Online Retailers & Food Manufacturers
The internet is the best source for food truck owners to research products and find items to realize their culinary visions. Online retailers like Amazon can be goldmines for deals on non-food necessities like serving dishes, disposable utensils, and cleaning supplies. If there is a specifically branded item needed to perfect a dish, food manufactures’ websites are the place to begin the search for a vendor. If they can’t sell an item directly to a buyer, they can definitely point one in the right direction.
A local commissary, while not a food supplier, can alleviate many of the troubles that come along with looking for one. Some cities have laws against preparing food in mobile kitchens. For food trucks in these places, as well as others simply looking for solutions, licensed commissaries offer storage, preparation, and kitchen space. Depending on a food truck’s budget, private or shared kitchens are available for rent.
The kitchens come fully stocked with equipment. These facilities provide mobile food entrepreneurs with brick-and-mortar locations for food deliveries and enough cooler space to use wholesale vendors.
Some commissaries designed especially for partnerships with food trucks even offer overnight truck parking, on sight vehicle and equipment maintenance, and other tools, like menu design and printing, to assist with varying aspects of the business. Another advantage of using a commissary is that its kitchen should already meet health department regulations.
If a commissary is not a viable option, or is too expensive, consider renting out an existing kitchen somewhere like a school, a church, or even a restaurant if its proprietors are willing to do so while the business is closed.