Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

The future of our food supply is increasingly global and connected, which is re-inventing the conversation between our clients and their consumers.

Consumers care deeply about the ingredients they purchase—from local origin to sustainable design. They are better informed. They expect new product innovations, strict food safety controls, responsible brand promises and social experiences. Big Data and social media (used responsibly and strategically) offer new visibility into these customers, their likes and dislikes and an opportunity to engage them in targeted conversations.

Shaping the future of food and beverage law

Entirely new opportunities are emerging for food and beverage businesses. But there are new risks too —from labeling and advertising litigation, to compliance with export controls and immigration reform. We take the bigger picture perspective with a unique and holistic industry focus—from farm to factory to table.

Nixon Peabody helps clients monetize their brands, navigate food safety laws, make profitable investments, protect human capital, anticipate legislative changes, embrace sustainability and globalize the supply chain.

Together with our clients, we are working to grow the successful food, beverage and agribusiness brands of the future.

We work with

  • Manufacturers of consumable goods—from the world’s leading premium wine company, to the largest bakery company in the U.S., to startup brands selling products at your local grocer. Many multi-generation, family-owned businesses.
  • Packaging and logistics—multinational packaging, processing and transportation businesses serving the food and beverage sectors
  • Agribusinesses—from an innovative dairy co-operative, to one of the world’s largest cooking oil producers
  • Retail—from the top large U.S. grocery chain, to online purveyors of food and beverage products
  • Franchises—from fast-casual restaurants to coffeehouse chains
  • Sources of capital—banks and funds across the capital structure—from mezzanine debt to venture capital to private equity—that invest in food, beverage and agribusiness companies

Staking a claim with gluten-free innovation

Food Business News | May 04, 2021

This article on gluten free labeling and its marketing landscape quotes Food, Beverage & Agribusiness co-leader and Chicago Intellectual Property partner Janet Garetto for her outlook on the FDA’s stricter rules and best practices for food manufacturers around recordkeeping and quality control for their products.

How to prepare NOW for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

RestaurantOwner.com | March 27, 2021

Food, Beverage & Agribusiness co-leader and Chicago Intellectual Property partner Janet Garetto is quoted extensively in this article on best practices for restaurants and what they should do as they anticipate the federal grant’s rollout.

Regulatory and taste issues slow CBD formulation efforts

Food Business News | March 16, 2021

Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense deputy practice group leader and Boston partner Hannah Bornstein is quoted in this article on cannabidiol in food and beverage products for her outlook on therapeutic and marketing claims made by F&B manufacturers as areas of concern for the Food and Drug Administration.

Preparing for GMO Labeling in 2022

Food Business News | December 22, 2020

In this article on the requirement for food manufacturers to label GMO ingredients in their products by 2022, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness co-leader and San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Bruce Copeland was quoted on best practices for working with suppliers and attaining certifications from high-quality, reputable food labs.

Holiday traffic expected to remain high during pandemic, Nixon Peabody predicts

Supermarket Perimeter | November 16, 2020

This feature article highlights Food, Beverage & Agribusiness co-leader and Chicago partner Janet Garetto’s industry outlook on major food retail ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MRM Research Roundup: End-of-October 2020 Edition

Modern Restaurant Management | November 02, 2020

This roundup of current industry issues to watch highlights several thought leadership pieces from NP’s recently published fourth-quarter Food & Beverage Crystal Ball. The publication summarizes trends provided by San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt and counsel Ian O’Banion, both of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate Group; Rochester Corporate associate Isaac Figueras; and San Francisco Labor & Employment associates Rachel Conn and Maritza Martin.

On High Alert: Running a Retail Business in the Age of the COVID Pandemic

Marijuana Venture | August 10, 2020

San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, who co-leads NP’s Food, Beverage & Agribusiness team, and San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Hilary Baca co-wrote this contributed article on how cannabis retailers can revamp their stores and policies to stay in compliance with state and local laws, while helping to prevent the spread of communicable illnesses to customers and employees.

Constellation Sells Brandy, Wine Brands In 2 Deals For $385M

Law360 | June 25, 2020

This article mentions NP for representing Constellation Brands in the pending sale of its Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy brand and related assets to Sazerac Co. for approximately $255 million. The story notes Rochester Corporate partner Lori Green for her role leading the deal team, and also mentions Rochester Corporate partner Eric Tanck and associate Aya Hoffman.

‘Post-Chemical World’ Is Taking Shape as Agribusiness Goes Green

Bloomberg News | December 12, 2019

In this article about how agribusiness is shifting to sustainable alternatives, Boston Intellectual Property patent agent Nicole Kling provides commentary about increased agricultural patenting technology as researchers work to promote organic and non-GMO farming.

Constellation moves up-market with Gallo deal

The Deal | June 03, 2019

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this article for the firm’s representation of longtime client Constellation Brands in its $1.7 billion sale of 30-plus wine and spirits brands to E. & J. Gallo Winery.  When this transaction closes, it will go down in history as the world’s largest wine

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