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Food and Beverage

Thompson & Knight counsels many companies that produce and distribute food, beverage, and consumer products. We help them deal with concerns that have a unique impact on consumer-oriented industries, from the complex web of state and federal distribution statutes to product liability litigation and related insurance coverage as well as regulatory compliance, financial matters, intellectual property management, and general operations.

Overview

Thompson & Knight counsels many companies that produce and distribute food, beverage, and consumer products. We help them deal with concerns that have a unique impact on consumer-oriented industries, from the complex web of state and federal distribution statutes to product liability litigation and related insurance coverage as well as regulatory compliance, financial matters, intellectual property management, and general operations.

Our attorneys also offer guidance, reflecting our many years of general counsel experience, on regulatory compliance (antitrust and pricing, environmental, and multistate taxation), financial matters (business combinations, corporate finance, and securities offerings), intellectual property management (protection of patents, trademarks, and trade dress as well as licensing and franchising agreements), and general operations (from real estate transactions to labor and employment law). We understand the issues that are unique to each industry and give our clients sound business and legal advice.

Beverage Products and Distribution

Thompson & Knight’s beverage industry representation is in many respects similar to our work in the food industry. We counsel regional and international tea, coffee, beer, soft drink, milk, and bottled water companies as well as their distributors and retailers in general corporate and transactional work, distribution, financing, operations, import/export issues, employee benefits matters, and tax planning.

Food Products and Distribution

We have represented producers and distributors of a wide variety of food products, including meats, poultry, eggs, cheese, frozen pizza, baked goods, tortillas, cookies, snack foods, spices and seasonings, canned vegetables, ethnic foods, seafood products, nuts, chocolate and candies, and fresh produce. We represent these clients in all manners of legal issues such as import/export matters, mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, financing transactions, employment, immigration, insurance, product recalls, and product liability litigation.

The Firm’s food industry clients also include restaurants – both independent operations and large regional and national chains – located in nearly a dozen states nationwide. We advise them on financing, leasing, acquisitions, site development, dispositions, taxes, bankruptcy, premises liability, and licensing matters. Our attorneys also work regularly with restaurant franchisors and franchisees offering guidance on their complex business relationships.