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Kona Ice Franchise

Initial Franchise Fee$15,000
Investment Level $100,001 ~ $200,000
Royalty Fee$$3-3.5K
Kona Ice Franchise


Kona doesn't just sell gourmet shaved ice.
It brings an unforgettable experience that appeals to the kid in all of us!

Ranked the #1 New Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine and Highest in Franchisee Satisfaction by Franchise Business Review and Franchise Update, Kona Ice® is the most innovative new brand in the franchise industry. With growth of over 800 franchise units in 9 years, it is PROVEN, PROFITABLE and downright FUN!

Shaved ice is simple to make and involves much less infrastructure than for ice cream. Simply a block of ice that gets finely shaved and topped with syrup, it’s a low-risk food, making it easier to satisfy the health department.

Kona is fun and interactive, letting kids flavour their own ice, while at the same time supporting quick and high-volume sales from the operator’s perspective. In fact, you can serve up to 500 people in an hour!

Kona Ice Franchise Costs


  • Very Low Overhead
  • Protected Territories
  • Year-Round Opportunities
  • Community Involvement
  • Unrivaled Corporate Support & Marketing



  • 6% food cost
  • No real estate costs
  • Each unit is single-person operational
  • Multi-unit expandability
  • Fully contained and completely mobile
  • Franchisee buying power
Kona Ice Franchise - Truck


With the experience of having built over 800 trucks, Kona Ice has perfected the KEV. This state-of-the-art truck is also a mobile billboard for your KONA ICE business – it sells itself!

  • Goes anywhere, anytime, and is fully equipped to serve thousands of customers per day
  • Patented FLAVORWAVE® for self-serve flavor dispensing
  • Choose from an endless variety of exotic flavor combinations
  • Rock Tropical sounds from the BOSE® enhanced sound system
  • First mobile food truck to be fully NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) approved
  • Proven successful in over 300 markets


  • Large, protected territories
  • No forced expansion
  • Promotes working partnerships with neighboring franchisees


  • Schools reward students with Kona visits
  • Parents, kids and staff all agree that Kona Day is the best day of the week at daycare
  • Sports teams and leagues invite Kona to the ballpark for events
  • Businesses book Kona as a special break time treat for employees
  • Birthday parties, church festivals, block parties and company picnics all love the Kona Ice experience

We have units of every size for any venue.

  • The Kona Mini: This popular unit is a smaller, more agile version of the KEV, perfect for indoor events and smaller outdoor venues.
  • The Kona Trailer: Sometimes you’ll just need the back half of the KEV – and that's just what the Kona Trailer is.  Great for large settings where you'll be based for the majority of your season.
  • The Kona Kiosk: Another great option for large venues, the Kona Kiosk gets the job done.
  • The KEV 2.0: A smaller version of the KEV. New to our lineup of extra equipment. we’re excited to see this little guy hit the streets! It’s smaller in size but has the same serving capacity as our regular truck.


The Kona brand supports fundraising in local communities. Booking Kona is a fast and easy way to raise big bucks for schools, sports teams and non-profit organizations. Before you know it, you’ll be booked at everyone’s events and schools love Kona for being a fun experience wile helping them reach their fundraising goals.  It's also great to be involved in your community and give back.


  • Franchisee expectations are constantly exceeded (Highest Franchisee Satisfaction Award from Franchise Business Review and Franchise Update)
  • 75% of franchisees purchase a second unit within 2 years



Our customers’ favourite part of Kona Ice is being able to load up on tropical flavors to their heart's content. Self-serve is all the rage and Kona now offers it for the mobile shaved ice industry with our patented FLAVORWAVE. Not only is it great for customers, but it’s great for you because it speeds up serving.



Your Kona franchise comes with Kona Kollege hands-on training at corporate headquarters. Your business is set up and territory is established as well as:

  • Learn marketing strategies from the CEO and veteran franchisees
  • Database management for your Kona Kontacts
  • Day-to-day operations
  • A comprehensive, 219-page Success Guide


Kona Ice offers an full line of nutritious, Smart Snack-approved proprietary products including:

  • Sugar Free Flavors
  • Dye Free Flavors
  • Stevia-Based Vitamin C Blend
  • Stevia-Based Isotonic Sports Blend with B Vitamins


  • Weekly webinars with veteran franchisees
  • Continued technology and standards training
  • Annual Kona Konvention
  • Veteran franchisee coaching
  • Online forum where franchisees share ideas & techniques

Meeting or exceeding all expectations, franchisee satisfaction is through the roof! Don't miss this opportunity!

We’re looking for candidates with the capability to become successful as businesspeople and the desire to be deeply involved in their community, rather than just being concerned about making money.

Kona Ice is an easy business to run well with good interpersonal skills. We line up local ice distributors and we supply the syrups direct from the U.S. so that you’re set to launch into your business.  Included with each franchise is one KIM to handle a population of approximately 100,000. Franchisees can buy additional, neighbouring territories, running multiple vehicles.

"With Kona, I have put more smiles on kids' faces and received more genuine thank yous in 8 months than I ever did in my 25 years in the consumer electronic business." – Cheri Wells, 1 Year Franchisee

If you’re ready to be a welcome and active part of your community by putting smiles on thousands of faces, click the Request info on the right and let’s talk!


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