Catch Weights

When an item’s weight varies

Catch Weighting is a food industry term that means “approximate weight.” For food products that naturally vary in size, such as blocks of cheese or cuts of meat, items are typically sold by a unit such as block or case, but priced by the pound. In this way, 10 blocks of cheese could all sell for different amounts, since each one has a unique weight.

Catch weight products use two units of measure: an inventory unit and a catch weight unit. The inventory unit is the unit of measure in which the product is sold, received, transferred, picked, and shipped. The catch weight unit is the unit by which the the item is weighed and invoiced. A nominal or standard weight is generally defined for the inventory unit, making it easy to determine whether a recorded actual weight is within tolerance.

bcFood’s Catch Weights Feature

Maintain your inventory records according to two units of measure, making it possible to capture the exact weights of your random weight items. This allows you to sell and process these items according to a physical unit, but price and cost them according to their weight.

Extendable throughout bcFood – record and maintain catch weights for individual lot and license plate records throughout all major transactions, such as purchases, sales, production output and consumption, and warehouse movements.

Maintain data with tolerances – define catch weight tolerance percentages for items, ensuring that entered catch weight values fall within a reasonable range of values.

Compatible with external scales – integrate bcFood with electronic scales to make the recording of weights an automatic, error-free process.

Usage scenario

Set up an item with a base unit of Case and alternate unit of Pound, then sell individual cases of the item to customers while charging the exact, variable weight of each one.