Street Food Vending In The United States
Swanson, Eric C.
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Street food vending is an integral part of the food distribution industry in many parts of the world, but its importance in the United States is fairly minor. The recent recession has inspired new innovation and expansion in the field. The regulatory system for street vending is outdated and fractured. Vague rules that can change in every neighborhood are retarding the sector's growth potential. Recent crackdowns on poor sanitation quality are having the unintended consequence of increasing safety hazards by replacing licensed vendors with unlicensed ones. I ran my own food business on the Kalamazoo College campus as an experiment to learn what operating a business is actually like and to determine if it is a potentially profitable business venture. I was partially successful. The crepes I sold were popular with the people who tried them, but a poor advertising campaign limited my customers. The crepe stand earned money, but not enough to equal minimum wage or the opportunity cost of running the business.