According to UK Trade and Investment Services, the UK has one of the fastest growing food and drink markets in the world. Generating sales in excess of £95 billion and employing around 400,000 people, it is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK. In Scotland, whisky is (and is likely to remain) the largest export earner with increasing global brand opportunities. We operate on a UK-wide basis and have experience right across the food and drink supply chain:
- Manufacturing, procurement and supply agreements;
- Distribution and agency agreements for overseas/emerging markets;
- Product recall issues;
- Brand protection and brand exploitation;
- Health & Safety and Food Safety Act compliance;
- Labelling and packaging regulations;
- Bulk whisky swaps and bottling contracts;
- Taking security over maturing whisky in bond;
- Bonded warehouse/excise duty compliance and anti-fraud advice.
Our experience in joint ventures and merger and acquisition is acknowledged by clients and peers as being among the most comprehensive in the industry, and all of the specialist services of Shepherd and Wedderburn can be drawn upon to respond quickly to client needs. Our food & drink client base ranges from primary producers, (agri- and aqua-culture) through large household name manufacturers, brewers and distillers, distributors, and food machinery suppliers to retailers and restaurant chains. From field to fork, this broad spectrum gives us unrivalled industry know-how which results in a quicker and deeper understanding of issues as they arise for food and drink clients.
To find out how our food & drink lawyers can help you, please get in touch.
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Brexit: What now for UK business?
This webinar, recorded prior to the EU referendum, uses a practical case study of a business with both UK and EU operations and a cross-border corporate structure to demonstrate the Brexit issues to be considered. Our specialist team help you understand how the various scenarios might play out and interrogate those questions that you may wish to address in your own business.Click here to watch