Creating a profitable food business is a juggling act. You must offer fresh ingredients, create enticing dishes or cocktails, and know how to market yourself. Your equipment must be maintained and your staff members need the right training. Then there are customer expectations to meet and potential injuries to combat.
But even with the raw ingredients for success, a restaurant, catering business, or bar may still be one accident away from closing its doors for good. That's why running a strong food business means preparing for the worst, too – from kitchen fires and food spoilage to allergic reactions and liquor liability lawsuits.
The following risk management strategies can reduce the likelihood that a serious accident or liability lawsuit prevents your business from thriving.