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Food and Beverage

Plante Moran

What lies ahead for Manufacturing in 2021? Our experts share the trends and impacts to watch.

What lies ahead for Manufacturing in 2021? Our experts share the trends and impacts to watch.

What lies ahead for Manufacturing in 2021? Our experts share the trends and impacts to watch.

More than a service provider  

There’s no secret formula for success in the food and beverage industry. From complex and changing regulations, pressure to innovate and stay ahead of evolving consumer tastes, and a host of operational challenges — from technology infrastructure to complicated value chains to finding and retaining talent — successful companies realize that they can’t do it all. That’s where we come in.

Whether you’re growing or balancing a mature portfolio of brands, we provide the depth of expertise and proactive ideas you need to achieve your goals. Our dedicated experts will visit your facilities, get to know your products, and build a relationship with you to fully understand your unique challenges and goals. We’ll immerse ourselves in your business, and make sure you stay immersed in the industry. Our annual Food and Beverage Forum and Craft Brewery Financial Benchmarking Survey Report will help you stay ahead of the game.

We have a dedicated practice with experts who focus on the food and beverage industry and the trends impacting businesses like yours. With a complete suite of professional services, from audit and tax to business advisory services, you’ll benefit from the expertise of the whole firm. As a “one-firm firm”, we work collaboratively across all disciplines to generate creative solutions and share best practices.

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Our Unique Advantage

Everything (and everyone) you need in one place. We have a dedicated team that focuses on the food and beverage industry. We also have an expansive network among private equity, lenders, and other top advisory firms. We add value beyond the compliance requirements with tailored food and beverage consulting services, events like our annual Food Forum, presentations at ACG and Capital Roundtable events, attendance at various industry trade shows, and future-focused thought leadership.

  • Hosted each fall, our Food Forum is a can’t-miss event for leaders in the food and beverage industry. We focus on hot topics, the latest trends, and disruptors. Our clients love to attend not just for the opportunity to network with other industry members, but because of the forward-thinking, actionable information provided.
  • We don’t just come around at tax season; we stay in touch with our clients year-round. Our annual Craft Brewery Financial Benchmarking Survey gathers key metrics from many of the largest breweries in the U.S. and provides actionable, strategic insights and ratios to benchmark you organization against your peers.

Food and beverage trends: Stay competitive

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4 min read
Food & beverage inventory management: Key considerations amid COVID-19

Food processors and distributors must make fast decisions to meet rapidly changing demand in a “new normal” that’s hardly predictable. These actions can improve inventory management during the COVID-19 crisis.

Joe Puglia
Article March 9, 2021 4 min read
2021 Craft Brewery Financial Benchmarking Survey
Drew Mattox
Assessment February 16, 2021 20 min read
Food and beverage market dynamics: Is your costing keeping up?
Joe Puglia
Article February 12, 2021 7 min read
ERP inventory management must haves: Attribute and date-code system
Joe Puglia
Article January 27, 2021 1 min read

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Food and Beverage Thought Leadership

  • Final regulations clarify real estate rules for like-kind exchanges

    The TCJA limited like-kind exchange transactions to real estate, meaning that personal property included in an exchange could trigger current-year tax consequences. Recent IRS guidance clarifies how to qualify for tax deferral. Here’s what you need to know.

    Jonathan Winterkorn Lawrence Knutson Jon Powell Kyle Downey
    Article March 26, 2021 5 min read
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  • IRS issues guidance on bypassing SALT limitation on pass-throughs

    The IRS issued guidance allowing individual owners of pass-through entities, such as partnerships and S corporations, to deduct an unlimited amount of certain taxes on income earned from pass-through entities that would otherwise be limited to $10,000.

    Ron Cook Curtis Ruppal Dave DeCew
    Article March 26, 2021 4 min read
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  • Hiring cybersecurity talent? Five things you should know
    As cybersecurity threats rise, you must look further than IT credentials when hiring the professionals charged with keeping your data safe.
    Sarah Pavelek
    Article March 26, 2021 2 min read
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  • Advancement of cost management at Japanese-owned subsidiaries in the U.S.

    Don’t miss the final webinar of the Plante Moran and QUNIE joint series covering cost management for Japanese-owned subsidiaries. In this panel discussion, our consultants will summarize the previous three sessions and discuss industry-specific issues, cost control reforms, and more. 

    Yusuke Kuramochi
    Webinar March 25, 2021 60 min watch
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Our clients say

We felt like their values aligned totally with our values. There’s tremendous alignment and accessibility.”

Sean Zecman President, National Food Group

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1 min read
Food company achieves successful sale in the midst of massive growth
A middle-market-branded food company was experiencing exponential growth while simultaneously preparing for a sale. Here's how they successfully closed the transaction and met new public company regulations.
Brian Wiedenhoeft
Case Study September 3, 2019 1 min read
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2 min read
Financial forecasting: Expanding for a better and bigger future
To stay competitive, a company must keep up with their customer demands. A family-owned food and beverage company was facing a business-changing request that led to a new facility, ultimately retaining their largest client.
Sean Pattison
Case Study May 2, 2018 2 min read

The partner you never knew you needed

Our clients receive the best of both worlds: the flexibility and personal touch you’d expect from smaller firm, and the resources we bring as a national firm. Each client relationship is unique and scalable. You can trust that we’ll be more than your service provider — we’ll be your partner and confidant.

Clients also love that they don’t need to train our staff. We already know the industry, and we put in the work to understand your unique business. We’ve been on the Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the last couple decades, so our staff tends to stick around — you won’t find a revolving door of account managers here, but you will find the unexpected value of having a trusted partner to confide in. As our food and beverage industry leader, Paul Edwards, puts it, “It’s not what we do, it’s how we do it.”

How can we help your business?

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