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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Orlando, Cary, Alexandria, and Cullman.

May 16

Step Aside, New York — Orlando Is America’s Food Truck Capital – ORLANDO, FL – Now that it’s almost summer, food trucks are about to start rolling onto streets across America.

“Food trucks are popular due to their convenience, adaptability, and low barrier of entry,” Ross Resnick, founder of Roaming Hunger, a website that keeps tabs on all things street food, told Business Insider. “Although food trucks do not have the décor that a traditional restaurant might have, food trucks make up for it by offering interesting ways to deliver food to people in concentrated areas.”

Find the entire article <here>

Cary drafts food truck rules; public hearing set for Thursday – CARY, NC – Food trucks could soon set up around town, but Cary leaders want to set some rules first.

Cary doesn’t currently have food truck regulations, so the businesses are considered prohibited.

Find the entire article <here>

May 17

Food trucks encounter suspicion, but will get a trial run in Alexandria for 16 months – ALEXANDRIA, VA – Food trucks will get an 16-month tryout in the parks, parking lots, schools and driveways of Alexandria, the City Council decided Saturday, but they won’t be allowed to sell their delectables from the curbside just yet.

Find the entire article <here>

May 18

Community Flocks to Food Trucks – CULLMAN, AL – Cullman Parks & Recreation has brought us a brand new way to eat lunch. It’s called ‘Eat on the Street’, and it’s the perfect way to get outside on your lunch break. Food trucks have come to serve Cullman and will be here every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cullman Farmer’s Market.

Find the entire article <here>

Prestige-Food-TrucksORLANDO, FL – Coming right off the heels of their new build out project with Dunkin Donuts and helping our nation’s servicemen and women, Prestige Food Trucks continues their foray into the good cause arena by starting a build out on a mobile meal provider for Food Bank for the Heartland.

“The timing of these two projects was great. It’s in our mission to deliver not only the best food trucks in the country, but to be part of giving back,” says Jeremy Adams, EVP of Operations. “Food Bank for the Heartland helps families struggling with hunger in Nebraska and western Iowa. It’s a privilege to help them in that mission.”

Food Bank for the Heartland will use the food truck to delivery healthy meals to Kids Café sites in the Omaha area. Kids Café is one of the nation’s largest free meal service programs for low-income children. The food truck will also be utilized in the summer months as the Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen, serving nutritious meals to children at-risk for hunger when school is not in session.

“This is a new way for our Food Bank to get food into the hands of those that need it,” said Brian Barks, Director of Development and PR for Food Bank for the Heartland. “We’re pleased to be partnering with Prestige Food Trucks. What’s being built in Orlando will have a tremendous impact on the lives of many here in Omaha.”

The Prestige Food Trucks’ Business-in-a-Box solution consists of:

  •     Initial Consultation
  •     Inventory Selection
  •     Truck Build out (Interior and Exterior)
  •     Complete Owner Financing
  •     Marketing
  •     Branding and Design
  •     Online Business Development
  •     Promotional Materials
  •     Website and Location-Based services

About Food Bank for the Heartland (a member of Feeding America):

Food Bank for the Heartland is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that acts as a central clearinghouse through which the food industry and community may donate surplus food to feed hungry individuals, families and children. Food is distributed to more than 285 member agencies in 77 counties in Nebraska and 16 counties in western Iowa. Food Bank for the Heartland distributed more than 12 million pounds of product in fiscal year 2013 and served over 250,000 different people in need in the Heartland. For more information, visit http://www.FoodBankHeartland.org.

Arepas El Cacao food truckORLANDO,FL – An armed food truck robbery on International Drive was caught on video and authorities are hoping the public can help identify the suspected criminals.

Earlier this month, workers for the Arepas El Cacao food truck parked in the 5300 block of International Drive — in the heart of Orlando’s tourist corridor — were robbed by two masked men, Orlando police said.

The Nov. 11 robbery was caught by the food truck’s camera, which showed the two suspected robbers assaulting a customer, taking his wallet and barging into the kitchen area to attack the worker.

One of the men, covering his face with what appears to be a shirt, pointed a silver revolver at both victims while a second man, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, punched and shoved the men.

The men got away with cash from inside the truck and other items, which were not disclosed.

Both fled from the scene on foot, said police spokesman Sgt. Jim Young.

Anyone with information about the crime to call Crimeline anonymously at 1-800-423-8477.

All callers are eligible for a cash reward.

Find the original article at orlandosentinel.com <here>

Arepas El Cacao food truckORLANDO, FL – According to an Orlando Sentinel report employees of an Orlando food truck parked were robbed at gunpoint early Monday.

At about 1 a.m., two men robbed the Arepas El Cacao food truck, which was parked near the Divers Direct store off International Drive.

The men got away with cash and other items, which were not disclosed.

sushi and seoul orlandoORLANDO, FL – The local Orlando sushi food truck formerly known as Fish Out of Water just announced today, via Instagram and Facebook, that they’ve undergone a re-branding, including a new name – Sushi & Seoul On the Roll.

The truck took the title of “Best Food Truck” in this year’s OW Best of Orlando poll, and the mobile food vendor is best known for serving up creative sushi fare at places like the Imperial at Washburn Imports and Food Truck Bazaar gatherings.

Along with the name change comes an updated logo as well as a new Korean-inspired menu, including some spicy dishes. If you’re a loyal Fish Out of Water fan, no need to worry – the truck’s chefs also promise to serve up old menu faves.

Sushi & Seoul On the Roll hits the streets of Orlando tonight, making its first stop in front of the Falcon during the Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk.

To keep up with Sushi & Seoul On the Roll, follow the truck on Facebook or Twitter.

Find the original article by Aimee Vitek at the orlandoweekly.com <here>

ORLANDO, FL – There’s a food war going on in the streets of Orlando. It’s between the city and certain food truck operators who say new rules are making it harder for food trucks to do business.

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Food Truck owner George Markward “The Pastrami Project” started his business last year. He’s frustrated by new rules created by leaders with the City of Orlando that dictate how and where he can run his business.  “Personally, what worries me is that Orlando is the 800 pound gorilla, if Orlando puts these in place, it’s going drive the trucks out of Central Florida,” said Markward

New rules restrict where the trucks can park. They are not allowed in downtown Orlando and food truck operators are now forced to empty nearby trash cans in areas where they do business.

If they’re on private property they must get a notarized letter from the owner of the property.

If they are on private property they can only sell food one day a week.

“That’s really kind of tough for somebody with a truck to keep in business,” said Markward.

Representative Cassandra Lafser with the City of Orlando e-mailed the following statement to News 13:

The Orlando City Code did not allow for mobile food vending previously.  However, the City is embracing the recent popularity of mobile food vending, which has become quite a phenomenon in recent years…not just in Orlando but in other urban areas in the United States.  So, City staff worked with members of the mobile food vending community to establish this new two-year pilot program to allow mobile food vending in way that makes it easy for food trucks and carts to operate within certain areas in the City of Orlando.  The program went into effect when City Council approved it at the May 20th meeting.  As a pilot program, further changes can be made and the program may adjust as it goes.

Find the entire article by Margaret Kavanagh at cfnews13.com <here>

flo progressiveORLANDO, FL – Earlier this summer we shared the news of a contest for food truck owners being held by Progressive Insurance. Well it seems there was quite a bit of turnout, and a winner was recently named.

Kim Baxter is the owner of Goodfood, a mobile food eatery from Orlando, Florida. By being named the winner of this contest, the Goodfood trailer is awarded $5,000.

Their mission is to promote a farm to fork diet by sourcing organic, pasture raised, non-GMO products from local farms and Co-ops. Thet hope to use the rig as an educational opportunity to spread the word about healthy alternatives in the way of menu items, bottled sauces, onions, pickles, etc…

So what are their plans with their winnings?

If (when) we win, we will install a fire suppression system, permanently weld the generator and propane to the rig, add graphic vinyl, get a new set of tires and do some much needed welding to beef up the rigs’ frame.

Here is the video they submitted.

Prestige-Food-TrucksORLANDO, FL – Custom Food Truck Builder & Manufacturer Has Added Owner Financing, Increased Inventory, Branding, Design and Online Business Development to Create a True “Business-in-a-Box” Turnkey Experience.

Prestige Food Trucks of Orlando, FL continues its recent expansion and has begun to implement additional components to its turnkey solutions in order to provide new food truck customers with a ready-to-roll platform.

“The interest in the Food Truck/Mobile Café industry continues to explode, and as such we have a tremendous amount of inquiries into our business from customers who want to be in the Food Truck industry but are not quite sure how to put all the pieces and parts together,” says Jeremy Adams, President of Prestige Food Trucks.

“When we began with our operations,” Jeremy continues, “our goal was to formulate the easiest way for new prospects to get into the Food Truck business. Many of our new owners had the passion to get into the industry, but had no idea what type of food they wanted to serve, how to come up with branding and design, or how to develop both an offline and online marketing strategy to get them running right out of the gates. We now offer all those services under one roof, and when you throw in Owner Financing we have completed our “Business-in-a-Box” solution.”

The Prestige Food Truck/Mobile Café Business-in-a-Box solution consists of:

  • Initial Consultation
  • Inventory Selection
  • Truck Build-out (Interior and Exterior)
  • Complete Owner Financing
  • Marketing
  • Branding and Design
  • Online Business Development
  • Promotional Materials

“Through our experience, we know that the more we provide the customer upfront, the more focused they will be able to do what they do best in the long run – and that is to sell great cuisine and provide superior customer experiences.”

Prestige Food Trucks custom builds, sells, buys, finances, leases and rents premium quality food trucks/mobile cafés & trailers to a wide range of clientele from sole-proprietors to nationwide chains. Their commitment is to offer complete turnkey development to their customers, from building to branding to getting on the street.

More information about Prestige Food Trucks is available online at http://www.prestigefoodtrucks.com.

OTW LogoIn our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this weekend from Orlando, Cranston, San Luis Obispo, Minneapolis and Des Moines.

July 12

Orlando food truck rules too strict – ORLANDO, FL – No offense, Orlando, but your anemic dining scene isn’t exactly packing downtown streets with foodies every night.

Parking is a pain. Retail shops are nonexistent. The restaurant and bar scene is better than it once was, but scant on variety.

Find the entire article <here>

Food Truck Vendors Vow to Keep Fighting Proximity Ban – CRANSTON, RI – Food truck owners who live or have their vehicles registered in Cranston are vowing to keep pressuring city officials and the City Council to re-think local ordinances that restrict food trucks near brick and mortar restaurants.

Find the entire article <here>

July 13

The food truck scene in SLO County – SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Expanding sector can cook up profits for those who have the necessary drive.

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Food Trucks and Restaurants Work to Avoid ‘Food Fight’ – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Food trucks are much more than a passing fad. The number of trucks seems to grow every day.

That’s posing a bit of a conflict between food truck operators and traditional restaurants in downtown Minneapolis.

Find the entire article <here>

July 14

D.M. council eyes easing rules governing downtown food trucks – DES MOINES, IA – The Des Moines City Council likely will review its food truck regulations and see if something should be done to make it easier for them to operate downtown.

Council member Brian Meyer plans to discuss the matter at this afternoon’s City Council meeting.

Find the entire article <here>

cheesesteak phactoryORLANDO, FL – There are new rules for food trucks operating in Orlando, and not everyone is happy about it.

Paul Pronsati said his new food truck, Cheesesteak Phactory, has cooked up big business for his family.  However, Pronsati opened his truck three months ago– weeks before Orlando implemented its pilot program for food trucks.

“We feel like we’re not being treated fairly and given a fair opportunity to participate in the free market,” said Pronsati.

There are seven pages of rules and regulations for food truck operators, including:

  • Food truck operators must have a mobile food vending permit, which is $50 per truck.
  • They must operate on paved areas, but not inside the “downtown core”
  • Truck owners can operate on some private properties, but only with a notarized letter from the landlord. Properties can only host one truck, one day a week, unless they have a special permit.

“It looks like right now we can only operate six nights per month,” said Pronsati. “We have three locations at night that we use, and two of which look like it will be taken away with the new ordinance.

He’s not alone.

The ordinance states there are 25 food trucks operating within Orlando city limits.

Find the entire article by Kimberly Wiggins at MyFOXOrlando.com <here>

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