Shon Bruellman stands next to his food truck posing wit

Shon Bruellman of The Big Red Food Truck poses next to a fresh shipment of high oleic soybean oil to be used for cooking the truck's popular food items. (Photo Credit: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)(Photo Credit: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

Popular Central Iowa Food Truck to Use High Oleic Soybean Oil

August 27, 2020

One of central Iowa’s most popular food trucks will soon be serving its tasty, made-from-scratch fried ravioli lobster bites, jumbo walking taco boats and BBQ brisket quesadillas with high oleic oil made from Iowa and Midwest-grown soybeans.

A three-month supply of Plenish was donated this week to The Big Red Food Truck by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Corteva Agriscience in celebration of August Soybean Month in Iowa.

“We are excited to try out the high-oleic soybean oil and see what benefits we can garner,” said Shon Bruellman, owner and operator of the Big Red Food Truck. “It’s always good to support Iowa farmers, especially when it means we can use a high-quality, locally grown ingredient in our recipes.”

The Big Red Food Truck is a popular choice for Des Moines-metro diners and food truck fare aficionados. Bruellman says he’ll transition to using the high-quality cooking oil this fall as farmers also head to the fields to harvest another soybean crop.

“High oleic is a great example of a win-win-win,” said ISA Director of Market Development Grant Kimberley who also farms near Maxwell. “It’s a developing new use for soybean oil that benefits our soybean farmers, a healthier alternative to consumers enjoying a meal out and has several advantages for food manufacturers.”

Grown exclusively in the U.S., high oleic soybean oil offers an FDA-approved “heart healthy” label because of its improved fat profile. It also has a longer fry time, improved shelf life and requires less equipment maintenance for food manufacturers. 

A homegrown product, high oleic soybean oil is approved and accepted all around the world.

The Big Red Food Truck was outfitted in 2016 and, adds Bruellman, proudly serves “great food and free smiles!”

More information about this variety of soybean oil can be found at

The Iowa Soybean Association ( is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 15,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.