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Food, Beverage & Agriculture



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 agriculture 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 agriculture businesses

Nixon Peabody Adds Corporate Partner in Rochester, NY

Law360 | September 28, 2016

This feature story highlights the arrival of Rochester M&A and corporate transactions partner Tyler Savage.

Stati Uniti porte aperte alla qualita

Gazzetta di Parma | September 22, 2016

This article summarizes a seminar in Parma on exporting food products to the USA at which Charles Bernardini spoke.

Calling All Breweries: Is Your Wastewater In Order?

Law360 | July 11, 2016

Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt co-authored this column discussing the EPA’s national standards for industrial wastewater discharged to local publicly owned treatment works and how they affect breweries.

New York's craft beverage industry moves forward

Buffalo Law Journal | July 04, 2016

Food, Beverage & Agriculture team members New York City associate Jackie Sudano and Rochester associate Joe Carello provide commentary in this in-depth feature article that looks at the current state of New York’s craft beverage industry.

Attorneys see relaxing NYS 'blue law' as a lift for business

Buffalo Business First | June 08, 2016

New York City associate Jackie Sudano is quoted in this article discussing New York State’s blue laws.

Strategy to Grown NYS Craft Beverage Industry Comes to Fruition

Rochester Business Journal | December 12, 2014

Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge and associate Brian Mahoney authored this column on the history of legislation in New York that has helped the craft beverage industry flourish, and how the Craft New York Act of 2014 will contribute to further growth.

Craft Beverage Legislation Goes Down Smooth in NY

Law360 | December 02, 2014

Rochester associate Brian Mahoney authored this column on the New York Craft New York Act, which encourages the growth of the craft beverage industry.

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