Mercedes-Benz food trucks – whether restored and pulled out of a dusty barn or rescued from another destiny, the food trucks have one thing in common: They deliver precious and delicious cargo on four wheels and make their customers happy. They come in different sizes and colours and are always the center of attention wherever they show up. Although some may think Food trucks are a new phenomenon, they actually exist since the 19th century, when a Texas rancher stuffed an old army wagon with food and kitchenware. He even had access to clean water in the wagon and was able to cook: the first food truck was born!
Texas cattle rancher Charles Goodnight stuffs an old army wagon with kitchen equipment and long-life foods such as beans, coffee and dried meat.
A vendor named Walter Scott sells sandwiches and coffee outside a press building to journalists through a small window he cut into his wagon. These so-called „Lunch wagons“ quickly spread.
A former lunch-counter boy named Thomas H. Buckley starts to build different lunch wagons with various model executions. The vehicles contained refrigerators, stoves and sinks.
From so-called “dog wagons” sausage vendors start selling hot dogs to hungry students outside of universities.
Mobile canteens were authorized by the US Army and provided food for the soldiers.
In New York and Los Angeles food trucks are getting more and more popular and influence food truck owners all over the world. With the help of social media, food truck owners can now access large groups of people and inform them about the locations they will be at.
The biggest advantages of food trucks are their independency and flexibility. That is probably what makes them so popular for both suppliers and customers. They can easily access big events such as concerts and festivals and do not necessarily have a permanent location. Contrary to the well-known snack cars, food trucks do not only provide fast food, but rather high quality food and specialties such as Kobe beef, vegan or vegetarian food or Pulled Pork.
Food trucks are not only self-sufficient, but also affordable. For young entrepreneurs who like to try out different things, a food truck is the perfect starter package. It is way cheaper than a property and leaves a lot of space for creativity. Whether hot dogs, ice cream, burgers or seafood – the culinary diversity of food trucks has no boundaries. Against the background of the growing popularity of food trucks, the competition is increasing, too. Therefore food truck owners tend to sell niche products. But no matter what food is sold in the trucks, everybody is happy when they show up.
Photos: Brandt & Levie Worstmakers, nextPR, Hotdog.de, La Rika, Woop Woop Icecream, Volpe Leckerei, LightWav3r & Geyst, Daily Deli, Damaris Riedinger