Kona Ice Now Serving Bergen County 

Mobile Franchise Presence Expands in New Jersey; Local Residents Commit to Giving Back to Community Schools and Organizations 

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bringing tropical tunes and cups of shaved ice everywhere it stops, Kona Ice is expanding in New Jersey and introducing its distinctive blend of entertainment and gourmet frozen treats to people in Paramus, Teaneck, River Edge, Dumont, Ridgewood, Bergenfield, Tenafly, Cresskill, Demarest, Englewood and surrounding Bergen County towns. The Kona Ice experience is unlike any other in the area.

“The communities’ first taste of our cool treats and colorful truck will keep them coming back for more,” said Erick Barinas, the local resident who is shifting good times into overdrive in Bergen County with his wife Kristin Norena with the launch of their new food truck franchise. “It will only be a matter of time before our Kona truck captures the hearts, minds and taste buds of the locals we serve at community events.”

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 get their overflowing cups of freshly shaved ice and then help themselves to any of the ten tastes on the truck’s Flavorwave? (an interactive dispensing system in which individuals select from one or more of the flavors to pour over their fluffy snow) or the additional 20-plus flavors and 500 different combinations available.

“We are excited to bring Kona Ice to our community,” added Kristin. “We can’t wait to serve all the families and make a positive impact in our community through fundraising!”

Equally as appealing about the launch of Kona Ice of Paramus is its philanthropic commitment to the communities it serves. Erick and Kristin are continuing the mobile franchise’s tradition of donating thousands of dollars each year to local school groups, teams and community organizations. As the couple book events with these groups, they pledge to give back a percentage of the proceeds from each event. Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $82 million to community-based organizations since the launch in June 2007.

“Erick and Kristin share our commitment to giving back,” said Tony Lamb, founder and president of Florence, Ky.-based Kona Ice. “They have always been very passionate about their community and want to have a positive influence, whether it’s new text books, sports uniforms or, simply, a smile. We are proud to have them on-board. Together, we are excited to make a difference in the lives of those around us.”

Beyond fundraisers, popular spots for the food truck franchise include stops throughout Bergen County at fairs, festivals and corporate events.

To learn more about Kona Ice of Paramus and to book your next event, contact Erick Barinas and Kristin Norena by email at paramus@kona-ice.com or by phone at (917) 830-3322. 

About Kona Ice

A true community ally renowned for facilitating endless fundraising options, Kona Ice has given more than $82 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 more than 1,600 franchise units in 49 states.

For more information about booking Kona Ice for a fundraiser or event, visit www.kona-ice.com. To learn more about available franchise opportunities, visit www.ownakona.com or call (800) KONAICE. 

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