On the go: Industry revenue growth will slow amid regulatory hurdles and increased saturation

The Food Trucks industry has only grown in strength over the past five years and is one of the best-performing segments in the broader food-service sector. The industry's remarkable rise has been largely attributable to changing consumer preferences in favor of unique, gourmet cuisine at budget-conscious prices. Despite strong industry-wide performance, some food truck operators have been held back by municipal regulations, increased competition and low profit margins. The industry will face various challenges over the next five years, especially regulatory hurdles, which have restricted the industry's growth over the past five years. Parking laws and other ordinances are still evolving in many cities to catch up with the industry's transformation...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$870m
Annual Growth 11-16
7.9%
Forecast Growth 16-21
Profit
Employment
13,501
Businesses
3,703
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Despite strong performance, some operators have been held back by regulations, increased competition and low profit margins
  • Laws restricting food truck operators in some cities have hindered growth
  • Operators that include healthy options will be best situated for success
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Food Trucks industry has a low level of capital intensity. While a food truck with a fully functional kitchen can be very expensive, the industry also heavily relies on human labor. In 2016, IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar an operator spends on wages and associated labor costs, it will spend $0.06 on the use and replacement of capital.The main capital costs incurred by operators include the purchase of vehicles and cooking equipment. These assets depreciate over time, but given their high resale value, depreciation rates are typically low. Launching a new food truck venture costs into the tens of thousands of dollars. However, operators can reduce their capital outlays by renting or leasing vehicles or equipment. On ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Food Trucks Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Food Trucks Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Must have license
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer spending and Consumer Confidence Index in the Food Trucks industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Food Trucks Industry?

    The industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in preparing and serving meals from a mobile truck. Food is normally prepared, stored and cooked on the truck. The truck may or may not use the same location each day and does not sell alcoholic beverages.

    Industry Products
  • American (burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs)
  • Central and South American
  • Mixed Ethnicity
  • Greek Mediterranean
  • Asian
  • Desserts
  • Industry Activities
  • Preparing and serving food from a mobile truck
  • Preparing and serving beverages from a mobile truck
  • Preparing and serving dessert from a mobile truck
  • Serving prepackaged food and beverages from a mobile truck
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Consumer spending
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Healthy eating index
  • Urban population
  • Agricultural price index

  • Current Performance
    Bucking the trendShifting consumer preferencesRegulationTight profit marginsSocial media and technology
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Sophisticated consumersFood truck popularityProfit margins remain low
  • Table: Food Trucks Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Food Trucks Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Frozen Food Wholesaling
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Meat Markets

  • Products & Services
  • American (burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs)
  • Asian
  • Desserts
  • Central and South American
  • Other
  • Mixed Ethnicity
  • Greek Mediterranean
  • Chart: Food Trucks Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Income and weather
  • Health consciousness
  • Convenience

  • Major Markets
  • Age 25 to 44
  • Under age 25
  • Age 55 and over
  • Age 45 to 54
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Food Trucks Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Food Trucks

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Food Trucks Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Food Trucks Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Food Trucks Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Consumer spending (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Brick And Mortar
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer or a street vendor.
  • Gastronomy
  • An interest in food and good eating with a particular focus on gourmet cuisine
  • Point Of Sale (Pos)
  • A system used at checkout in retail stores using computers and cash registers to capture transaction data at the time and place of sale.
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