What is the difference between catch weight and net weight?

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Basically net weight is exact while catch weight is approximate.

Catch Weight refers to an average/approximate weight, typically because the item in question varies in size or there’s some other factor that can make the weight less than precise from package to package.  The people packing the items try to keep each package as close as possible, but whats inside can vary above or below the catch weight at least a little from package to package.

Net Weight means that the contents of the package have been measured exactly (by weight), with the net weight not including the weight of any packaging.

Imagine whole chickens at your grocery store.  They all have net weights on them because they’re individually weighed, but the cases of chickens that arrived at the grocery store had a catch weight because while they were probably packed by the number of chickens and the actual weight and size vary from bird to bird.

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2 Responses to “What is the difference between catch weight and net weight?”

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    Dianne Hanlon says:

    I purchased a pkg of Isernio ground chicken this week. I needed 1 lb. or 16 oz for 2 recipes I had planned for my week’s menus. The package was clearly marked 16 oz., 1 lb Net Wt. when I divededvthe meat into 2 packs, I found that I had a total at of only 13 oz! I think this is deceptive packaging on Isernio’s part & I do not plan to purchase any of your products again.

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    Matthew says:

    Hi Dianne,

    We don’t sell or produce Isernio products, and so can’t speak to their packaging practices. However, it certainly does sound like there was some sort of packing error.

    You might consider reaching out to them to see if they will help.

    Marx Foods