OR BUILD A CUSTOM PACKAGE STARTING AT $5,000
Our system is simple. We license you to use the Tropical Sno name and logo and you agree to use the Tropical Sno products exclusively. We will never charge fees, royalties, or blue sky.
We're your source for shave ice flavor, ice shaving machines, marketing materials, cups, printed apparel and just about everything else you need to keep your shave ice business running smoothly.
We are committed to selling only the finest products: from our amazing flavors to our machines and accessories. Everything we sell must be quality or we won't sell it.
Tropical Sno is an internationally recognized brand with an outstanding reputation. Consumers know that our brand represents consistent product quality and outstanding service.
Our team is dedicated to providing the training & support you need to be successful. We help you be in the shaved ice business for yourself but not by yourself. Feel free to contact us anytime.
Tropical Sno is profitable! Cost of goods is typically 15-25% depending on the retail selling price. Initial investment is less than a new car. It's a fun and tasty way to make money.
What counts as inventory? Simply put it is everything that goes out the window to the customer when you sell a serving of shaved ice. Cups, spill stoppers, spoons, napkins, cream topping, and of course flavors make up your inventory. These are the items that you will reorder frequently. See pages 3-7 of our product catalog.
Your cost per serving also known as the cost of goods sold is approximately 60¢ – 80¢ depending on the serving size.
A typical initial order will include enough consumable items to make 3,000-6,000 servings. You can anticipate that $1,500 – $4,000 of your initial investment will go towards inventory.
We are the original, and largest U.S. distributor of the Swan Ice Shaver. Each Swan shaver comes complete with a two-year extended warranty. We also have a full catalog of replacement parts and a helpful support team that is here to offer assistance whenever you need it. See pages 8-12 of our product catalog.
Depending on which model of ice shaver you decide to use, you can anticipate that $2,000-$2,500 of your initial investment will go towards your ice shaver.
Tropical Sno is more than just a flavor company. We are your one-stop-shop for all things shaved ice. We have all the accessories and supplies you will need to create an amazing product. From bottles to ice molds, if you need it to make shaved ice we have it. See pages 13-16 of our product catalog.
Approximately $500-$1,000 of your initial investment will go towards accessories.
Signage, posters, menus, punch cards, trailer wraps, decals, employee uniforms, & social media graphics are all included in this category. We will set you up with everything you need to operate a great-looking business. We have invested the time and money to create awesome branded materials so you do not have to. See pages 17-22 of our product catalog.
How much you spend branding your location with the Tropical Sno brand varies widely depending on the type of location you have. Branded materials can be anywhere from $500 to $3,000 depending on the location/vending unit you are trying to brand.
I became involved in the Tropical Sno business because I had a friend in college that worked at a Tropical Sno in Kansas. I was instantly intrigued by its relative simplicity and obvious success with how busy the location was. I immediately knew there was opportunity in Phoenix, AZ. My favorite part of the business is the overall flexibility and ability to develop the business my way and always offering a high quality Tropical Sno product. It’s what keeps us in demand! I look forward to my little girls growing up knowing and understanding the business.
I enjoy the money making aspect of course; but the no franchise fees and high quality product and service make this a great opportunity. Networking with other dealers is always enjoyable and the on-going development of the brand and support I receive is fantastic. I own a JR. Gazebo and a 5’ x 8’ open air kiosk.
Growing up as a kid, Tropical Sno was a part of Columbus, KS. I’m a teacher and this business is a perfect fit to my lifestyle given the seasonality in my area. My favorite part of the business is the interaction with customers and neighbors over a fun, quality treat is always enjoyable. I am looking to potentially open a second location in 2018 in SE Kansas. The initial stand I built was too small for the overwhelming demand of Tropical Sno in my town. I built a new, larger stand in 2015 to accommodate the demand!
I became involved in Tropical Sno when I first tried it at an ice cream store in Kansas City. Instantly, I was hooked and was amazed by quality of the product. Tropical Sno is great for the Arizona market, and a great alternative and addition to my existing ice cream store. My favorite part of the business is the customer interaction with such a fun product. Tropical Sno is also a profitable product which helps drive the bottom line of my business.
We had a unique start to our Tropical Sno journey in the sense that we didn't seek out a business; Shave ice found us. Tropical Sno provides an amazing opportunity for everyday people to take control of their employment and become their own boss. The freedom to choose the days you work, as well as the amount of time and effort you dedicate to your business is liberating. Our number one concern as we embarked on our Tropical Sno journey was the financial commitment. Looking back, we are so thankful we took a leap of faith! Making the final payment on our business loan was an incredible feeling. Now, our business is allowing us to successfully work toward being debt free.