What does “Catch Weight” mean?

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Catch Weight is a food industry term that means “approximate weight”. Because unprocessed food products (particularly meats) naturally vary in size, most food sold by the case is sold by catch weight. The actual weight may be slightly more or less than what is displayed on the MarxFoods webstore.

For example, let’s say Kobe beef tenderloins are described on the site as coming in “a two tenderloin case weighing approximately 10lbs.” Though the case will always contain two Kobe tenderloins, the actual weight could be something like 9.2 lbs or 10.5 pounds depending on the size of the tenderloins inside.

Catch weight is one of the realities of shopping from the same supply fine dining chefs use. It’s sort of like a lottery. Occasionally you may end with an “approximately 10lb case” that actually weighs slightly less. Chances are, the next time you order that item, you may get a case that weighs more for the same price. Lucky day!

In any event, if you are unhappy with the weight of the case you received, please contact us immediately and we’ll do what we can to make you happy.


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2 Responses to “What does “Catch Weight” mean?”

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    Mary Shaw says:

    Is is acceptable to refuse delivery on a catch weight item if the amount exceeds the order and approved PO amount for the order?

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    Matthew says:

    Hi Mary,

    It depends on a lot of factors including the prior course of business between the buyer and seller, the industry, and the degree to which the delivered amount exceeds the PO.

    Generally, it is assumed with catch weights that there will be variability and the buyer should accept and pay for reasonable overages if the sale price is not fixed, but is variable and based on quantity.

    I hope this helps!

    Marx Foods