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Food Due Diligence

Food Due Diligence

Any mergers & acquisitions (M&A) transaction, no matter the size or structure, can have a significant impact on the acquiring company. Undertaking adequate due diligence can lead to the discovery of regulatory inconsistencies that may lessen the value of an entire product line or business, a better assessment of the risks and potential benefits of a transaction, and a smoother and more effective integration.

Quality Reputation

Kestrel has built our reputation on the quality of our regulatory audit services. Using proven assessment and audit tools, we use a team of experienced personnel to assess buildings, equipment and assets, production, equipment effectiveness, and food safety compliance.

We help to determine:

  • Condition of operations (i.e., personnel, equipment, processes, plant) necessary to effectively meet existing performance standards
  • Level of food safety compliance to the regulatory requirements and industry certifications
  • Any potential risks that would impact the transaction

Services

An assessment of the operations, production processes, equipment, operations, food safety management, regulatory compliance, and all related documentation needs to be completed as part of food-related M&A verifications. Kestrel’s due diligence services focus on business operations review, including a regulatory review for compliance with GFSI certification and USDA regulatory requirements, as outlined below:

General Information Review

  • General review of operational information, each site, facilities, equipment & operations
  • Review of documentation (description of equipment, asset lists, layouts, production, maintenance, food safety program records)

Building, Equipment & Process

  • Verification of integrity of buildings, processes, equipment & controls
  • Onsite review of each location & major operations
  • Focused review of production processes & categories at each location
  • Determination of percent of capacity & potential capacity based on equipment assessment

Production & Process Effectiveness

  • Verification of key equipment components, condition & functionality based on review & comparison to asset & performance information
  • Verification of workforce performance & effectiveness
  • Focused assessment of operational & regulatory effectiveness & the integrity of existing operations
  • Functional opinion of equipment & process conditions, utilization, effectiveness, & useful life

Food Safety Regulatory & Industry Certification Compliance

  • Verification of regulatory & industry compliance programs (e.g., GFSI, HACCP, BRC, SQF, FSSC 22000, IFS, FSMA, USDA)
  • Determination of food safety programs for condition, level of development required & implementation integrity, including organizational resources & support

Assessment Oversight & Reporting

  • Other findings, including general market conditions, productivity & business value impact issues
  • Observations of the effectiveness, risks & sustainability of operations