By STAFF | MobileFoodNews.com
Metal Gourmet established as a wholly owned subsidiary to design, build and distribute California-compliant food carts and trailers for the growing mobile food industry
SAN JOSE, Calif., August 22, 2011 – Spurred by the explosive growth of the mobile food market, Airtronics Metal Products, a Silicon Valley sheet metal design, engineering and fabrication firm, today announced the launch of Metal Gourmet™, a subsidiary devoted to the design, assembly and distribution of high-end mobile food carts and trailers.
The mobile food industry is in its infancy and is far from reaching its apex, according to Technomic, Inc., a restaurant industry research firm. In Technomic’s 2011 Food Trucks Innovation Report, more than 90 percent of consumers surveyed said they believe mobile food has staying power and is not a passing fad.
“What distinguishes Metal Gourmet from other food cart manufacturers is its modular design approach,” said Jeff Burke, president and CEO of Airtronics, and owner of Metal Gourmet. “The fully modular construction allows users to select the equipment and layout to best fit their food preparation needs.”
Before launching Metal Gourmet, Airtronics consulted with chefs and caterers, and worked closely with the Santa Clara County Department of Health to ensure its carts would be both user-friendly and fully compliant with California health codes, among the most strict in the country.
Operating from a facility adjacent to Airtronics’ 100,000-square-foot San Jose plant, Metal Gourmet designs and assembles carts and trailers using NSF-approved components sourced from various manufacturers, primarily Airtronics. Airtronics is a licensed trailer manufacturer, and supplies Metal Gourmet with trailer frames custom-made for its carts. Airtronics also manufactures sinks, grills, griddles and other mobile food components to Metal Gourmet’s specifications. For more information on Metal Gourmet, visit www.metalgourmet.com.