What It Takes to Run a Food Trailer

Thinking about running your own food trailer? It can be a great investment and a fun business, but like any industry it’s important to do your research before jumping into the frying pan…or soup bowl, or coffee cup…whatever your culinary dream might be. The experts at Custom Trailer Pros have put together a list of 7 key factors needed before taking the next steps. Are you ready for your next adventure? Read on!

  1. Fast Work-Flow. Serve your food quickly! Our most successful customers understand that maximizing their profits means being able to serve a lot of food in a short amount of time. Whether you are working a large festival or an office complex’s lunch break, your customers will not wait for a slow-moving line. Prep your food ahead of time if possible, create a smooth work-flow within your food truck and establish systems that help generate fast, consistent service every time.
  2. Curiosity. The [...]

Food trailers have come a long way from the early days of selling premade plastic-wrapped sandwiches and lukewarm coffee to factory workers needing something cheap and quick on their lunch breaks. Today, these culinary kitchens on wheels offer every type of edible offering you can dream up—from fresh seafood and ethnic fare to gourmet burgers and desserts.

The experts at Custom Trailer Pros can tell from the trailers we’re helping to put on the road that these munchie mobiles show no sign of swerving into the slow lane. According to Technomic, a research firm specializing in the food-service industry, sales for the food trailer segment—with most trailers being owner-operated—are growing at three times the rate of traditional casual dining options.

The rise of food trailers got a big boost during the recession, when people laid off from their corporate jobs decided to put their entrepreneurial skills to the (taste) test. The pace hasn’t slowed down [...]

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