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Food carts are direct descendants of trays suspended by straps from food sellers necks. As old as food selling itself, trays were once common in Europe (e.g., sausages in Germany were sold by urban sellers called Wurstmaxen). In Europe and the Americas, food carts mostly have been replaced by mobile carts or small fixed stands on city streets. In Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, trays are still very common, perhaps the best known being sellers of round baked breads called simit in Turkish cities.

Carts are also quite old food service vehicles perhaps dating to the beginning of civilization in the Old World. In terms of service technology, they are an advance, or a step up from serving trays, though both coexist in many ...

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