US ice cream parlor chain enters PH market


US ice cream brand, Cold Stone Creamery, shop girls make ice creams on a cold stone during a preview at their first shop in Tokyo, 01 November 2005. AFP FILE PHOTO/Kazuhiro NOGI

MANILA, Philippines—Right at the peak of this sizzling tropical summer, American gourmet ice cream parlor chain Cold Stone Creamery has announced its entry into the Philippine market as part of its Asian expansion program.

The Arizona-based Kahala Corp., parent company of Cold Stone Creamery, announced on Thursday the signing of a 10-year master franchise agreement with Arizona Ice Cream Corp., a subsidiary of privately held Trimark Holdings Inc. which manages a portfolio of fashion, restaurant and health clubs in the country.

Capitalizing on increasing consumer affluence in this market with a population base of nearly 100-million, the plan is to open 15 Cold Stone stores in the Philippines over the next five years, with the first location to be launched in mid-2013.

“As the premier American ice cream concept, Cold Stone Creamery promotes and encourages a fun and friendly experience through personalized ‘Creations.’ We are proud and privileged to have the brand coming soon to the Philippines,” said Yuki Rosenfeld, representative of Arizona Ice Cream.

Cold Stone Creamery is seen competing with the likes of Cold Rock Ice Creamery, an Australia-based ice cream parlor chain that likewise offers customized ice cream products.

The American ice cream chain has been making “strategic” key moves into the international marketplace in recent years. Simultaneous with its announcement to enter the Philippine market, it also announced the signing of a master franchise agreement with a local group in Bangladesh, Olive Tree Foods. This expansion will bring to 22 the number of countries the group operates in.

In Bangladesh, the plan is to open the first Cold Stone Creamery store this year with the goal of opening a total of four stores within the next four years.

“We are pleased to continue our international presence and growth in Asia,” said Michael McGill, president of international business at Kahala. “Our ongoing development in key growth markets speaks to the ability of our global partners to create a unique and memorable Cold Stone Creamery experience with customers around the world. In partnering with Olive Tree Foods and Arizona Ice Cream Corp. we have again teamed up with two first class organizations that are going to take the brand to new heights in their respective markets. We are extremely excited for what lies ahead in Bangladesh and the Philippines.”

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  • Chellie Caluag Acbang

    I liked Cold Rock in Greenbelt 3, but they closed. Must be low on sales.

  • catmanjohn

    Filipino Ice Cream = Cholesterol Heart Attack

  • goavan

    hindi yan pinapansin dito…selecta cheese pa rin ala tatalo

  • KulangotzMo

    Ay sus masarap pa rin ang Selecta. Kung Hagen-Daz pa yan pede na.

  • rickysgreyes

    Nalugi yung cold stone sa trinoma, yung tabi ng sinehan, masarap but too expensive. They priced their way out of business.


    Picture ng cute Japanese girls naga luto ng ice cream noong 2005. Siguro mga obese women na sila sa ngayon ….. eeeeewwwwww………

  • go88

    When will we hear about local or foreign company opening a high tech manufacturing plant in our country ? That would be worthy news instead the usual writing about ice cream parlors, starbucks cafes, chinese restaurants ….

  • brandowando

    As usual, im sure this will be overhyped and will be the next “IN” thing with every scoop costing you like Php 200. the owner, some pogi (chinese) kid or yuppie having multi billionaire parents, will be featured in entrepreneur magazines where he will be interviewed and will say that he used his blood, sweat, and tears and didnt rely on his parent’s money to franchise this. That he was able to achieve this because of hard work alone…

    ehe! :D

    • generalproblem

      correct ka dyan..


      and as usual.. naka-abang ka sa computer mo while waiting for the next “IN” thing to be broadcasted dito sa Inquirer.. then you will post your jealous comments again… and replying to comments like mine with… “im not jealous blah blah.. im very successful.. blah blah.. i have a doctorate degree blah blah..”

    • Jake Lopez

      Another place where wanna_look_rich OFW kids or call centre agents can whip out their laptops and tablets and smoke cigarettes with their feet off the ground and in lotus position.

  • Andrei Mendoza

    this will gonna be the next philippines status symbol item! hahahaha

  • marionics

    di ba dati na itong coldstone?

    • Janch

      Yup. Nakita ko na rin na-feature ito dati sa local tv. Hindi ko lang alam anong nangyari sa franchise.

    • Weder-Weder Lang

      Meron ng coldstone sa The Fort dati since 2006 or 2007. I saw one in Trinoma back in 2007 pero sales were poor.

      • marionics

        oo nga e. so ibang kumpanya ba ito na parehong coldstone ang pangalan ng ice cream?

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Baka local franchise yung una, then Coldstone na mismo ngayon pumasok? Baka lang.

      • OFW28

        Magka-iba siguro ito kasi Coldstone ang sinasabi nyo, ito yata eh Cold Stone Creamery, 3 words
        bago din lang yata ito sa Singapore at pinipilahan din gaya ng Jolibee, LOLZZ!!

      • Weder-Weder Lang


    • generalproblem

      hindi magtatagal magiging closestone na yan. di nila kayang talunin si mamang sorbetero hehehe

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