Canned Fruit and Vegetable Manufacturing Insurance

Find the Best Canned Fruit and Vegetable Manufacturing Insurance

Ann Herro | July 17, 2018
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Canned fruit and vegetable manufacturers purchase fruit and vegetables from suppliers, and combine them with other ingredients to manufacture a wide variety of food products including canned juices and soups, canned fruit and vegetables, ketchup and other sauces, jams, jellies, and more. 

Getting the fresh fruit and veggies from suppliers, processing them through the manufacturing plant, and producing your final product involves a variety of complex and expensive manufacturing equipment. Processes, recipes, and packaging must be carried out to exacting standards, ensuring a tasty, high-quality product that, above all, is safe to consume. 

Along with typical manufacturing concerns (fires, injuries, and property loss), canned fruit and vegetable manufacturers face risks like spoilage, contamination, tampering, and foodborne illnesses that can harm to—and even kill—consumers. 

Canned fruit and vegetable manufacturing insurance can help you address these concerns and protect your assets when something goes wrong.

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Why Do I Need Canned Fruit and Vegetable Manufacturing Insurance?

Canned fruit and vegetable manufacturers face all kinds of risks in their day-to-day operations. Imagine the impact of spoilage, supply shortages, equipment breakdowns, and recalls on your ability to operate, earn revenue, and pay your bills. And if something like a tornado or fire destroyed your plant, how would you rebuild and continue to operate?

Every canned fruit and vegetable manufacturer needs insurance policies that are tailored to their unique needs and risks. You need a variety of business insurance policies that protect:

  • Property
  • Customers
  • Employees
  • Vehicles

You also need protection from the costs of lawsuits if someone sues you, and the excessive costs if you experience a product recall. 

Food manufacturers can be sued if someone is injured on their premises or as a result of their operations. If a consumer becomes ill—or worse—because of your product, you will likely have to deal with a lawsuit and the costs of a long and damaging product recall. 

Product Recalls Cost Food Manufacturers Millions

Product recalls are a major source of danger for food manufacturers and their vendors, suppliers, and distribution partners. In 2016, there were 764 food recalls in the US, an increase of 22% over the previous year. 

While food recalls can occur for a variety of reasons, the main culprits in 2016 were undeclared allergens (mislabeling) and Listeria contamination. The canned fruit and vegetable industry is not immune. In April 2018, a canned vegetable manufacturer recalled canned spinach due to the potential presence of peanuts—a common and dangerous allergen—in the cans. 

If you are forced to recall a product, the costs can be devastating. A study by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association estimates that the average cost of a recall for a food manufacturer is $10 million—not including ongoing lost sales and reputational damage. 

What Does Canned Fruit and Vegetable Manufacturing Insurance Cover? 

Canned fruit and vegetable manufacturers need a variety of business insurance policies to protect them from numerous property and liability risks. These policies can:

  • Help you pay for repairing and replacing damaged property 
  • Help you cover expenses during a temporary closure 
  • Help you pay defense costs and damages if you are sued

Types of Insurance for Canned Fruit and Vegetable Manufacturers

Talk to an insurance agent about which of the following types of policies you need to protect your assets. 

  • Commercial property insurance protects your building and other property in the event of a covered loss, such as fire, vandalism, smoke, or theft. It provides coverage for physical damage to equipment and machinery, factories, warehouses, office space, office equipment, computers, and more. 
  • Business interruption coverage, or business income coverage, protects your earnings and helps to pay expenses if your business is unable to operate because of damage caused by some type of covered disruption (fire, weather, etc.).
  • Equipment breakdown insurance, often referred to as boiler and machinery coverage, supplements your business property insurance. It covers certain costs associated with accidental breakdown of machinery or equipment and the resulting property damage or loss. 
  • Commercial general liability (CGL) insurance is necessary for occasions when your business is negligent and causes bodily injury or property damage to a third party. Your CGL policy provides coverage for attorney fees, court costs, settlements, and judgments up to the limits of your policy. 
  • Product liability insurance covers your financial responsibility for losses or injuries to a user, buyer, or bystander caused by a defect or malfunction of your product. If you are sued because a tainted food product makes someone sick, you may be required to pay for medical costs, compensatory damages, economic damages, attorney fees, court costs, and more. 
  • Commercial auto insurance covers your vehicle fleet and drivers in the event of an accident or other vehicle damage. Commercial auto insurance provides coverage for property damage and bodily injury liability claims, vehicle damage, and medical bills, as well as any costs related to lawsuits due to auto accidents involving your vehicle fleet.
  • Commercial umbrella insurance, or excess liability coverage, provides an extra layer of liability protection to any of several other policies you might have. It is activated when the limits of your other applicable liability policies have been exhausted, protecting you when a claim exceeds the amount of coverage available from any other applicable policy. 
  • Utility interruption coverage reimburses you for costs related to breakdowns in utility services (water, electrical) that force you to temporarily stop production. 
  • Cargo and goods-in-transit coverage, including ocean marine coverage and inland marine coverage, protects your products as they are transported from place to place. 
  • Spoilage coverage offers financial protection for the costs of goods that spoil on-site. 
  • Directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance provides protection for directors and officers of companies against legal judgments and costs arising from a variety of different business decisions. 

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The Importance of Product Recall Insurance 

Product recalls can devastate any food manufacturer. While the immediate costs of product removal and disposal can reach into the millions of dollars, the ongoing impact on your reputation, sales, and stock price can lead to irreparable damage. 

Product recall insurance can help you. It typically covers a wide range of costs related to a food recall, including:

  • Actual recall costs (product removal and disposal)
  • Loss of profit
  • Product replacement
  • Extra expenses
  • Reputation rehabilitation expenses (public relations and communications costs, etc.)

Protect Your Employees with Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Workers in your factories face a variety of dangers, including: 

  • Injuries due to use of heavy equipment
  • Slippery floors or hazards that lead to slips, trips, and falls
  • Crushed fingers, hands, or limbs
  • Burns or other eye or skin injuries or irritation

Excessive employee injuries and illnesses can be financially devastating for your business. Workers’ compensation insurance provides insurance coverage when accidents happen in the workplace. It ensures that the injured worker gets medical care and income protection while unable to work. 

Workers’ compensation insurance provides benefits to injured workers regardless of who is at fault for their injury. And it will provide death benefits for a worker’s dependents if there is a fatality.

Canned fruit and vegetable manufacturers should work with an independent insurance agent who has experience helping high-risk employers find workers’ compensation coverage. 

How Much Does Canned Fruit and Vegetable Insurance Cost? 

The size of your business and the types of policies you need to cover your unique risks are the biggest predictors of how much your business insurance will cost. A variety of variables that are unique to your business help determine how risky you are to insure, and consequently how costly your insurance will be. 

To determine the types and amounts of coverage that you need—which determine your cost-- your insurance agent will evaluate several factors, including:

  • Number of employees
  • Types of manufacturing equipment
  • Size and location of your building 
  • Volume and geographical distribution of your products
  • Size of vehicle fleet

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Find and Compare Quotes

An independent agent can work with you one-on-one to determine the types and amounts of coverage you need. Your agent can get quotes from multiple insurance companies so you can evaluate the cost and coverage options and make the best choice. 

Benefits of an Independent Agent

Our agents simplify the search process for finding the right canned fruit and vegetable manufacturing insurance. They’ll walk you through some handpicked policy options and explain the details.

Most importantly, they’ll be there for you when claim time comes. They know the ins and outs of the process and will make sure your claim is handled appropriately. 

The Lowdown on Online Quotes

Online quotes can be tempting. They are fast and easy to get—but are they accurate? And are you getting quotes for the right coverage? For business owners, choosing speed over accuracy can cost you. 

Online quotes can’t and don’t see the whole picture. They can leave out important coverage that will leave you devastated if something unexpected happens. And they can leave out cost-saving opportunities that an agent can help you take advantage of. 

Instead of getting an online quote, find an independent agent now, and get one-on-one consultation and affordable options for the best coverage for your unique needs. 

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