Many people rush in and rush out of gas stations. Nonetheless, most want to find a quality business environment while they are there.
Gas stations have become a conglomeration of gas service, restrooms, merchandise and food. Gas station owners often manage many competing businesses in addition to selling gasoline.
If your gas station serves food, you assume another level of management. You always want to make sure that your food vendor functions.
However, selling food comes with a level of risks. You could lose money because food is not stored properly and spoils. You might have to throw this inventory away. If a customer eats poorly stored or spoilt food, then he or she could get sick. You might even face a lawsuit if someone proves that your food made them sick.
Your gas station liability and comprehensive coverage will usually help you cover losses in these situations. However, you should make sure that you were not negligent in your food service practices. This raises your risk of problems. It also increases the likelihood that your insurance will deny your claim.
Take advantage of these recommendations when managing your food service.
- Don’t store your food with other store products. Gas stations handle many sensitive and dangerous materials. If food becomes contaminated by hazardous items, then you have to dispose of this inventory.
- Refrigerate Perishable Items. Make sure that your refrigeration systems are clean and function properly. Make sure that the system keeps items properly cool.
- Prepare your food correctly. Make sure that all food prepared in-house is fully cooked following sanitation laws.
- Clean, sanitize and maintain your preparation and serving areas.
- Throw away all items that are past their expiration dates. Don’t risk a customer purchasing expired or spoiled food.
- Buy your food from reputable vendors. You can reduce the risk of buying food that comes contaminated from the supplier.
- Follow all local sanitation guidelines. You should even exceed them in all cases.
Maintaining food service in your gas station is often very profitable and convenient. You should always follow sanitation rules and make sure that you are selling safe food.
Your liability and comprehensive business policies can often protect you when food accidents occur. Exceed Insurance is here to help you if you need to make sure your coverage is airtight. Visit our website to learn more about business insurance. If you have additional questions, call us at (855) 539-2333.