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Title: What do you think of mobile food vans (truck)?
Post by: oca1101uk on Jun 03, 2014, 04:00 AM
PLEASE SHARE YOUR VIEWS :thankyou:

Keep on (food) truckin'

Nowadays, food trucks have suddenly become all the rage. Thanks to that blink-and-you’ll-miss-it end credits scene from “The Avengers,” shawarma shacks have become so popular in the United States that they’ve practically made eating street food on a curb look cool.

Thankfully, we Pinoy foodies won’t have to hop on a plane to New York or Los Angeles to experience that kind of scene. Even though the now-ubiquitous “Jollijeep” shacks have proven themselves indispensable for penny-pinching yuppies everywhere, we sometimes wish for a nice little upgrade from the usual budget meals to go.
Cashing in on the food truck trend is a group of 20-something entrepreneurs that aims to offer “a different shawarma experience.” If you happened to be in the Glorietta 3 area last December, you’ve most likely caught a glimpse (or whiff) of Shawarma Bros’ late-night fare at Cucina Andare (“Kitchen On-the-Go”), Manila’s first food truck market organized by the same people behind Mercato Centrale at The Fort.
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Post by: kuray08 on Jun 03, 2014, 04:55 AM
good idea :cool2:.. sana lang ligpitin ang kalat bago umalis sa puwesto.. :D
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Post by: hunkinvestor on Jun 03, 2014, 07:06 PM
Same here... nice idea. But I'd like to know the specifics of this kind of biz: the competition, what new to offer, the market, permits, expense, etc,
Title: Re: What do you think of mobile food vans (truck)?
Post by: oca1101uk on Jun 04, 2014, 02:17 PM
@ hunkinvestor, this isn't new...I remember Mobile Food Van in Makati during the 90's. Gamit nila AUV but of course technology evolved thats why they put their mobile food van along the mall...para sosyal. It's not new in certain part of the Metro's specially along the school zone and public hospital. Saan pa ba mga Ka PMT'ers? :cool2:
Title: Re: What do you think of mobile food vans (truck)?
Post by: oca1101uk on Jun 05, 2014, 07:29 PM
An article about: Food sold in trucks? Before you can say “Jollijeep,” here’s Young Star’s guide to the new food truck.

MANILA, Philippines - While 2011 overflowed with milk tea (word mutations to accommodate the word “tea” aplenty), and last year paid great attention to all things katsu and ramen, 2013 promises to pave the way for the food truck. I love mobile kwek-kwek carts as much as the next person, but these are the Formula 3 drivers of meal trucks we’re talking about here. At one point they existed just within the walls of my TV set, gracing the foreign food channels with their exotic fried Kool-Aid, red velvet pancakes, and sloppy cheesesteak sandwiches. The closest I could get to the food truck was through their distant relatives, five times removed: the corner Burger Machine stand and the Jollijeeps that line Metropolitan Avenue. So, it’s about time they crashed our sidewalks, really. Gathering every Friday to Saturday at Cucina Andare — the city’s first food truck market in Glorietta Park 3 — here are the city’s first few meals on wheels, making tracks to what will hopefully be a fresh new fleet to the food scene we know. :thankyou:
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Post by: bajoyjoy on Jun 06, 2014, 09:10 AM
Hindi ko pa nakita yung modern food trucks na yan... Maganda sana ito kung kasing sarap din nung napapanood natin sa food network, na gourmet level na talaga kahit classified as "street food" sya. At sana ganun din kadami ang serving, kahit magmahal ng konti ang price basta busog ka naman. Unfortunately sa atin, parang hindi yata yun feasible kasi yung vehicle pa lang na puhunan mo magkano na, gas pa, permits or park fees, labor and even the ingredients may kamahalan din at tipid talaga ang servings. Feeling ko mas mahal pa ang food truck kesa kumuha ng maliit na pwesto, like mga bangketa na malapit sa mga malls or schools and offices.

Cashing in on the food truck trend is a group of 20-something entrepreneurs that aims to offer “a different shawarma experience.” If you happened to be in the Glorietta 3 area last December, you’ve most likely caught a glimpse (or whiff) of Shawarma Bros’ late-night fare at Cucina Andare (“Kitchen On-the-Go”), Manila’s first food truck market organized by the same people behind Mercato Centrale at The Fort.
If I'm not mistaken, yung Mercato is co-owned ni former Royal Tru Orange guy, RJ Ledesma? I think it’s successful kasi  captured nila yung market ng yuppies sa area as well as high-earning pero hindi snooty na executives. :)
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Post by: oca1101uk on Jun 06, 2014, 06:00 PM
Food truck by broosy

Run by Sensei Sushi’s Bruce Ricketts, the truck fuses Pinoy and Japanese (and a little Mexican) cuisines, and shovels out things like Sisig Rice Toppers (P160), Pulled Pork Soft Tacos (P165), and Spicy Ramen (P180). Find gold in their glazed Chicken Pops (P160), peppered by a substantial amount of nori salt. If Ricketts is working the truck that day, insist that he prepare the meal for you. It will definitely make a difference.
 
Food Truck by Chef Broosy

@ bajoyjoy, for budget friendly investor for this kind of business,maybe an old AUV like Tamaraw, Fiera, Anfra, Bida, L300 FB or just our own
PUJ will do. Konting modification at fabrication, may food van (truck) na. What do you think mga Ka PMTers.
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Post by: richpulubi on Jun 07, 2014, 02:23 PM
Dapat super sarap yung food, kasi may added investment na van.  Noone really cares naman kung nag-jeep lang sila, basta masarap at mura!
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Post by: gang13 on Jun 07, 2014, 02:35 PM
Good idea! Panu kaya mag start ng ganyang biz? Saan pwede mag park? Sino ang babayaran?
Title: Re: What do you think of mobile food vans (truck)?
Post by: oca1101uk on Jun 08, 2014, 05:24 AM
Food truck by Shawarma bros

Their tagline reads “A different shawarma experience.” If it refers to the excessively friendly men that man the counter — easy on the eyes, if you’re curious — then, okay, I get it. Also, there’s the Lamb Steak Plate (P200) smothered in garlic yogurt sauce, which is great for a late night meal, inebriated or not. Good job, bros.

Shawarma bros

@ gang13, If i'm looking for different kind of venture, I will choose this food truck business. Just my suggestion mga Ka PMTers. :thankyou:
Title: Re: What do you think of mobile food vans (truck)?
Post by: vicces on Jun 08, 2014, 11:00 AM
Dapat super sarap yung food, kasi may added investment na van.  Noone really cares naman kung nag-jeep lang sila, basta masarap at mura!
mga restaurants nga (lalo yung nasa malls) hardly meet the standard of resto-quality dishes, yung mga masarap nman masakit sa bulsa. so i think hindi mapagsasabay ang masarap at mura.. dun na ko sa 2pc pancakes ng mcdo na P50 with coffee vs pancake house's P180? kung iconvert yan into food truck, saang presyo kaya sila, P50ish or P200ish?

ang gusto kong madala dito sa pinas yung NY hotdog sandwiches. kahit hindi na food truck, kariton lang pwede na diba, basta generous serving and authentic sausages ang gamit. willing to buy at P120. :) #asa

Hindi ko pa nakita yung modern food trucks na yan... Maganda sana ito kung kasing sarap din nung napapanood natin sa food network, na gourmet level na talaga kahit classified as "street food" sya. At sana ganun din kadami ang serving, kahit magmahal ng konti ang price basta busog ka naman. Unfortunately sa atin, parang hindi yata yun feasible kasi yung vehicle pa lang na puhunan mo magkano na, gas pa, permits or park fees, labor and even the ingredients may kamahalan din at tipid talaga ang servings. Feeling ko mas mahal pa ang food truck kesa kumuha ng maliit na pwesto, like mga bangketa na malapit sa mga malls or schools and offices.
If I'm not mistaken, yung Mercato is co-owned ni former Royal Tru Orange guy, RJ Ledesma? I think it’s successful kasi  captured nila yung market ng yuppies sa area as well as high-earning pero hindi snooty na executives. :)

good points raised by bjj. how to bring down the cost na maafford ng masa ang challenge ng food truck (for it to flourish as a niche). can they beat carinderia prices? kung ang target customers e higher than the masa, I think fad lang ito in the long term. laki ng investment for mobility and "cool" factor, bibili ka ng jeep, refabricated etc., thats how many hundred thousand pesoses. samantala mga food stall franchises magkano lang, kumpleto na. yung natipid mo from the van/truck, gamitin mo n lng para mapasarap ang pagkain.. anyway, no harm in trying...
Title: Re: What do you think of mobile food vans (truck)?
Post by: vicces on Jun 08, 2014, 11:13 AM
Good idea! Panu kaya mag start ng ganyang biz? Saan pwede mag park? Sino ang babayaran?
my guess, sa city hall ka magbabayad (business permits and park fees, unless private land ka magpwesto). i wonder, masusubject din kaya sila sa same health and safety standards and inspections as regular restos?
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Post by: richpulubi on Jun 08, 2014, 01:27 PM
mga restaurants nga (lalo yung nasa malls) hardly meet the standard of resto-quality dishes, yung mga masarap nman masakit sa bulsa. so i think hindi mapagsasabay ang masarap at mura.. dun na ko sa 2pc pancakes ng mcdo na P50 with coffee vs pancake house's P180? kung iconvert yan into food truck, saang presyo kaya sila, P50ish or P200ish?

ang gusto kong madala dito sa pinas yung NY hotdog sandwiches. kahit hindi na food truck, kariton lang pwede na diba, basta generous serving and authentic sausages ang gamit. willing to buy at P120. :) #asa
good points raised by bjj. how to bring down the cost na maafford ng masa ang challenge ng food truck (for it to flourish as a niche). can they beat carinderia prices? kung ang target customers e higher than the masa, I think fad lang ito in the long term. laki ng investment for mobility and "cool" factor, bibili ka ng jeep, refabricated etc., thats how many hundred thousand pesoses. samantala mga food stall franchises magkano lang, kumpleto na. yung natipid mo from the van/truck, gamitin mo n lng para mapasarap ang pagkain.. anyway, no harm in trying...

Mayroon na atang NY hotdogs, yung Sabrett ang brand.  Ok naman ang lasa, pero hindi ko alam kung nagclick dito.
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Post by: oca1101uk on Jun 09, 2014, 07:58 AM
Hungry rover

While the other trucks pop a side flap to open shop, the Hungry Rover invites you into their mobile dining area for the full experience. Plates of classic Pinoy comfort food comprise part of the menu, with things like Beef Tapa (P130), and chicken or pork barbecue (P95) on chili-hot rice.

Facebook: Hungry Rover

Twitter: @HungryRover

Tip: The rover comfortably fits eight people in total, so come early lest you run the risk of consuming your SurpRice (yes, it’s called that) on the curb by rover's tires.

They have twitter and facebook account, maybe they can answer our queries.
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Post by: oca1101uk on Jun 10, 2014, 04:50 AM
Guac truck

Make your own Mexican concoction. Choose your base (soft taco, wrap, nacho, rice, or salad bowls), pick your meat (ground beef, honey-glazed chicken, or carnitas), and top it off with any of their six toppings. Funny, though, that for a truck named after guacamole, the beautifully green mush is nowhere on the menu.

Facebook: Guac Truck

Twitter: @Guactruck

Tip: For every 10 of their eco-friendly, origami-style food bowls returned, Guac Truck will give you one meal on the house.

For Mexican food lovers...
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Post by: oca1101uk on Jun 11, 2014, 10:21 AM
Mio gelati

The only dessert truck at the moment, Mio Gelato offers gelato churned fresh on the day it’s served. Conventional cream flavors and fruity sorbets are offered. But if you’re going to have a scoop, you may as well tap their premium or alcoholic flavors: cream cheese frosting, crème brulee, s’mores, red velvet cake, Baileys, and beer, among plenty of others.

Facebook: Mio Gelati

Twitter: @MioGelati

They have facebook and twitter account for those anyone interested.
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Post by: oca1101uk on Jun 23, 2014, 07:46 AM
Binalot creates own 'jolli-jeep' food van

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA—Local fast food company Binalot Fiest Foods Inc. is expanding its operations outside fixed establishments to one that is highly mobile.
Based on the food vans used in the United States, the Binalot Food Van is also akin to the “jolli-jeep” concept popularized by local food vendors in Makati City.
Binalot’s food van is actually a pickup truck with its back converted into a mini-kitchen. The sides and rear of the pickup open to reveal the kitchen as well as the counter where patrons can get their orders and eat. The van also carries some chairs and tables for dining patrons.
The vehicle is a Mitsubishi pickup with the conversion done by local builder Centro Manufacturing Corp.
According to Binalot president Rommel Juan, the food van will have the same offerings as those in traditional establishments. The food will also remain wrapped in fresh banana leaves, among the aspects that made Binalot popular.
Staple foods on the menu will include the popular adobo, bistek, tapa, tocino, sisig, and longganisa. The food van essentially aims to expand the company’s operation and address specific markets where banana-wrapped food can have high demand.
Juan noted that there will be pre-approved sites for franchising of the mobile food businss. He also expects uptake in areas with fewer food establishments.
Along with the food van, Juan said that they will also pursue offering a supervised franchising scheme wherein a possible franchisee can allow Binalot to manage their business for them.
This particular service is targeted at overseas Filipino workers who want to have their own business in the Philippines but have no one to help them manage the operations.
“This service will enable potential franchisees to have the sense of security that their business is being managed well,” Juan said.
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Post by: oca1101uk on Jun 29, 2014, 02:09 PM
The pros and cons

As a business owner, having a food truck sounds like a dream: the initial investment is lower than having a storefront, there’s little clean up in the area as everything is self-contained, and employees can do multiple tasks as drivers, order takers, and cooks.

While simple, food trucks in the country do have their limitations, which Romeo learned the hard way.

While Romeo’s food truck has gained a loyal following—it’s the Angus beef tapa that’s most popular on his menu--it’s difficult to bring in customers when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

On a good day, he and his partners earn anywhere between P6K to P8K, however he admits, “Since June, during the rainy season, sales have really crashed.”

But he does see a possible upside, to the detriment of his employees: he can readily pack up his business, depending on the weather. “That’s the good thing; we can stop our business temporarily, and there’s no loss. However it’s hard for our employees; we pay them monthly not per day, and if we stop, then they can’t be paid. Of course employees want a steady job.”

Taxes and other concerns

He also discovered that local government units were initially hesitant about taxing his business. “Some cities allow street vendor permits, but it’s not applicable to us because we’re big. Although technically, we’re also street vendors. [When it comes to] taxing us, it’s still a gray area.”
It’s also not as simple as setting up shop in an open parking lot. “That’s not allowed, because we’re engaged in a business. We need permits to sell.”

Support group on wheels

Romeo has found support in other food trucks owners. After running into each other at several food truck events, the owners of 12 food trucks have formed an association to address their concerns, and to help each other’s businesses. Thus, the Metro Manila Food Truck Association was born. “We’re very supportive, we all share the same sentiments,” he admits.

One of them is making sure to bring in other food trucks, if an opportunity arises. It works for both the food truck owners and the customers because if they sell as a group, “everybody is encouraged to try something new, because we all have different concepts.”
They’re also able to split the group if there are separate events, so they’re represented in different events. If one food truck can’t make it to an event, they can recommend other food trucks.

As a group, they can also negotiate their rates, and see to it that the event organizer can provide basic necessities, such as electricity. “Since we’re in a private area, we see to it that they provide power, because the cost of electricity can be expensive.”
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Post by: Rothschild on Jun 29, 2014, 04:05 PM
ok na