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Food & Beverage

Our food & beverage law team provides extensive advice to clients of all parts of the sector, including manufacturers, bioscience companies, distributors, and retailers. Our clients include well-known national and international food and beverage companies.

We offer practical advice addressing issues including product standards, packaging and labelling, advertising, recall procedures, and regulatory approvals. Our experience includes advising on:

  • all aspects of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (Food Code)
  • major legislative reforms in the food and beverage space
  • weights and measures legislation, including negotiations with the relevant Australian regulator on the legislation
  • food and beverage product classification under the Food Code, New Zealand Supplemented Food Standard, and Dietary Supplement Regulations (including advice regarding mutual recognition arrangements with Australia under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act)
  • various forms of advertising (including packaging and television commercials) to ensure compliance with the Fair Trading Act, Food Code, and Advertising Standards Codes
  • local alcohol policies under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
  • new advertising provisions under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

Memberships

  • Marketing Association
  • Food and Grocery Council
  • Direct Selling Association
  • New Zealand Beverage Council
  • Natural Products NZ
  • Australian Food and Grocery Council
  • New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology