Aloha Alaska: Kona Ice Arrives in Anchorage
Mobile Franchise Makes First Appearance in Alaska; Anchorage Entrepreneur Commits to Giving Back to Community Schools and Organizations
ANCHORAGE, Ala. – Bringing tropical tunes and cups of Hawaiian shaved ice everywhere it stops, Kona Ice pulls its first mobile truck into Alaska, introducing Anchorage to its distinctive blend of entertainment and gourmet frozen treats. With this marking the national brand’s first appearance in the state, the Kona Ice experience will be unlike any other in the area.
“Bringing Kona Ice into my home state makes me very excited,” said Amanda Sato, the local resident and entrepreneur who is shifting good times into overdrive in Anchorage with the launch of her new food truck franchise. “Despite the cooler climate, we Alaskans love our cold and sweet deserts. I’m thrilled to bring Anchorage its first taste of our delicious Hawaiian shaved ice, and I know Kona Ice will capture the hearts, minds, and taste buds of the neighborhoods I serve.”
Kona Ice’s escape from the ordinary begins as the sounds of tropical calypso music fills the air at each event and group gathering. The fun continues as all in attendance take their overflowing cups of freshly shaved ice and help themselves to any of the ten flavors on the truck’s Flavorwave™. The Flavorwave™ is an interactive dispensing system, located on the side of the Kona Ice truck, which allows individuals to create their own custom shaved ice by choosing as few or as many flavors as they desire.
With an additional 20-plus flavors also inside the truck, there are more than 500 possible unique flavor combinations available to customers.
“It’s an opportunity to enjoy a unique, tropical treat,” added Sato. “For a few dollars you can experience the excitement of the truck, flavor your own Kona Ice, donate to an organization you care about, and kick back for a few minutes enjoying the sounds of the tropics. It’s an escape that everyone can enjoy.”
Equally as appealing about the launch of Kona Ice of Anchorage is its philanthropic commitment to the communities it serves. Sato is continuing the mobile franchise’s tradition of donating thousands of dollars each year to local school groups, teams and community organizations. As she books events with these groups, she pledges to give back a percentage of the proceeds from each stop. Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $40 million to community-based organizations since the launch in June 2007.
“Finally having Kona Ice reach Alaska is such an important moment for us, and Amanda is the perfect fit to lead this venture,” said Tony Lamb, founder and president of Florence, Ky.-based Kona Ice. “Amanda shares our commitment to improving her local community, and we’re confident she’ll make a tremendous and positive impact on Alaska’s schools, sports teams, and community groups throughout Anchorage.”
Beyond fundraisers, popular spots for the food truck franchise include stops throughout Anchorage at fairs, festivals, corporate events, neighborhood socials, church events and birthday parties. Sato’s truck also maintains regular weekday and weekend routes.
About Kona Ice
A true community ally renowned for facilitating endless fundraising options, Kona Ice has given more than $40 million back to neighborhood schools, organizations, and teams since its inception in 2007. The brand's iconic truck offers customers a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring the opportunity to create their own shaved ice on the self-serve Flavorwave™, while enjoying the soothing sights and sounds from the tropics. Currently, there are 900-plus franchise units in more than 45 states.