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3 Pieces of Information to Know Before You Start a Food Truck January 10, 2018

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3 Pieces of Information to Know Before You Start a Food Truck, Brooklyn, New York

Mobile food trucks are a popular option for food-lovers and entrepreneurs alike. They deliver delicious fare while having the freedom to set up shop wherever they please. If it is your dream to start a food truck business, there are a few things you need to know beforehand. To be successful, it is important to establish a niche, gain proper licenses, and be aware of all health and safety laws.

What to Know Before You Start a Food Truck Business

1. Discover Your Niche

start a food truckWhat will your mobile kitchen be known for? All food trucks have a niche they fall into. Some focus on street-style Mexican food. Others offer one-of-a-kind hot dogs. Think about the types of food you enjoy eating and creating. Also, note a specific food's popularity and how many other trucks offer a similar product. Try to be unique and original, but ensure it’s something you’re passionate about. 

2. Get Licensed

To start a food truck business, you must follow certain laws. Simply creating a mobile kitchen isn't enough to begin selling. In New York, you are required to obtain a photo ID badge, called a Mobile Food Vendor Personal License. You must also obtain a decal permit called a Mobile Food Vending Unit Permit. To apply, get placed on the Food Cart Waiting List through the Department of Health.

3. Follow Health & Safety Laws

To adhere to the health and safety laws of New York, vendors must obtain their food from approved sources only. Your truck must include heating and cooling storage, and a thermometer is required to ensure the proper cooking of meats. All processing and preparation of meat must be done at a commissary before it is stored in the truck. Employees are required to avoid smoking, be fully clothed, and always wash their hands after using toilets.


If you want to start a food truck business, be sure your actions comply with New York laws. When shopping for appliances and kitchenware or in need of more advice, head over to Shanghai Mobile Kitchen Solutions in Brooklyn. This elite store was established in 1979 and has supplied the city with top-quality cookware ever since. Every piece they sell meets regulatory standards and can be customized to meet your needs. For more information, visit their website or call (800) 253-4815 today.

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