Better option for container/carrier when selling meals

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HDV16
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Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Wed, 07/10/13 2:46 PM
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Hi all! I'm a new member here so first of hopefully many posts/interactions with you experienced vendors.
 
When selling your hot dogs to customers which is the better way to hand them over....the classic red/white paper trays or the larger styrofoam containers AKA "to go boxes"?  Also if you choose the trays, which size is recommended since I've noticed in looking at inventory purchases that they are labeled 50, 200, 300 styles? 
 
My thinking here is if selling a combo meal of say the two hot dogs with chips/candy/cookie and drink it is easier for the customer to carry the container rather than the tray away....I'm thinking the dogs inside and layer the aluminum foil sheet over it and place the side item on top and close for convenience. 
 
 

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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Wed, 07/10/13 3:32 PM
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I wrap the dogs, brats etc.,  in foil sheets. I even found out that the smaller sheets work just as good as the larger sizes. I haven't tried the 1/4 pounders because two 1/8 pounders with chips and a soda for $5 is a better deal. Extra bun, mustard relish, chili or whatever.
 
Some use the Wax paper wrappers. If it's more than the customer can handle, I put everything gently into a brown paper bag. Most of the time they take it back to the car and leave or eat it in the car on the site. Throw some napkins in the bag. I use rolls of paper towers.

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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Wed, 07/10/13 3:56 PM
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Thanks for the input, brickboo.
 
I guess I will try a few of each out and gauge the customer preferences real time. Thinking it will differ somewhat based on the location since I have a few types of spots to setup (park area, business parking lot and a few small party events). 
 
 

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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Wed, 07/10/13 6:35 PM
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I have had great luck with foil sheets. I put a napkin under the foil, build the dog and then hand it to the customer. It's inexpensive and is working out quite well. I also have a small cart so keeping a box or 2 of foil sheets on deck takes up far less room than stacks of cardboard trays.

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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Wed, 07/10/13 6:39 PM
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I use tissue paper (handywacks.com).....
If they want them wrapped up I'll do it. Rarely I'm asked for a bag.....usually they are happy with a bag buns come in. Little litter or waste.

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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Wed, 07/10/13 8:10 PM
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Any preference on the 9 or 12 inch ones? As I'm looking at all of the products I'm seeing a ton of various sizes on the sheets/trays etc.
 
 

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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Wed, 07/10/13 8:16 PM
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I've used both sizes. I prefer the 9" but either works.

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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Wed, 07/10/13 10:10 PM
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I don't know exactly what size I have now, but Sam's has two sizes of the foil wrap. I used a few of the large and the last time I bought the small size and I'm sticking with it. You can't go wrong with either size. Try them both.

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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Thu, 07/11/13 12:00 AM
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Much appreciated everyone.
 
 

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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Thu, 07/11/13 12:13 AM
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I like the foil also. 12 inch.  I open up buns and then wrap a dozen at a time. I hold the empty buns in a steam pan until I take an order and I don't have to worry about using gloves as the bun is already in the foil.
 

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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Thu, 07/11/13 1:12 PM
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I use dry wax paper instead of foil...it is cheaper so i keep the money in my pocket...alsi i use a lot iof paper bags, trays are expensive....restuarand depot has both

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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Thu, 07/11/13 3:06 PM
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foil sheets and paper bags for carrying away.
dogs are built on a sled, and transfered to foil.

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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Thu, 07/11/13 4:54 PM
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Tissue paper.....$10.00 for pack of 1000. A penny a piece. Why bother with more?
What's the point of foil? Especially when it's 85-110f outside. Most folk eat in their car before they drive away. Why give them more to throw out their window? I carry brown bags and foil in case some anal person wants me to imitate McDonalds.  I also don't stuff bags with napkins. I keep a roll of paper towels right there, they can take all they need. Napkins blow away and the dispensers seem to be too much of a challenge for some. Get too many? WTF? Just throw them in the bag I'm gonna throw out the window anyway.
Only thing I hate more than a litter bug is a tailgater.
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Re:Better option for container/carrier when selling meals - Thu, 07/11/13 11:42 PM
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jcheese


Tissue paper.....$10.00 for pack of 1000. A penny a piece. Why bother with more?
What's the point of foil? Especially when it's 85-110f outside. Most folk eat in their car before they drive away. Why give them more to throw out their window? I carry brown bags and foil in case some anal person wants me to imitate McDonalds.  I also don't stuff bags with napkins. I keep a roll of paper towels right there, they can take all they need. Napkins blow away and the dispensers seem to be too much of a challenge for some. Get too many? WTF? Just throw them in the bag I'm gonna throw out the window anyway.
Only thing I hate more than a litter bug is a tailgater.

 
Jcheese funny you mention tailgaters. As I was taking my new cart out of the box and piecing it together for the first time this week I was thinking to myself - wow it's hard enough to see the tail of my flatbed trailer behind my truck sometime, wonder how many vendors get their carts nailed from those crazy tailgaters out there. I HOPE not many but the cart seems pretty invisible being pulled.