Food trucks are a gourmet option.
The original food truck sold greasy hot dogs, burgers, and fries. It was as tasty as greasy food bombs can be, but it wasn’t complicated. Food truck cooks did not need to have any more skill than the average fast food worker.
Today, food trucks are a growing entrepreneurial endeavor, and business professionals are quitting their jobs to join the industry. The growing competition has created a variety of food options on the trucks, like ethnic and gourmet options.
The competition is fierce. Diners now want healthy options.
Juice trucks are growing in popularity as people jump on the juicing bandwagon seeking healthy food options. A Boston group started their juice truck in 2012 by getting funding through Kickstarter. They were juicing enthusiasts and wanted to share their vision with fellow Bostonians. They knew some people would be hesitant to join the juicing community, so they offered free samples and did tasting panels to ensure popularity among their products. Through a lot of effort, their food truck vision is still alive today.
What effort? What do you need to start a food truck?
As you can see from the video above, there is a lot more to starting a food truck than many think. Planning is instrumental, and even then, profit is a challenge in the beginning. One thing that can help is knowing what appliances a food truck may need and where to find them. For example, one can find juicers for sale at online retailers on the internet.
Types of appliances
- Counter top cookers: griddles, ranges, sandwich presses, charbroilers, steamers, steamers, microwaves, ovens
- Warmers: heat lamps, fry dump stations, counter top warmers, insulated carriers, soup warmers
- Refrigeration units
- Refrigerated prep stations (for toppings)
- Ice cream freezers
- Fruit and vegetable cutters
- Typically additional refrigeration, but it is important to calculate the need for additional food storage based on accurate sales predictions.
Challenge of finding vital appliances.
When starting a food truck, the challenge is finding those appliances which are essential. It is easy and fun to start purchasing equipment, but there will be some time before the profits come. Also, many food trucks fail, maybe because of a little overreach on purchases or expectations of immediate profits.
Food trucks are niche businesses, and they appeal to specific people looking for specific food. Don’t try to please everyone by offering too many options on your menu. Keep it narrow in scope, and the appliances needed will be less numerous and more utilized.