Increasing street food business opportunities across the UK – but don’t forget hand washing

Five Star food hygiene rated Gower Sea Food Hut use Handeman portable sink for handwashing

Nearly 15,000 street food and delivery businesses registered last year

Consumers across the UK are becoming increasingly aware of the advantages of well cooked and presented street food: this has allowed new, smaller brands and innovative recipes and ingredients to emerge across the country, according to a recent article on the Verdict Foodservice website.

The report features Companies House records for the past year which reveal that 14,363 takeaway and mobile food service businesses were registered – compared to only 9,405 licensed restaurants.

This is a trend that is expected to continue, says the report.

“Street food in particular has been the source of great influence for both foodservice and retail in recent years, and this will continue to grow as increased access to these types of retailers shape consumers’ consumption habits.”

The street food shift – away from permanent “bricks and mortar” establishments – has been prompted in part by consumers who are increasingly inspired to try out original food and drink flavours.

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Why hand washing facilities are vital for any street food business

If you are thinking of venturing out with a street food business, there are five reasons why you need a hand wash unit according to NCASS – the Nationwide Caterers’ Association.

“A separate hand washing facility must be provided. It must have hot and cold (or appropriately mixed running water). Alcohol gels are not acceptable on their own but can be used in addition to a hand washing system.”

The photo at the top of the page shows 5 star hygiene rated Gower Sea Food Hut and their trusty Handeman Xtra Portable hand wash unit.

Effective, highly portable hand wash units for Street Food suppliers

It is so important to have effective hand washing facilities available at the point of need.

TEAL’s portable sinks are the perfect solution for the food-related and catering industries. The comprehensive range meets the most exacting requirements of any Environmental Health Officer and includes pre-heated hot water units the WashStand and the Handeman Xtra Portable that need no electricity or mains water supply.

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