Cleveland, Ohio Approves Rules For Food Trucks

Cleveland, Ohio’s city council voted Monday to renew a law that allows the trucks to serve diners from parking spaces on urban streets; this time, the legislation comes without an expiration date, according to The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. For the full story, click here

Editor’s Insight: Cleveland lawmakers recognized the benefits that food trucks offer consumers and came up with some reasonable rules. The Cleveland lawmakers recognized the concerns of brick and mortar restaurants and came up with a reasonable compromise; the trucks must be 100 feet from an open restaurant.

The food trucks present more competition for established foodservice companies, including vending and onsite foodservice contractors.

One way vending operators can react to this competition is to improve their food offerings. Too many vending operators refuse to offer food due to the costs involved. By not offering food, vending operators sacrifice snack and beverage sales to competitors that offer it. 11-29-11 By Elliot Maras