SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cold Stone Creamery® (www.ColdStoneCreamery.com), along with parent company Kahala Brands™ and Master Franchisee, Olive Tree Foods Limited (OTFL), announces the opening of their first flagship store location in the Gulshan-1 neighborhood of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The grand opening celebrations kicked off with a private event held on February 12 that included a ribbon cutting ceremony with special guests: Mr. David Meale, the US Embassy Bangladesh's Deputy Chief of Mission; Mr. Eddy Jimenez, Senior Vice President of International Operations & Development of Kahala Brands™/Cold Stone Creamery; Mr. Ehsanul Habib, Chairman of Olive Tree Foods Limited; and Mr. Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Managing Director of Olive Tree Foods Limited.
"We believe this is the beginning of a very successful relationship between Olive Tree Foods Limited and Kahala Brands and soon we will expand throughout the country with our brand's presence," said Mr. Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, managing director at OTFL. "This is a proud day for Olive Tree Foods Limited to launch the flagship store of this incredibly exciting and fun brand in Bangladesh. With Cold Stone Creamery, we hope to satisfy the local need for freshly made, super-premium ice cream Creations, combined with the unique entertainment Experience Factor."
The celebrations continued with dance performances by Cold Stone Creamery Crew Members, a catwalk ice cream fashion show, and musical performances. The ice cream fashion show debuted models walking the runway presenting Cold Stone Creamery's Signature Creations™, which are made with popular flavors and mix-ins.
On February 13, the store opened to the public, drawing huge crowds with some Dhaka customers trying Cold Stone Creamery for the very first time. "We are so excited to deliver 'The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience' to all of the ice cream lovers of Bangladesh," said Eddy Jimenez, senior vice president of international operations and development at Cold Stone Creamery. "It was fun to observe which flavor profile and Creations were ordered most that day! Both the Chocolate Devotion™ Creation™ and Founders Favorite™ Creation™ were big hits with customers. It's such an honor and a privilege to team up with Olive Tree Foods Limited. Their dedication and commitment to bring inspiring experiences to their customers make this relationship the perfect fit for the Cold Stone Creamery brand and we are honored to work together."
OTFL has plans to grow the Cold Stone Creamery brand over the next five years by opening multiple locations in and around Dhaka. "We believe Cold Stone Creamery could be the catalyst for creating a new dimension in the food and beverage industry of Bangladesh by introducing the 'fun factor,' in addition to serving a very high-quality product," said Mr. Ahmed.
Cold Stone Creamery has continued to make strong key moves into the international market in recent years. The international growth of Cold Stone Creamery began in November 2005 when the first international Cold Stone Creamery store opened in Tokyo, Japan. Today, Cold Stone Creamery stores are operating in over 300 international locations and in over 27 countries abroad, including the Philippines, Kuwait, Qatar, Trinidad, Brazil, Nigeria, Egypt, Canada and Indonesia.
About Cold Stone Creamery®
Cold Stone Creamery delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is owned by parent company Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 18 quick-service restaurant concepts. The Cold Stone Creamery brand operates approximately 1,500 locations in over 27 countries.
About "Made Fresh"
In Cold Stone Creamery locations across the world, ice cream is hand-crafted in small batches – one flavor at a time. Cold Stone Creamery starts with the highest quality cream, sugar and flavorings to make its ice cream fresh in the back of each of its stores. This small-batch process ensures customers receive the richest, creamiest, most delicious ice cream when they visit a Cold Stone Creamery store.
For more information about Cold Stone Creamery®, visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com.
For more information about Kahala Brands™, visit www.KahalaBrands.com.
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