18 April 2016

BUSINESS - Food Trucks for Fido

Gourmet food trucks have become extremely popular in urban centres across North America over the past five years - the industry bringing over $857m in revenue annually in the US.

Growing competition makes success more of a challenge, but one Seattle truck is setting itself apart from everyone else by also offering food for man’s best friend.

The Seattle Barkery, is a food truck that serves dogs and their owners in area dog parks, office building parking lots, farmer's markets and private events.

"I think there is definitely a market for more things like that, where human and canine activities are combined. You don't want to always leave them at home or leave them in the car," Dawn Ford, who owns and operates the truck with her husband, Ben, told Tulsa World.

The menu includes air-fried chicken feet and duck neck, “pupcakes” with bacon, mini cheesy doughnuts, pumpkin pretzels and peanut butter-banana cookies.

The treats are all homemade and the truck is one of just a handful in the country that caters to canines.

Fido To Go serves Chicago’s dogs and claims to be the first doggy treat truck of its kind in the nation, and Los Angeles truck, PhyDough, sells preservative-free dog treats made with organic, human-grade ingredients along with dog-friendly ice cream.

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