August 12, 2008

Cold Stone Creamery Launches iMix America(TM) Ice Cream Creation Contest

Today, Cold Stone Creamery, one of the fastest growing international ice cream concepts, launched iMix America(TM) Ice Cream Creation Contest, an interactive and progressive contest engaging high school students and ice cream lovers nationwide.

From April 27 to June 16, applications were accepted at from students currently attending high school and within close proximity to any of the brand's nearly 1,400 domestic stores. Applicants were recruited through the social networking sites MySpace(TM) and facebook(TM), as well as point-of-sale signage in Cold Stone Creamery locations nationwide.

Of the 9,476 students that applied from all 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico, 1,000 were chosen to become iMix America contestants based on their answers to the application questionnaire which evaluates the individual's ability to market their custom ice cream Creation(TM). The advancing contestants were then asked to register their custom Creation on the contest Web site where they can access tools to promote the purchase of their Creation through their social networks.

Any guest that orders an iMix America Creation will be given a unique voting code which they can use to vote online at Based on the number of votes their signature Creation(TM) receives, contestants will progress through three competitive field-reducing brackets over five months ending Dec. 31, 2008. Voting for first bracket of the competition runs from Aug. 11 through Sept. 30.

The grand prize package, worth $30,000, includes automotive, travel, electronics and cellular products and services which will be awarded in January 2009 at the Cold Stone Creamery headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"We wanted to create an intriguing contest that would engage Generation Y and expose new people to our super-premium ice cream," said Dan Beem, president of Cold Stone Creamery. "The iMix America contest highlights the imaginative nature of the brand known for its endless options and possibilities while also allowing Generation Y to mix their own creation."

Generation Y, otherwise known as the MySpace generation, is typically a difficult demographic for marketers to reach through traditional advertising. Young adults in this group between the ages of 15 and 24 years old spend 242 minutes on average per month on MySpace alone. By creating a contest that is promoted through social networking sites, Cold Stone Creamery has the potential to tap into this tech-savvy generation that makes up a large portion of the brand's customer and crew member population.

About Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery delivers The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience(R) 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, Ariz., Cold Stone Creamery is part of Kahala, a leading brand-building franchisor with a portfolio of diversified restaurant brands.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit the brand's Web site at For more information about Kahala, visit the company's Web site at