Food trucks have taken the restaurant industry by storm, with 90 percent of industry professionals confident the trend is here to stay. But the fast expansion of the industry has amped up competition, making it vital for each mobile restaurant to utilize strong branding as a way to stand out from the crowd. Here are five examples of food trucks who are branding the right way:
The Frankfoota truck popped up on season four of Food Network’s the Great Food Truck Race and is still remembered for the New York truck’s strong branding. With American flags decorating everything from the vehicle to the workers’ pants, this truck added a gourmet touch and seamless branding to the good old American hot dog.
2. The Juice Truck
Vancouver’s Juice Truck keeps it simple and allows bright colors to tie together its marketing theme. With three colors, photos of giant fruit scattered across its website and a simple truck outline on its drink label, the Juice Truck sticks in memory because there are no tricks or gimmicks. The vehicle itself is a fruity hot watermelon pink with bold, white lettering. Its branding portrays exactly what it is: a bright and colorful juice truck.
Coolhaus bases its ice cream truck branding off of Bauhaus, a modernist architectural design theme sweeter than its ice cream sandwiches. The company travels the country, delivering ice cream packaged in 1920s and ’30s wrapping, with a styled font similar to the modern, bubbly houses that stemmed from this German architectural trend. The truck itself imitates Bauhaus buildings with a hot pink popup roof, silver star rims and rounded, bubbly appearance.
4.Baby’s Badass Burgers
Sex appeal alone give LA’s Baby’s Badass Burgers a strong brand identity. The only thing hotter than the gourmet burgers, with names like the Cougar and the Other Woman, are the dolled-up burger babes serving them. These food truck vixens cruise around in high heels and short shorts, selling burgers from their hot pink burger-mobile, with sexy cartoon women plastered on the side of the truck.
5. Hula Girl Truck
A Hawaiian theme ties food, truck and worker apparel together in a flawless way with the Hula Girl Truck, based out of Washington, D.C. The menu is classic Hawaiian, featuring favorites like spam musubi. Bright colors, surf boards and a hula girl appear on the truck and website. Island-themed yellows and ocean blues make the label, clothing, menu and truck itself, which is designed to look like a beach bum van (the kind that house surfing hippies).
The food truck industry is worth over $1 billion dollars, and brands like these have found a way to stand out and cash in.
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In our previous article, we discussed the brand new food truck we wrapped for local Seattle company, Pie. We explained the benefits of vehicle wraps for food trucks and showed an exciting video of the wrapping process. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video here: http://www.unitedreprographics.com/blog/wrapping-pie/
We recently visited Pie’s Fremont location to speak with one of Pie’s founders, Jessamy Whitsitt. After taking a tour of the restaurant and seeing their baking process, we couldn’t help but feel inspired by the obvious care they put into their craft. The countless creative pie recipes and clever names even make ordering a meal a fun experience. Whitsitt lights up when recounting fond memories of baking pies at an early age. It’s refreshing to meet people who have stayed true to their childhood dreams.
Whitsitt mentions, “I’ve always loved it [baking]. I sort of looked at it scientifically you know, experimenting with things. As a kid, that was my favorite thing to do: Mixing things together and trying to see what would happen. Chemistry was not my thing, but baking was.”
A lot of thought went into every aspect of the Pie experience. The details from the menu to the polished design theme are all very deliberate. Whitsitt says, “Friendly is our number one thing. We want people to feel welcome when they walk in.”
The decision to invest in their food truck was actually part of a very strategic expansion plan. The food truck allows Pie to travel around Seattle and the surrounding areas testing various markets to scout possible locations for a new brick and mortar location. Entering into the food truck business wasn’t easy due to the long list of regulations and lack of truck-specific maintenance resources but Pie seems to be navigating these obstacles with flying colors. They’re already out on the road making waves in the local food truck scene.
As an advocate for keeping business local, Whitsitt had chosen United Reprographics for a recent postcard project. Whitsitt said, “You did a really great job, the turnaround was really fast, and we really appreciated that… When we got our food truck, it was literally the first thing that popped into my head, ‘I’m going to go down there and get a bid from them and see how it works out.’ And Michael has been really great to work with.” We were so excited to help wrap their brand new food truck and be a part of their success story.
Check out their Facebook page to see the daily menu and find out if they’ll be stopping anywhere near you: www.facebook.com/PieMobile