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How to Evaluate Commercial Kitchens for Your Food Truck

As a food truck owner, you need to spend time in the prospective facility with a culinary consultant or your staff before you sign a contract with a commercial kitchen. Having multiple sets of hands and [more…]

How to Assemble Your Food Truck's Supply List

Just as you’d set up a grocery list for your personal use at home, generating a supply list for your food truck should be based on the needs of your menu. Look at your menu and put together a comprehensive [more…]

How to Find Potential Suppliers for Your Food Truck

The ultimate goal in selecting a food supplier for your food truck is to find one who will offer you high-quality food with good pricing. You’ll have the opportunity to work with numerous food suppliers [more…]

Interview and Choose Suppliers for Your Food Truck Business

You don’t want a supplier with a shabby operation providing your food truck with food that will be attached to your brand. When it’s time to meet your supplier candidates, be sure to meet them at their [more…]

Negotiate Terms with Your Food Truck Suppliers

When you find a supplier or multiple suppliers who appear to fit the needs of your food truck business, you have to negotiate terms to your business relationship with them. Be sure to settle all your business [more…]

Establish Good Relationships with Your Food Truck Suppliers

A good relationship is based on the promise of long-term collaboration between your food truck business and suppliers. Orders get placed, trucks deliver products, and invoices get paid. Unfortunately, [more…]

Determine Your Food Truck's Proper Inventory Level

The inventory for your mobile food business is the food and other supplies that you’ve purchased and placed in storage. Whether the value of the food is [more…]

Calculate and Monitor Your Food Truck's Weekly Food Costs

When you're running a food truck business, to make sure you’re keeping up on your food costs, you need to calculate them every week. If your monthly profit and loss [more…]

Prevent Employee Theft from Your Food Truck Business

It is important to take steps to prevent employee theft in your food truck business. Employee theft contributes about $52 billion a year in lost profits, and approximately 95 percent of all businesses [more…]

How to Reduce Waste in Your Mobile Food Business

Food waste and spoilage has a huge effect on your food truck business’s gross profit. You purchase food with the intent to sell it, but because you must throw some spoiled items away, the result is wasted [more…]

Determine Your Food Truck's Staffing Needs

Unlike restaurants, food trucks are often operated by a small staff comprised of individuals working a variety of roles. The size of your truck will help you determine the number of staff members that [more…]

Guidelines for Making a Food Truck Staff Schedule

Without proper time management and employee scheduling, running your food truck business can quickly get out of hand. Your employees are an important component to your business that can turn your business [more…]

How to Motivate and Retain Your Food Truck Staff

The mobile food industry is much like any other area of the food service industry, in which employee turnover isn’t uncommon. You must be prepared to hire great people who you’ll someday lose to another [more…]

Home Offices versus Commercial Offices for Food Truck Businesses

Both working from home and leasing office space can be great options for food truck owners. The key is to figure out which one is best for your needs. Ultimately, your business will suffer the consequences [more…]

A Point-of-Sale System for Your Food Truck Business

A point-of-sale (POS) system is a computerized system that allows you to electronically track your food truck sales, cash flow, and food inventory and can help simplify your bookkeeping process. [more…]

Credit-Card Payments and Your Food Truck Business

The basics of credit-card processing for your food truck sales are easy to grasp. Your first step is to select the right credit-card-processing company. You have no shortage of options here, so take your [more…]

Prep, Cook, and Store Your Food Truck's Food Correctly

When food is cooked and left out for more than two hours at room temperature (or worse yet, food truck temperature), bacteria, parasites, and viruses can multiply quickly. Most of these contaminants grow [more…]

How to Combat Cross-Contamination of Food in Your Food Truck

Cross-contamination can cause harmful contaminants can spread to your food and throughout your food truck. Cross-contamination is the transfer of harmful bacteria, parasites, or viruses to food from other [more…]

Implement Proper Hand-Washing Procedures in Your Food Truck

Hand-washing is an important task for all food service employees to ensure you’re serving safe food. Harmful bacteria or pathogens are found on almost everything you touch. People can carry them in or [more…]

Food Truck Cleanliness

You’re responsible for making sure your food truck employees are doing their job, which includes cleaning the truck during and at the end of a shift. Your main goal should be to ensure that the truck is [more…]

Prepare Your Food Truck for Health Inspections

The goal of health inspectors isn’t to shut down your food truck or commercial kitchen. Their role is to enforce local food codes as well as to educate food service staff on proper food handling practices [more…]

Tips for Protecting Your Food Truck's Staff

Even though the space your food truck and commercial kitchen takes up is minimal compared to many restaurants, the same types of injuries take place. Knowing how to avoid these injuries can help you prevent [more…]

Keep Your Food Truck Comfortable in All Temperatures

The part of the country that you call home determines the typical conditions you’ll find to be the norm in your food truck. During the winter months in northern cities, your kitchen will help you and you [more…]

Your Food Truck's Key Performance Indicators

Key performanceindicators (KPIs) are quantifiable measurements that reflect the factors you’ve deemed critical to the success of your mobile food business. During the process of evaluating your food truck [more…]

Listen to Your Food Truck's Customers

The best judge of whether you’re providing a first-class dining experience at your food truck is always going to be your customers. Customer feedback is often given immediately, which allows you to act [more…]

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