Food Truck Essentials
Food Truck Serving Disposables
From plastic cups, lids, and flatware to take-out containers, our serving disposables can be easily thrown away for efficient cleanup.
Food Truck Countertop Cooking Equipment
Outfit your food truck with the proper countertop cooking equipment, including panini and tortilla grills, gas and electric ranges, and charbroilers.
Food Truck Serving Supplies
Dish out featured menu items with our food serving supplies. Choose from tongs, turners, ladles, serving utensils, and more.
Food Truck Countertop Ovens and Steamers
Our countertop ovens and steamers give you everything you need to cook and warm pizzas, steam veggies, bake entrees, and more.
Food Truck Refrigeration
Keep food at serve safe temperatures with our food truck refrigeration products. We have everything from sandwich prep stations to ice cream freezers.
Food Truck Fryers
Make french fries, wings, onion rings, and other fried favorites in our countertop food truck deep fryers. Choose between gas, electric, and ventless models.
Food Truck Warming and Holding Equipment
Prepare food ahead of time and keep it in our warming and holding equipment. Fry dump stations, soup kettles, and heat lamps keep food ready to eat.
Food Truck Preparation Supplies
Our selection of food preparation supplies includes cookware, spatulas, thermometers, fruit cutters, and other products to make prep safer and easier.
Food Truck Advertising Supplies
Display your menu, specials, and contact information on our advertising supplies. We carry customizable options as well as LED light signs.
Food Truck All-Purpose Disposables
Make sure your food truck is well stocked with all-purpose disposables like guest checks, plastic and foil wrap, and even paper napkins.
Food Truck Foods & Beverages
Whether you operate a burger truck or a hot dog cart, our food truck foods provide you with the staples you need to cater to the hungry lunch crowd.
Food Truck Janitorial Supplies
Sanitize and maintain a clean foodservice operation with our janitorial supplies. Stock up on brooms, trash cans, wipes, floor matting, and more.
Other Foodservice Supplies
Food Truck Equipment Checklist
Once you buy a food truck or sign your food truck lease, your next step is to choose what kind of equipment you’ll put in your new food truck. Unlike other forms of mobile food businesses like food carts, food truck kitchens are large enough to house various equipment and supplies. The extra space allows you to get more creative with your equipment setup and menu items. Whether your food truck has existing equipment or you’re launching your food truck from scratch, it can be hard to know exactly how to start a food truck and find the correct equipment. Quality food truck equipment is vital to your business, and filling your food truck with all the equipment needed for business is a requirement for success. Below, we have provided a comprehensive list of food truck equipment to help you get your truck ready for service. Shop All Food Truck Supplies and Equipment Use these links to learn more about each type of equipment your food truck will need: Cooking Equipment Warming and Holding Equipment Food Prep Equipment Food Truck Supplies Refrigeration Equipment Janitorial Equipment If you'd like to download a PDF of our food truck equipment checklist, click the button below. Download Food Truck Equipment List PDF 1. Cooking Equipment When you're buying equipment for your food truck, you can expect to devote the bulk of your budget to cooking equipment. There are ways to save, like shopping for used or discounted outlet cooking equipment instead of brand new. Optimize the layout of your food truck kitchen by selecting a combination of countertop unit sand full-size models. Devote more space to your most-used equipment and stick with countertop alternatives for equipment you will use less often or for smaller quantities of food. Here's our list of essential food truck cooking equipment: Griddle or Flat Top Grill: Griddles and grills are ideal for cooking popular items like pancakes, burgers, eggs, and vegetables. Range: Ranges allow you to pan fry, saute, boil, and simmer anything from your proteins to your sauces. Charbroiler: Charbroilers help you to achieve grill marks and the signature “grilled” flavor on chicken, steaks, and vegetables. Microwave: You can use a microwave to reheat sides or even steam vegetables. Toaster: With a toaster, you can get the perfect texture on bread for sandwiches or breakfast items like waffles, English muffins, and bagels. Salamander or Cheese Melter: Salamanders help you to brown the tops of foods like open-face sandwiches and macaroni and cheese. Plus, you can efficiently melt cheese on casseroles. Fryer: A fryer is an essential item for many food trucks, allowing you to cook popular menu items like french fries, chicken tenders, and onion rings. Food Truck Exhaust Hood: A food truck hood is essential to remove dangerous grease vapors that are produced from your other equipment. 2. Warming and Holding Equipment Warming and holding equipment is imperative for keeping your food at safe temperatures. Food truck warmers help you avoid foodborne illness and health inspection violations, while holding equipment keeps your menu items at appetizing temperatures for your customers. We recommend these basics for warming and holding your food: Countertop Food Warmer: A countertop food warmer is a versatile addition to your equipment, and it can keep foods like pasta, vegetables, and casseroles at safe temperatures. Fry Dump Station: Use a fry dump station to keep your fries warm once they’re out of the fryer. Soup Warmer or Kettle: Soup kettles ensure that your soups remain hot until they’re ready for serving. 3. Food Prep Equipment These supplies will be some of the most-used items in your food truck. Food prep equipment covers anything you use to get food ready for cooking or serving, so what you need will vary depending on what you have on your menu. Here are some food prep supplies that you can start with: Stainless Steel Work Table: Depending on your food truck’s counter setup, you may want a stainless steel work table for added prep space. Cutting Boards: Whether you’re dicing, chopping, or slicing, cutting boards are essential for every kitchen. Knives and Knife Rack: Purchasing good quality knives will save you replacement costs in the long run, and having a rack or roll to store them safely is ideal for a compact kitchen. Skillets or Frying Pans: Use these to pan fry, saute, or even steam your menu items. Sauce Pans: Sauce pans help you to reduce, simmer, and boil sauces and broths. Turners: Turners are another versatile item that can be used for anything from burgers to vegetables. Thermometers: If you want to keep your customers safe, use thermometers to ensure that all of your food items are cooked thoroughly. Blender or Food Processor: You can make smoothies, salsa, sauces, and soups with the help of a blender or food processor. French Fry Cutter: A french fry cutter will save you plenty of time if your food truck has fries on the menu. 4. Food Truck Supplies Because your food truck will serve on-the-go customers, you’ll need to stock up on several disposable serving supplies. Be sure that you have ample room to store these supplies in your truck because running out of them could mean that you have to close your window for the day. Start to build your collection with these serving supplies: Serving Utensils: Whether you need spoons, ladles, or tongs, always make sure to have clean serving utensils on hand. Pump Condiment Dispenser: You can put a pump condiment dispenser outside of your truck for self-service, or opt for one inside for more portion control. Squeeze Bottles: Squeeze bottles will help you top your menu items or allow guests to put condiments on for themselves. Sugar, Spice, or Cheese Shakers: With sugar, spice, or cheese shakers, you can dust your offerings with the appropriate toppings. Paper Food Trays: Paper food trays are a classic option for serving your food truck’s main and side dishes. Paper, Foam, or Plastic Dinnerware: If you offer platters or large portions, disposable dinnerware is the way to go. Paper or Plastic Cups: Paper or plastic cups allow you to serve beverages outside of bottles or cans. Plastic Utensils: An essential for every food truck, plastic utensils help your guests enjoy their food. Take-Out Containers: Take-out containers make it easy for on-the-go customers to transport their food. Portion Cups: Portion cups allow customers to take just the right amount of condiments for their food. Paper Napkins and Dispenser: Put a napkin dispenser outside of your truck for guests to help themselves. Guest Checks or Order Forms: Guest checks and order forms will help you stay organized as you prepare orders. Disposable Gloves: With disposable gloves, you can handle food sanitarily. Aluminum or Plastic Food Wrap: Whether you need to wrap prepared servings or store ingredients for later use, aluminum or plastic food wrap will come in handy. Back to Top 5. Refrigeration Equipment Having refrigeration equipment on your food truck is imperative for keeping ingredients fresh. You may want to have one refrigerator for your main food items, a separate one for beverages, or a smaller refrigerator for things like sauces and toppings. Fortunately, refrigeration equipment comes in a variety of types, so you can customize the unit(s) you choose to your food truck’s offerings. Here is some specialized refrigeration equipment that you could consider: Worktop or Undercounter Refrigerator: A worktop refrigerator doubles as a work surface, which is optimal for your compact space. Sandwich or Salad Preparation Refrigerator: A sandwich or salad prep refrigerator has a bottom chilled cabinet, a top with space for pans of toppings, and a strip of prep space for assembly. Pizza Preparation Refrigerator: Pizza prep refrigerators are similar to sandwich preparation models, but they offer a larger workspace for you to easily assemble your pizzas. Countertop Glass Door Refrigerator: A countertop glass door refrigerator is an excellent solution for merchandising canned or bottled beverages in your food truck. Undercounter Freezers: An undercounter freezer is the perfect food truck freezer, allowing you to store frozen items such as ice cream without taking up too much space. 6. Janitorial Equipment Janitorial equipment is essential for any business looking to maintain a sanitary environment. These supplies will be used every day to clean and maintain your food truck and the equipment inside. Maintaining a sanitary environment and keeping up with health codes is vital, so be sure to stock up on all the janitorial equipment you need. Equip your food truck with the following janitorial supplies: Three-Compartment Sink: If you have room, a three-compartment sink is ideal for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing your dishes and smallwares. Hand Sink: A dedicated hand sink encourages your employees to practice good personal hygiene and keep your food safe. Anti-Fatigue or Wet Area Floor Mats: These mats will help to cushion the area you stand on every day and protect you from slipping. Sanitizing Chemicals: You can find sanitizing chemicals intended for both surfaces and dishware. Scrubbers and Sponges: You’ll need scrubbers and sponges to keep dishware and cooking utensils clean. Trash Can and Liners: Keep your waste disposal area tidy with a large bin and plenty of liners. Broom and Dustpan: A broom and dustpan are perfect for keeping the floor of your food truck tidy. If you're looking to start a food truck business, one of your first steps is to get familiar with the types of equipment you'll need. Prioritize space for your cooking equipment, but keep in mind that you'll need plenty of room for disposables and prep supplies as well. Refer to this guide to ensure that you have all the equipment that your food truck needs.
How to Buy a Food Truck
Purchasing a kitchen-equipped truck is the most expensive and time-consuming part of starting a food truck business. You’ll need to find a food truck manufacturer you trust, establish clear communication, and customize your food truck to meet both your personal needs and regional requirements. To make buying a food truck less intimidating, we’ve created a comprehensive guide to the food truck purchasing and personalizing process. We’ll explain the average food truck costs and help you determine whether a new, used, or leased food truck is right for you. Shop All Food Truck Supplies & Equipment If you have a specific question about buying a food truck, use the links below to jump to the correlating section. Click any of the tips below to read the section that interests you: How Much Does a Food Truck Cost? How to Own a Food Truck New vs. Used Food Trucks Lease a Food Truck Where To Buy a Food Truck Design Your Own Food Truck How to Customize a Food Truck How Much Does a Food Truck Cost? On average, most food truck entrepreneurs spend between $70,000 and $80,000 on their food truck. The total price of buying a food truck can amount anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000 depending on how you acquire the truck, customize it for your needs, and your local permit and licensing requirements. To help you narrow down how much you should expect to spend on your food truck, we break down the average cost of new, used, and leased food trucks below. How Much Does a New Food Truck Cost?: New food trucks typically cost between $100,000-$175,000. How Much Does a Used Food Truck Cost?: Used food trucks typically cost between $50,000-$100,000. How Much Does Leasing a Food Truck Cost?: Leasing a food truck typically costs between $2,000-$3,000 each month. How to Own a Food Truck The first step in owning a food truck is assessing the financial obligation by writing a food truck business plan. Begin by researching your target market, local ordinances, licensing and permit demands, parking permit regulations, and what type of equipment your menu requires. Most food truck entrepreneurs need to apply for financing or a loan to offset food truck startup costs. Before heading to your bank, know your credit score and, based on your food truck business plan, know how much owning a food truck business will cost you. Once you’re approved for a loan, you'll know your budget and can start shopping for a food truck. There are three paths to owning a food truck business: buying a new food truck, buying a used food truck, or leasing a food truck. What Is Better, to Buy a New or Used Food Truck? One of the biggest decisions of buying a food truck is deciding whether to purchase it new or used. While there are advantages and disadvantages of each choice, it ultimately comes down to what your budget is and how much you can afford upfront. We'll go over the pros and cons of buying new and used food trucks, so you can make the best decision for your financial status. Buying a New Food Truck If you have the money, buying a new food truck is a worthwhile investment that will help you avoid costly repairs down the line. Discover the advantages and disadvantages of buying a new food truck below. New Food Truck Advantages Custom-tailored to your needs No wear and tear or undisclosed damages Reduces the risk of costly breakdowns and major repairs Usually have great warranties Fresh, clean, and polished appearances New Food Truck Disadvantages Large financial investment Customization requires longer lead times High initial expense makes it hard to make future changes if you quickly outgrow the truck's capacity Buying a Used Food Truck If you want to own your food truck but are hesitant to invest in a brand new vehicle, buying a used food truck is a great alternative. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of buying a used food truck below. Used Food Truck Advantages Initially cheaper than new trucks Pre-done retrofitting allows you to see if the kitchen layout works for you Equipment is already installed Cuts the decision-making process down Used Food Truck Disadvantages Higher risk of costly repairs and maintenance Unknown wear and tear Lower life expectancy You may have trouble finding a vendor willing to customize it (because they don’t know what was done previously) Back to Top Lease a Food Truck Purchasing a kitchen-equipped truck is the most expensive part of becoming a food truck operator, so many entrepreneurs circumnavigate this major up-front cost by leasing their food truck. Making smaller payments over time allows you to get a brand new, high-end food truck without a large initial fee. The leasing route might be right for you if you're new to the foodservice industry or want to see if your brick and mortar does well as a food truck. One disadvantage of leasing a food truck is you may have to return the truck when your lease ends. If your food truck business is doing well, you’ll endure a stressful transition to a new truck, lose operational time, or be forced to close your thriving business. We strongly recommend choosing a food truck lease agreement with lease renewal or lease-to-own options. Where To Buy a Food Truck Once you know your budget and decide whether you want a new, used, or leased food truck, you'll need to find a reputable food truck dealer. While you can purchase food trucks from private parties and sites like Craigslist or eBay, it’s important to recognize the high risk of this choice. When investing an immense sum of money into the foundation of your business, you want to know every detail about your future food truck. Many entrepreneurs ask the owner of their favorite food truck where they purchased their vehicle. Asking food truck owners for recommendations provides the opportunity to inquire about how well their truck runs and if they had a positive experience with its vendor. Design Your Own Food Truck Customizing your food truck is both the most stressful and most intriguing part of buying a food truck. If you go with a reputable manufacturer, they’ll take most of the stress off your shoulders and bring your vision to life. Founder of Prestige Food Trucks, Jeremy Adams, provided some great insight on how a typical purchasing process goes. While a lot more communication goes into the purchase than what is listed below, these five steps provide a general outline of the process. A customer will call or email the company they want to purchase from with an inquiry. The customer receives a response that typically asks them what their equipment needs and budget are, what city they’ll be operating in, and what type of food they’ll be serving.Once this information is provided, a company will usually send out custom blueprint options to which customers can make any adjustments. After this is completed, a company typically works on a 2-3 month lead time before shipping the food truck. Many manufacturers can ship nationally or internationally. Once a customer receives their purchase, they must obtain any permits needed before they can hit the streets selling their specialty cuisine. Back to Top How to Customize a Food Truck The main determining factor in how you should layout of your food truck is the cuisine you’re offering. While the most common food truck items are flat grills, countertop fryers, food warmers, refrigerators, and freezers, each truck will differ. For example, a food truck specializing in pizza needs a pizza oven and possibly an extra generator or propane tank, whereas a coffee truck benefits from an extra supply of hot water. Also, as you customize your food truck to your menu, make sure your layout provides enough space for other pieces of essential food truck equipment. Food Truck Size The average food truck is 16 feet long and seven feet wide, but they can range from 10 to 26 feet long depending on their operational needs. Make sure you choose a vehicle that’s large enough to accommodate your kitchen layout, ingredient storage requirements, and staff members. After assessing your needs, decide whether your mobile food business requires a food truck, food trailer, or a food cart. Some companies can transform anything, from step van chassis and sprinter vans to passenger vans and RVs, into fully functioning food trucks. Food Truck Fuel Decide whether you want to go with a gas or diesel engine for your food truck, determining your fuel cost. There are many pros and cons to each type, so it comes down to preference. Most food truck owners choose diesel engines for their power, but you have to be prepared for that slightly larger initial investment. While gasoline is cheaper than diesel fuel, diesel has a greater fuel economy. Gas engines will run more quietly and have a less noticeable odor, whereas diesel engines provide you with unmatched power. If properly maintained, a diesel engine can easily go for 300,000 miles. When engines require maintenance, gas operating engines are typically cheaper to repair than diesel. However, since diesel engines last longer, you’ll get a better resale price if you ever decide to sell your food truck. Food Truck Power Supply Portable diesel generators are the typical power source for food trucks and trailers. Diesel-powered generators withstand constant heavy use and have long lifespans. If you live in a sunny location, you can sustainably power your food truck by installing solar panels to the roof. Another food truck power supply option is to use Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders. Food Truck Special Features Finally, when customizing your food truck, you get to pick the special features that will make it your own unique restaurant on wheels. Whether you’re adding special equipment to the interior of the truck to make food prep more efficient, or you’re adding aesthetic details to the exterior to make your truck more visually appealing to customers, a reputable dealer will work with your vision. Check out some beneficial accessories you can add to your truck below. Security Awning - This locking security awning will protect the contents of your food truck when it's not in use. Security awnings are usually a sliding piece that covers windows, doors, and any external TVs, speakers, or other devices to protect them from vandalism. Use the awning as an extra branding space by customizing it to match your truck’s design. Flat Panel TV - Add a flat panel television to the exterior of your food truck so you can market your menu, specials, locations, and other important information. You can also use it to play music. Speakers - By adding speakers, you can announce when orders are ready and entertain your long line of customers with music. Retractable Awning - Manual or electric awnings shelter customers while they wait at your serving window and create a slight sound barrier that allows workers to hear customers' orders more clearly. Longer awnings protect patrons from the rain, snow, or glaring sun while they're waiting to order, which prevents lost business due to long, uncomfortable wait times. Misting System - This feature is perfect for the summer months or for food trucks in areas where the climate is hot year-round. Food truck operators usually install misting systems above their exterior serving window to keep customers cool while they wait. Vinyl Wrap - Many businesses have designers who work with clients to create a personal logo or image. They then transfer the logo onto a vinyl wrapping that goes around the entire truck for branding. These wrappings can include graphics, menus, business names, and any other advertising materials, and they will include the proper cutouts for windows and serving windows. Perforated Window Film - Window perforation allows your logo or decal to continue onto the exterior of your windows. This allows customers to see the image, but also enables employees to still see clearly out the window. Dual-Service - Many truck owners want to have service stations on both sides of the truck so they can maximize volume and service. Back to Top Owning a food truck frees you from the physical and financial tethers of a storefront. However, buying a food truck involves a lot of research, time, money, and communication. Use this guide to make an informed purchase. With careful planning, you can buy the ideal food truck for your business and take your delicious menu on the road.
How to Write a Food Truck Business Plan
Food trucks are at the forefront of influencing upcoming food trends and can be a very profitable business. But before you can start your own food truck business, you’ll need to plan out your concept and how you’ll fund that dream. Writing a food truck business plan helps you lay out the details of your new endeavor and address the questions of potential investors. Because this is such an important step, it should be completed before you even buy a food truck. Shop All Food Truck Supplies Click the steps below to learn about the sections of a food truck business plan: Executive Summary Company Description Market Analysis Organization and Management Service or Product Line Marketing and Sales Funding Request Financial Projections Appendix Food Truck Business Plan Template We've outlined how to format your business plan and listed the key topics you should cover. Below you'll find some food truck business plans suggestions to give you an idea of what to include when writing your own. 1. Executive Summary The first section of your food truck business plan is the executive summary. Think of this as your introduction to the reader. To make a good first impression, you should be concise and interesting without explaining too many granular details. You can cover the finer points of your business in the following sections. This is your chance to highlight who your company is, how you expect it to grow, and why your food truck will be successful. In the executive summary, you should identify the gap in your target market that your company can fill. It's also a good idea to cover how your knowledge and background will benefit you as you pursue your company goals of opening a food truck business. Although the executive summary is the first section your potential investor will read, you should write it last. Food Truck Business Plan Executive Summary Considerations These are the key topics to include in a food truck executive summary: What type of food do you plan to offer? Where do you plan to sell your food? Why will this type of food be successful in the area where you plan to sell it? What is the projected cost and profit of your food truck business? What are your future goals for your food truck business? 2. Company Description Use this section of your food truck business plan to explain the details of your company. Describe your food truck business and convey how it will be a valuable addition to the existing market. Essentially, this is the section where you can expand upon the topics you briefly mentioned in the executive summary. Food Truck Company Description Considerations Think about these food truck company description questions as you write your business plan: What kind of food truck will it be (truck, trailer, or food cart)? Why a food truck as opposed to a brick-and-mortar location? Will you prepare your food in the truck or a commissary kitchen? How will the food items you provide compete with the menu items of existing food trucks or restaurants in your target area? What specific consumer niche will you serve? What is your overall competitive advantage (your unique cuisine, your outstanding customer service, your creative marketing, etc.)? 3. Market Analysis The market analysis section of your food truck business plan is where you will explain and detail how you'll fit into the existing market. It's important to do extensive research on starting a food truck business before writing this section so you can include solid research findings to back up your conclusions. Food Truck Marketing Analysis For Business Plan Cover these topics in your food truck market analysis section: Describe the food industry, including current trends, growth rate, major consumer groups, etc. Pinpoint the age group, geographic area, socioeconomic status, and other key demographic information of your target market. Identify the needs of your target market and any seasonal trends that could impact your business. Define the size and growth potential of your target market. State how you will gain a large percentage of the market share in your geographic location. Explain your pricing structure, gross margin levels, and any other financially relevant information. Identify your competitors and explain how you will make your food truck a viable contender in current and future markets. Address any obstacles you may encounter as you start your food truck business. Cite food codes and other governmental regulations that will affect your business. Back to Top 4. Organization and Management The next step of your food truck business plan is to outline your organization and management plan. Explaining your organization and management structure may not seem that important if you're hoping to open up a food truck manned by two people. However, outlining responsibilities from the start helps to avoid confusion as your business grows and develops. This section should include a detailed profile of your management team, information about the ownership of your company, the salary and benefits you'll offer your workers, and growth opportunities for people within your organization. Creating a chart that shows the organizational structure of your business is a great way to illustrate that all the bases are covered, from the cooks in your food truck kitchen to the accountant who balances your checkbook. Food Truck Ownership Information Include this ownership information in the food truck organization and management section of your business plan: Legal structure (Are you forming a partnership? Are you a sole proprietor?) Full names of the owners Percentage of the company each owner holds Type of ownership (common stock, general partner, etc.) Stock information Profiles of Your Food Truck Management Team The following details should be included in the management section of a business plan for food trucks. Manager's full name Position and primary responsibilities Educational background Prior employment and how it relates to his/her position within your company Important experience and skills that will help your business be successful Past track record with hard numbers to back it up Food industry recognition Community involvement Salary 5. Service or Product Line Use the service and product line section to describe your food truck menu items. What unique flavors are you offering and how will your products entice passersby and convert them into die-hard fans? This is the section where you can display your innovative ideas, describe your products, and explain how you will keep customers coming back for more. Food Truck Menu Description for Business Plan Here are some questions to consider when creating a profitable menu for your food truck: What type of cuisine will you offer? Why are you passionate about this type of food? Why will customers eat your food? What is your competitive advantage? Are your recipes well-established or still being developed? Food Truck Product Line Next, you'll want to explain where your products are in terms of life cycle by answering the following questions: Are you launching a totally new product? Are you already gaining popularity with your target market? What might cause a decline in demand for your product? Food Truck Intellectual Property Discuss any intellectual property that might be included in your food truck menu items to protect them: Do you have any trade secrets or patents in the works? Will you require your staff to sign any non-disclosure or non-compete agreements? Food Truck Projections Show that you have considered the future of the menu for your food truck with these questions: How do you see your menu changing over time? Are you developing any new products? Do you plan to own a fleet of food trucks someday? Will you expand your reach by attending food truck fairs or booking catered events? 6. Marketing and Sales The marketing and sales portion of your food truck business plan is focused on building customer loyalty. You will need to define your overall marketing and sales strategies, but how you do so is completely up to you. One important thing to remember is that customers value originality, whether that means adopting a recognizable food truck design or creating a unique selling point for your food truck. Food Truck Marketing and Sales Questions Provide answers to these important questions in the food truck sales and marketing section: How will you compete with other food trucks in your area? Will you set your prices lower than your competitors'? Will you offer a product that has never been seen before? How will you grow your business? Will you hire more employees? Will you acquire more food trucks? Will you extend the geographic area your truck serves? How will you distribute your products? Will you sell only from your truck? Will you attend food truck fairs or festivals? How will you reach your customers? Will you advertise on traditional media (radio, newspaper, billboards)? Will you develop a social media presence by utilizing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or TikTok? Will you offer special rewards or discounts for returning customers? Will you give away free samples to entice future customers? Will you create an interactive map to help customers locate your truck? How many sales are necessary for your food truck to be profitable? What is a fair menu price for the products you'll be selling? How many days will you take off in a year? Will you sell throughout the winter or just during the warmer months? Back to Top 7. Funding Request Not every food truck business plan has a funding request section, but it's something to consider including. It can be tricky to map out how much a food truck costs, but it is a necessary part of securing a startup loan. If you do plan to request funding, you should clearly explain how much funding you need, what you need it for, and how you'll repay anything you owe. Make sure to include the cost of food truck insurance, the cost of fuel and any permits or licenses you'll need to start doing business. Funding Section of Business Plan for Food Trucks Think about these important questions when you create your food truck funding request: How much capital do you really need? Do you foresee needing more funding in the future? How will you use the funds you are awarded? How will you repay your loans? What are the potential benefits to an investor if your food truck does well? How would these funds create new opportunities for your food truck? 8. Financial Projections It's difficult to know what realistic food truck financial projections are when you're starting your food truck business from scratch, but to allocate funds efficiently, it's important to analyze your target market and set clear financial goals. If your business has already been in operation for a few years, this is the section of the food truck business plan where you'd include historical financial data. However, if you're just starting out, you will need to calculate how much your business will potentially make over the next five years using realistic assumptions. Make sure that these food truck financial projections align with the funds you asked for in your funding request. 9. Appendix The appendix section isn't necessary in every food truck business plan, but this is a great place to include information that didn't fit anywhere else, from product photos to building permits to letters of reference. Back to Top Starting your own food truck is overwhelming at first, but writing a business plan is a great first step. It will help you get organized and cover details that you may not have originally considered. Once you have completed your business plan, you’ll be ready to put your dream into motion. The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. Please refer to our Content Policy for more details.
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We offer a variety of concession trailer supplies that are carefully selected for use in confined spaces. Serving and all-purpose disposables are great supplies for virtually any food truck. Keep service and cleanup quick and easy, and eliminate the need of washing used dishes. From serving and prep utensils to cooking, frying, cleaning, and advertising supplies, you can be confident in our ability as food truck suppliers to get you the right equipment for the job.
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