In the Philippines, small scale businesses like the food cart and kiosk businesses started in the early 1980’s. Since its fabrication, it has now evolved and grown into different styles and format which offer heterogeneous food products almost everywhere; of such are hotdog, popcorn, ice cream, dimsum, waffle, and the like, located near school campuses, train stations and even malls. Today, according to the Food Cart Association of the Philippines, with almost 10,000 food carts and kiosks proliferating in Mega Manila alone, the Philippines is now considered the Food Cart Capital of the World.
Food carts and kiosks are portable and easy-to-set up sidewalk booths that offer accessible on-the-go foods to consumers. It has the capacity and facilities to cook and provide food for mobile customers. With low capital requirement and ease in management, many are encouraged to engage in this kind of business. An estimated annual sales of P1 billion manifests its success in the Philippine Food Industry.