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Mobile food...burger vans.. what do you think???

dmh77dmh77

I am starting a business in the industry.... what are your thoughts.... what would you like?? What bugs you, (prices?!!!!) What food is missing?? Help me?

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    Titchimp
    Salad is seriously missing. I hate it when i buy a burger from one of these places and you literally get the burger, a bun and some sauce.
    grex9101
    QUALITY - yeah, it's easy to sell bad food to drunk people. But if you sell good food, people remember, drunk or not.
    pikachu12
    Yeah prices are usually really bad for mobile fast food vehicles. One in Central London was selling burgers for £4! I know it's central, but even that's a bit pricey for something that only costs 70p and 5 minutes to make.
    dmh77
    dmh775 years, 10 months ago #4Show comment tools Reply
    We are selling hotpot, chill, spag bol, home made soup... etc. Do we stand a chance??? We will sell anything we are asked for enough.... I think the point is, we can both cook! Does this appeal???? :?
    Titchimp
    I guess it depends where your selling, when, and at what prices ;)

    I think alot can be done with these fastfood vans with a bit of creativity.
    LadyMadonna
    Think it's just a Scottish dish but it amazes me that the vans here don't sell Stovies, especially in the winter months when nothing can beat it. I've often thought of giving it a go myself.

    Luckily there are some take away shops that sell them in town. Great for after the Christmas shopping ... oh, Goulash is goodfor that too, I love it when the German market comes to town.

    Best of luck with it!
    pikachu12
    dmh77
    We are selling hotpot, chill, spag bol, home made soup... etc. Do we stand a chance??? We will sell anything we are asked for enough.... I think the point is, we can both cook! Does this appeal???? :?


    You need food thats easy to eat, and isn't messy.
    dmh77
    dmh775 years, 10 months ago #8Show comment tools Reply
    Titchimp
    I guess it depends where your selling, when, and at what prices ;)

    I think alot can be done with these fastfood vans with a bit of creativity.


    OOOOhhh, but we are creative!!!! Flexible and all the rest... I dont wanna sell burgers... but if we have to... I wanna sell burgers that have actual animals in them... not offel n carp.... we're gonna go to farms and stuff to get quality food!!!:thumbsup:
    jocksteeluk
    The non unique nature of the products on offer.
    Titchimp
    Just make sure youve got the right target market. Alot of vans do so well selling **** because their customers just dont care!
    dmh77
    pikachu12
    You need food thats easy to eat, and isn't messy.


    To be honest, most of it is gonna be... in place of the spaggetti will be normal pasta shapes... pick one??? We can adapt to most situations!!! :)
    JDeal
    The festival I recently attended had loads of different mobile food vans. Thai was messy and surprisingly popular! It was also the most discarded item of food, the place was covered in noodles! Looked like the vibration had brought every worm in the county above ground! Second most discarded appeared to be pizza. There was even a barbecue one, but that wasn't popular and birds only landed on the grills once! Burgers were as popular as ever, but extremely pricey, some upto 6 pounds if you wanted the luxury we call cheese!

    I've just realised I paid more attention to the food than the festival. Maybe it was a food festival, with backing music.
    dmh77
    jocksteeluk
    The non unique nature of the products on offer.


    eh???:?
    dmh77
    JDeal
    The festival I recently attended had loads of different mobile food vans. Thai was messy and surprisingly popular! It was also the most discarded item of food, the place was covered in noodles! Looked like the vibration had brought every worm in the county above ground! Second most discarded appeared to be pizza. There was even a barbecue one, but that wasn't popular and birds only landed on the grills once! Burgers were as popular as ever, but extremely pricey, some upto 6 pounds if you wanted the luxury we call cheese!

    I've just realised I paid more attention to the food than the festival. Maybe it was a food festival, with backing music.


    Were they over-priced... did you get value for money?... I am sneaking in a little market research...did you notice??? ... were you satisfied with the service you recieved???? :thinking:
    JDeal
    dmh77
    Were they over-priced... did you get value for money?... I am sneaking in a little market research...did you notice??? ... were you satisfied with the service you recieved???? :thinking:


    Unfortunately I didn't buy all of it. Even my grotesque mass can only handle three or four more meals than the average person!

    Everything was too expensive. But I think that was due to it being within the festival. The service of what I did buy involved having a box shoved in my hand, but at least it wasn't hairy like my pint of Carling!
    jocksteeluk
    dmh77
    eh???:?


    Same burgers, same drinks, same menu, non ever seem to sell a healthy option.
    dmh77
    JDeal
    Unfortunately I didn't buy all of it. Even my grotesque mass can only handle three or four more meals than the average person!

    Everything was too expensive. But I think that was due to it being within the festival. The service of what I did buy involved having a box shoved in my hand, but at least it wasn't hairy like my pint of Carling!


    OK... I get what you are saying, but if the food had been good, you would have noticed that..... more then the price.... wouldnt you??? if they hadn't ripped you off, the food would have meant more!!!! :)
    dmh77
    jocksteeluk
    Same burgers, same drinks, same menu, non ever seem to sell a healthy option.


    That is exactly what I wana fix though!!! :)
    JDeal
    dmh77
    OK... I get what you are saying, but if the food had been good, you would have noticed that..... more then the price.... wouldnt you??? if they hadn't ripped you off, the food would have meant more!!!! :)


    The food that I ate tasted fine. It looked pretty horrible though, and first appearances were disappointing. Like as a child you wished for a pony for Christmas, and you have done for the whole of the year. But in all honesty you expect a llama, if you're lucky. Then you eventually get to open the box, and sitting there is a 4-legged millipede that has been a heavy smoker and drinker its whole life. You're obviously disappointed, but when you get the millipede out of the box and begin play with it, you are quite happy. You can still ride it, so what was the big issue?

    But on the whole I think you are right. If the food was good, which I would only know after paying for it, I wouldn't think much more about the price and probably go for seconds. If the food was terrible, but the price was good, I would go and throw it at them.
    Titchimp
    I think festivals are so completely different though because its a very captive audience and i for one was willing to pay the price, and eat the **** because it tasted so much better than the luke warm beans back at my camp
    tinca
    Titchimp
    I think festivals are so completely different though because its a very captive audience and i for one was willing to pay the price, and eat the **** because it tasted so much better than the luke warm beans back at my camp


    Yes! but the vendor has to charge such high prices because of the fee the organisers charge for the pitch and /or a %age of the takings!:thumbsup:
    pugw$sh
    Decent Coffee! I'm easy to please, a cup of decent coffee is all I need to keep me coming back. A variety of food is always a good choice; the kids will munch on a burger but I'm not that keen! Probably a jacket spud with a bit of chilli or sometimes a freshly prepared sandwich.
    A lot of it depends on where you are selling and who you are selling to. When working at a shipyard in Birkenhead a mobile van delivered breakfast for 8 and took orders for lunch. A jumbo breakfast "bin lid" came fully loaded with eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding and beans for £3. You could place your order for lunch or next days breakfast to guarantee a fine feed. That maybe fine in a shipyard but customers at an office park might prefer something less filling!
    And did I mention a good cup of coffee! ;-) At a recent bike racing event in France the best selling food stall was doing a breakfast of croissants, a carton of orange juice and a coffee for 5 Euros. The coffee machine was one of those "Nespresso" machines. It was a simple breakfast but easy to prepare and consume, the queue was huge but moved very quickly!
    Just my thoughts! Good luck in your venture.
    karen21101
    dmh77
    We are selling hotpot, chill, spag bol, home made soup... etc. Do we stand a chance??? We will sell anything we are asked for enough.... I think the point is, we can both cook! Does this appeal???? :?

    :?i wouldent buy any of those im afraid apart from the soup we have a hamburger van localy and people travel from all over has a good rep its in a retail park size of a porta cabin high class good grub but cheap:) they make a fortune would recomend selling steak slice sausage,bacon black pudding egg ect ,do a full breakfast :)and bougettes spicy chicken, cold meats,tuna mayo egg mayo ect,pies and sausage rolls,home made soup bake potatoes ,cakes and you usual beverages,and the usual burgers chips with cheese curry sauce ect :-Dgood luck with it im hungry now lol
    DIVA1977
    what about jacker spuds with exciting topings will plz most healthy eaters unkess on low carb diet and as previouys poster said stovies are awesome cheap filling item to hvae on ya menu
    kirstyPM5L
    it's gotta be clean!! my hubby will eat anywhere but if it looks grotty and I cant see a sink where they wash thier hands I'll say I'm not hungry!!
    queenxkat
    I've worked on a few of these vans, fish and chips, coffee, ice cream etc. Personally I'd say good old fashioned chips are always popular. They are extremely cheap to get hold of, easy to cook (you can cook them whilst doing something else) and sell all through the day, not just at lunchtime as people have them as snacks.
    What sort of events are you hoping to go to? And what area are you in? Or are you just positioned somewhere in town? As this can hugely effect the type of food you will say. I agree with everyone else you should have a healthy option and/or smaller portions for kids if you're going somewhere there is going to be children about.
    Also something we get asked for a lot is still fruit drinks e.g. capri sun, fruit juices so you could get some of them? It all depends where you are really.
    You may want to be the reasonable cheap food van but remember most places you go will require site fees, commission etc and a lot of places have set prices, for example one place we went to recently insisted we charged £5 for a hot dog, normally we only charge £3.
    Oh and a lot of people really arent that bothered about the quality of the food, we do a normal plain burger and a premium 100% angus one which is more expensive and most people go for the normal one. As long as the food is cooked well people arent that fussy.
    Anything else, feel free to ask away lol
    crow99
    Hmmm.... In danger of going against the trend:

    Do you know where you are looking at working from?What sort of people are you expecting to buy from you?
    What time are you working etc...?

    For example near where I live in Essex there is a burger/kebab van opposite a M&S petrol station in town.
    Its the only place locally to get hot food after about 6pm and it does a roaring trade. Lots of sober people buy there, half the local police use it etc.. its only after 10pm it starts to get the drunks. It has your 'typical' menu which is all cooked well and fresh with good prices and is thus popular.
    If you made that place a Thai van it just wouldnt work as thats not what people want.
    However in Camden market (London) there is a wide range of food stalls and its just the sort of place where you want to try something new and creative and you are willing to pay a little extra for.

    Its all well and good being able to cook well be creative and use quality indgridents but depending on your location (unless your at a festival/market) etc.. 'most' of the people who are buying food in a van want burger/kebab and chips!

    Another stall I remember in a market was the sausage man who cooked fresh butcher sausages infront of you and put them in fresh crusty bread etc.. was great for lunch.
    A-n-d-y
    Has to be clean , also wash hands before touching foods , clean tidy staff.

    I will not touch any kind of food if i think they dont know even the basic hygiene.

    Also taste is important , i dont mind paying more for something that tastes nice , use poor cheap products then i wouldnt go back.

    But i guess some drunks will eat anything when drunk , seen idiots in London buying hotdogs from tramps wheeling a hot dog stand :shock:
    Mclovin
    Titchimp
    Just make sure youve got the right target market. Alot of vans do so well selling **** because their customers just dont care!


    what he said. dont go out with fancy Healthy organic stuff if your gunna be selling to **** heads.

    we dont care lmao :D
    linw
    linw5 years, 10 months ago #30Show comment tools Reply
    WE have one and people can ring or text their food orders so they are not wasting their lunch break waiting inline for it to cook or be prepared as they make sandwiches and barms to order also fresh pasta salad bowls normal fried foods soup coffee pop fillers like chocolate crisps fresh baked pies and cakesfresh baked biscuits go well and the workers return from there offices in droves he now has 2 vans rarely sells a burger and if you are a regular and have a dietary need he will try to have things in for you
    dmh77
    This is ace... far better then I expected!!! You guys are really good, most of what has been suggested if already in the offing! ( he he, just read this back and wondered if this even is a word!!!)I might just get back to some of you who offered advice too!!! :) Thanks to everyone who took the time to post!!!! It is much appreciated!!!! :-D
    Jo3l
    Jo3l5 years, 10 months ago #32Show comment tools Reply
    Honestly, I love nothing more than eating a mobile burger van burger dripping with fatty death. It should be noted however, That I very rarely eat them, Like once a year at most. Im usually happy to pay £3-4 for a decent sized one with onions etc.
    Genious_Gamer360
    dmh77
    OOOOhhh, but we are creative!!!! Flexible and all the rest... I dont wanna sell burgers... but if we have to... I wanna sell burgers that have actual animals in them... not offel n carp.... we're gonna go to farms and stuff to get quality food!!!:thumbsup:


    whats wrong with going to your local butchers
    midjet666
    This is freaky, I was talking to my mate the other day and he's decided he wants to get a mobile van and we were trying to think of things to make.

    I agree with the others like sausage,bacon,egg. There was a burger van down the road and they charged £4 for this huge burger- it was so yummy, I made my mom nip down there for me the one day, but recently when I've gone there it's not there!! *Sobs*

    Nice huge burgers, I was gonna suggest making them yourself with fresh mince (so people could see it was fresh) but it'd cost you more and be longer to cook.

    You could have a gimmick "This is not normal mobile food, this is better than M&S food..." cheesy but something funny.

    You could be a 24/7 mobile food van, there's so many times when I wake up in the night hungry and want something yummy lol. But then again, I'd be bigger than I am now!! lol

    You could a list saying what's free food on certain diets like slimming world and weight watchers- I hate going somewhere and you're not sure if it's free or not,then you have to try and work it all out and all you want to do is just eat the damn thing!!

    Also, it'd be nice if you could get something like croissants, muffins (sweet and savoury) something unusual from a mobile food van, you could sell strawberrys and cream in the summer?? mini tubs of ice cream or ice lollies as well as food. Mixed salads, they pick what they want to have in a plastic container??
    dmh77
    Genious_Gamer360
    whats wrong with going to your local butchers


    We're gona do that too!!! :-D
    magicbeans
    Hot drinks and pastries...yummm!
    suze
    On the shopping park where I work they have a "buttie" van and it does very well, sells hot drinks, the usual hot dogs, burgers, but also all day breakfasts on a bun including the black pudding, on the sweetie side they sell crepes which seem to go down realy well.

    Good luck with the buisness.

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