Claire Mitchell

Claire Mitchell

Claire Mitchell, is a  business transactional and regulatory compliance attorney for the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. Claire counsels companies at all levels of the food and beverage supply chain, including international, national, and regional producers, processors, and retailers, on a variety of regulatory compliance, risk management, and licensing issues. Claire advises clients on consumer product labeling, marketing, advertising, and packaging, product safety compliance strategies, state and federal liquor licensing matters, and commercial contract negotiation, including negotiation of brokerage, custom crush, sponsorship, concession, and contract manufacturing agreements.

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Washington State Liquor Control Board Files Notice to Begin Rulemaking Under Initiative 502

Today, the Washington State Liquor Control Board issued its notice of proposed rulemaking to inform stakeholders that the agency is in the initial stage of drafting rules to implement marijuana “producer” licenses and their requirements under Initiative 502. The Initiative was passed by Washington voters earlier this year. During this stage of the rulemaking process, … Continue Reading

Hard Cider Tasting Event Signals a Growing Market

Recently the Washington State University Northwest Washington Research Center hosted what is being touted as “the world’s largest (by variety) hard cider tasting” at the Center’s research facility in Mount Vernon, Washington. The WSU-affiliated research facility and orchard has allowed for the preservation of dozens of apple varieties from growing regions in France, England and … Continue Reading

Bonjour from Hospices de Beaune charity wine auction

Stoel Rives partner, and chair of the Firm’s Winery Initiative, Chris Hermann attended the Hospices de Beaune charity wine auction last weekend in France. The town of Beaune is regarded as the wine capital of Burgundy and is home to some of the world’s most famous producers. The Hospices de Beaune has for 152 years … Continue Reading

Washington State Liquor Control Board to Regulate Marijuana Following Passage of Initiative 502

Co-authored by Susan Johnson and Stephanie Meier Earlier this week, Washington Initiative 502 (I-502), a marijuana law reform measure which appeared on the November 2012 general ballot, won the popular vote passing by a margin of approximately 55% to 45%. As a result, beginning on December 6, 2012, the initiative that is now law will … Continue Reading

FDA Winery Inspections

Although wineries have always been required to meet food safety standards and follow proper sanitation practices, many have not received an official food safety inspection in years. Recently, however, wineries throughout the U.S. have seen an uptick in the number of facility inspections being performed by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials. According to a report from … Continue Reading