Small, medium, and large food manufacturers face similar production challenges, whether it’s product quality, spoilage, contamination, loss of production, or transit issues. A combination of active loss prevention and carefully designed insurance coverages offer the best assurance that a food manufacturer will be in business tomorrow.

That starts with a hands-on, in depth understanding of an individual business. It depends on an insurance agent’s ability to analyze situations, to see what others miss or ignore, and culminates in the creative design of custom insurance programs.

Essential coverages

  • Food Products Recall, including the cost to replace the product, customer   consequential loss of profit, and good faith advertising
  • Accidental Contamination
  • Malicious Product Tampering
  • Product Extortion
  • Manufacturer’s Errors and Omissions
  • Facility Contamination/Spoilage coverage for personal property
  • Cyber Liability
  • Business Income & Extra Expense coverage for multiple years
  • Manufacturer’s selling price endorsement
  • Utility direct damage and Business Interruption including overhead lines
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Earthquake & Flood
  • Reefer Breakdown in Transit
  • Employee Dishonesty
  • Directors & Officers liability

Critical issues

  • Compliance with FDA and maintaining Food safety certification
  • Maintaining proper temperatures in refrigeration and freezer units
  • Documenting various environmental conditions during product manufacturing process
  • Maintaining an absolutely clean environment
  • Preventing loss or customers will go to other suppliers and will not return if the product is unavailable for an extended period
  • Maintaining equipment
  • Employees working in cold environments

Critical questions insurance agents often fail to ask

  • What are your critical utilities needs in the production process (water, electric, heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, etc.)?
  • What are your contingency plans if your utilities are interrupted?
  • Do you have a service contract with your contractors and are they able to guarantee performance?
  • When was the last time you had a Workers’ Compensation loss prevention assessment?

Rueter Insurance assurance

Our approach is based on avoiding unintended consequences by recommending the correct coverages at a competitive cost. We accomplish this objective through attention to detail, asking the right questions, and marketing your account to insurance companies that respect quality work.

A client tells the story

“Joe knows what he’s talking about.”

I have an insurance background, and let me tell you, Joe Rueter knows what he’s talking about. He’s knowledgeable, asks the right questions, and pays attention to the details.

In the food manufacturing business, having the right coverages is critical. When Joe came on board, he recommended changes, after discovering we were missing essential coverages and underinsured in others.

Joe knows our industry, does his research, and is extremely thorough. On top of that, he has a great team.

– Charlie Hanna, Executive Vice President, Mini Melts of America, Inc., Norwich, CT