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Want to know about types of Ice?

Ice comes in many forms and is used commercially for a wide variety of applications. Gourmet ice cubes, dice, superdice, cubelet, nugget, flake, superflake and scale: but which ice is best?

Hubbard Systems

offers expert adv-ice

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 to educate and has produced an update to its popular Guide to Ice, which is available to download from

When it comes to drinks and food service, that means there are things that a particular ice type will do well, and other things not so well. For example, because it’s so clear and long-lasting, gourmet ice is the best for drinks presentation – the classic ice for G&T. But it’s not so good for blended drinks, because it’s so harsh on blender blades – and it makes a hell of a racket getting blended. For blenders you want a different type of ice.

Then again, other ice cubes are better for bottomless drinks. Why? Because they’re quick to make and don’t need a big machine.

Want to know which one’s which? It’s all in the Hubbard Guide to Ice, available free from the downloads area at

Scotsman has machines making eight different types of ice: gourmet or supercube ice cubes, dice, superdice, cubelet, nugget, flake, superflake and scale ice. Plus there are machines making different sizes of cubes.

Hubbard Systems is the UK distributor for the market-leading Scotsman range, which is available via dealers nationwide.

For more information on the full range of Scotsman ice machines, and details of local stockists, freephone Hubbard Systems on 0800 616559, call 01473 350045 email:

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