Catering Insurance

Custom, fast and always-on coverage for new and existing caterers.

Choose your primary coverage to get started:

Business Owner’s Policy

Business Owner’s Policy

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Workers’ Compensation insurance

Workers’ Compensation

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General Liability Insurance

General Liability

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Liquor Liability

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Catering insurance that caters to you

Catering insurance designed to protect your business

Catering business insurance is often required by clients. It can help protect you from a variety of common risks, including:

  • When things break
  • Someone gets hurt or sick
  • Legal fees to defend your business

NEXT makes it easy to get the coverage you need and instant proof of insurance to satisfy catering services requirements.

We protect more than 10,000 small businesses like yours in the food and hospitality industry with fast, easy and affordable business insurance that works as hard as you.

Catering insurance can help protect you from:

Theft and vandalism

Theft and vandalism

Burglary or broken glass means that expensive equipment and inventory needs to be replaced – fast.
Property damage

Property damage

A kitchen fire, water damage or power outage can damage catering company equipment and inventory.
Injury or illness liability

Injury or illness liability

A client files a lawsuit or asks for medical costs to cover an injury or claims that someone got sick from your food.
Liquor liability

Liquor liability

If an intoxicated guest breaks something or causes an injury you could be held liable.

How NEXT helps catering businesses

What type of insurance does a caterer need?
We customize insurance packages to help best protect your small business, workers and you. Caterers often consider these catering insurance policy options:
General Liability

General Liability

For slip-and-fall injuries and damage to property you don’t own
General liability insurance covers a wide range of catering accidents and basic risks. You’ll have financial protection if someone other than an employee gets hurt or you are held responsible for damaging property that doesn’t belong to you. It’s often required by event venues.

general liability can help you pay for:

Medical expenses
Damage to property you don’t own
Legal fees and judgments
Employment practices liability
Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation

Often required if you have employees
Workers’ compensation insurance can help pay for medical expenses and lost wages after a workplace injury at a catering job or in your kitchen.

workers compensation can help you pay for:

Medical expenses
Lost wages
Employer liability
Business Owner’s Policy (BOP)

Business Owner’s Policy (BOP)

Financial help after customer injuries and property damage
A business owner’s policy includes liability coverage from commercial general liability and business property insurance to help protect your catering business.

business owners policy can help you pay for:

Guest or client injuries (a.k.a bodily injury)
Property damage
Food contamination or spoilage Business income interruption
Equipment breakdown coverage
Liquor Liability insurance

Liquor Liability insurance

You could be liable for guest alcohol consumption
If you serve alcohol at an event, you could be held responsible if a guest injures themselves, someone else or causes property damage.

liquor liability can help you pay for:

Injuries
Property damage
Legal fees and medical payments

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Save up to 25% in discounts on catering insurance

You can pay for your insurance monthly or annually and you can cancel instantly at any time.

Basic
Lowest Price
Commercial Auto
Combined single limit
$85,000
General Liability
Per occurrence
$500,000
Workers’ Comp
Per accident
$100,000
Commercial Property
Per occurrence
$25,000
Pro
Most Popular
Commercial Auto
Combined single limit
$100,000
General Liability
Per occurrence
$1 million
Workers’ Comp
Per accident
$500,000
Commercial Property
Per occurrence
$25,000
Pro Plus
Best Coverage
Commercial Auto
Combined single limit
$1 million
General Liability
Per occurrence
$1 million
Workers’ Comp
Per accident
$1 million
Commercial Property
Per occurrence
$25,000
Why do caterers need business insurance?

Why do caterers need business insurance?

Food and beverage industry insurance requirements vary by state law and the requirements of the venue or event planner. Insurance for your catering business may be necessary to:

  • Get new clients. Many event planners and venues require general liability or workers’ compensation before they’ll work with you.
  • Hire employees. Many states require workers’ compensation insurance if you have employees.
  • Deliver, pick-up or drive for business. Business-owned vehicles typically need commercial auto insurance.
  • Repair or replace property you own or rent. Protect your inventory, equipment and the space where you work with a BOP (business owner’s policy).
How much does catering insurance cost?

How much does catering insurance cost?

Your caterer insurance cost (or your monthly or yearly premium) can vary based on a number of factors, including:

  • The size of your business
  • The value of your catering equipment
  • Your headcount and total payroll
  • What your employees do

Get a free quote for catering insurance. You’ll know exactly what your business will pay in about five minutes, and you can access your certificate of insurance 24/7.

Tips for Catering Owners

Resources for Catering Business Owners

We know there are hundreds of things to keep track of when you run a catering business, so we’ve curated these helpful checklists and tips for food business owners to protect and grow your catering business.

Frequently asked questions about business insurance

Here are some of the most common questions we get about catering insurance. If you don’t find the answers you need here, our licensed, U.S.-based insurance advisors are standing by to help via online chat or phone.

How does business insurance protect caterers?

Our catering service insurance packages are designed to protect your business from a variety of risks and help you save money to grow your business. You’ll be protected from financial losses related to:

Damage to someone’s property

A busser accidentally damages counter tops at an event space with your hot pans. The general liability coverage in your insurance package would help pay for repairs.

Accidents that hurt someone

A guest at an event gets a burn from a buffet chafing dish that requires medical attention. Your general liability coverage would also come into play here by helping to pay for medical costs and legal fees.

Workplace injuries

A server trips over a guest’s foot and sprains their ankle. Workers’ compensation coverage with business owner’s coverage can help cover medical bills and lost wages. Workers’ comp is usually required by law if you have employees.

Injuries and damage involving your business vehicles

A driver in front of you stops short to avoid a collision and you rear end them with your catering van. Commercial auto coverage will help pay for the repairs and medical bills. This coverage is also usually required by law for business-owned vehicles.

Damage to your own property

A grease fire breaks out and damages most of your facility’s kitchen. Commercial property insurance can help with replacement or repair costs if your owned or leased property is damaged due to a covered event, such as a burst water pipe, fire, tornado or vandalism.

What do I need to get an insurance quote online?

We keep it simple and straightforward so you can find the coverage that’s right for you within a few minutes. When you start a quote for insurance, we’ll ask you a few basic questions about your business, including: the kind of services you provide, the location of your office or where you plan to work, how many people you employ and how much you pay them and the number and type of vehicles you use for work.

How can I get a certificate of insurance?

You’ll have instant access to your certificate of insurance 24/7 from your computer or mobile device when you purchase coverage with NEXT. There’s no waiting for anyone, no need to print anything and definitely no fax machines. If you’re a new or current NEXT customer, all you need to do is log in to your account and your Certificate delivers you the proof of insurance you need instantly. You can easily share your COI with anyone via email, text message or a social media post. We provide unlimited access to customized certificates 24/7 at no additional cost. And you can also add an additional insured for free. If you decide to change your coverage, your certificate will be automatically updated. Find out more details about your certificate of insurance.

How does the claims process work with NEXT Insurance?

  • If you’re a policyholder, you can file a claim any time by logging in to your account at www.nextinsurance.com and clicking the “File a claim” under the "About us" tab. You can expect a call from us shortly after you submit a claim to go over the details.

  • If you do not have a policy with us and are filing against one of our policyholders, you can head over to our website at www.nextinsurance.com, select “Help Center” under our “Support” tab, and under “Quick Actions for Customers” click where it says ”Not a policyholder and want to file a claim?”

  • If you cannot access your online account and require help from our support team, please visit our online help center.

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