Tag Archives: refrigeration

Endless ice with the Scotsman ice tower

Hubbard launches compact undercounter icemaker that can produce ice all day long

The demand for ice is growing across all sectors of the hospitality and catering industries.  Trends like self-service “bottomless drinks” in the fast food sector mean that operators need economical and reliable sources of ice in large amounts. Simultaneously, increasing pressures on space mean they need equipment to be as compact as possible.

The Scotsman Ice Tower 56 from Hubbard Systems is an undercounter unit measuring 539mm(w) X 664mm(d) X 720mm(h) with a counter top dispenser. Despite its compact size it’s capable of producing 500kg of nugget ice in a 24 hour period – which means it can dispense a virtually endless supply, on tap.

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Wouldn’t you know it … the latest in refrigeration is wood

Precision Refrigeration at The Commercial Kitchen Show, NEC Birmingham 6-7 June 2017

Precision's Retro Refrigeration is at the Commercial Kitchen Show 2017The refrigeration on Precision’s stand, D13, at the Commercial Kitchen Show is all about showing just how stylish refrigeration can look with the right finish. And the finish of the moment is wood – it’s chic, it’s retro and it keeps its cool. (more…)

Les Simmons Joins Precision in Dubai

Vastly experienced professional clicks with British refrigeration manufacturer

Precision has appointed Les Simmons as Managing Director of the company’s Middle East sales office in Dubai.

Les Simmons joins Precision in DubaiLes is one of the catering equipment industry’s best known faces, having worked with some of its top refrigeration brands, including Scotsman and Hoshizaki, for over thirty years.  Most recently he has represented Gram Hoshizaki in the Middle East.    (more…)

Precision launches energy-efficient double door freezers and fridges

MEPS-compliant two-door cabinets will be popular cost- and energy-saving options

Precision two-door cabinetResponding to the requirements of MEPS, Precision has launched upgraded versions of its two-door fridges and freezer cabinets. Offering low running costs and great energy savings, these British-manufactured cabinets are designed to provide professional caterers with reliable, efficient refrigerated storage solutions.

“Two-door cabinets are cost effective and space-saving, so they’re a popular option,” says Nick Williams, managing director of Precision. “The energy data disclosure required by MEPS-compliant refrigeration gives end users the opportunity to easily compare and select the most energy efficient equipment for their catering operation.”

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The Lowdown on Supercubes

Hubbard Systems tells you why gourmet supercubes bring out the best in your drink

Gourmet supercubes from ScotsmanFor such a seemingly simple item there are a dizzying number of ways to make an ice cube. These different forms each have their own strengths and uses. Ice is ice? Don’t you believe it!

For example, pouring bourbon over ice will stop aromatic compounds within the drink evaporating. This allows more of them to be released within the drinker’s mouth, making for a more complex taste.

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Consultants on ice: Hubbard Systems shows latest icemaker technology

Visitors are impressed by versatile nugget

Nugget ice Scotsman Trip 31st Jan 17On Jan 31 Hubbard Systems took a group of consultants to visit the Scotsman factory in Milan. The trip was an opportunity for the visitors to find out about Scotsman’s latest nugget ice machine technology.

“Nugget machines are incredibly efficient – but it’s difficult to explain the technology without seeing them in action,” says Simon Aspin, commercial director of Hubbard Systems. “The new nugget icemakers were very well received. Nugget ice is relatively new to the UK. It’s very versatile – for example, if can be used both for drinks and for food display – and its method of production is very eco-friendly. Plus, a small machine can make big volumes of ice.”

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WC fields: Italian restaurant in former park toilet is a triumph

Space-saving refrigeration from Precision optimises operations in 15m2 kitchen

Precision Refrigeration at Festa sul Prato, LondonThe pressure on retail space in London is incredible and when it comes to finding new sites for restaurants, a creative approach is essential. Now one enterprising restaurateur has taken things to the extreme, by opening up in ‘the smallest room in the house’. Except in the case of the Festa sul Prato, Italian Café and Restaurant, it is a formerly derelict toilet block in Folkestone Gardens, a small park in Deptford, South London. And it’s a triumph of both design and cuisine that is proving to be hugely popular.

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Hubbard launches space-saving, high volume Scotsman icemaker

NW308 fits industry-standard global footprint and is easy to look after

Hubbard Systems’ new Scotsman icemaker is a modular cuber that’s designed to fit in the global 560mm / 22inch footprint.  The NW308 is the latest in the NW Series and makes the classic six-sided 12g dice ice cube.  It can also be supplied to make the 6g half-dice ice cube.  Its space-saving footprint is highlighted by the fact that it vents from the top – so it can be built in to tight gaps, with no need for side clearance.

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Want to know about types of ice? Ask an Inuit or a Scotsman

Gourmet ice cubes, dice, superdice, cubelet, nugget, flake, superflake and scale: but which ice is best?  Hubbard Systems offers ice adv-ice.

Some of the Scotsman ice varieties covered in Hubbard Systems' Guide to IceApparently the Inuit really do have fifty or more words for snow.  They’ll know there are lots of different types of ice as well – yet some foodservice operators think ice is ice.  They’re wrong.   For a start, there’s the very obvious difference between ice cubes and flake ice.  But different cubes have different characteristics, too.  Some are softer, some harder, some clearer and so on.

Hubbard Ice Systems, which markets Scotsman ice machines in the UK, reckons it’s time the market woke up and smelt the coffee.  Or, in this case, the ice.  The company has produced an update to its popular Guide to Ice, which is available to download from scotsman-ice.co.uk.

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Williams at the Waterfront:

Williams prep Coldroom at the Waterfront BelfastColdrooms, blast chillers, counters and uprights set to perform at Belfast’s premier venue

The massive extension to Belfast’s Waterfront Hall has doubled the size of the site’s conference and exhibition facilities.  Belfast Council estimates that the new venue will contribute £39m per year to the city’s burgeoning business and tourism market.  Catering is a huge operation and the new facilities are designed to be as flexible as possible, so that the caterers can serve multiple functions of 200 to 500 people, or larger events for up to 1500, with the option of buffets, silver service and plated banquets.  (more…)