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Food & Beverages

As a food business operator you face complex food regulations in your country and in cross-border context. Our dedicated team of experts guides you through all food-related regulatory, legal and tax issues so you can benefit from a genuine partner able to put any compliance issue in its more general context.

Origin labelling of primary ingredients: EU rules eventually adopted!
Article - 08 June 2018 - Belgium

Origin labelling of primary ingredients: EU rules eventually adopted!

On 28 May, the European Commission adopted the long-awaited Implementing Regulation 2018/775 (‘Implementing Regulation’) laying down rules for the application...
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Sparkling judgment in ‘Champagne sorbet’ case, right before Christmas!
Article - 28 December 2017 - Belgium

Sparkling judgment in ‘Champagne sorbet’ case, right before Christmas!

In a judgment of 20 December 2017, the CJEU ruled that a sorbet containing champagne cannot be marketed under the name ‘Champagne Sorbet’ unless the champagne...
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EU Commission specifies compositional and labelling requirements
Article - 23 November 2017 - Belgium

EU Commission specifies compositional and labelling requirements

As of 27 October 2022, a new framework of rules will apply to total diet replacement products, both in terms of compositional and labelling requirements. In...
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Integrated approach

Food law is not just a matter of regulations; it is part of a much wider legal context. Today, food law impacts and is impacted by other areas of law. You deal with a broad range of questions, such as ‘Does my label comply with the labelling requirements?’, ‘What are the conditions to import food products into the EU?’, ‘What are the rules regarding the composition of foodstuffs?’, ‘How do I deal with public authorities?’ or ‘How do I resolve a dispute with a competitor?’. These are the questions which require an integrated approach.

Multidisciplinary team

To best respond to your needs, we have adopted a multidisciplinary approach with a team of experts who will assist you at every stage of your activities such as sourcing, production, distribution and marketing or business restructuring. Our team is composed of attorneys-at-law who have an extensive experience in food law combined with an in-depth understanding of the local legal culture and the way EU law is applied. The team brings together experts in the following areas: market practices, commercial, competition, international trade, VAT, customs, financial, corporate and M&A, administrative and litigation.

How can we help you?

Thanks to our integrated approach, we assist you with every aspect of your business: risk assessment with regard to regulatory aspects, strategic advice, product development, drafting contracts, handling complex transactions from inception to closing, administrative issues, including food safety authorities, representing you in court and in alternative dispute resolution. We also keep you aware of material changes, carry-out risk analyses and draft risk management schemes.

  • Sourcing, production and pre-market authorisations
  • Import and trade
  • Distribution and marketing
  • Business related matters

What others say

The Legal 500 EMEA

Employment and labour specialist Kris De Schutter is the key name at Loyens & Loeff, which leverages its multidisciplinary expertise to offer strong corporate, IP and tax experience in matters in the food and beverages sector.