How to have a food truck in Chile


If you want to join the Chilean gastronomic revolution that food trucks have started, you must complete several steps. They are essential in summer events and activities, that's why in Hispanic Entrepreneurs we tell you how to have a food truck in Chile.

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The initial investment

The first step that must be taken to enter the food truck business is to define the model and the gastronomic offer, that is, what type of car you are going to have. The format will mark the initial investment, because having an ice cream cart is not the same as having a hamburger cart.

Between the acquisition and equipment, between 5 and 15 million pesos are required. It must be taken into account that this type of business does not recover the investment immediately, if not after two years or more. Like any other endeavor, you must work with perseverance in order for it to be fruitful.

Another important point is to have a short, meaningful and easy to pronounce name. As well as, a logo and a decoration according to the line of the business. Make it visually appealing. Likewise, you need to consider hiring at least one assistant to order, deliver and collect.

They also have to have a sink, paper towels, soap and a hairdryer. In addition to the required sanitary instruments: hat, gloves, clean clothes, point of sale, drop-down tables. As well as looking for a series of providers through which you get good prices. All of this goes into the initial investment.

How to have a food truck in Chile

Although it is a business that gives the feeling of being informal, it must meet several requirements as a formal company. For have a food truck the company must be formalized, the municipal commercial patent obtained and the sanitary resolution indicated by the Chilean Food Trucks Association. This is one of the organizations that groups the union, since there is no broad regulation of the business.

Food trucks cannot work in every corner, but in private spaces and that is their main strength, becoming a great alternative to undertake. They usually settle in concerts, fairs, birthdays and other celebrations.

According to the Food Sanitary Regulations; The cars must have cooling systems, drinking water tanks and access to hygienic services, etc. It qualifies as a stall, booth, cart and kiosk facility.

When you meet these requirements, and you are closer to having a food truck in Chile, now you have to proceed to request the provisional permit from the Seremi de salud that authorizes the sale of food. In Santiago it can be requested online or in person. You have to be honest and punctual in what is going to be sold because the institution will supervise at any time.

Then you have to ask for the municipal license that can be paid by the organizer or owner of the event where the car will be installed.

Another important aspect is that the food truck or trolley has a solid, washable physical support and of a suitable size to carry out the commercial activity. On the other hand, the drinking water system must have a capacity of 100 liters to be replenished when necessary. In this way, the washing of hands and utensils is ensured.

Liability insurance for a food truck

To install a food truck it is also necessary to have civil liability insurance that is processed at the Office of Parties. You must consign a letter addressed to the mayor and the Honorable Council, copy and original of the sanitary resolution, the menu and photos of the food truck.

Another commitment that is contemplated to obtain the food truck permit is the cancellation of municipal rights for occupation of the position in the first month of each semester.

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