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Grain in corn Field. Set of storage tanks cultivated agricultural crops processing plant.
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As the global population continues to grow, McMillan LLP helps food, beverage and agriculture leaders navigate complex regulations and build reputational strength.

Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

The food, beverage and agribusiness industries are vital and rapidly growing components of the Canadian and global economies. They are also increasing in complexity as a result of new product innovation, brand proliferation, greater consumer interest in nutritional and health issues, more stringent regulation, new technologies being integrated into product development and distribution processes, and stronger commitments to sustainability and biodiversity. McMillan’s agricultural, food and beverage industry lawyers equip their clients to remain competitive and successful at every stage of the game. McMillan’s food and beverage lawyers have acted for some of the world’s largest and leading food and beverage industry manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers in product creation and liability litigation. Known among law firms for our deep domain expertise across food, beverage and agriculture and 14 other industries that define the economy, as well as our commitment to client service excellence, our lawyers are well-equipped to help any consumer-packaged goods or agriculture leader continue their path towards success.

McMillan’s food and beverage lawyers specialize in negotiating and implementing mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, including listing agreements with major retailers and co-packing agreements. We also provide representation in litigation and other dispute resolution processes on a wide range of issues, including supply chain, franchising and distribution matters, corporate and commercial disputes, tax issues, and product liability and recall. McMillan has helped some of the largest food and beverage industry players successfully navigate legal situations that would have otherwise had a severe impact on their brand.

Agribusiness Strategies and Legal Structure

With the world population growing by 81 million people per year and Canada’s abundant natural resources, our country is well-positioned to maximize global agribusiness opportunities. McMillan offers comprehensive legal advice on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of commercial matters to clients in the agricultural sector. We help clients overcome obstacles they may face, including navigating the unique regulatory landscape in these sectors. We have extensive experience working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Health Canada, Canada’s Competition Bureau and other agencies.

McMillan LLP is proud to support people who rely on the land for their vocation while serving the needs of innovators who seek to grow agriculture at a faster rate through technology. With the assistance of our partnering public policy firm, McMillan Vantage Policy Group, our agriculture lawyers can better advise clients on how to navigate complex industry laws and regulations.  In addition to negotiating mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, we assist with all types of regulatory compliance and with the transportation, shipping, carriage and logistics of bulk agricultural and agri-food products – to anywhere in the world.

INSIGHTS (23 Posts)

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Changes on the Menu – 2nd Course: Canadian Food Inspection Agency Updates Implementation Plan for Food Labelling Rules

This Bulletin covers the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Implementation Plan for Updates to Food Labelling Rules.

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Sep 29, 2021
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Recent changes for farmers’ market vendors in Alberta / Introducing the “Made in Alberta, by Albertans” label

This Bulletin covers changes to rules for farmers' markets and their vendors in Alberta, plus the rollout of the "Made in Alberta, by Albertans" logo and label.

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Aug 11, 2021
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Changes on the Menu: Canadian Food Inspection Agency Publishes Consultation Report on Proposed Guidelines for Simulated Meat and Poultry Products

This Bulletin discusses feedback on the CFIA’s proposed new guidelines for plant-based meat and poultry, what could be changing and what the CFIA is doing next.

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Jul 20, 2021
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Sick, Lies, and Questionnaire: Arbitrators Uphold Terminations of Employees who Breached COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Two recent labour arbitration decisions held that attending work in breach of employer COVID protocols can lead to termination for cause.

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Dec 9, 2020
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Do Not Go Directly to Jail – Just Yet Anyway: Competition Bureau Confirms its View that Buy-Side Agreements between Competitors are not Criminally Unlawful

On November 27, 2020, the Competition Bureau clarified its view that the criminal cartel provisions of the Competition Act do not apply to buy-side agreements.

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Nov 30, 2020
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Ontario Provides Employers with Temporary Relief from COVID-Related Termination Risks

Ontario introduces creative measures (O. Reg. 228/20) to the Covid-related temporary lay off dilemma.

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Jun 1, 2020
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Heightened Scrutiny of Foreign Investment in the Time of COVID

In its April 18, 2020 COVID-19 policy statement, the government of Canada dramatically expanded the breadth and depth of its review of foreign investments.

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Apr 21, 2020
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Agribusiness – Business and Legal Considerations

In addition to the adverse impact to public health and the public healthcare system, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing severe economic hardship to western Canada.

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Apr 7, 2020
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COVID-19: “Essential” Information About the Consequences of Continuing to Operate a “Non-Essential Business” in Ontario and Québec

An outline of the potential consequences to continuing to operate a business ordered to close by the governments of Quebec and Ontario.

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Mar 25, 2020
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Safe Food for Canadians Regulations: Food for Thought for Canadian Businesses

The SFCR - proactive response to threats to food safety, evolving consumer preferences, supply chains and prevention-focused international food safety standards

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Jul 24, 2018
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Canada’s House of Commons Rejects Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods

Canada's House of Commons Rejects Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods

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May 29, 2017
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Now in Force: Ontario’s Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015

Now in Force: Ontario's Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015

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Jan 4, 2017
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Canada Finalizes Changes to Nutrition Labelling Requirements for Packaged Foods

Canada Finalizes Changes to Nutrition Labelling Requirements for Packaged Foods

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Dec 30, 2016
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Health Canada Consultations on the Prohibition of Partially Hydrogenated Oils in Foods and Front-of-Package Nutrition Labelling

Health Canada Consultations on the Prohibition of Partially Hydrogenated Oils in Foods and Front-of-Package Nutrition Labelling

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Dec 15, 2016
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Making Better Food Choices: Health Canada’s Vision for Canadians

Making Better Food Choices: Health Canada's Vision for Canadians

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Dec 14, 2016
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Food Labelling Modernization Initiative: Phase III Discussion Paper and Questionnaire Launches

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Food Labelling Modernization Initiative: Phase III Discussion Paper and Questionnaire Launches

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Dec 5, 2016
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Labels, Endorsements, and Scientific Proof: A New Approach to Self-Care Products in Canada

Labels, Endorsements, and Scientific Proof: A New Approach to Self-Care Products in Canada

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Sep 28, 2016
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The Govt of Canada Extends the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

The Govt of Canada Extends the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

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Aug 23, 2016
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North America’s GMO-Labeling Policy Patchwork and the Consumer’s “Right to Know”

North America's GMO-Labeling Policy Patchwork and the Consumer's "Right to Know"

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Jun 30, 2016
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What’s in a Name? Organic Food Labelling in British Columbia

What's in a Name? Organic Food Labelling in British Columbia

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Jun 5, 2016
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From Lab to Farm to Table: Regulation of Genetically Modified Food in Canada

From Lab to Farm to Table: Regulation of Genetically Modified Food in Canada

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Jun 5, 2016
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Will the Government of Canada Extend the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act?

Will the Government of Canada Extend the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act?

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Apr 29, 2016
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TPP of the Iceberg

n October 5, an announcement was made that there was an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership ("TPP") trade deal. The draft text of the agreement has not yet been made public, and its details are still sparse, except in certain politically sensitive areas.

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Oct 16, 2015