Local Food Law at Adaptive Law Firm

Protecting Your Food Business

Local food and beverage businesses are works of passion. Few start out making artisanal breads, small batch cheeses, or craft wines in an effort to get rich. Of course you want to make a profit—but at the core, you do it because it makes you happy. And because there are people like me, whose quality of life is vastly improved simply by enjoying your breads, your cheeses, your wines (or juices, or chocolates, or olive oils, or heirloom tomatoes, you get the idea…). If you have created a work of passion, you have created something worth protecting. Here are some basic questions that, although relevant to all business owners, may be particularly important for you to consider. Continue Reading…

Estate Planning at Adaptive Law Firm

Start Up Timeline for Brewers & Winemakers

If you are starting a new beverage production business, you have probably figured out that determining your timeline is crucial. Knowing what to expect during your first months means that you will (hopefully) have a realistic idea of how much financing you will need, and whether your doors will ultimately open. Of course, this start-up timeline cannot substitute for legal advice. However, I do hope it can help provide a framework for your early planning efforts. To jump to the punch line, you should budget at least six months from submitting your license applications. But before you can do that, you’re going to need certain things in place, such as your commercial lease and your company documents. Continue Reading…