Agrifood loss adjuster: from farm to table
Agrifood is one of the largest sectors in the French economy. With nearly 18,000 companies and over 400,000 jobs, it generated 180 billion euros in turnover in 2017. But despite the heavy weight it carries, the industry faces major challenges: decreased margins, increasing regulatory restrictions, decreased competitiveness compared to foreign…
Agrifood is one of the largest sectors in the French economy. With nearly 18,000 companies and over 400,000 jobs, it generated 180 billion euros in turnover in 2017. But despite the heavy weight it carries, the industry faces major challenges: decreased margins, increasing regulatory restrictions, decreased competitiveness compared to foreign counterparts, etc. All of this is happening in an ecological transition that is forcing major paradigm shifts.
Agriculture and agrifood, a diverse sector
Agrifood is a particularly vast sector, encompassing primary companies, dedicated to producing food, and secondary companies, specialising in processing raw materials.
The first category includes farmers, of course, but also different occupations that revolve around farm work: farm equipment manufacturers, seed producers, etc. Agricultural production itself is actually somewhat heterogeneous, depending on whether it involves plant, livestock or fish production.
The second category also includes a wide variety of jobs: from agricultural product processing to distribution to the logistics chain, transportation and storage. Some of the main agrifood industries include sugar, meat, beverages and alcohol, grain and dairy products.
This multitude of players is consequently exposed to a range of potential claims, starting with product contamination risks. These are often biological in nature, involving pathogens like listeria or salmonella, but they can also be chemical or physical. On the agrifood side, packaging or packing defects, or breaks in the cold chain, are particularly common. Foreign bodies found in a product, or nonconformity problems (like the horse meat case), are also potential claims.
The work of agrifood loss adjusters
An agrifood processing company is held civilly liable, or an outdoor event causes damage to a farmer, etc. Whatever the incident, Stelliant Loss Adjusting deploys proven agrifood loss adjusters as quickly as possible. Together with highly technical financial loss adjusters, they are able to put a precise number on the losses incurred by farmers or processing companies.
Working in project mode, Stelliant Loss Adjusting is able to bring together the right skills for each case and work with exemplary responsiveness through a single point of entry for comprehensive service.
A galaxy of specialised agrifood loss adjusters
Stelliant Loss Adjusting is made up of a constellation of agrifood loss adjusters and professionals with highly specialised technical profiles to handle any situation: agrifood engineers, supply chain specialists, mechanical specialists, etc. They have certifications that include ISO 22000, IFS Food Standards and British Retailers Consortium (BRC).
The agrifood loss adjusters run the show, surrounding themselves with the best talent to broaden their own expertise with others’, mobilising specialists in fishing, viticulture, oenology, or veterinary medicine.
This multidisciplinary organisation enables Stelliant Loss Adjusting to support industry professionals through anything, from pure loss adjusting to investigating causes. With its multi-specialist consultants and in-house laboratories, the INQUEST firm has the human and technical resources needed to determine the cause of any agricultural loss.