Agribusiness, Food & Beverage Overview
Agribusiness, Food & Beverage Industry Expertise
The multidisciplinary Agribusiness, Food & Beverage team at Wildeboer Dellelce combines strong industry knowledge with expertise in corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial and tax law. We have considerable experience acting for producers, processors, distributors, logistics and warehousing businesses, retailers, investors, private equity firms and lenders of various sizes within the industry, both domestically and internationally.
We provide our clients with expert legal advice and strategic insight in the Agribusiness, Food & Beverage sector as it continues to rapidly evolve. Our team of lawyers work with clients by providing a broad range of services ranging from mergers and acquisitions, financing, land and equipment acquisitions and dispositions, board governance, corporate structures and transactions, licensing, distribution and manufacturing agreements, and tax planning.
Selected Agribusiness, Food & Beverage Industry Mandates:
Acted for SunOpta Inc. a global company focused on natural, organic and special food products in connection with various regulatory matters and financing and M&A transactions, including the sale of its Canadian food distribution assets to United Natural Foods, Inc. for cash consideration of approximately $68 million and its acquisition of Niagara Natural Fruit Snack Company.
Acted for Northern Waters Capital Ltd. in its acquisition of Portofino Bakery Ltd, which operates a wholesale artisanal bakery in Victoria, British Columbia, offering a full line of premium breads, buns and specialty pastries made with clean and simple ingredients. Established in 2018, Northern Waters invests in mid-market private companies that exhibit significant growth characteristics and aims to form long-lasting partnerships by actively working to grow companies by providing financial and strategic support.
Acted for Ferox Estate Winery Inc., a highly-acclaimed Ontario wine producer, in its acquisition of all of the business assets, operations and real property of Vignoble Rancourt Winery and Vineyards and Harvest Barn Country Market of Niagara in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Acted for Conagra Brands in the sale of its Canadian Del Monte® processed fruit and vegetable business to Bonduelle Group for $43 million.
Acted for Shepherd Gourmet Dairy (Ontario) Inc. in respect of numerous commercial matters as well as the $100 million acquisition of all of its business assets and operations by Saputo Inc. Shepherd Gourmet, which has a manufacturing facility located in St. Marys, Ontario (Canada) and employs approximately 90 people, manufactures, markets and distributes a variety of specialty cheeses and yogurt, including Skyr Icelandic-style yogurt.
Acted for Williams Fresh Café, one of Canada’s leading fast casual cafe franchises. in its acquisition by Druxy’s Famous Deli. The combined entity owns and operates 70 delis, cafes and kiosks across Ontario.
Acted for the agent with respect to the $28.8 million public offering by Feronia Inc., an agribusiness that operates and develops oil palm plantations operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Acted for Ontario Refrigerated Services Inc., a leading cold storage company with wholly-owned facilities strategically located near customers’ production facilities in southwestern Ontario, in its acquisition by Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC.
Acted for Andrew Peller Limited, one of Canada’s largest publicly traded producers of wines and spirits, providing corporate and securities advice in connection with a number of matters.
Acted for BMO in respect of credit facilities for Two Sisters Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your business law needs, please contact:
Nick Gray call 416 847 6920
Troy Pocaluyko call 416 361 5802
Rob Wortzman call 416 361 2930