By USPB Contributor | Potato Pro
The United States Potato Board (USPB) unveiled its first Spud Nation™ Food Truck at POTATO EXPO 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is an entirely new, proactive and aggressive demand-building approach for potatoes.
USPB President and CEO Blair Richardson unveiled the Spud Nation Food Truck at the conclusion of the “If You Can See It, You Can Be It” luncheon keynote address.
Richardson explained to industry members how food trucks will provide valuable demand-building opportunities for the U.S. potato industry saying “by 2017, food trucks will be a $2.7 billion market according to the National Restaurant Association.
Currently food trucks are only reaching about 50 percent of the U.S. population, but it’s one of the fastest growing market segments in foodservice, and several sources reveal there are huge opportunities for the future. Seventy-one percent of Americans polled in a recent survey indicated they are comfortable buying meals from food trucks. We need to be a leader and trend setter in this rapidly changing environment.”
After an entertaining curtain drop reveal of the food truck, fondly dubbed “Bettie”, industry members eagerly gathered around the truck for walk-through inspections, “kicking the tires” and to learn more about this new USPB experiential marketing vehicle.
Current and future Spud Nation food trucks are much more than mobile advertising. This venture enables the USPB to do new activities, such as partnering with other industry groups in unveiling and rotating innovative new product launches. Spud Nation will have direct contact and actual consumer interaction at many levels. The USPB will have data on new, exclusively featured products to share with the industry.
This food truck enterprise will also enable the USPB to carry its message to market and leverage the messaging and health benefits of potatoes. At first, it will be a small, yet extremely visible and growing part of the USPB marketing programs but one that is scalable for future growth.
Vibrant Diner Target
Food trucks appeal to consumers called “Vibrant Diners.” This target consumer trends heavily toward millennials who are male and influence other consumers. Influencing other consumers is how trends often begin in the food world. The millennials in this target consumer groung range in age from 18-34. Vibrant Diners live in higher income households with annual income averaging $70,000 and 52% with college or advanced degrees, and 57% employed full or part-time.
Vibrant Diners are adventurous eaters who favor potatoes. They have 5.2 average weekly potato meal occasions, while the general population eats potatoes 4.1 times a week. They are frequent diners who often eat on the run. They prefer fresh foods over frozen or canned alternatives, but are on the lookout for quick and easy meal options.
Spud Nation will engage consumers with globally inspired potato dishes they have never seen or considered before.
Spud Nation Objectives
Spud Nation assumes $250,000 in total revenues per truck, annually. The best food trucks produce $500,000-$750,000 in total revenues annually so there is potential to earn above $250,000 per truck.
Log on to www.spudnation.org to learn more about the Spud Nation Food Truck.