There’s no doubt about it; food trucks are the craze. It’s easy to remember when food trucks were few and far between, and their offerings were limited. Now it isn’t uncommon for people to attend food truck festivals and enjoy everything from sushi and Indian curries to vegan delights and Texas Style BBQ. There is no doubt that food trucks have come a long way and offer even the most discriminating foodie a variety of gourmet delights.
As this business segment continues to grow, so will the need for the insurance industry to adapt and offer these modern entrepreneurs advice and protection for their business. Food truck owners and operators have many unique concerns when looking for insurance protection. Since the food truck industry is really a niche of its own, food truck owners will find themselves best served by aligning with agents and insurance carriers that understand and specialize in their business. As with any insurance coverage you can always cut corners to save a few bucks, but the results can be catastrophic. Simply put, without the right coverage you could find yourself out of the food truck business pretty fast.
It’s crucial for your insurance agent to have a thorough understanding of your operation in order to provide the right coverage. Below are few aspects of your food truck operation that a carrier may inquire about to determine both your eligibility and pricing:
Experience matters to insurance companies. Any company that understands the food truck business also understands this industry has many new startup operations and many in business less than three years. This does not mean if you’re starting a new operation you won’t be able to find adequate coverage, but your prior experience will likely matter. If your background has been several years working in the restaurant or catering industry, then you’re off to a good start but be ready to share your background in detail. If you’re not coming from the food service industry, your insurance agent and carrier will need to understand your career change, business plan, and available resources in much greater detail. If you’re an experienced operator, then a review of your prior loss history, if any, will be conducted.
It’s a pretty simple theory, but the more you’re on the road the more you’re at risk of an accident. It’s expected your truck will be on the move but exposure for a truck moving three times a week will differ greatly from one moving three times a day.
Your agent and carrier will need to know the condition of, cost of, and special equipment associated with your truck and/or trailer. Will you be using propane? Do you have a proper ANSUL (fire suppression) system? What other items are permanently attached to your truck?
Knowing as much as possible about your day-to-day operations will help determine whether certain coverages are needed. Some questions you may be asked include:
- Are you operating just as a food truck or are you also catering?
- Will you be serving alcohol or are you interested in expanding to offer it? You may need liquor liability coverage.
- Are you accepting cash? Are you protected in the event of a robbery?
- If you suffer a loss, how long will you be able to operate with the loss of your business income? How soon would you be able to be up and running again?
- Will you have a home office or other location for a business office or commissary to prepare food? What are your exposures at these locations?
- Will you have staff or bring on extra help as needed? If you have employees, you will need workers’ compensation insurance.
- What other requirements or limits will a certain event holder or venue require? Will there be an umbrella, workers’ comp or additional insured requirement that will need to be addressed?
- How much could you afford to financially handle a food contamination or spoilage issue?
At Eaton & Berube Insurance in Nashua, NH, our team of commercial agents has the experience you can count on to ensure that your food truck business is adequately protected. Call us today at 800-660-5362 or submit our online quote form to get a quick, free quote for food truck
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Post authored by Matt Zollner. Originally published October 7, 2013. View original post at: http://wp.me/p1Iv7E-Ui
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