Mobile Food Services

Overview

The 5,900 mobile food service firms in the US operate food trucks and carts from which they sell prepared meals, snacks and beverages for immediate consumption to walk-up customers. Mobile food services also contract with individuals and businesses to cater food at events, such as parties, corporate gatherings and festivals.

Permit Restrictions

Food trucks are typically permitted and inspected by the city in which they operate and regulations can vary significantly from city to city.

Sensitivity to Economic Conditions

Food trucks that catered to construction sites and industrial parks were hit hard during the recent recession when construction and manufacturing declined and workers were laid off.