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Food, Beverage and Agribusiness

Farris represents food and beverage producers, distributors and retailers with respect to a wide array of activities. Our clients include growers, wineries, distilleries, restaurants, food processors, retailers and industry organizations.

Our lawyers advise clients on a broad range of issues including:

Corporate Services

  • Purchase and sale of wineries, hotels, restaurants. processing and warehousing facilities and farm land;
  • Mergers and acquisitions;
  • Corporate commercial transactions;
  • Regulatory compliance, including the Canada Food and Drugs Act, the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Act and the Canada Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act;
  • Financing of food and beverage related businesses;
  • Strategic partnerships with co-packers and distributors;
  • Structuring business entities;
  • Incorporations; Partnerships and limited partnerships; Joint ventures;
  • Shareholders’ agreements;
  • Supply chain agreements including distribution, franchise, retail and licensing contracts;
  • Structuring promotions and marketing campaigns;
  • Agriculture lending and recovery;
  • BC Agricultural Land Reserve applications;
  • Labelling and packaging laws;
  • Internet sales;
  • Branding and intellectual property; and
  • Competition matters.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Services

  • Representation in regulatory enforcement actions by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB);
  • Responding to compliance issues, audits and food facility investigations;
  • Supply Chain, Franchising, Distribution and Corporate/Commercial Disputes;
  • Defense of product liability and contaminated food and beverage claims;
  • Class action defense; and
  • International trade disputes.

Employment Law

  • Employment agreements;
  • Human rights issues;
  • Workplace safety;
  • Employee benefit plans; and
  • Union negotiations and grievances.


  • Tax and estate planning; and
  • Reorganizations and restructurings for tax optimization.

Recent Transactions:

  • Acted for von Mandl Family Estates in the acquisition of Cedar Creek Estate Winery;
  • Acted for the Mark Anthony Group with respect to the sale of the Canadian rights to Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Stanley Park beer to Labatts Breweries of Canada;
  • Acted for J.S. McMillan Fisheries in the sale of fishing boats and quota to Pacific Seafood Group; and
  • Acted for a group of investors in the acquisition of Greenstar Plant Products.
  • Successfully represented the BC Vegetable Marketing Commission in a trade dispute before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.

Our Lawyers

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Albert J. Hudec Partner ahudec@farris.com 604 661 9356
Alexander D. Mitchell Partner amitchell@farris.com 604 661 9397
Robert J. McDonell Partner rmcdonell@farris.com 604 661 9371
Rebecca M. Morse Partner rmorse@farris.com 604 661 1712
Bradley A. Newby Partner bnewby@farris.com 604 661 9308
Dominic A. Petraroia, Q.C. Managing Partner, Kelowna dpetraroia@farris.com 250 869 3851