Franchise Overview: Kona Ice

Kona Ice is a franchise of modern ice cream trucks, which began franchising in 2008, only a year after the first truck hit the streets. Kona Ice sells shaved ice, an alternative to standard ice cream, allowing customers to mix and match their desired flavors. Kona Ice trucks are tropical themed and feature large windows around the vehicle, allowing customers to peek at the frozen treats being prepared. Since the company’s founding, the franchise has exploded in popularity and was named among the fastest growing franchises. As of 2016, the company had sold about 800 trucks and is continuing to sell more.

Financial Info

  • Franchise Fee: $15,000
  • Inventory: $4,875
  • Truck: $97,750
  • Total Cost: $110,750
  • Requires $20,000 cash deposit

Additional Info:

  • Kona Ice uses Kreations Flavorings, which meets all federal nutritional school standards.
  • Kona Ice offers a customizable business model with four different additional pieces of equipment.
  • Kona Ice provides customers with a unique self-serve system where they can make their own treat.
  • The company works to give franchisees 100 percent satisfaction.
  • Kona Ice uses a fixed royalty system. In other words, no matter how successful your Kona business is, the royalty stays the same.

Founding Success Stories

A former marketing consultant and door-to-door vacuum salesman, Tony Lamb had an interesting ice cream truck experience.

When his daughter ran outside to meet a neighborhood ice cream truck, Lamb noticed the questionable condition of the vehicle and handling of the products.

“The truck had smoke coming out of it, and the driver wasn’t even wearing a shirt,” Lamb told Business Insider. “I thought, ‘what if there were a business that guaranteed a good experience at the ice cream truck?”

This experience inspired Lamb to create Kona Ice, giving the ice cream truck concept a much needed update. Lamb’s trucks feature a tropical style of music and a Hawaiian themed décor and design. They also provide customers with the opportunity to make their own shaved ice.

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      BRUNSWICK HILLS TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Brian and Mollie Lockwood are putting a tropical spin and a snowy twist on the summertime ice cream truck tradition. They recently opened a franchise of Kona Ice, and have been bringing their shaved ice treats to sporting events, private parties and corporate events. To read the full story, please... […]
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  • Kona Ice gives incentive for donations for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief September 5, 2017
      WTAP News: “Today a local business wanted to give back as well, so Kona Ice set up outside each donation site today to give a little incentive for donating. “We really wanted to do something for the flood victims,” says Michelle Huxley, Kona Ice of the Mid-Ohio Valley. “We know we can’t get down there;... […]
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  • TDT News: Evacuees grateful to be out of flood zone September 1, 2017
    Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in Houston during this time. Meanwhile, we will continue to help in any way we can.   “While the future is uncertain for those displaced, the Temple Parks and Recreation Department is trying to ensure the ordeal is as comfortable as possible for those involved. Recreation Specialist... […]
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  • Food & Drink: Aloha August 28, 2017
    “If I had a dollar for every adult I hear say, ‘I haven’t had shave ice in years—since I was a kid … ,’ says Adela Jacobson, who launched her mobile franchise Kona Ice truck (number 793) with her husband Corey last August. Jacobson and her family moved to Novato from Palm Beach, Florida to... […]
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  • One cool food truck: Couple brings Kona Ice to area August 21, 2017
      MANSFIELD – April Prosser needed a less stressful working environment. She was working as a nurse in a prison when she and her husband, Bobby, decided to launch a food truck franchise. They are selling Kona Ice. “I wanted to do something where I could be my own boss and do something that was... […]
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  • Business Spotlight: Ride the Flavorwave August 17, 2017
      Missouri may be landlocked, but this summer many Springfield residents are riding a Flavorwave. That’s the name of Kona Ice Inc.’s self-serve syrup fountain on the sides of over 900 trucks. Kona franchisees dish out shaved ice as far south as Houston, Texas, as far north as Anchorage, Alaska, and in the Queen City,... […]
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  • Kona Ice Super Fan! August 10, 2017
    These are a few of our favorite things…   “At the Athens County Fair Bike Parade, kids dress their bikes as one of their favorite things. Marley Christman chose the Kona Ice truck. After the parade was over, she peddled her miniature truck to see her big brother truck.” Marley, you are so talented! We... […]
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  • Parker, CO Boy Hit By Car Gets Huge Homecoming Party August 10, 2017
    These miracle stories are at the heart of what we do and how we desire to help our Kona communities. View the full story here. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Colton!   Tweet The post Parker, CO Boy Hit By Car Gets Huge Homecoming Party appeared first on Kona Ice News.
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