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Kona Ice Franchise Opportunity


We practically paid off our yearly royalty in a 5 hour Sunday afternoon event.

Megan Kolar

Kona was everything we were looking for. It was colorful, it was exciting...people come up to the truck happy and go away happier.

Jim & Sharon Sweeney

Financial Information:

Cash Investment: $20,000
Net Worth: $50,000
Franchise Fee: $15,000
Total Investment: $134,850 - $140,350

Available Markets:

Canada: AB, BC, MB, NB, NT, NS, ON, PQ, SK, YT
United States: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Have you ever wondered what the largest food truck company in the world looks like? Or how the largest food truck company in the world has ranked #1 in franchisee satisfaction by the Franchise Business Review 9 years in a row? It looks a little bit like this:

  • A company of passionate, hardworking-employees dedicated to the Kona Ice brand day in and day out.
  • A brand that is designed to be good, do good, for good.
  • A business that supports and ranks #1 for culture, women, veterans, and more.
  • A recession-proof business model that thrives during any economic season.

We want everyone in our Kona Ice family to feel welcomed and supported. If you've dreamed of starting your own business and are looking to find an established company that's fun, innovative, and dedicated to you, then look no further.

With all of the research that you've been doing on potential franchising opportunities, we're sure you have a lot of questions. Let us put your mind at ease and show you why Kona Ice is the #1 food truck franchise in the world.

So you may be knee deep in the franchising process with tons of questions, but we have just one for you. Why not Kona Ice?

Kona Ice Franchise Opportunity

Reasons Why Kona Ice Is Different

  1. Proprietary nutritional product: Through Kreations Flavoring, we provide a product that meets all of the federal nutritional standards for schools.
  2. Ancillary equipment: You can customize your business model with the four additional products we offer: the Kona Kiosk, the Kona Mini, the Kona Trailer and the KEV 2.0.
  3. Digital marketing campaigns: With a combination of Google Ads, targeted national eBlasts, Facebook and Instagram content, and national PR, we've got you covered on the web.
  4. Unmatched corporate support: You want proof? We've ranked the highest in franchisee satisfaction with two different agencies since we've started. Hear it from our franchisees with testimonials on our website.
  5. Established brand: With fifteen years in the industry and representation all across the country (even internationally), Kona Ice is a well-developed and respected brand.
  6. Extremely quick startup: With a full onboarding process and immersive learning experience, we'll have you up and running in no-time.
  7. Fixed royalty: No penalties for succeeding.
  8. Incredibly low overhead: Approximately 6% food cost in an industry with an average of 32%.
  9. Community involvement: With over $100 million given back, our communities have embraced us as the best fundraising tool around.
  10. Product innovation: With our sophisticated line of Kona Krafted flavors and limited time offer programs, we're constantly following trends to create new flavors to introduce to the shaved ice world.

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Corporate Support & Marketing

At Kona Ice, we believe you should go into business for yourself, but not by yourself.

Quick & Easy Startup

We pride ourselves on our franchising process. When you decide you want to start your own business, we understand that you don't want to wait years to make that dream a reality. We can guarantee that we'll have you in business and off on the right foot in no time.

The Kona Experience is not just for our customers. We strive to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our franchisees too. And that all begins at Kona Kollege.

Kona Ice Franchise Support & Marketing team

Kona Kollege

Your Kona Ice journey begins with an all-expenses-paid trip to the training program at the Kona Ice Corporate Headquarters. You'll meet your support staff and gain firsthand knowledge in the following:

  • Marketing strategies from our corporate marketing team
  • Day-to-day operations from one of our largest franchises, housed at corporate
  • Initial setup of your business & digital marketing
  • No holds barred Q&A with the owner & CEO, Tony Lamb
  • Hands-on training on your brand new Kona Ice truck, including a test drive on our safety course
  • One-on-one training and advice from several veteran franchisees

You'll graduate from Kona Kollege with an introductory business plan that will have you primed and ready for success. On top of your startup plan, you will be set up for multiple follow up calls throughout your first year to ensure a smooth and successful start to your business!


Kona Ice Franchise OpportunityKona Ice has a full time marketing team of graphic designers, digital marketers, copywriters, and videographers that create content for Google Ads, Facebook, and Instagram campaigns. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on these marketing campaigns that are designed solely to make the franchisee's phone ring and fill up their inbox. You focus on building your contact database, as corporate provides:

  • Professionally designed email advertising to targeted markets
  • Creative direct mail and customizable leave-behind materials to close sales
  • Kona-branded giveaways and merchandise to promote the brand
  • Individual mini websites for franchisees as part of our Find A Kona feature
  • Social media assistance accompanied by posts and yearly campaigns
  • Corporate website that speaks to all areas of the Kona business
  • Location-based searching to direct customers to local operators
  • Dedicated web developers who manage website SEO & a massive national Google Ads campaign
  • Corporate run social media contests & campaigns to promote brand awareness and engage your customers

KONOLOGY: The Business of Shaved Ice

We place a great deal of our time and resources on the continuous education of our franchisees. If every franchisee had the same information as our most successful franchisee, then everyone has the potential to succeed. We cover such topics as:

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  • Truckology
  • New employee orientation
  • Online marketing
  • Equipment
  • Customer service
  • Fielding phone calls
  • Gathering information
  • Safety
  • Hiring
  • Mixology
  • Organizing your KEV
  • Pricing information

Additional Kona Support

  • Annual Kona Konvention
  • Veteran franchisee coaching & mentoring
  • Online forum where franchisees share ideas & techniques
  • On-demand support for day-to-day operations
  • Access to proprietary operations software
  • Custom signage for your KEV
  • Dedicated PR team to get you local press
  • Video tutorials and webinars for ongoing education
  • In-house podcasts
  • In-house design team for custom marketing materials and content
  • Optional digital marketing program to increase sales in your area
  • Weekly Wednesday: a weekly newsletter sent out to franchisees from Corporate
  • The KnowledgeBase: an online forum of aggregated information for franchisees

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Business Model

We sell shaved ice, but we care about much more than that. Company-wide, Kona Ice has given back and raised over $100 million dollars to communities and organizations all across the country since our inception in 2007. It's more a part of who we are than any other aspect of our brand. It is how we operate. To put it simply, selling the world's most incredible shaved ice is what we do, but giving back is who we are.

One of the best things about Kona Ice is that the business model is simple. The brand works for you--not the other way around. And because we're a mobile franchise, this allows you to be directly involved in your community at every touch point. Our goal at Corporate is to make your Kona Ice experience as enjoyable and stress-free as eating a cup of shaved ice!

MEET THE KEV: The Kona Entertainment Vehicle

Having built over 1,500 of these wonderful trucks, Kona Ice has perfected the KEV. This state-of-the-art truck is literally a mobile billboard for your business--it sells itself!

  • Drives in anywhere, anytime, fully equipped to serve thousands per day
  • Patented Flavorwave for self-serve flavor dispensing
  • Choose from an endless variety of exotic flavor combinations
  • Tropical music rocks from the BOSE enhanced sound system
  • First mobile food truck to be completely NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) approved

ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT: Year Round Opportunities

Kona Ice Franchise Opportunity

We're not just a shaved ice truck--we have units of every size for any venue. Once you own a Kona truck, you will have access to:

  • The Kona Mini: The most popular ancillary unit is a smaller, more agile version of the KEV. It's designed for indoor events and smaller outdoor venues. It's a low-risk, high-reward investment that can truly make your business last all year.
  • The Kona Kiosk: The Kona Kiosk hit the streets in 2015 and has been a huge success. Perfect for semi-permanent venues or large events, the Kona Kiosk can serve the same amount of people as the truck. It's smaller than a truck, but it has the same visibility and could be the perfect supplement to your Kona business.
  • The Kona Trailer: Sometimes you only need the back half of the KEV--and that's exactly what you'll get with the Kona Trailer. It's perfect for large venues where you'll be established for the majority of your season.
  • The KEV 2.0: The latest addition to our Kona ancillary family has been the KEV 2.0. It's a smaller, more agile version of the main Kona truck. It's great for when you want to expand in your area, but want to keep the mobility of the truck!

Incredibly Low Overhead

  • Average of 6% food cost
  • No real estate expenses
  • Single person operation per unit
  • Multi-unit expandability
  • Fully contained & completely mobile
  • Incredible franchisee buying power

Patented Flavorwave

Everyone's favorite feature of the Kona Ice truck is the ability to load up on flavors to their heart's content. In a day and age where self-serve dessert is all the rage, Kona has taken the extra step for the mobile shaved ice industry with our patented Flavorwave.

Protected Territory

  • Large, protected territories
  • No forced expansion
  • Territory assigned by zip code(s)
  • Promotes working partnerships with neighboring franchisees

One Of A Kind Experience

Kona Ice Franchise Opportunity

Kona doesn't just sell gourmet shaved ice, it brings an unforgettable experience that appeals to the kid in all of us!

  • Schools reward students with regular Kona visits
  • Parents, kids, and staff alike say Kona Day is the best day of the week at daycare
  • Sports teams and leagues invite Kona to the ballpark whenever there's a crowd
  • Businesses book Kona as a special treat for employees
  • Birthday parties, church festivals, block parties, and company picnics can all benefit from the Kona Ice experience
  • We're mobile, so really, we can be just about anywhere

Proven Success

Kona Ice's reputation is proclaimed as being one of the most innovative brands around. With a "be your own boss" mentality, the business has ranked #1 in Franchisee Satisfaction by the Franchise Business Review nine years in a row. In fact, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked them the #1 New Franchise. Kona Ice is thriving across the United States--from New Hampshire to California. And as of 2014, it's been proven to work in three international markets as well. The best part? Roughly 75% of franchisees are so successful, they're purchasing a second unit within the first two years.

Kona Ice Franchise Opportunity

Kreations Flavoring: A Proprietary Nutritious Product

Who knew shaved ice could be healthy? Kona Ice is redefining dessert by creating a nutritious and delicious treat. Our constant innovation puts us on a pathway to success. The food and beverage industry is becoming exceedingly harder to excel in with the nutrition standards that have been put in place. The innovative and progressive spirit that our company was founded on continues in our search to provide a healthy option for our customers. Through our sister company, Kreations Flavoring, we have worked with flavor scientists to procure a completely proprietary product. From the nutritious base filled with vitamins and sweetened with all-natural Stevia, to the flavor line we've developed that surpasses all other flavors currently available in the market, we believe we have the healthiest and most delicious shaved ice option around! Because we develop our own products, we're constantly creating new flavors that can only be found with Kona Ice and discovering ways to make our product better for our customers.

  • Sweetened with all-natural Stevia and pure cane sugar
  • Reduced sugar and calories
  • Gluten-free, fat-free, nut-free, dairy-free, cholesterol-free, soy free, no GMOs, no high fructose corn syrup, no lactose, and Kosher-Certified
  • A Smart Snack Approved product called Fruit First: contains real fruit as the first ingredient and has 70% less sugar than a standard snow cone
  • Vitamin-fortified flavors with our VitaBlend product (Stevia + vitamins C & D)
  • Sugar-free and dye free flavors available

Kona Krafted

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In 2017, we unveiled our brand new Kona Krafted flavor line. With flavors that were specifically developed to cater to a more adult audience, we've been able to expand segments of the business like never before. After conducting rigorous market research, we have found and curated flavors for our customers to love: Aprium Rosé Sangria, Blackberry Mojito, Blueberry Acai +, Bourbon Black Cherry Vanilla, Caramel Macchiato, Caribbean Cherry +, Citrus Sour Swizzle, Coconut Lime, French Vanilla Latte, Lavender Lemonade, Mai Thai, Moonflower Passionfruit, Pineapple Cream, Pineapple Sunrise, Pomegranate Acai +, Sour Berry Blast, and Watermelon Mint. We are continuously crafting new flavors to introduce, and we just know our guests will want to try them all!

Investment & Financing

Low Cost Investment

  • $15,000 - $30,000 cost investment
  • Fixed royalty - a fraction of industry standard
  • No paralyzing build out costs

We have pre-arranged financing with a sister company in place specifically for Kona Ice, giving you the opportunity to expand at your own pace.

Kona Ice is the fastest growing mobile franchise in the country. Meeting or exceeding most expectations, franchisee satisfaction is through the roof! Don't miss this opportunity!

Territories are still available in major markets! Contact us for more information.

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