July 14, 2017 // Franchising.com // BRENTWOOD, Calif. - Get ready to hang ten with a new food truck in the East Bay area. Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream - a fast-growing mobile franchise specializing in Hawaiian shaved ice and ice cream - has partnered with Brentwood husband, wife and son team John, Jessica and Matthew Meza to bring the Coolest Truck On Earth™ to the area. After opening on July 6, the Meza’s Tikiz truck now services Antioch and Brentwood, among other nearby communities. The Mezas plan to open a second truck servicing other nearby areas in the future.
Whether Tikiz’s refreshing Hawaiian shaved ice or ice cream is enjoyed at a birthday party, school fundraiser or other community event, consumers can expect to be transported to the tropics. With steel drum music roaring, colorful neon lights dancing and water misters cooling off crowds on warm days, the food truck’s presence provides a vacation-like atmosphere.
After operating a Cricket wireless store and owning a Subway franchise together, the Mezas decided to continue their tradition of running a family business together with Tikiz. “We really enjoy that we can operate our Tikiz franchise together and appreciate the family business aspect of the brand,” John said. “Matthew is leading the franchise, and Jessica and I are supporting him with the business knowledge we’ve accumulated over the years.”
Tikiz’s shaved ice and ice cream products are low-fat, gluten-free, contain no high-fructose corn syrup and are Smart Snack approved, per the guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fat-free and complete with a gumball at the bottom of each cup, the Hawaiian shaved ice can be enjoyed in any combination of 10 syrup flavors, including a sugar-free option. Ice cream rounds out the Tikiz’s menu with a wide range of ice cream bars and sandwiches.
Wrapped in a Hawaiian beach-theme, the custom-built Tikiz truck is decked out with traditional surfboard signage and décor. With a patented “Surv-Board™” dispenser, guests can customize their own fruit syrup creations. Each unit is based off all-new, heavy-duty and fuel-efficient Ford truck platforms that are built from the ground up with numerous custom components. For example, the self-contained water system and high-output batteries allow operators to produce more than 400 shaved ice servings per hour and eliminate the need for noisy generators so guests can enjoy the fun, tropical tunes.
Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream is available for birthday parties, fundraisers, school events, summer camps, daycares, youth sporting events, church functions, corporate events, carnivals, picnics, barbecues, movie nights, festivals and more. Tikiz also offers a FUNdraising program, donating 20 percent of the day’s sales back to the event or supporting cause.
“Setting the fun aspects of the business aside, one of the main reasons we chose to open our own Tikiz truck was to give back to our local community,” Jessica said. “The Tikiz FUNdraising program is an easy way for local organizations to add an entertaining element to their charity event that also drives donations.”
For more information about the FUNdraising program and event packages, visit http://tikiz.com/fundraising-events/. To book Tikiz for an event, call (800) 760-2767or visit http://tikiz.com/EastBayCa.
Since 2012, Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream has rolled into communities across the nation, providing locals with a hint of tropical-flavor with its fun, one-of-a-kind experience and delicious Hawaiian shaved ice and ice cream treats. Founded and based in Boca Raton, Florida, the fast-growing mobile franchise is exploding across the United States with more than 20 trucks on the road and another 20-plus in development. Tikiz has franchise opportunities across the nation with year-round options for sales and business growth. For more franchise information, visit tikiz2u.com/franchising-info.
Fishman Public Relations
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