Lewis Retik is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office and is leader of the Food & Beverage Group and co-leader of the National Cannabis Group. His practice focuses on regulatory and commercial issues relating to the commercialization of products, regulatory licencing, product distribution, manufacturing, advertising, packaging, and labelling. Lewis has extensive experience working in a variety of specialized industries, including food, natural health products, cosmetics and pharmaceutical, and technology. He also addresses regulatory compliance and commercial issues relating to e-commerce, multi-level marketing, direct selling, consumer protection, and products that use the radio frequency spectrum. He often works with clients to develop marketing strategies and packaging and advertising designs that are both consumer-friendly and compliant. Lewis also provides advice to companies with regulatory compliance issues and the status of their products regularly interacting with senior government officials within such departments as Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada, Health Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. He has been recognized in Chambers Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert®Directory, and The Best Lawyers in Canada.
On January 8, 2016, Alltech acquired 100 per cent of the outstanding shares of Masterfeeds Inc. from Ag Processing Inc., a farmer-owned cooperative based in Omaha, Nebraska, in order to have complete ownership of Masterfeeds LP.