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Food & Beverage

Tompkins Wake works for some of New Zealand's largest processors of dairy, red meat and poultry, honey and domestic and international food manufacturers and beverage producers.

Our work and experience include:

  • Dairy and dairy-derived food ingredients
  • Beef, poultry, pork, and eggs
  • Packaged food and food ingredients
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Dietary and nutritional supplements
  • Animal feed and health products

Our team is experienced in the structuring of commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions and the acquisition and leasing of plant and equipment.

We regularly advise on commercial matters affecting food and beverage manufacturers including competition law, intellectual property, food technology, licencing, food standards, consumer protection legislation, privacy law, and product recalls.

Our cross-functional approach ensures clients have access to our Environmental and Resource Management specialists who are experienced in matters such as land use, including obtaining resource consents and environmental permits, and our Dispute Resolution and Litigation team provide strategic advice, tailored to our client’s specific issues and needs, ensuring cost-effective and timely resolution of disputes.


Our work has included acting for:

  • NZX-listed AFFCO on the $180 million takeover by Talley Group
  • Prolife Foods on the acquisition of Haddrells (sum undisclosed)
  • Open Country Cheese Company on the $104 million takeover by Dairy Trust
  • A number of significant participants in the Manuka honey market on mergers & acquisitions and equity investment
  • Prolife Foods on a number of mergers & acquisitions transactions in the food & beverage sector and advised on key commercial contracts

Areas of expertise:

  • Advertising and Consumer Law
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Consumer Law
  • Employment Law
  • Food Labelling
  • Franchising
  • Health and Safety
  • Joint Ventures
  • Liquor licensing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Overseas Investment Office applications
  • Venture Capital
  • Acquisition and Sale
  • Sale and Supply of Alcohol
  • Food Technology
  • Licencing Agreements
  • Commercial and Venture Financing
  • Fair Trading

Food & Beverage team

Phil Taylor


Shelley Slade-Gully


Tina Liu


Ben Skelton

Special Counsel

Robert Bycroft

Special Counsel