MUSCAT: Tablez Food Company Pvt Ltd, India, one of the fastest growing food and beverage operators in the country, has signed a Master Franchise Agreement with Kahala Franchising, LLC, franchisor of Cold Stone Creamery to open its world famous super-premium ice cream stores in India and Sri Lanka.

The agreement outlines plans for 40 stores in India and five in Sri Lanka by 2019, with the first slated to open at Lulu Mall, Kochi in November.

Shafeena Yusuff Ali, CEO, Tablez Food Company said, “We are proud, privileged and excited to bring Cold Stone Creamery to India and Sri Lanka. As the premium American ice cream concept, Cold Stone Creamery promotes and encourages a fun and friendly experience through personalized Cold Stone Creations. This partnership is in line with the company’s vision to introduce constant innovation and enthralling food and beverage concepts in the sub-continent.”

Eddy Jimenez, senior vice president, international operations and development, Kahala Brands, said, “Tablez Food Company is a leading FandB company in India and is a perfect fit for the Cold Stone Creamery brand. Tablez specializes in unique, home-grown and international cuisines, and is dedicated to seeking out concepts that bring inspiring experiences to their customers. With over 40 Cold Stone Creamery stores planned over the course of the next five years, we know this will be a great market for accelerated growth.”

Made fresh from the finest ingredients and mixed on a cold granite stone with your choice of candy, cakes, fruits or nuts, Cold Stone Creamery serves the freshest, best tasting, made-to-order highest quality super-premium ice cream products.

The international growth of Cold Stone Creamery began in November 2005 when the company opened its first international store in Tokyo, Japan. Today, Cold Stone Creamery stores are operating in nearly 300 international locations and 26 countries, including the Philippines, Cyprus, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Trinidad, Nigeria, Egypt and Indonesia.

Tablez Food Company, on its part, is focused on rolling out home-grown and franchised concepts exponentially in the GCC and the Indian sub-continent in the coming few years.

“Tablez Food Company has aggressive expansion plans and has outlined its strategy to be a top tier food and beverage operator with sustainable market share,” Shafeena added.