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Popular Must-Have Supplies For Food Trucks You Need

Food trucks are the hottest thing right now and not showing any sign of slowing down. If you’ve been thinking about starting your own mobile food business, now is the time. 

It can be hard to know what commercial supplies you need for success when it comes to food trucks. Whether you’re just getting started or already well-established, stocking up on the right equipment makes life easier and helps your bottom line. To help make the choice easier, here’s a list of the must-haves that every food truck needs – from tableware to refrigeration and more – so you can keep customers happy and focused on your amazing food rather than worrying about other operational details.

Specialty Equipment for Food Trucks

There’s a lot of specialty equipment you need to outfit your food truck, but there are a lot of standard pieces of equipment you’ll need. You can buy them new or used. 

When it comes to running a successful food truck, specialty equipment is key. From generators for long operating hours and refrigerators for food storage to catering-specific warmers and fryers, there are many types of specialized machines designed to help you offer the best product on the market. You’ll want to consider the types of equipment made specifically for mobile food services and small appliances that may have been designed with your menu in mind like: Undercounter refrigerators, griddles, microwaves, ranges, ventilation, fryers, washing stations, fridges and freezers, food warmers, prep tables, and any specialty pieces needed to run your business (i.e.: panini press, coffee brewers, pizza ovens, etc.).

Food Truck Supplies

In addition to the large equipment you need to store, prep, and cook, you’ll also need items to cook with and serve your patrons. You might need the following items:

  • Pots and pans 
  • Knives 
  • Fry Baskets
  • Strainers 
  • Tongs
  • Timers  
  • Thermometers  
  • Cutting boards
  • Measuring spoons
  • Bowls  
  • Mixers 
  • Towels 
  • Gloves 
  • Paper cups 
  • Plastic cups
  • Disposable plates 
  • Disposable utensils
  • Napkins
  • Condiments
  • Sugar
  • Cooking utensils
  • Food Trays
  • Cup and lid dispensers
  • Food pans  
  • Storage containers
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Fans to keep the interior cool
  • Cash register
  • Portable credit card reader
  • Condiment dispenser station
  • Portion pack dispenser
  • Cup covers
  • Paper towels
  • Sponges
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Equipment stands
  • Food prep clothing
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Guest checks
  • Grocery bags
  • Trash bin
  • Brooms
  • Dustpans
  • Hand soap
  • Bottles
  • Sprays
  • Mats for wet areas
  • Open/Closed signage 
  • Menu board

This isn’t an extensive list, but it will get you started.

Food Trucks: Putting It All Together

Once you get your truck outfitted and all your cooking and serving ware in place, along with your food order, you’re ready for business! Always keep your permits accessible and follow your local health and safety guidelines. You’ll be putting in long hours to keep your truck busy and making you money.

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By Leslie Radford

**Updated April 2024

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