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Food & Beverage

Canada is home to a robust and heavily regulated food and natural health product industry. Whether your business is focused on growing crops or the processing, transportation, distribution and sale of food, alcohol or natural health products, you'll quickly realize that food and beverage law requires a legal team with exceptional insight and hands-on experience with government regulators.

The rapid growth of the health food and supplement sector has led to increasing regulatory review of the safety of these products and the validity of health claims made about them. Public health concerns following high-profile food borne illness cases have forced local producers to adopt new, more rigorous supply-chain verification and traceability protocols to mitigate the serious enterprise risks associated with food production.

The expertise to succeed

The Gowling WLG Food & Beverage Group has the right combination of expertise and experience to manage a broad spectrum of regulatory concerns affecting the manufacturing, processing, marketing, advertising, sale and distribution of food, beverages and natural health products.

In collaboration with our national network of business law professionals, we provide comprehensive solutions in financing (corporate lending and project finance), licensing and distribution, packaging and labelling, risk management and product liability for the food, beverage and natural health products industry.

Our professionals frequently work with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada, the Competition Bureau, Advertising Standards Canada and other governmental and self-regulatory agencies to support and represent our clients' matters.

Representation where you need it

Across the country and around the world, our clients look to us for expert advice on all of their issues concerning food and natural health product production and manufacturing, including:

  • Product labelling and marketing
  • Misleading advertising
  • Regulatory approvals and reforms
  • Food and drug importing
  • Brand promotion and protection
  • Licensing
  • Distribution and franchising
  • Food safety
  • Product liability issues and recalls


Learn more

To learn more about how we can help you succeed, please contact Brenda Pritchard, Lewis Retik or any member of our team.

Key Contacts

Brenda L. Pritchard
Brenda L. Pritchard

Lewis Retik
Lewis Retik

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