I'm looking to acquire a C-Corp CPG company. The distributors/customers have onboarding processes and terms that would delay NewCo sales and collections for months. Additionally, OldCo is in the food space, which requires certifications NewCo would need to have. I'm guessing that it is similar to a regular restaurant purchase, but more complex since OldCo is an approved vendor for its customers. I have not had access to customers to discuss the process and complexities.

Ideally, this would be an asset purchase, but it appears that a stock purchase is needed for continuity. Any recommendations on how to structure the transaction or go about the situation?