Mobile Food Service Trends
In the U.S. there are 35,000 food trucks with 1.16 Billion in revenues and a 12% annual growth rate. Warm nights make food trucks in Florida a powerful trend. Globally the revenues are at almost 6B. Mobile food service is a major trend in the food service industry.
Food trucks and mobile food vendors are heavily regulated in most cities. In Florida, food truck regulations vary by county and municipality. Safety in food handling, parking, sanitizing, commissary inspections and a host of other regulations must be adhered to. Commissaries are a business unto themselves often serving many different mobile food businesses.
Vegan offerings are a hot trend for food trucks in Florida with Indian and Mexican food leading the way.
Plant based burgers are also showing dramatic growth. The planet is eating less meat as more become conscious of the impact of raising beef on climate change, not to mention its increased prices.
Not Just Burgers and Franks
But mobile food service is not just a cart or a truck any longer. Popup restaurants are growing dramatically. Post-pandemic restlessness has caused some to resist the traditional fancy restaurant. Trying elegant, creative food in a casual atmosphere is a hot trend. Chefs trying out new recipes or menus use popups for a day or a rooftop location open for months at a time.
Restaurateurs can test out a new location, work with digital marketing promotions, check out new technology and perhaps cut costs on a bricks and mortar startup. Top chefs are employing popups to manage their time. Run a popup for 6 months and then take an extended vacation. A great way to resist the 12 hour 7 days a week life of a chef. And the here today, gone tomorrow nature of pop-ups adds to the mystique and panache of a popup restaurant. Nobody wants to miss it.
Marketing has taken on new trends as websites specialize in locating and broadcasting exciting new popup locations.
And environmentally friendly packaging is a hot trend for food trucks. If your clients go vegan, reduce their beef intake or avoid eating intelligent creatures, chances are they are probably very conscious of the waste they create. Food trucks and popups are all over this trend of biodegradable packaging.
Outdoor Life at Food Trucks in Florida
With people reemerging from their covid induced cocoon, events, from concerts to races are on the rise and food trucks and pop-ups are a great way to serve the here today and gone tomorrow crowds. In Florida people live outdoors year round, from beaches to multi-day concerts and races. Mobile food vending is everywhere.
Used Cooking Oil Recycling
Used cooking oil handling is a problem for every mobile truck or pop-up. Small quantities can be taken back to the commissary and dumped in an oil bin for pickup up by your used cooking oil collector. But, more often containers that fit within a mobile food business make easier work of responsible disposal. An automated tank that collects used cooking oil right from the fryer or an under counter caddy allows easy access for your UCO collector to recycle your used cooking oil.
CleanFri has tanks to fit every business and signage to let you tell your customers you are recycling cooking oil and helping to mitigate climate change. CleanFri can also custom build a tank to fit the perfect space in your pop-up or food truck.