6 Ways to Package Street Food

by Delon Biton

Street food is prepared or cooked by vendors on the street. It is done in a public place and is designed to be served or consumed soon, if not immediately, after purchase.

As winter becomes more prominent, more Christmas markets are preparing to open and they have a vast array of takeaway foods for you to enjoy. These foods are from around the world, and the street food markets allow people to try cuisines that they may not have otherwise.

For anyone working in the Christmas food markets in 2022, it is important to ensure your street food packaging is right for your business. Part of this is because street food vendors are able to sell a range of different foods, so one size fits all packaging won’t necessarily be able to contain everything you serve. One singular packaging size will not be practical for your business.

Regardless of whether you are a seasoned pro looking to upgrade your packaging to a more eco-friendly alternative, or a beginner buying your first food containers, Albiz have plenty of street food packaging ideas for you to use within your business.


What Are The Different Types of Street Food?

Tacos on a plate

Street food began in Asia but has become increasingly popular in America and Europe. There is no limit to the types of food that can be served, but the ingredients it is made from must be high quality.

Popular types of street food include:

  • Fish and chips
  • Pizza
  • Burgers
  • Teppanyaki
  • Waffles
  • Hog roast
  • Tacos

This is not an exhaustive list, and there are many other types of street food available.

With street vendors, the aromas and smoke from the food can act as their own type of marketing. The scents in the street can make your food seem more appealing to customers and make them more likely to buy your products.

How Is Street Food Served To Customers?

Street food can be served in various ways, and not every method will work for every style of food. Take a look and see what type of food packaging would suit your business.


1) Cardboard Food Boxes

Cardboard burger box

A street food box made from cardboard enables you to serve your products whilst being better for the environment than some of the other packaging alternatives.

Cardboard food boxes come in a range of styles and sizes so you can find the one that works best for the food you serve. For example, there are deeper food boxes that are ideal for burgers or slices of cake, as well as 12-inch pizza boxes that are more suited for that bread-based favourite.

Albiz have multiple takeaway pizza boxes available for you to choose from which are recyclable. This means you are not only able to serve your food to your customers, but you can also make your business greener whilst doing so.


2) Wooden Cutlery

Wooden cutlery

People are trying to reduce the amount of plastic they use, but what can be offered instead of plastic cutlery?

Takeaway wooden cutlery is an eco-friendly option that is compostable, so it can be safely disposed of regardless of whether or not they are recycled in your area. Whether you need knives, forks, spoons or stirrers for your food, disposable wooden cutlery can be used by your customers instead of plastic alternatives.


3) Deli Sauce Pots

Deli pot

For any street food vendor serving condiments to accompany their food, sauce containers are a must.

Takeaway sauce containers can be used for a variety of condiments, and are able to hold both hot and cold sauces depending on which container you choose.

In particular, the 1oz deli pots with lids are ideal for cold sauces and relishes to compliment your food, and their lids are 100% leakproof to prevent spillages while your customer finds the perfect place to eat. They are also reusable, so your customers can find new purposes for them within their own homes, such as holding small items like sequins for children’s crafts and earrings.


4) Paper Sheets

Kebab wrapping paper

We’ve seen kebab wrapping paper sheets used in chippies, and what’s to stop street vendors from doing the same?

The kebab wrapping paper is a safe way to keep your food warm. It is designed to contain the heat inside of the paper which is perfect for your takeaway business if you serve burgers, kebabs and chips. It is available in a range of sizes so you can find the one that fits your food the best, making it a flexible option for your business.


5) Polystyrene Food Trays

Polystyrene food tray

There are a variety of takeaway polystyrene trays that you can use, and each has its own features that may suit some food more than others.

The polystyrene trays for food can be used to contain a range of items, such as chips, burgers, fish and sandwiches, and can hold small amounts of sauces and condiments over the food. 

If the polystyrene tray doesn’t suit your business, the polystyrene meal box is also an option. This alternative allows the food to remain hot after serving as it has an attached lid to close the box, something that isn’t available with the open tray.


6) Plastic Containers

Hinged square salad container

Takeaway plastic containers are great for a range of items, and the clear containers also make the food inside appealing to your customers. There is a range available, such as square plastic containers for food that are perfect for desserts and salads. There are also hinged plastic containers available, which are both the tray and the lid in one item.

These plastic food containers can be recyclable and are found in numerous shapes and sizes so you can find the one that suits your business.

Not only do we have a variety of food containers for your street food, but we also offer takeaway drinkware for you to use. Whether that be for those hot drinks as the days get colder, or for those cool refreshers when the warmth comes back, Albiz have the cups and lids you will need for serving drinks to your customers.

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