If you’re thinking about starting a food truck business, you’ve likely heard the term ‘food truck commissary’ thrown around. A commissary is an important part of your mobile business, so here’s a look at commonly asked questions to help you understand what a food truck commissary is all about.
What is a food truck commissary?
What are the benefits of a food truck commissary?
Compliance with health codes and laws
For starters, your state’s health department or city laws may require that your food truck belong to a commissary. In some cities like Los Angeles, for example, food trucks must park at a commissary because parking is such a problem. Commissaries keep food trucks off the roads and in a safe spot.
You’ll want to check your state and local laws to make sure you’re in compliance.
Access to food storage
Buying and storing all of the ingredients to make your signature food is costly and takes up space. Commissaries often offer storage space, so you can buy in bulk and save some cash.
Herbert Tinjaca, owner of in Orlando, says “I can’t imagine conducting our business without [a commissary]. They provide so many amenities that facilitate our day to day business. Our commissary offers amenities such as gated parking, storage, refrigeration, prep kitchen, cooking oil disposal, potable water, grey water disposal, cardboard recycling, and trash disposal. They are working on getting an ice machine soon. I’m really looking forward to that. Not having to go out to fetch ice anymore? That is a game changer!”
What kind of pricing should you expect?
What kind of kitchen space is available in commissaries?
How can the design of your truck cut down on commissary costs?
If your area allows you to prep food in the truck, for example, you won’t need to use commercial kitchen space at the commissary if your truck is designed properly. Your truck can serve as both as kitchen and serving space, but you have to invest in a design that maximizes space on your truck.
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-Guest Contributor Lisa Furgison