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Description: #1 New Franchise and Top in Franchisee Satisfaction. We’d love for you to join the largest mobile shaved ice franchise! Opportunities: Single and multi-unit franchises available throughout the United States. Business Type: Franchise. Minimum Cash Required: $25,000. Financing Assistance: Yes, from the company. Training Provided: Yes. Home-based: Yes. SBA-Approved: Yes.


Kona Ice: The Story

Kona Ice: The Story

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What determines the success of a franchise? Is it luck? Coincidence? Not every idea is franchise-worthy. Not everyone can offer the support. So why are some concepts instantly successful and others just aren’t?

Kona Ice_2Why was Kona Ice ranked #1 Overall Franchise in Entrepreneur magazine or even more importantly, Highest in Franchisee Satisfaction by TWO separate agencies? We think we might know why. And best of all, we can have you up and running in 30 days or less!

So you may be knee deep in the franchising process with tons of questions, but we have just one for you. Why not join Kona Ice?


  1. Fixed royalty: No penalties for succeeding.
  2. Extremely quick start-up: We’ll have you up and running in 30 days or less.
  3. Incredibly low overhead: Approx. 6% food cost in an industry with an average of 32%.
  4. Proprietary nutritional product: A product that can only be found at Kona Ice that’s meeting all of the federal nutritional standards.
  5. Community involvement: With over $25 million given back, our communities have embraced us as the best fundraising tool.


We pride ourselves on our franchising process. When you decide you want to start your own business, we understand that you don't want to wait years to make that dream become a reality. We can guarantee that we’ll have you in business, generating revenue within 21-60 days of your deposit.

Your Kona Ice journey begins with an all expense paid trip to the training program at the Kona corporate headquarters.

  • Marketing strategies from our corporate marketing team and veteran franchisees.
  • Day-to-day operations from one of the largest franchises, which is housed at corporate.
  • Meet your support staff .
  • Initial set-up of your business and social media marketing.
  • No holds barred Q&A with the owner & CEO, Tony Lamb.

Kona Ice has a full-time marketing team of graphic designers, digital marketers, copywriters and videographers.

  • Professionally designed email advertising to targeted markets.
  • Slick and creative direct mail and leave-behind materials to close sales.
  • Kona-branded giveaways and merchandise to promote the brand.
  • Individual mini websites for franchisees as part of our 'Find a Kona' feature.
  • Social media assistance accompanied by daily posts and yearly campaigns.Kona Ice_3
  • Corporate website that speaks to all areas of the Kona business.
  • Dedicated web developers who manage website SEO and a massive national Google Ad Words campaign.

Everyone’s favorite feature of the Kona Ice truck is the ability to load up on tropical flavors to their heart’s content. In a day and age where self-serve dessert is all the rage, Kona has taken that step for the mobile shaved ice industry with our patented FLAVORWAVE.


  • Continued technology and standards training.
  • Annual Kona Konvention.
  • Veteran franchisee coaching and mentoring.
  • Online forum where franchisees share ideas and techniques.
  • On demand support for day-to-day operations.
  • Custom signage for your KEV.
  • Dedicated PR company constantly pushing to get you local press.



Having built 575 of these wonderful trucks, Kona Ice has perfected the KEV.Kona Ice_3

  • Drives in anywhere, anytime, fully equipped to serve thousands per day.
  • Tropical music rocks from the BOSE enhanced sound system.
  • First mobile food truck to be completely NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) approved.
  • Proven successful in over 350 markets.


  • Average of 6% food cost.
  • No real estate expenses.
  • Single person operation per unit.
  • Fully contained and completely mobile.


  • Large, protected territories.
  • No forced expansion.
  • Territory assigned by zip code(s).
  • Promotes working partnerships with neighboring franchisees.

Kona doesn’t just sell gourmet shaved ice, it brings an unforgettable experience that appeals to the kid in all of us!

  • Schools reward students with regular Kona visits.
  • Sports teams and leagues invite Kona to the ballpark whenever there’s a crowd.
  • Businesses book Kona as a special treat for employees.
  • Birthday parties, church festivals, block parties and company picnics can all benefit from the Kona Ice experience.
  • We’re mobile, so really, we can be just about anywhere!

Kona Ice is redefining dessert, by creating a nutritious and delicious treat. We have partnered with international flavor houses and worked with flavor scientists tirelessly to procure proprietary blends that meet all the current nutrition guidelines.

  • All natural sweeteners.
  • Reduced sugar and calories.
  • No high fructose corn syrup.
  • Smart Snack approved.
  • BRAND NEW vitamin-fortified flavors: VitaBlend (stevia + vitamins C & D) and Performance Blend (stevia + B vitamins & vitamin D).
  • 100% juice product.
  • Sugar free and dye free flavors available.Kona Ice_2

We’re not just a shaved ice truck - we have units of every size for any venue. Once you own a Kona truck, you will have access to:

  • The Kona Mini: The most popular ancillary unit is a smaller, more agile version of the KEV. It’s designed for indoor events and smaller outdoor venues.
  • The Kona Trailer: Sometimes you only need the back half of the KEV - and that’s exactly what you’ll get with the Kona Trailer.
  • The Kona Kiosk: Coming in 2015, we’ve got a brand new Kona Kiosk hitting the streets. With a body that looks like a smaller truck, you’ll be sure to attract plenty of attention at any large venue with this piece of equipment.

Ever wonder if you’re making a difference? With Kona Ice, you’ll see it happening right before your very eyes. With over $25 million dollars given back to local communities all across the country, Kona Ice is defined by its community involvement.

Ranked the '#1 New Franchise' by Entrepreneur magazine in 2013 and 'Highest in Franchisee Satisfaction' in 2014 by Franchise Business Review, Kona Ice is thriving all across the map - from New Hampshire to California. And as of 2014, it’s now proven to work in 3 international markets as well.



  • $15,000 - $30,000 cost investment.
  • Fixed royalty - a fraction of industry standard.
  • No paralyzing build-out costs.

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