Selling ice cream is good business in Costa Rica

first_imgBe it soft serve, frozen custard or milk shakes, Ticos love their ice cream. Recently, three companies announced their intentions to cash in on all the dessert love by opening or expanding their businesses in the country. Those companies are Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yoghurt, Dairy Queen and POPS. Innovative new ice cream shop in townIn coming months, Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yoghurt will open its first location not only in Costa Rica, but also all of Latin America.The local franchise of the U.S.-based company expects to appeal to the Costa Rican market with its innovative cryogenic technique, consisting of freezing ice cream using liquid nitrogen.The brand was brought to Costa Rica by Bernard Trade Group, a company owned by expat Timothy Morales. Morales noticed the business idea on an episode of the reality show “Shark Tank.”Operations Manager for Latin America Humberto Brenes Binns said the company is evaluating the country to determine the location of a first store, which most likely will be at a mall in a metropolitan area.“Each location usually is managed by five employees, and all ingredients are obtained from local suppliers,” Brenes said.With 40 flavor and topping combinations, Sub Zero makes its ice cream out of cream, custard, soy milk or rice milk, allowing for low-fat ice cream and options for vegans and people with lactose intolerance. The cryogenic preparation  involves spraying liquid nitrogen into the mixture, which freezes it in a few seconds. This takes the place of storing the mixture in a freezer for several hours, significantly reducing the electricity bill.The on-the-spot preparation also ensures higher quality, as ice cream is always served fresh. “Plus it’s fun watching the fog that forms when nitrogen is sprayed on the mixture,” Brenes said.Two ice cream chains opening new stores The U.S. soft-serve and fast-food chain Dairy Queen returned to Costa Rica last September and opened its first stores at Mall MultiPlaza in Escazú and in downtown San José.In January, the company opened a third location at Paseo de las Flores Mall in Heredia, north of the capital. This week the company confirmed it will open three more stores.Two will be located east of the capital: one in San Pedro in June and another in Curridabat in November. The third store is scheduled to open in downtown Alajuela in October.POPS, a former longtime Tico brand now owned by Colombian group Nutresa, also has announced expansion plans.According to a report by the business weekly El Financiero, the popular brand soon will open two ice cream parlors in San José, one on the capital’s Avenida Central and another in the eastern suburb of Los Yoses. A third store is expected to open at Barreal, in Heredia, later this year.Currently POPS owns some 180 ice cream parlors distributed throughout Central America and in the U.S. state of Florida. Facebook Comments Related posts:Dippin’ Dots ice cream comes to Costa Rica Churchill: The rebirth of a Tico classic Rodrigo Brenes wants to take over the world, one ice cream cone at a time Yo Emprendedor gives entrepreneurs a startlast_img read more

On Wednesday 12th November celebrate Loy Krathong

first_imgOn Wednesday 12th November, celebrate Loy Krathong on the full moon, with a festival that brings together family members. The Peninsula Bangkok combines the traditions of this age-old festival with an evening filled with contemporary Thai entertainment, fireworks and superb dining.One of the highlights of the evening is a performance by award-winning traditional Thai puppet show Hun Lakorn Lek from the Joe Louise Theatre. The group has won “The Best Traditional Performance” at the 10th World Festival of Puppet Art 2006, in Prague. This form of traditional art reflects the Thais’ sophisticated culture, knowledge, and creativity of mind and spirit.Enjoy dinner under the full moon with world-class performances and float a “Krathong” on the Chao Phraya River to bring good luck in the coming months.The Pool Enjoy an exotic moonlight evening by the pool with contemporary Thai dance. This beautifully landscaped three-tiered tropical retreat with a private sala offers a six-course Loy Krathong set dinner inclusive of a bottle of The Peninsula Champagne at Baht 15,000 per couple.The Peninsula Lawn and Terrace It’s the best time to have dinner by the river, featuring an extensive Gala dinner buffet selection and entertainment. Live performances will showcase an award-winning puppet show, traditional Thai dance, a lantern procession, Thai live band and fireworks. All this for Baht 5,200 per person.The Lobby Terrace A six-course Western set dinner goes down well with entertainment from an award-winning puppet show, traditional Thai dance, a lantern procession, Thai live band and fireworks at Baht 5,200 per person.Thiptara Be inspired by the elegance and charm of beautiful teak pavilions by the river set in lush tropical surroundings. Enjoy a six-course Thai set menu while being entertained by contemporary Thai dance. Baht 4,800 per person.Jesters Award-winning Mediterranean restaurant with unparalleled views of the Chao Phraya River, a prime location for romantic dining. Diners will love the six-course Western set dinner at Baht 4,800 per person.Dress Code: Smart CasualAll prices are inclusive of 10% service charge and applicable government tax.A very traditional and exciting way to travel to and from The Peninsula on Loy Krathong is by the Peninsula river shuttle boat for guests and visitors. The Peninsula Pier is located on the ground floor of the River Garden Apartment. Guests and visitors may also take the boat from the Saphan Taksin skytrain station to the hotel.For further information please call 66 (0) 2861 2888 extension 6402 or email us at diningpbk@peninsula.comlast_img read more