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Fun Facts: Catering & Food Delivery

  1. Pizza delivery drivers make about $2 to $5/hour, plus tips.
  2. There are about 3 million food trucks in the U.S.
  3. The organic food industry has grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $29.22 billion in 2011. Recently, the industry is growing roughly 10 percent every year.
  4. According to the National Fisheries Institute, the average American eats more than 15 pounds of seafood each year, consuming about 4.2 pounds of shrimp.
  5. 12.5 million coins per hour are inserted into vending machines in the US.
  6. In 1949, Richard and Maurice McDonald opened the first McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino, California - the McDonald Brothers Burger Bar Drive-In.
  7. White Castle was the 1st restaurant to offer takeout food in the US in the early 1900's.
  8. Beverages are the vending industry's best seller, accounting for $14 billion dollars a year.
  9. The biggest lobster ever recorded weighed 44 pounds and stretched to 41 inches.
  10. Organic food is the fastest growing sector of the American food industry.
  11. Street food has roughly 2,500 social media mentions per month! #wow
  12. The history of Meals On Wheels goes back to England during World War II.
  13. Weddings are the most frequently catered events.
  14. The three most popular entrees ordered from food trucks are sandwiches, Mexican fare and hamburgers.
  15. America's first certified organic food restaurant was opened up in Washington D.C. in 1999.
  16. December 21st is National Fried Shrimp Day.
  17. Vending machines make money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  18. The 1st restaurant to use the assembly-line system was McDonald's.
  19. Chinese takeout boxes are not even used in China. Americans invented the Chinese takeout box.
  20. The Greek mathematician "Hero" invented a machine that would vend holy water in Egyptian temples in 215BC.
  21. Seafood is an extremely healthy food group known for being low in fat and a high-quality protein. Benefits of eating seafood include lower risk of heart attack, stroke, obesity and hypertension.
  22. Healthy eating can help fight many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
  23. Food trucks are especially popular because they are economical. The average cost for a food truck meal is $6.33. The average cost of a restaurant entree is $14.09.
  24. Most customers prefer high-end, local food when placing a catering order.
  25. According to Zagat, the American cities with the hottest food-truck scenes are New York City, Chicago, Miami, Austin, Portland, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Boston, Houston and Washington, D.C.
  26. In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable.
  27. Portugal & Singapore eat the most fish and shellfish per capita than any other country in the world.
  28. The first commercial coin-operated vending machines were in London, England; they dispensed postcards.
  29. France was the original birthplace of what we now call a "restaurant."
  30. Wendy's created the first drive-thru window in 1970 upon opening their second restaurant.
  31. The first vending machines in the US were installed on New York City's elevated subway platforms in 1888; they sold Tutti-Frutti gum!
  32. Seafood is a very versatile meat that can be prepared many different ways including fried, broiled, grilled, sauteed, steamed, poached...the list goes on and on!
  33. In 1970, consumption of broccoli was only a half a pound per person. Today, the average person in the United States eats four and one half pounds a year.
  34. Mondays are usually the busiest days of the week for food trucks.
  35. As drive-thru fast food restaurants became popular, it led to car manufacturers installing cup holders in the 1990s. As fast food drinks became larger, so did the cup holders.