Insurance Advice For Food and Drink ManufacturersTuesday 20th November 2012
The growth of the food and drink manufacturing industry is one of the success stories of recent years. Established names have continued to expand and the number of new entrants to the sector has been encouraging to see. Food and drink manufacturing is a sector where rapid growth is not unusual - one contract can signal a huge increase in production. Whilst this is generally good news for the manufacturer, there are potential pitfalls associated with rapid growth which should not be ignored.
Insurance is often overlooked and left to the last minute - our experience is that many companies only pay attention to their insurance once the premium starts to increase. However, in many cases - especially if the business has grown - your cover may have become inadequate and therefore unable to respond should the worst happen. We recommend you review your insurance cover annually, ensuring your current policy remains suitable for your needs.
One of the areas where food and drink manufacturers can be vulnerable is business continuity. Whilst most food and drink manufacturers have an element of business interruption cover – providing protection against loss of profit and other business expenses as a result of a break in commercial activity caused by an insured event - our experience shows many companies do not pay enough attention to this section of their policy and are either insured on an incorrect basis or restricted by a short indemnity period.
There are options available to you under the business interruption section of your policy which, for example, provide you with cover for moving your operation to alternative premises, whilst your existing premises is repaired/rebuilt, enabling you to continue with production. These options are not expensive but are often overlooked. At Higos we always put the interests of our clients first. We like to develop long term relationships with our clients and strive to truly understand your business, so we can give you the best advice and ensure they remain properly protected.