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Kona Ice Earns Elite Franchise Award

Gourmet Shaved Ice Brand Ranked #1 in “Top Food Franchises for 2020” by Franchise Business Review

October 13, 2020 // Franchising.com // FLORENCE, Ky. – Kona Ice is reigning supreme in 2020.

The country’s premier mobile gourmet shaved ice brand, renowned for creating over-the-top experiences for tens of millions of consumers across the nation every year, has earned the number one spot in the franchise industry’s Top Food Franchises for 2020.

Despite the economic challenges of this year, many of the top food franchises are thriving and growing. The best franchise companies have ramped up support of their franchise owners and adjusted their business models to meet Covid-19 head-on. While no business is completely recession-proof, franchise companies are showing the world the value of the franchise business model - which is founded on "being in business for yourself, but not by yourself".

“This is incredibly powerful validation for the franchise and there is nothing more meaningful to us than our franchisees and what we aim to do each and every day: set them up to represent the brand and run their business as best possible, even during a global pandemic,” said Tony Lamb, founder and president of Kentucky-based Kona Ice. “The foundation of the concept comes back to franchisee satisfaction. Our whole organization aims to keep our franchisees pointed in the right direction and without our resources, we would not be in the position that we are today.”

Compounding the impact of Kona Ice earning the #1 spot in Franchise Business Review’s “Top Food Franchise for 2020”, the mobile shaved ice brand is one of the fastest growing franchises in the industry. Since launching the company in 2007, Kona Ice has more than 1,300 plus trucks in 49 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico and more than 300 Minis, the brand’s indoor version of the truck. Equally as appealing as the icy treats that the brand offers is its philanthropic commitment in the communities it serves. Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $82 million to community-based organizations since the launch in June 2007.

The restaurant industry faced an unexpected roadblock when the coronavirus forced dining rooms across the country to shutter-closing some businesses for good. But others bridged financial gaps by capitalizing on curbside pick-up and delivery services to attract new customers and retain loyal patrons. Those restaurants that thrived during the pandemic drew upon their positive company culture, strong leadership, and core values to beat expectations. This year's list of the Top Food Franchises for 2020 includes 35 franchises that are outperforming their competitors and franchisees' expectations. These brands that have the highest franchisee satisfaction in the food industry.

“The 35 award-winning food brands that made the list were lauded for their strong leadership, open communication, and ability to work with franchisees to navigate all the challenges thrown at them this year,” Rowan said. “It’s no surprise that many of the brands that made this list were able to overcome challenges presented by the coronavirus.”

Providing entrepreneurs interested in investing in the franchise a full suite of support services ranging from initial and ongoing training to sales and marketing programs, the Kona Ice investment ranges in price from $127,750 – $151,550. An initial franchisee fee of $20,000 is required, and finance programs are in place to support qualified entrepreneurs in their Kona Ice investment.

For more information about available franchise opportunities with Kona Ice, please visit: https://www.ownakona.com/.

To learn more about Franchise Business Review’s Top Food Franchises for 2020, please visit: https://franchisebusinessreview.com/page/franchise-category/top-food-beverage-franchises/.

About Kona Ice

A true community ally renowned for facilitating endless fundraising options, Kona Ice has given $82 million back to neighborhood schools, organizations and teams since its inception in 2007. The brand's iconic truck offers customers a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring the opportunity to create their own shaved ice on the self-serve Flavorwave™, while enjoying the soothing sights and sounds from the tropics. Currently, there are 1,200-plus franchise units in more than 49 states.

For more information about booking Kona Ice for a fundraiser or event, visit www.kona-ice.com. To learn more about available franchise opportunities, visit www.ownakona.com or call (800) KONAICE.

About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review (FBR) is the only independent market research firm that specializes in benchmarking franchisee satisfaction based exclusively on ratings and reviews from franchise owners. FBR publishes free and unbiased franchisee satisfaction research reports throughout the year online at franchisebusinessreview.com.



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