When people hear the word "catering," the first thing that comes to their mind is an individual or a company that provides the food for different occasions such as wedding receptions and parties. However, catering covers a wide range of people who are in the food business, including those that sell food in parks and other public places via a "catering" truck.
Types of catering trucks
There are two types of catering trucks; one of these types is the Mobile Food Preparation Vehicle (MFPV), where food can be prepared as customers order. Usually, these catering trucks offer various types of sandwiches and other food that can easily be prepared. These pop up food truck are usually driven by a driver and are staffed with a cook.
The other type is the Industrial Catering Vehicle (ICV), which are trucks that sell only pre-packaged food. Usually, these trucks are only staffed with a driver given that it is a self-service vehicle. However, some operators of these trucks also provide another person, who can help customers.
Cost and insurance
Given the high costs of these trucks, operators and owners of these trucks need to protect their investment through insurance, which are now available from a number of insurance companies.
Apart from getting insurance, the owners of these trucks also need to meet a number of requirements from different government agencies so that they could operate the truck. One of these government agencies includes the Health Department, who would inspect the truck annually for licensing purposes