PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cold Stone Creamery, the nation's leading premium specialty ice cream brand, today announced the launch of the Cold Stone Yogurt Bar, a new yogurt concept that will be incorporated into existing Cold Stone stores in 2011. The brand extension will feature a proprietary self-serve weigh and pay frozen yogurt with a full toppings bar to offer a fully customized yogurt experience.
"Cold Stone Creamery is known for its premium product innovation and market leadership. With the phenomenal brand affinity Cold Stone enjoys and the some of the best real estate in the country, we are in an optimal position to extend our brand to provide the quality product that our customers trust us to serve up," said Dan Beem, president of Cold Stone Creamery. "With the growing popularity of frozen yogurt and a continued consumer preference toward choice and customization, we see a significant opportunity for our brand, our franchisees and our customers as we evolve our brand and introduce a frozen yogurt we know will be the best in its category."
Over the next few weeks, several stores in Arizona, California and across the east coast will incorporate and test the yogurt concept in preparation for an intended nationwide launch in the spring of 2011.
In keeping with the company's legacy of innovation, Cold Stone's Tastemaster developed a proprietary yogurt recipe that distinguishes it from the pre-packaged mixes typical of most other yogurt shops. Every location that adopts the yogurt bar concept will feature a variety of self-serve machines along with an accompanying fresh toppings bar. Locations that do not offer the soft-serve Yogurt Bar concept will still have the sweet and creamery yogurt presence in a hard-packed form allowing for Cold Stone's customizable Creations on the granite stone. Cold Stone Yogurt will include true Cold Stone Creamery favorites such as sweet and creamy vanilla, chocolate and cake batter as well as new tart and tangy flavors.
"Cold Stone enjoys the distinction of the industry's best product innovation and with continued research and development of new flavors and Creations, the possibilities with our new frozen yogurt are endless," said Beem. "The future of this concept is very exciting because our yogurt is a craveable daytime or afternoon snack with probiotic health benefits that our customers can come back for several times a week."
With a heightened awareness for healthy products amongst consumers, the Cold Stone Yogurt Bar offers customers a better-for-you, low-cal option with probiotic benefits. This new yogurt concept widens Cold Stone's core audience to include all guests, including those looking for a healthier indulgence.
Cold Stone Yogurt Bar is an integral part of the company's strategy for further product innovation while supporting greater franchise owner and company success. As part of the company's commitment to unit-level growth in existing stores, the Cold Stone Yogurt bar offers current franchisees the opportunity to increase top-line sales by driving increased customer traffic and capturing additional market share. The new Cold Stone Yogurt Bar will be available to franchisees at no additional fee.
Cold Stone Creamery delivers The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Cold Stone Creamery is a subsidiary of Kahala, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 12 quick-service restaurant brands. Cold Stone Creamery operates more than 1,500 locations in 16 countries.