SOUTHFIELD — Plante Moran, PLLC, one of the nation’s largest accounting and business advisory firms, today announced the launch of the firm’s food and beverage industry practice. The practice formalizes the expertise Plante Moran has in the food and beverage industry, and is led by Michigan native Jeff Mengel, CPA, partner in the firm’s Chicago office.
Plante Moran’s food and beverage practice provides a variety of services, including financial statement auditing, tax planning and compliance, technology assessments, operations improvement, cost containment and transportation cost reduction to clients nationwide. The client base consists of food processors in several diverse industry sectors including confectionery, frozen foods, snacks, baked goods, dairy and natural processors.
“The recent Food Safety Modernization Act presents additional challenges for food and beverage companies, including continued economic issues, rising transportation costs and increased regulation,” said managing partner at Plante Moran, Gordon Krater. “Jeff’s expertise, with a team of experienced industry professionals, provides a great benefit to current and future clients to effectively monitor cost savings and ensure a risk-free supply chain.”
With over 30 years of manufacturing, distribution and strategy experience, Mengel is a frequent guest author and speaker and is the current committee chair for the Association for Corporate Growth Chicago’s Food Conference scheduled for June 12, 2012. He graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
“Our team of auditors, tax specialists and consultants is familiar with the challenges of food and beverage companies and helps clients seamlessly adapt to new laws, price fluctuations and technology changes, as well as better manage risks from new industry regulations and tax additions,” said Mengel.