Central Texas food truck owners juggle rising gas and food prices


BELTON, Texas (KWTX) – Rhonda Bennett re-enters the food truck industry, but not without a series of challenges.

“Costs are going up, we’re trying to reduce costs for our customers,” Bennett said.

After spending the past six months in and out of the hospital for surgeries, Bennett and her food truck, Bad Girl BBQ, are back hitting events and festivals around the central Texas this summer.

“We have to fill up not only diesel for our pickup truck to haul our trailer, but also gasoline for our generator,” Bennett said. “It depends on the duration of the event. It can work 8-10 hours a day.

For Bennett, supplies like buns have been harder to come by. Ray Perryman, CEO and Chairman of The Perryman Group, an economic research firm, explained that Russia might be to blame for this problem it sees.

“A large percentage of the world’s grain, which is not only used for bread and bakery products but also for animal feed, comes from Russia and Ukraine and these supplies have been put to the test,” Perryman said.

Although the prices of some items are up, others are starting to fall.

“We’re improving the supply chain, we’re improving our production situation, and consumers are responding,” Perryman said. “There’s all sorts of things to suggest in a few months we’ll start to see those high levels of inflation dissipate.”

More truckers and more US-made goods also reduce the costs of certain items.

Perryman points out that there is no way to predict with 100% certainty whether prices will continue to fall, but the signs are all there. Yet Bennett continues to pay higher prices for items like ketchup, paper cups and corn chips.

“We may have to reduce our dish sizes a bit to keep our prices low,” Bennett said. “I really hate doing this, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.”

The future isn’t exactly clear for every article, but she’s focused on continuing to smoke meat, pour queso, and please her customers one day at a time.

“Keep the faith and just know it’s going to get better,” Bennett said. “It’s like the old adage ‘what goes up must come down’. We hope this holds true.

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