Ice is ice is ice, right? Wrong. Here’s the low down on SCALE ICE from Hubbard, the ice experts.
Scale ice is the coldest type of ice, because it is very dry, having just 2% residual water content. Many scale ice machines use salt water, which is one of several reasons scale ice is not appropriate for popping into your average G&T or Scotch on the rocks. Scale ice is used in industrial situations, for example, in the fishing industry. It’s even used on trawlers in the high seas, to store fish catches. Marine grade scale ice machines need to be tough enough to survive extreme conditions – which calls for a Scotsman!
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.
Gourmet ice cubes, dice, superdice, cubelet, nugget, flake, superflake and scale: but which ice is best? Hubbard Systems offers ice adv-ice.
Apparently 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.
Hubbard Systems says new icemaker is the hassle-free, competitively-priced ice solution
The new Scotsman NW 608 ice machine, distributed in the UK by Hubbard Systems, combines ultra-reliability with ultra-simple controls and a compact, industry-standard footprint. According to Hubbard it delivers hassle-free, high volume ice production in a quality, stainless steel build at a very competitive price.
This latest Scotsman makes dice ice in either standard 12g cubes or half cubes, weighing 6g. It can produce up to 280kg of ice per day, or over 23,300 standard cubes, making it ideal for high volume sites requiring a reliable supply. A modular machine, it sits on top of a separate storage bin and is compatible with a variety of different bin designs.
Popular, boutique Cambridge venue uses both Scotsman supercubes and Scotsman nugget ice
More and more operators are looking for speciality ice that suits their specific application. The Varsity Hotel in Cambridge has ordered two very different Scotsman models – a gourmet supercube machine and a nugget icemaker, each of which is set to fulfil specific and very different functions.
The Varsity Hotel and Spa is a chic, boutique 46-bedroom hotel right in the heart of Cambridge. It’s popular with tourists, locals and visiting celebrities (Daniel Craig and Rachael Weisz stayed recently). A stunning roof terrace overlooking the city seats 100 for drinks and a barbecue menu. In the former bonded warehouse next door there’s a 75-cover steak house and cocktail bar overlooking the river, which is also very busy. Recently the hotel opened a brand new, 145-cover restaurant, SIX, on the sixth floor, which offers 360° views over Cambridge. It serves wood-fired pizza, rotisserie chicken and Ottolenghi-style small plates. It also features a large bar, specialising in gins.
Hubbard’s new multifunctional, space-saving Ice Duo
The latest Ice Duo bundle from Hubbard Systems is the ideal multifunctional, space-saving ice maker, says the company. That’s because it has a compact footprint yet delivers a choice of different ice types that can meet the needs of just about every application in busy hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs.
The Ice Duo sits two different modular ice machines onto a single ice storage bin. Each machine can produce different types of ice – the bin’s storage compartment has a divider wall that keeps them separate.
Hubbard Systems says nugget ice is the new ‘best in class’ for smoothies and blended drinks
When it comes to smoothies, ice is an essential. According to Hubbard Systems, who distributes the Scotsman range of icemakers, there’s a new ‘best in class’ ice for smoothie-making: nugget ice.
There’s a variety of reasons for the nugget’s crown. In terms of the ice itself, it’s small and relatively soft so it blends very easily and quietly, plus it’s kinder to blades – so it’s perfect for smoothies and other blended drinks. Because of the way it’s made, by compressing flake ice, it is very cold and has little residual water, so its chilling power is highly effective, too.
Hubbard Systems has launched the new Scotsman MXG range of modular machines, the latest to make the famous thimble-shaped Scotsman gourmet Supercube.
The MXG range combines productivity, reliability and ease-of-use, with aesthetic appeal and quieter operation. There are six models in the range, with outputs from 150 to 410kg per day. All models are designed to fit on a global standard footprint for easy installation. The gourmet Supercube is the obvious selection for the presentation of classic on-the-rocks drinks – it lasts longest, looks the best and chills without diluting.
Hubbard Systems at Hotelympia 2016
Stand 3430, Excel London, 29th February – 3rd March
The Hubbard Systems stand is set to be the go-to place for product launches, with a host of new icemakers making their Hotelympia debut. Hubbard distributes the market-leading Scotsman range, offering the largest range of models, from compact undercounters to industrial units, and the widest choice of ice, including supercubes, dice, flake, cubelet and nugget.
On stand 3430 visitors will be able to check out the very latest Scotsman ice machines – including the new MXG range of modular machines, the latest to make the famous thimble-shaped Scotsman gourmet Supercube.
Stands A54, A62, B53 and B61, Pav 15, Host Milan, 23-27 October 2015
Market-leading ice systems manufacturer Scotsman is set to launch a host of new products at Host in Milan. Details will be unveiled at the Show, but they will include new energy- and water-saving icemakers, new modular supercube machines and a new ice dispenser aimed at the growing market for self-serve ‘bottomless’ drinks.
“The past few months have been a hectic and very exciting time in terms of R&D,” says Simon Aspin, commercial director of Hubbard Systems, which markets the Scotsman brand in the UK. “The ice making technologies and designs we’ll be showing will set new benchmarks in all sorts of areas, such as sustainability, high production in a small footprint and ease of use.”