American-based ice cream parlor chain, Cold Stone Creamery, a subsidiary of Kahala Brands last week announced that it has joined forces with Tablez Food Company, part of Lulu Group International, LLC, to bring the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® to the ice cream lovers of India and Sri Lanka.

The first store will open by the end of the year at the Lulu Mall, a premier mall in Kochi, India. Over the next five years, 40 locations in India and 5 locations in Sri Lanka are in the pipeline, the company said in a release.

Lulu Group International, LLC is diversified in retail, imports & exports, trading, shipping, IT, travel & tourism and education.

Tablez Food Company is currently operating multiple food & beverage brands spanning across India, Sri Lanka and the UAE.

“Tablez Food Company is a leading organization in India and is a perfect fit for the Cold Stone Creamery brand,” said Eddy Jimenez, senior vice president of international operations and development at Kahala.

“Cold Stone Creamery offers the best quality product and offers an amazing in-store experience that the international market has embraced for a number of years,” said Shafeena Yussuf Ali, chairperson at Tablez Food Company.

“We now want to bring this unique experience to the India and Sri Lanka markets where we strongly believe that people will embrace not only the quality of the product, but also the overall guest experience. We are proud, privileged and excited to bring the brand to India and Sri Lanka.”

“Over the next five years, Tablez Food Company plans to invest around $11-13 million in the Cold Stone Creamery business across India and Sri Lanka. We plan to open the first Cold Stone Creamery at Lulu Mall in Kochi in November this year, followed by a few stores in Bangalore and subsequently other cities in India and Sri Lanka over the coming years,” added Shafeena Yussuf Ali.