The food and supplement industries operate in a diverse and complex ecosystem that integrates aspects of hospitality, agribusiness, retail and consumer products. Companies operating in these industries are confronted with challenging supply and distribution chains, food safety issues and recalls, intellectual property needs, advertising pitfalls, and extensive regulatory and compliance requirements. Risks, liabilities and opportunities can crop up at every stage in the lifecycle, from farm and factory to store and table. To meet these wide-ranging needs, food, supplement, and agribusiness companies require a team member who possesses a combination of industry- specific knowledge, business understanding, multi-disciplinary capabilities, strategies and pragmatism.
McDonald Hopkins provides just that. Our attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable about the challenges confronting the industry and the myriad legal issues encountered daily.
We have specialized practice groups working together to provide a high level of expertise and value to every client. Our food and supplement industry team assists clients with organizational formation issues,, buy-sell and succession planning, corporate governance and maintenance of corporate records. We also advise clients concerning a wide range of business issues such as vendor and customer contracts, purchase and sale order agreements, warranty matters, confidentiality agreements, protection of proprietary rights, franchising and distributorships, and antitrust concerns. And, of course, we regularly counsel our clients in navigating the strict labelling and advertising requirements and regulatory compliance issues faced by all food and supplement companies.
Our menu of services for our food industry clients is comprehensive. The services we often provide to our food industry clients include:
- FDA and Regulatory law
- Startup and Venture Capital
- Branding strategies and trademarks
- Intellectual property and litigation
- Trade secret, non-compete and unfair competition
- Data privacy and Cybersecurity
- Mergers and acquisition consulting
- Business restructuring services
- Labor and employment counseling and litigation
- Employee benefits counseling
- Franchising, licensing and distribution
- Multistate tax