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Unread 04-13-2008, 02:49 PM   #16
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I always hate to do soda in cans or bottles, so I stick with bottled water and lemonade. I buy the lemonade powder from my restaurant supplier. I mix it up in a 5 gal plastic water jug (the kind you can refill ) and I pour it in a 10gal igloo water cooler (like they use at football games.) I have one cooler with ice to be used only in the drink cups, and I use a 16 oz plastic cup. I charge $1 for their choice of drink. My cost for both ( including cups and ice for lemonade) only runs about $. 30 so I make a good margin, and on hot days I sell a ton of water.
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I always hate to do soda in cans or bottles, so I stick with bottled water and lemonade. I buy the lemonade powder from my restaurant supplier. I mix it up in a 5 gal plastic water jug (the kind you can refill ) and I pour it in a 10gal igloo water cooler (like they use at football games.) I have one cooler with ice to be used only in the drink cups, and I use a 16 oz plastic cup. I charge $1 for their choice of drink. My cost for both ( including cups and ice for lemonade) only runs about $. 30 so I make a good margin, and on hot days I sell a ton of water.
Lemonade is a great idea! I know pre-mixed soft drinks are always a great margin for profit, ut not everybody will want lemonade or water.
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Lemonade is a great idea! I know pre-mixed soft drinks are always a great margin for profit, ut not everybody will want lemonade or water.
Usually there is someone else doing soda pop, so if someone wants to they can get it at another booth. I would say 95% of the people who stop at my booth buy a water or lemonade. Only question I get is, "is the lemonade fresh squeezed?". I tell them no and most of the time they still get it or they will take a water.
The times I have done cans of pop I limited it to just a few choices. People would always ask why I don't have their favorite flavor (can't stock all of them) or I would run out of one and people would complain that I should have bought more of that flavor even though I still had a bunch of another flavor sitting there.
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Iced Tea has a similar mark up
You could do Arnold Palmers then also
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You could do Arnold Palmers then also
OK, I''l bite. Whats an "Arnold Palmer"?
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Sausages are also good sellers. And nothing is wrong with a brisket sammie, sliced or chopped. Don't put it on your menu as brisket though. You'd be surprised how many people don't know what it is. List it as sliced or chopped BBQ beef. You'll sell more.
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OK, I''l bite. Whats an "Arnold Palmer"?
Not a golf fan are you. Half Lemonade and Half Iced Tea.

Midnight hit it on the head. Check with your local health board - get the skinny on what's acceptable for hand washing station. They let us use wipes. Three deep tupperware containers qualified for the washing station. If you want to keep it simple, the bottled water is a great simple - alternative to messing with the others.

You can also try something we came up - Meat in a cup. Serving is about the same as a sandwich. I charge a little less for that.

Depending on turnout and traffic we get those little cups and put out samples.

Sauces I kept it simple - Cattlemen's mustard and cattleman's traditional. Put them in yellow and red bottles.

Keep us posted. I think vending is easier than catering. It's just meat.
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Palmers are hugly popular here in So Cal
I dont play Golf myself
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I play golf. Never heard of the drink. Hell, the cart here doesn't even have Shiner!!
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