Kona Ice Brings a One-of-a-Kind Experience to Residents in Auburndale
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Kona Ice Brings a One-of-a-Kind Experience to Residents in Auburndale

Mobile Franchise Expands in Florida Giving Back to Community Schools and Organizations

May 24, 2022 // Franchising.com // AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Bringing tropical tunes and cups of shaved ice everywhere it stops, Kona Ice is expanding in Auburndale. Introducing its distinctive blend of entertainment, gourmet frozen treats and FUN-draising, the Kona Ice experience is unlike any other in the area. Serving up good vibes in a cool ride, Kona Ice is now cruisin’ through Polk County.

“Growing up, I always wanted to make a positive impact in the lives of others,” said Kristen Hernandez, co-owner of Kona Ice of Auburndale. “I couldn’t think of a better way to bring light and positive energy into our community than with Kona Ice. We’re so excited to give back to our neighbors and friends.”

Kona Ice’s escape from the ordinary begins as the sounds of tropical calypso music fills the air at each event and group gathering. The fun continues as all in attendance get their overflowing cups of freshly shaved ice and then help themselves to any of the ten tastes on the truck’s Flavorwave™, Kona’s innovative self-service dispensing system that allows for full customization. Guests also have the option to choose from the additional 20-plus flavors and 500 different combinations offered.

“My wife and I always wanted to be business owners,” said Daniel Hernandez, co-owner of Kona Ice of Auburndale. “We are confident that we can grow our business in our community and make an even bigger impact. It feels great to be able to provide for my family while giving back to our community.”

Dedicated to making a difference in local areas, Kona Ice continues to be committed to philanthropy in the communities it serves, raising more than $100 million in total donations nationwide since 2007. Kristin and Daniel are continuing the world’s largest food truck franchise’s tradition of donating thousands of dollars each year to local school groups, teams, and community organizations. The couple pledges to give back a percentage of the proceeds from each event they host.

“Kristin and Daniel have always been very passionate about entrepreneurship and community involvement,” said Tony Lamb, founder and president of Florence, Ky.-based Kona Ice. “Whether its new text books for a school or a simple smile, I know that the Hernandez’s will do their part in each community they serve. We are grateful to have them on the team.”

Beyond fundraisers, popular spots for the food truck franchise include stops throughout Auburndale at fairs, festivals and corporate events.

To learn more about Kona Ice of Auburndale and to book your next event, contact Kristen and Daniel by email at dkhernandez@kona-ice.com or by phone at (863) 999-5109.

About Kona Ice

Founded in 2007 by Tony Lamb, Kona Ice launched its first Kona Entertainment Vehicle (KEV) in Florence, Kentucky, offering a unique combination of cleanliness, friendliness, and a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring the opportunity to create your very own shaved ice on the self-serve Flavorwave™, while enjoying the soothing sights and sounds from the tropics, all while giving back to each and every community Kona Ice serves. Since inception, Kona Ice has given back more than $100 million back to neighborhood schools, organizations and teams. Today, Kona Ice has grown to more than 1,400 mobile units that serve 49 states across the country.

Kona Ice has been named one of the top eight franchises in the United States by TheStreet.com, ranked on Entrepreneur’s “Fastest-Growing” franchises list multiple years in a row and has earned many other nationwide, industry and local awards. For more on Kona Ice, visit the brand’s online Newsroom and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news.

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.



Media Contact:

Amber Fry
All Points Public Relations
(847) 897-7470

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