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Food and Beverages

The attorneys of our Food and Beverage Practice assist national and international clients with every stage of the production and distribution cycle of food and beverage products in the European Union.

We advise and support our clients at each level of the production and distribution cycle of food and beverage products. Our advice includes regulatory matters and issues relating to producing, packaging, labeling, and advertising food and beverage products as well as distribution matters and issues (including disputes) with competitors, consumer organizations, and regulatory authorities. We have practical experience with all types of foods and beverages, including classic foods, health-related and functional foods as well as “wellness” foods and drinks. Our advice includes to what extent each of these is classified as a food or beverage, a pharmaceutical, or a medical device or cosmetic.

Representative Clients

We represent well-known large and medium-sized manufacturers of foods and beverages as well as wholesalers and retailers. This includes, for example:

  • Plant engineering company (in the food industry) in an international arbitration before the Swedish Chamber of Commerce (SCC) in Stockholm, Sweden regarding an eight-figure claim for money damages
  • International confectionery manufacturer in prosecution of a plagiarism claim and enforcement of its trademark rights
  • Competition law advice to a global manufacturer of soft drinks
  • Advise a US soft drink company on its entry into the German and EU markets regarding advertising issues, packaging design, and health claims