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Food & Beverages

Food law has grown beyond a simple regulatory activity, and is now captured within a wider legal context. The growth in importance of food regulations requires dedicated legal advice and support. Our specialist team guides food and business operators through this legal landscape.


With you every step of the way

Our team has the expertise to work with you on all food-related regulatory, legal, and tax issues, ensuring you always keep sight of your broader business objectives as you undertake your day-to-day food and beverage activities. Our unique multi-disciplined and dedicated approach offers you a genuine partnership for all activities: strategic advice, drafting contracts, handling transactions, or representing clients before administrative authorities.

Integrated approach

Food law is not just a matter of regulations; it is part of a much wider legal context. Our team has extensive experience in local, international and EU food law, and brings together experts in the following areas: market practices, commercial, competition, international trade, VAT, customs, financial, corporate and M&A, administrative and litigation.

How we can help you

We will 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.
  • Sourcing, production and pre-market authorisations
  • Import and trade
  • Distribution and marketing

We also keep you up to speed on legislative and regulatory changes, carry-out risk analyses and draft risk management schemes.

The exemptions for SME employers or Belgian entrepreneurs and individuals on withholding tax
Article - 24 January 2020 - Global

The first Dutch turnover-related fine in food has been imposed

On 23 January 2020 the Dutch Food Safety Authority (NVWA) has crossed the Rubicon and imposed the first turnover related fine in the history of Dutch food law....
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News - 07 November 2019 - Global

Agreement to protect European geographical indications in China

Bilateral agreement will protect 100 European geographical indications in China
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What others say about us

Legal 500

"Loyens & Loeff 'offers strong, relevant advice', and for one client 'the speed of response is crucial'. The 'very professional' food and beverage team at Loyens & Loeff attracts praise for its 'high knowledge in this branch of law'" (2019)