Head of Food & Drink
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    • Food & Drink Plug in your waffle-maker and ditch the eggs this International Waffle Day! International Waffle Day is observed on 25 March each year. Originally celebrated in Sweden, the celebration has expanded internationally over the years with countries worldwide celebrating the origin and history of waffles.
    • Food & Drink “Novel Foods” deadline for CBD products The past few years have seen the rise of CBD products on the market. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid and its extracts can be obtained from hemp or cannabis plants. Its meteoric success has meant that controls and regulation surrounding CBD products is now playing a game of catch-up.
    • Food & Drink Have your pie and eat it, too... the Brexit effect This week (1-7 March 2021) marks British Pie Week, and there is no denying that the Great British Pie has an iconic culinary status. Here, we consider the implications of the UK's exit from the EU on the food and drink industry.
    • Food & Drink World Nutella Day & supporting greater use of sustainable palm oil World Nutella Day is celebrated around the world on 5 February each year. We consider how Nutella is using its large influence to promote the use of sustainable palm oil and the role certifications now play in informing consumers.

Hospitality & Leisure at MacRoberts

We have extensive experience of working with hospitality and leisure businesses throughout the UK, providing a fully comprehensive legal service to a wide range of businesses including hotels, pubs, restaurants, travel and tourism operators and sporting and leisure facilities.

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