Setting up your business
Food and drink
So much of our lives are experienced and remembered through food and drink. From families sharing meals at home to foodies sharing exciting restaurant dishes on Instagram, we attach a lot of meaning to what we eat and drink – which makes this a very special business to be in.
Perhaps that is why so many brands in the sector are still owned by individuals and families. They pass their passion and know-how down the generations, and are rewarded with a place in their customers’ hearts. ‘Consumers are more ready to trust businesses like ours,’ says Francesco Zonin, whose family have been vintners since 1821 and today export tens of millions of bottles of prosecco each year. ‘We’re seen as genuine and authentic.’
Anything this personal will present challenges. It’s especially important for you as a food and beverage company to establish a strong brand and protect it robustly. You need to comply with regulations covering health and safety, labelling and certificates of origin. And as your business grows, you may be subject to import/export tariffs and international trade agreements.
Advisors who know your industry
We look after the interests of food and drink brands around the world, combining our legal knowledge with an understanding of the sector in which you operate. This enables us to give reliable, cost-effective advice at every stage of your business journey.
Our experience spans commercial agreements, intellectual property, regulatory, tax and real estate. We assisted a group of investors in acquiring the largest wine estate in Tuscany, and advised a Middle Eastern specialty food start-up on how to protect its brand and its profits as it expanded into the US. We’ve also been on hand as Soho House & Co expands its offering from private members’ clubs into stylish restaurant brands including Pizza East and Chicken Shop.
With a long heritage in acting for successful people and families, we offer personal service to every food and drink client. Whether you are a cottage industry or a multinational conglomerate, wherever you are in the world, our team offer solid, savvy advice that will keep you in business for many more years to come.
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