I am Paul and I have been behind the scenes for a few weeks reading and hopefully learning. I have looked into a B&M business selling dogs but I think I need to take a smaller step first. I could possibly do this full time as the job I have is shaky at best. I want to join the ranks of vendors but I have a few questions.
Regarding commissaries, when you contract with one do you need to provide a freezer or refrigerator of your own to store your products? Should I request some sort of locked area for my own storage of product?
I am located in central Fl and have been looking at the rules for such vending. I read the following off of the web site: “Potentially hazardous foods such as chili, cooked onions and peppers, cheese, and cheese sauce may only be served in individually portioned and packaged or pre-packaged containers that are maintained at proper temperatures on the unit;” Yes I need to call them for an answer but I wanted to possibly be prepared for any hassle they might put up. I would like to serve chili on the cart. According to the above does it mean that I can but that I must use a product that is pre-packaged from such a place like my local Restaurant Depot?
Also on that website: “Hot Dog Carts are MFDVs that limit food preparation to frankfurters only.” Sausages are also in the frankfurter class correct?
How many different dog styles is too many? I have about 5 different styles of dogs I’d like to sell. i.e Chicago, chili, maybe a Ruben and so on.
Since I am just starting out I have been looking at used carts. What’s the depreciation on carts? Yeah they might have paid $2000 two years ago but with it being used I just don’t know the value. Yes I’ve looked at craigslist and ebay but I haven’t seen a similar cart in order to help me judge the price.
Anyone else selling in the FL heat?
I will continue to read thru this site and I looks forward to some great helpful answers.