Cold Stone Creamery Opens First Outlet in Kerala
Dated: May 14, 2016
Cold Stone Creamery has announced the opening of the brand's first location in Kochi, India at the Lulu Mall, a premier shopping destination where ice cream aficionados can now enjoy their favorite dessert. Kahala Brands, parent company of the ice cream brand, teamed up with Tablez Food Company, part of Lulu Group International, to bring the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® to the country, with intentions to open a total of 40 locations in India and five in Sri Lanka over the next five years.
A grand opening celebration was held on May 7, and was attended by special guests: Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A., Managing Director of Lulu Group International; Mr. Ashraf Ali M.A., Executive Director of Lulu Group International; Mr. Mathew Vilayil, Director of Indian Operations - Tablez Food Company; Ms. Shafeena Yusuff Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Tablez Food Company; Mr. Sajan Alex, General Manager - Tablez Food Company (United Arab Emirates); Mr. Manu Abraham, General Manager, India and Sri Lanka; and Mr. Adeeb Ahamed, Director of Tablez Food Company.
"With this grand opening, we are all set to establish Cold Stone Creamery as the most preferred choice for ice cream in all of India," said Ms. Shafeena Yusuff Ali, CEO of Tablez Food Company. "We are confident that our locations will enjoy the same popularity that Cold Stone Creamery locations do in other international markets because of the unique flavors and innovative offerings."
The grand opening event also featured a ribbon cutting ceremony. Mr. Yusuff Ali, Managing Director of Lulu Group International had the honors of officially welcoming the first India Cold Stone Creamery to a crowd of nearly 4,000 attendees. Ice cream lovers traveled far and wide to attend, with one family driving 150 miles from the capital city of Kerala to be one of the first to taste the premium ice cream brand.
"It has been so exciting to watch this grand opening event unfold," said Eddy Jimenez, senior vice president of international operations and development. "Just within the first two hours of opening, 500 happy customers were served ice cream – that was exciting to see! This location is just one of many that will open here in India and we are thrilled at the initial response from the community at large."
Cold Stone Creamery has built a strong fan following based on a variety of factors, which include a lively entertainment experience complete with song and dance performances and ice cream juggling by highly trained crew members. Customers can get involved in the action with customizable menu options that combine unique ice cream flavors with a choice of mix-ins like nuts, candies, and fruits to deliver the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience®. Customers can also choose from a list of Signature Creations™ such as Chocolate Devotion®, which was the crowd favorite at the grand opening, with over 160 sold. Today, Cold Stone Creamery stores are operating in over 300 international locations and in over 27 countries abroad, including Japan, Kuwait, Qatar, Trinidad, Brazil, Nigeria, Egypt, Canada and Indonesia.