The food industry sits at the epicenter of a complex supply chain that involves related industries including the hospitality industry, agribusiness, and beverage industry. Food and beverage companies are confronted with challenging supply chains, food safety and recalls, trademark needs, and extensive regulatory and compliance issues. There are potential risks, liabilities and opportunities at every step from farm and factory to store and table. To meet these wide-ranging needs, food and beverage companies require a combination of industry-specific knowledge, business understanding, multi-disciplinary capability, strategy and pragmatism.
Saul Ewing’s food and beverage attorneys provide the sophisticated and holistic representation that clients in the food and beverage industry require. We have a deep understanding of the entire food and beverage continuum – from growing and manufacturing, to distributing and retailing, to serving and franchising. No matter where a company fits in the food and beverage chain, Saul Ewing is a strong link that can be relied upon for trusted counsel and forward-looking guidance.
Restaurant owners should take specific steps to avoid challenges under the ADA or other discrimination laws.
Having clear policies and addressing concerns promptly and effectively is the best way to avoid discrimination or harassment claims.
What are the minimum requirements for employee compensation in the restaurant industry?
Where restaurant groups “share” employees through various LLCs, it may impact employees’ overtime pay.
Tips are generally the property of the individual employee, but in some instances, employers can require pooling for other service-facing employees.
Food and beverage companies must strike a balance between marketing their products and preventing labeling lawsuits
The federal government does not provide standards or definitions for all food labeling
There is uncertainty around the label “Natural” and FDA has not yet released a formal definition
After just months in office, President Trump has already announced changes that will affect food and beverage companies
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