Commercial Ice Machines

Ice makers are a vital component of the restaurant and bar industry for a number of different reasons. Often flying under the prioritisation radar when ordering equipment, ice makers are one of the most undervalued pieces of equipment in any bar or kitchen.

Crosbys stock a selection of multi-purpose ice makers and commercial refrigeration products that allows you to run an efficient front of house and kitchen, while having a steady supply of quality ice as and when you require it. There’s no need to be constantly retrieving bags of ice from the chest freezer, then dismantling the ice that’s frozen that little bit too much. Continue reading below to find out more about some of the ice makers available at Crosbys.

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Ice Makers and Commercial Refrigeration Products Available at Crosbys

Ice makers are a vital component of the restaurant and bar industry for a number of different reasons. Often flying under the prioritisation radar when ordering equipment, ice makers are one of the most undervalued pieces of equipment in any bar or kitchen.

Crosbys stock a selection of multi-purpose ice makers and commercial refrigeration products that allows you to run an efficient front of house and kitchen, while having a steady supply of quality ice as and when you require it. There’s no need to be constantly retrieving bags of ice from the chest freezer, then dismantling the ice that’s frozen that little bit too much. Continue reading below to find out more about some of the ice makers available at Crosbys.

Who are Crosbys?

Based in the North East of England, Crosbys were established in 1990 with the sole aim of bringing quality commercial refrigeration products and other ware washing equipment to the bar, restaurant, and catering trade. From upright freezers to ice makers and other catering consumables like powdered blue gloves and aprons, Crosbys have become a renowned name in the catering industry - constantly providing the sector with high quality products from a range of equally reputable brands. Discover industry leading products from the likes of Classeq, Blizzard, and Combi and experience the leading customer service of a local family owned business with nearly 30 years of experience in the business. Crosbys supply small restaurants, busy city centre bars and other establishments in the catering industry with high-quality fit for purpose front of house and back of house products.

Supplying customers with regular equipment demos and providing exemplary catering solutions - whatever the scale of your product - Crosbys go above and beyond in demonstrating their value to the industry. Helping your business to become established, as well as grow to that next level of trade, our products are designed with the security, and health, safety and hygiene standards of top-level businesses in mind.

Take a look below to find out more about the high-quality ice makers that are available at Crosbys, plus some of the wholesale benefits of purchasing specialist commercial refrigeration equipment.

What is an ice maker?

Commercial Ice makers are perfect for providing businesses within the catering industry and the bar trade with a steady supply of ice during those busy and quiet service hours. Whether you require a continuous source of ice for food storage, or you’re operating a busy city bar, a regular source of ice can greatly improve the efficiency of your bar - allowing drinks to be made faster and cocktails to look more appealing and professional.

There’s no need to be bending over backwards to retrieve those bags of ice from a chest freezer before breaking it into pieces and carrying it to the bar. An ice maker will provide you with a continuous ice supply that stores the ice without it melting, so you can replenish your supplies as and when you need it. In addition to this, an ice maker provides quality, attractive ice.

Now you may just be thinking ‘well, ice is ice, how can there be any difference in quality?’ Everyone likes their drinks to look nice and aesthetically pleasing, as well as tasting delicious of course. But, an ice maker will provide your business with the perfect ice cubes each and every time. These aren’t the most pressing matters for a business within the industry, but an ice maker can certainly set you apart from your competitors.

There are a number of different ice makers available at Crosbys, with sizes varying depending on the size of your business and how much room you have to play with. Both under the counter and full-size ice makers are available, from brands like Polar and Blizzard, that provide adequate catering solutions for all your ice needs.

What sort of ice makers are available?

There are many different ice makers available at Crosbys and it’s important that you choose the perfect model for your business. There’s also no need to purchase a huge ice maker if you’re only a small café or catering business - so it’s important to consult our guide to find the best ice maker for you, based on the space you have. Take a look below to find out more about some of the ice makers and commercial refrigeration options that are available at Crosbys.

·         Classeq Ice-O-Matic B25 Storage Bin

The Ice-O-Matic is a storage bin perfect for those businesses that have smaller demands in terms of ice, but still require a high-quality and efficient ice making process. With 112kg of storage space within the compound, the Ice-O-Matic is a highly dependable piece of equipment that has streamlined the production of quality ice for the catering and bar industries. This ice machine is perfect for under the counter or on counter service and can be stored front of house, behind the bar.

Made from a refined stainless steel compound, the Ice-O-Matic machine possesses insulation properties that help the ice maintain its key properties. It comes fitted with advanced water filtration and purification systems to ensure the water used to make the ice is odourless and tasteless, making it suitable for your customers’ drinks and cocktails. In addition to the ice creation, this Classeq Ice-O-Matic B25 is a reasonably efficient ice machine and a standout product in the line-up of Crosbys’ commercial refrigeration repertoire.

·         Classeq Ice-O-Matic Module Flake Ice Maker

This ice machine is designed to cater to those businesses with the greatest of ice demands; those busy cocktail bars and city centre restaurants where many drinks require preparation and ice is always in demand. Although this model is slightly more expensive than other products it’s certainly value for money. You will require more space to house this 506kg capacity machine, but the benefits will be reaped when you discover the quality and quantity of the ice that’s produced.

Producing up to 506kg of ice each and every day and running on only 13 amps of electricity, it makes this model as energy efficient as our previously mentioned 112kg model - but produces almost five times the amount of ice. Similar to its smaller counterpart, this model also possesses anti-bacterial qualities as well as air circulation and water filtration systems, ensuring that the quality of the ice is paramount. This machine can also create flaked ice - perfect for cocktail creation and adding that aesthetic appeal to your drinks to impress your customers.

·         Classeq Ice-O-Matic Cube Ice Maker

As we go from one of the largest ice makers, it would be the natural step to move onto one of the smallest. This 19kg ice machine is significantly smaller than its other Ice-O-Matic counterparts, but is ideal for small cafes or office spaces that require high quality ice production, albeit on a smaller scale. Able to produce 19kg of clear cubed ice per day, with a storage capacity of 6kg this model from Classeq features all the familiar hallmarks of other ice making machines. This includes a corrosion-free, stainless steel body and built in water and air filtration system, ensuring that the ice produced is clean and always looks and tastes of the highest possible quality.

What type of business can benefit from an ice maker?

There are many different businesses that can benefit from possessing an ice maker, or other models of commercial refrigeration equipment from Crosbys. You don’t have to be working within the catering industry to reap the benefits of these marvellous and efficiency improving products. The industries and businesses that our commercial refrigeration solutions are most often sold to are the bar, restaurant, and catering trades - simply because the demand for ice is a daily occurrence required to help your business tick.

Whether you require high-quality ice to ensure your cocktails are looking as good as they can be, or you simply need an automatic ice-machine to deal with the high demand you experience in your city centre bar, having ice at your disposal is not something that you should pass up. Additionally, ice machines are also a suitable accessory for businesses or firms looking to treat their staff, offering a cool source of refreshment in their business canteens.

What are the benefits of an ice maker?

Commercial ice makers bring several different benefits to your catering business that, allowing your business to improve on efficiency and provide a greater customer experience to your thirst clientele. Let’s look at things a bit deeper, and imagine your current business set up without an ice maker.

The weather is unseasonably hot, the bar is extremely busy, and your staff are run off their feet. They’re quickly running out of ice and the only source left is bagged up and has been resting at the bottom of the freezer for months. The ice is no longer in cubes and has formed into one large block. Your bar staff will need to leave the bar to retrieve the ice before dispensing it into an ice bucket. They will then be required to break up the ice into sizeable blocks that are suitable for use in drinks. The alternative to this scenario is possessing a working ice maker  that will save them time, help them serve your customers what they need,  and ensure that a steady supply of ice is available for every drink ordered.

The reduction in waiting time between retrieving ice means that more customers can be served in a more professional manner, allowing your revenues to increase and your reputation as a fine catering or restaurant establishment to soar. Who would have thought that ice could have such a profound effect?

Do ice makers come in different sizes?

Commercial ice makers from Crosbys come in a variety of different sizes and storage capacities to cater to the demands of a whole host of businesses within the catering industry. Whether you’re a small café, a busy city-centre bar or a restaurant seating over 200 covers per night, there’s an ice maker suitable for you and all your ice demands. Ranging from the smallest capacity of 19-20kg of storage and ice production per day, all the way up to over 500kg created on a daily basis, there’s a commercial refrigeration product suitable for your business needs.

What can you use an ice maker for?

Well, if you’ve gotten this far without the faintest idea of what an ice machine can be used for then you’re certainly doing well. The obvious uses for the ice that your ice machine produces is in the drinks you serve to your customer - but it’s actually much more complex than that. With some machines producing beautifully perfected cubes, some creating flaked ice, perfect for providing that aesthetic touch to a cocktail or tall drink. Additionally, your ice can also be used to fill ice buckets on table displays as well as keep deserts and glassware cool while you prepare your covers for your customers.

When considering purchasing commercial refrigeration products, you can always guarantee that you will be able to enjoy a high-quality and professional service that delivers quality refrigeration products and satisfies your needs. With nearly 30 years of experience serving businesses within the catering and restaurant industries, Crosbys have developed a level of unmatched industry expertise in delivering the ideal ice making and commercial refrigeration solutions from leading brands, to prestigious catering establishments. Choose from a range of excellent products by Polar, Classeq, and Blizzard, as well as many more, to satisfy your kitchen’s industrial needs.

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