I’m the President and Owner of The Iceman, a business that was built from the ground up over the last 30 years. The Iceman is now Toronto’s largest distributor of packaged ice, dry ice, and ice machines. I thrive on the fast-paced nature of the hospitality sector and pride myself on providing the best customer service possible. I even started IceFX, an ice sculpture company, after one of my regular customers asked about purchasing an ice block for sculpturing. We’re now a one-stop-shop for event planners, restauranteurs, and party people across the city!
How do hospitality businesses keep customers happy during summer? Ice-cold drinks, of course.
Refreshing cocktails have clean cubes to bolster presentation. Likewise, it’s hard to beat beer in a bucket of crushed ice.
That’s why you need to rely on a versatile ice machine.
But what happens if your machine suddenly breaks? Read more →
What do you think about before buying an ice machine? Probably cost and the amount of ice it makes. But you should know that where you’ll place the machine is just as important.
Placement influences ROI. It factors into ice quality, long-term function, and even employee productivity.
This begs the question, “where do I put my ice machine to get the most out of it?”
Yes – there is quite a bit of strategy involved in placement. Read more →
When did you last have a flavourful fish dish? Though recipes play a large role, fillets that aren’t fresh leave a poor taste.
Of course, newly-caught fish are the freshest. But when fishermen have long trips home, their catches can spoil. Read more →
Are ice machines long-term investments? They should be. A hospitality business can count on a good ice machine for a decade.
But too often, businesses fly through ice machines after only a few short years. This is generally because they fail to use a maintenance plan. Read more →
When was the last time you panicked to find ice? Often, event planners and those in the hospitality industry can simply run to the corner store to buy some bags. Problem solved.
But things get complicated when you’re short on time or need large amounts. It’s trickier when you don’t have access to an ice machine. Read more →
What’s the secret to finding a reliable ice maker?
It’s hard to say, as many models need frequent maintenance check-ups. Relying on a brand that uses leading technology to preserve parts helps you avoid excessive repair fees.
In this respect, it’s hard to beat a Hoshizaki ice machine. More than 150 engineers make up the research and development team. Read more →
Do bar and restaurant guests appreciate the ice in their drinks? Whether or not they realize it, ice plays a role in taste and presentation.
This is especially true for speciality ices. Beyond simple cubes, mixologists use them to create drinks that keep customers in their seats.
To help you do the same, we’ve created the mixologist’s guide to using specialty ice:
Craft Cocktails with Kold Draft Cubes
Serving the perfect cocktail goes beyond the ingredients you mix. Read more →
How do you choose an ideal ice machine for your business? You need to consider many factors, including efficiency, affordability, as well as the style and amount of ice you need.
Taking these into consideration, it’s no wonder Manitowoc is the highest selling ice machine brand in the United States. In fact, it’s dominated the country’s ice-making market since the 1960s. Read more →
Have you ever made, bought, or served impure ice? Make no mistake – it’s a common occurrence. Poorly-maintained ice machines don’t produce clean products. Packaging ice incorrectly leads to contamination. Above all, it’s important to use clean water to ensure your ice is free from bacteria. Read more →
What are the traits of a perfect ice cube? Not many people ask themselves that question. But think about how many people dislike ice cubes in their drinks. Read more →