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Hawaiian-Grown: Local Produce and Franchise Expansion at Papalani Gelato

Moving into 2013, Papalani Gelato is seeing expansion on Kauai Island with a second location offering locals and travelers a rich taste of island grown produce. As an expanding franchise, Papalani Gelato has at its core an appreciation for the delicious produce found in Hawaii coupled with authentic Italian gelato creations, which means support for local farmers and some of the tastiest gelato on earth.

Located in a beautiful part of the world which sees many visitors, this purveyor of delicious and regional flavors is regularly frequented by those touring the region from diverse locales, as well as loyal locals. Hand churned and based on traditional old world Italian production, creating gelato with a Papalani Gelato franchise allows franchisees to reach an assorted customer base.

Fusing tropical ingredients and chocolate grown right on the islands with artisan gelato and sorbetto based recipes, this franchise stands apart offering dessert lovers a diverse selection of flavors uniquely crafted for their delectable intensity. As a food franchise opportunity, franchisees can also appreciate the variety of products offered to customers, from gourmet gelato to regionally produced Hawaiian desserts and flavors brought to one location. For patrons seeking a special hand-crafted sweet experience, this gelato-shop delivers.

With exposure increasing alongside expansion, ratings in local magazines are calling attention to the innovative way this franchise delivers its product, and a tasty one at that. Honolulu Magazine has listed the chocolate gelato on offer in its 2012 Restaurant Guide as a praiseworthy island dessert, even pointing out different made-from-scratch ingredients—a distinctive aspect of Papalani Gelato’s franchise model, due to the dedication to artisanal production.

Owners Marck and Lauren Shipley developed their interest in gelato when visiting Italy and decided to integrate not only fantastic Italian dessert with franchising, but fresh artisanal and sustainable options, including organic choices and much local support for other dessert-craftsmen and women. By bringing the community into their franchise, this couple has created a brand and concept that supports diversity. Franchisees can thus bring a variety of products into their location to increase revenue and work with a business formula that is deliciously creative.

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