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Mudslides still snag Southern California; support needed for food relief

Mudslides still snag Southern California; support needed for food relief

More mudslides are expected in Southern California because many of the hills in the area were scorched by fires that burned the vegetation that would have absorbed much of the water from the rains. Relief efforts are being handled by the local food bank and government agencies.

'Grocery on wheels'  makes its debut

'Grocery on wheels' makes its debut

Self-driving vehicles that deliver fresh produce and allow consumers to place orders via an app and then physically pick their own produce could be the long-sought answer for online produce delivery.

Pizza Hut teams with Toyota on self-driving food truck

Pizza Hut teams with Toyota on self-driving food truck

Pizza Hut has teamed with Toyota on a food truck in a mobility service alliance that also includes Amazon, Didi, Mazda and Uber.

11 menu trends going mainstream in 2018

11 menu trends going mainstream in 2018

Now trending: Detroit-styled pizza, Vibrantly colored drinks and salads, soft-serve ice cream coming in innovative flavors and a focus on mushroom-centric dishes.

Technology, social media topics lead top 10 stories in 2017

Technology, social media topics lead top 10 stories in 2017

Stories about social media and technology tools were the most-read articles in 2017, the inaugural year for Food Truck Operator. An analysis of the 10 stories reflects a variety of concerns as the industry continues to expand at a rapid pace.

Food trucks in pro-bitcoin New Hampshire city begin to accept cryptocurrency

Food trucks in pro-bitcoin New Hampshire city begin to accept cryptocurrency

Keene, New Hampshire, a pro-bitcoin community, already has its second mobile food vehicle that will accept bitcoin, a digital currency that is growing in popularity.

From food truck to 5 restaurants: one entrepreneur's story

From food truck to 5 restaurants: one entrepreneur's story

While a commissary gave David Choi the venue for his first restaurant, his food truck experience gave him the skills needed to prepare and serve food to customers efficiently and profitably.

Seoul Taco: A food truck entrepreneur success story

Seoul Taco: A food truck entrepreneur success story

A passion for food, combined with a desire to improve his lot in life and a little luck propelled David Choi, the son of Korean immigrants, to launch Seoul Taco, a small chain of restaurants and food trucks.

Drumstick-roll please: KFC exec to share secret (branding) recipe as keynote of Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit

Drumstick-roll please: KFC exec to share secret (branding) recipe as keynote of Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit

George Felix, KFC's director of brand communications, will share his secret recipe on how KFC is resonating with both millennials and Baby Boomers at the 2018 Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit.

Chefs' inspiration: Personal experience drives the process, but other factors enter the mix

Chefs' inspiration: Personal experience drives the process, but other factors enter the mix

Menu development is a team effort consisting of culinary, financial and logistics input. A balance is needed for a menu item to succeed.

Food sourcing for food trucks 101

Food sourcing for food trucks 101

Menu planning, storage layout and supplier partnerships all impact an efficient and effective food sourcing strategy for food trucks.

Foodservice leaders describe best practices for managing social media challenges

Foodservice leaders describe best practices for managing social media challenges

Managing social media messages is an evolving challenge for foodservice operators. A recent panel highlighted how some proactive companies are addressing the task.

Millennials: give us discounts, go easy on the apps

Millennials: give us discounts, go easy on the apps

One of the more eye-opening sessions at the Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville last month was a quick, question-filled hour-long chat with a varied panel of millennials about what gets their food business and what does not.

Franchise or company owned stores? Successful followers of both models offer insight

Franchise or company owned stores? Successful followers of both models offer insight

The question of whether or not to franchise weighs heavily on the minds of foodservice establishments that must consider the benefits and challenges of offering a turnkey program to entrepreneurs versus having more control via expanding with company owned stores.

'Three 15s': Career paths vary, but success requires risk and commitment

'Three 15s': Career paths vary, but success requires risk and commitment

Speakers at the Fast Casual Executive Summit demonstrated the importance of taking risks to discover their own unique attributes, and to commit themselves to personal growth.

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