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food truck turnover percentage

With the mobile food industry continuing to grow we are constantly on the look out to assist both the owner operators as well as the customers of these rolling bistros. From time to time we run polls to gain industry information that truck owners can use to help better their customer service and the options that they provide to the communities that they serve. Other times our polls are set to find out general information “we” want to know.

The food service industry has always been a high-turnover industry. Turnover in the industry is defined as the percentage of the workforce an employer loses in a year, and in some sub sectors (such as fast food and fast casual), turnover is well over 100 percent.

This means that employers generally lose all of their workers in a year, and then lose another percentage of the workers who replace them in the same year.

The poll this week is to help us understand food truck turnover percentages.

To compute your food truck turnover percentage, divide the number of employee separations last year by the average number of active employees during the same period. Take your result and multiply it by 100.

Example: Last year your food truck had an average staff size of 4 employees and you had 6 separations (whatever the reason). Divide 6 by 4 (equal to 1.5) and multiply by 100.

Tada…you had a 150 percent turnover rate for your food truck.

Now it’s your turn. Once you come up with your food truck turnover percentage, enter the result in the poll below.

What Is Your Food Truck Turnover Percentage?

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We would also ask owners to share this link to this poll with other owners in your area so we can gain as much data as possible. Once we have this information we will share the findings with our readers.

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hot dog contest

Grilled, gourmet, dirty and even chili dogs being served from a food truck were the bulk of the nearly 1,500 votes cast in part 1 of our 2014 best hot dog vendor contest started 2 weeks ago. And today we are proud to announce our Top 15 and the opening up of part two.

We received votes from all over North America, but for this poll we could only select the mobile food vendors with the 15 most votes submitted. We will be running this poll for the next two weeks and will close it out on Friday, May 2nd at 12 PM (midnight) Central Time. The winning truck or cart will be profiled here at Mobile Cuisine and will hold the title of Top Mobile Hot Dog Vendor for 2014.

This years contestants are:

American Wiener – Tampa, FL
Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs – Denver, CO
Dang Good Dogs – Durham, NC
Detroit Coney Island – Kansas City, MO
Dogzilla Hot Dogs – Orange County, CA
Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs – Buffalo, NY
Good Dog Hot Dogs – Houston, TX
The Greasy Wiener – Los Angeles, CA
Haute Sausage – Chicago, IL
Japadog – Vancouver, BC
Let’s Be Frank – San Francisco, CA
Nana’s Heavenly Hot Dogs – San Diego, CA
Sassy Hot Dogs – Dallas, TX
Short Leash Hot Dogs – Phoenix, AZ
Willy Dog – Hamilton, Ontario

THE POLL IS CLOSED.

Please note, if you have issues voting with the polling software, you can submit your vote to contest@mobile-cuisine.com or in the form below. The software we use only allows one vote per individual and from time to time, the software can block users from voting based on their ip address.

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hot dog contest

The mobile food industry is chugging along and gourmet food trucks have been a big part of the recent uptick in its growth. With that said, prior to the launch of the Kogi BBQ truck in 2008, there have been plenty of street vendors making a living by selling on of the most beloved street foods in the US…HOT DOGS!!!

Encased meats have been part of Americana since their invention. There is a long history of hot dogs and a lot of disputed “facts” about their origin. Never disputed has been the love Americans have for them. No matter what region of the country or what style you prefer your doggies…hot dogs are one of the most eaten foods in America.

The hot dog has many connotations: an American classic with a squiggle of yellow mustard, a “dirty water dog” at an NYC street stand and the savior and bane of parents with picky eaters. Nowadays, it also rivals the hamburger as a canvas for chef-driven experiments in comfort food. And the results are delicious.

Because of this, we are starting a contest to find out which food truck or cart is serving our readers favorite hot dog.

Like all of our other contests, this contest will open today and will be run in two stages. For the next two weeks (we will accept emails submitted by 12 PM Central Time on Friday April 18, 2014)  we will give our readers to submit their choices via email at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com, and once the data is collected, we will open a poll (Monday April 21, 2014) to allow voting from the top 10 email submissions.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the final poll, the vendor needs to have opened before January 2014 and must regularly serve hot dogs from their truck, cart or trailer (sorry hot dog stands are not eligible). The ingredients of the hot dog or the condiments served on them can be any combination of flavors, or cuisine and the hot dog can be served in or out of a bun. The vendors can be located in any country so feel free to submit choices from outside of North America.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Hot dog vendors are free to submit their own carts or trucks for consideration and voters may vote as often as you wish. The only request we have is that you submit one entry at a time and include the name of the vendor, as well as the city  or area the they operate in.

So let the voting begin. And remember, vote early and vote often.

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minimum wage poll

Mobile food vending is our passion and we are always looking at ways to assist owner operators as well as the customers they feed. From time to time we run polls to gain industry information that truck owners can use to help better their customer service and the options that they provide to the communities that they serve. Other times our polls are set to find out general information “we” want to know.

This week we are interested in finding out vendor thoughts on an increase to the federal minimum wage. In a previous poll we found that 91% of food truck owners already pay their line cooks more than the current minimum wage and that over 24% already pay more than the proposed increase minimum wage of $10.10 and hour.

Because of all the recent discussion on minimum wage we wanted to find out your thoughts on a mandated raise across the country from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.

Do you support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 / hour & adjusting annually?

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Let us know your thoughts and be sure to share this post with all of the other trucks in your area, so we can share our findings with our readers. If you would like to discuss this topic, please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below.

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Seafood, Korean, and traditional tacos being served from a food truck were the bulk of the nearly 2,000 votes cast in part 1 of our 2014 best food truck taco contest started 2 weeks ago. And today we are proud to announce our Top 15 and opening up part two.

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We received votes from around the world, but for this poll we could only select the food trucks with the 15 most votes submitted. We will be running this poll for the next two weeks and will close it out on Friday, March 14st at 12 PM (midnight) Central Time. The winning truck will be profiled here at Mobile Cuisine and will hold the title of Best Food Truck Taco for 2014.

This years contestants are:

Baja Taco Truck – Boston, MA @BajaTacoTruck

BC Tacos – Broward County, FL @BCTaco

Box of Chacos – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @boxofchacos

Dia de los Tacos – Marquette, MI @tacosmqt

El Gastronomo Vagabundo – St Catharines, Ontario @elgastronomo

Fat Cactus – Austin, TX @fatcactusatx

Happy’s Taco Shop – Boyne City, MI @happystacoshop

Indios Carbonsitos – Kansas City, KS @indioscrbnstos

Jefe’s Original Fish Taco and Burger – Miami, FL @jefesoriginal

Lloyd Taco Truck – Buffalo, NY @whereslloyd

Taceaux Loceaux - New Orleans, LA @TLNola

Taco Lassi – Indianapolis, IN @tacolassi

What The Fork – Scranton, PA @WTForkTruck

Woody’s Taco Island – Baltimore, MD @WoddysTacos

Yayo’s OMG – Nashville, TN @yayosomg

Poll is closed!

Please note, if you have issues voting with the polling software, you can submit your vote to contest@mobile-cuisine.com. We will only allow one vote per individual and from time to time, the software can block users from voting based on their ip address.

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Condiments.  A mobile food vendor can’t live without ‘em, but they sure add up when purchasing them at the grocery store.  Making your own condiments can be very easy, and gives you the knowledge and flavor profile of every ingredient your provide your customers.

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So why do so many vendors I’ve spoken with revert to the grocery store brands?  For the most part…Convenience.  Plain and simple.

We are opening a poll to correspond with this article to find out if you make your own condiments or if you buy them.

Do You Make Or Buy Your Condiments?

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For those interested…here is a recipe to create one of the most common condiments used by Americans. Ketchup Recipe

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It has been a long year, and many things have happened over the course of the last 12 months. In the mobile food industry we saw the same type of growth around the world as we have seen since it’s rebirth in 2008.

2013 Rookie of the Year

For the third year in a row, we are conducting a contest to find out who our readers feel is the food truck rookie of the year. Last year’s contest was won by the the Crazy Good Burgers out of Morristown, TN. This year we had numerous submissions from around the country, and today, we are opening the the voting to help us determine who will be the Mobile Cuisine 2013 Food Truck Rookie of the Year.

We would like to thank all of those who voted for their choice of rookie food truck of the year. Voting will remain open until Friday, 1/24/2014 at midnight Central time.

Once the poll is closed, the truck with the most votes will be declared our winner.

Good luck to the contestants…and let the voting begin!!!

THIS POLL HAS CLOSED. The results will be announced shortly.

NOTE: Because we have had some issues with our polling system and individuals not being able to submit votes, we will provide the form below or email us at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com to allow you to submit your choice. We are only accepting 1 vote per ip address, so we will be monitoring the results and only count a single vote per submission from the polling system or through email.

 

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Food trucks have been popping up all around the country (for that matter all across the world). Since our inception in 2010, we have tried to keep an eye on the trucks surfacing on the streets and to our surprise, there has not been much of a slowdown of trucks or cities around the country that have spawned new trucks (we have seen an average of at least a half dozen new trucks every week).

2013 Rookie of the Year

For the third year in a row, we are we want to ask our readers to share their favorites with us. We are asking you to submit your choice for the 2013 Food Truck Rookie of the Year. You may submit your choice via the the form below or email us at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com

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We will collect your submissions through Friday, January 10th, and the following week we will present a poll of the top ten trucks or carts submitted, so that you may help us choose the Rookie of the Year. You may submit as many trucks or carts from your area as you like, but they must be submitted separately to be included. There are no requirements to the location (hint hint to Canadian and overseas food truck owners), type or style of food this mobile vendor sells, so feel free to submit a new savory food vendor, dessert truck or even a mobile hot dog vendor.

The only stipulation is that they opened for business before November 31st of 2013.

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With the mobile food industry continuing to grow we are constantly on the look out to assist the owner operators of these rolling bistros. From time to time we run polls to gain industry information that truck owners can use to help better their customer service and the options that they provide to the communities that they serve. Other times our polls are set to find out general information “we” want to know.

food truck website

This week’s poll is centered on whether food truck owners own or operate their own website. Running a food truck website can take a lot of time to operate and many food truck owners have opted to forego their own website by using Facebook or other sites as their means of marketing their truck. While we have always suggested that starting up a website for your food truck, we understand that time constraints can be the cause of ignoring this advice.

So let us know:

Does Your Food Truck Have a Website?

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We would also ask owners to share this link to this poll with other owners in your area so we can gain as much data as possible. Once we have this information we will share the findings with our readers.

If you answer No in this poll and have interest check out these WordPress food truck themes for creating a website of your own.

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With the mobile food industry continuing to grow we are constantly on the look out to assist the owner operators of these rolling bistros. From time to time we run polls to gain industry information that truck owners can use to help better their customer service and the options that they provide to the communities that they serve. Other times our polls are set to find out general information “we” want to know.

Food Truck Locations

This week’s poll is centered on where food truck owners are achieving the highest percentage of their sales. Much of this is determined by the laws that govern food trucks in their local area. Some trucks can operate on the streets while others have been pushed off the street and forced into lots or in some cases catering alone. We would like to know where you get the most sales in your market.

Where Does Your Food Truck Generate the Highest Percentage of Your Sales?

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We would also ask owners to share this link to this poll with other owners in your area so we can gain as much data as possible. Once we have this information we will share the findings with our readers.

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