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Opening the first store in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery continues to lead the industry and was ranked No. 14 in the January 2007 "Franchise 500" issue of Entrepreneur magazine, and No. 43 in QSR's 2006 QSR 50 restaurant ranking.
"We know ice cream aficionados are passionate about our brand, and this partnership will enable the ice cream lovers of the world the opportunity to enjoy Cold Stone Creamery in a variety of ways throughout their daily lives," stated Kevin Myers, vice president of sales & marketing of Cold Stone Creamery.
Global Icons will develop and manage the Cold Stone Creamery licensing program by mixing the core brand ingredients of high quality, innovation and personalization to create the Cold Stone Creamery signature experience through licensed merchandise.
The Cold Stone Creamery-branded merchandise line will capture the "love it" brand essence and bring the unique brand experience into consumers' homes through multiple product categories including housewares, tabletop & kitchen electrics, health & beauty products, gift items, kid's role-play activities & toys and food & beverage.
"Cold Stone Creamery conjures up wonderful thoughts of delicious flavors, endless varieties, unbelievable quality and happy memories made just for the customer, the perfect mix of brand attributes that will be layered into the Cold Stone Creamery-branded merchandise," said Jeff Lotman, CEO of Global Icons. "We are thrilled to bring the Cold Stone Creamery experience to a whole new level with branded products. We share Cold Stone Creamery's vision and enthusiasm to bring the ultimate ice cream experience into all homes."
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Cold Stone Creamery is part of the Kahala•Cold Stone holding company, a leading brand-building franchisor with a portfolio of 13 diversified restaurant and service brands. Cold Stone Creamery alone operates nearly 1,400 locations in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam, Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.