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Posted By: Erin White

Yes…I went there.  What else are you going to title a blog post about ice?  Whether you like it or not, ice plays a vital role your beverage sales.  Why do you think millions of people hit up Sonic every day for happy hour?  Is it because they have over 150 combinations of beverages to choose from?  Well, maybe that has a little to do about it.  But what makes these 150 drinks so good?  Ever hear of “Sonic ice”? This is a term used all around the country.  People love their ice.  (They even sell it by the bag…did you know that?!!).

The type of ice you have in your c-store, whether you think so or not, does matter.  People will remember that awesome fountain Coke with that “great ice” more so than your gum selection.  And you can bet that the next time they are craving a cold drink or they drive by your location, they will remember that you have really good ice to go with your drinks.  Or at least I do…

With so many different ice machine manufacturers out there, there are many different varieties of ice to choose from.  Manitowoc has ice names like nugget, flake, and dice.  Ice-O-Matic has cube, flake, gourmet, and pearl.  Hoshizaki has four different versions of “cube” and a flaked.  Scotsman has cube, nugget, flake, and gourmet.  Many of the manufacturers offer a version of what the other offers, but with a slight variation.  All make a great product, it just depends on what type of ice you are looking for.


After you decide what type of ice you want to offer, the next step is to decide how much ice you will need.  That’s where we come in.  Our expert sales team can help you determine the right size of machine that will fit your needs and your pocket book.  So, if you are in the market for a new ice machine, give us a call and let us help you make your decision.

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