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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 Food and Beverage Industry (FaBI) North American Benchmark Study highlights trends, defines key performance indicators, and provides actionable, strategic insights. No other food and beverage study goes this deep to uncover financial, strategic, organizational, and operational metrics and ratios to benchmark your organization against your peers.

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Food and beverage trends: Stay competitive

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Leverage data & technology to close supply chain capability gaps

The food and beverage industry moves quickly, notably customer demand, rising transportation costs, data, and technology. Hear Matt Stekier, senior manager of Plante Moran and Brian Winshall, executive vice president of GlobalTranz, discuss industry challenges and the strategies you need to thrive.

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Podcast March 25, 2019 26 min listen
Five predictions from the 2018 Food & Beverage Forum
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Plante Moran’s Craft Brewery Financial Benchmarking Survey Report
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Craft Brewery Financial Benchmarking Survey Report
The starting point for decisive, strategic actions in this steadily popular niche market.

Tax reform for manufacturers: Uncovering opportunities

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Tax reform webinar series: Understanding the impacts of new guidance
Are you wondering how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and recently released guidance will affect you? Our tax reform webinar series will cover critical details, allowing you to understand the new guidance, make informed decisions, and evaluate year-end planning.
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Food and Beverage Thought Leadership

  • The art of SKU rationalization: Getting accurate costing data
    Does the burden of hundreds or even thousands of products have you thinking about stock keeping unit (SKU) rationalization? Before you begin, here are five considerations to ensure you’re starting with the most accurate underlying cost information possible.
    Article April 12, 2019 5 min read
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  • Outsourcing IT services is the "new normal." But is it for you?
    Whether you need to augment staff, complete a one-off project, or farm out an entire IT function, outsourcing can be a stroke of genius or a huge mistake. Is strategic outsourcing right for you, and how do you leverage it?
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    Article April 11, 2019 4 minute read
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  • Plante Moran’s Craft Brewery Financial Benchmarking Survey Report
    While margins have remained steady since 2015, growth has shrunk from 32 to 6 percent, pointing to a more competitive market. What does this mean for you? Download our report now to gain insight into the trends that could affect your bottom line.
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    White Paper April 1, 2019 10 min read
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  • Employee benefit plans: Accounting update, 5500 update, and IRS/DOL hot topics
    View our on demand webinar to better understand accounting updates that impact employee benefit plans, the 2018 Form 5500 changes, and IRS/DOL benefit plan compliance hot topics.
    Webinar March 28, 2019 1 min read
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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.”

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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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.
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Case Study May 2, 2018 2 min read
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Buy side due diligence for an expanding food processor
Financial, tax, and IT due diligence leads to a significant reduction in purchase price and aides in strategic growth decisions.
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