Food trucks are booming globally, with Mashable claiming that over 2.5 billion people eat from them every day. Chances are, if you live in a city or town, or are visiting any kind of event, delicious delights served via truck hatch are not too far away. But when did food trucks become so popular? Why are they booming? And how can you start a booming business off the back of the trend?
The History of Food Trucks
According to the New York Times, the first food truck rolled up in 1872, when street vendor Walter Scott placed his covered wagon in the centre of Providence, Rhode Island and sold pies, sandwiches and coffee to newspaper workers. It was a savvy move, as this helped news spread far and wide about the virtues of his new ‘lunch wagon’.
As time went on, lunch wagons spread around the US, being used by the US Army, then companies in blue-collar trades that needed to provide tasty helpings to hard-working staff away from shops, restaurants, and cafeterias.
Today, food trucks have grown in popularity as the number of outdoor events and festivals increases, the culinary scene develops worldwide, and entrepreneurs and chefs seek to forgo ever-rising rental prices – as well as reach new audiences.
How to Start Your Food Truck Business
If you think the food truck trend could be the right one for you, here’s how to go about it the right way.
1. Start with a Plan
The secret to success isn’t just skill – it’s planning. Define your style, menu, likely costs, the zones you will cover and create an exciting concept that will get people talking and chomping in equal measure.
2. Invest in a Good Truck
Food trucks need to have enough space to prepare and cook food, as well as the moment-by-moment administration of taking orders and payments. They need a reliable power supply too, and ventilation is a must if you want to stay comfortable during a long afternoon service.
3. Expand Your Business
Business growth is a must in the food van sector – a key means to unlocking that coveted transition to bricks-and-mortar. To do this, you can pursue a range of tactics, including offering delivery and events service.
When offering your services, don’t forget to give customers business cards with all the information they need to get in touch about hiring you too. Ensure you have a strong social media presence as word of mouth can be a huge ally when it comes to expansion.
4. Check and Change Your Menu
Food trucks can only offer so many items, so be sure to rotate and experiment with your menu, noting how well certain items sell. This way, you can create an all-star menu line-up, ditching less popular dishes.
The food truck craze is here to stay. Do you want to open your own food truck business? Let us know your culinary ideas in the comments!