Mobile Food Services Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 3/18/2024
SIC Codes: 5963
NAICS Codes: 722330
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Companies in this industry prepare meals and snacks for immediate consumption from motorized vehicles or nonmotorized carts, such as food trucks, ice cream trucks, mobile concession stands, and hot dog carts. No major companies dominate the industry.

Street foods represent a significant part of urban food consumption for millions of low-and-middle-income consumers in urban areas on a daily basis, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Street food selling provides a regular source of income for millions of people in developing countries.

The US mobile food services industry includes about 5,200 establishments (single-location companies and branches of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $1.2 billion.


Demand is driven by consumer tastes, personal income, and local demographics. The profitability of individual companies depends on location selection, food quality, and effective marketing. Large companies have advantages in name recognition and economies of scale in food and equipment purchasing. Small companies can compete effectively by specializing in unique food products and leveraging relationships with local suppliers. The industry is highly fragmented: the top 50 companies account for about 20% of revenue.

Mobile food service operators compete with traditional brick-and-mortar restaurants and specialty eateries, as well as grocery and convenience stores that sell snacks and other prepared food items.


Sales of meals, snacks, and beverages from mobile food outlets account for the bulk of industry revenue. Some companies ...

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