This is a great negosyo idea here in the Philippines which I’m sure this will be a hit since we are in a tropical country. A company name Bag of Ice from the U.S. is targeting vending operators with a versatile line of machines that the company says are designed to make it simple to profit from selling ice.
The compact venders come in four models — the smallest measuring 34” wide x 52” deep x 112” high — that produce quantities of ice equal to much larger machines, according to the company. This opens more doors for placement in high-traffic sites like retail storefronts where floor space is at a premium and ice vending is typically most successful. Strip malls, car washes, convenience and liquor stores, and large apartment complexes are among the sites Bag of Ice recommends for placing its machines.
The machines offer a selection of 10, 16 or 20 lbs. of ice, which can be dispensed into a bag supplied by the machine that the customer hangs on the ice chute or into his or her own cooler.
Bag of Ice venders does not offer an auto-bagging feature. The company said it finds the technology to be unreliable in smaller-footprint machines, and that eliminating them assures a higher vend rate and fewer maintenance problems.
Vend prices range from $1 to $3, $1.25 to $4 and $1.75 to $6, respectively.
Depending upon the model, ice bin capacities range from 300 lbs. to 1,500 lbs. with the ability to produce 1,250 lbs. to 3,720 lbs. of ice per day. The average cost of producing a 10-lb. bag of ice is 25¢, including bag and utilities, the company said.
Insulation keeps ice frozen in the storage bin, eliminating the need for a refrigeration system, keeping the operator’s electric bill and maintenance costs to a minimum and reducing the machine’s environmental impact. Bag of Ice’s SmartTech cooling system recycles the cooler air and water back into the system for optimum ice-making efficiency.
The venders can also be equipped to dispense purified water into the patron’s container in up to three different portion sizes. The average vend price is 25¢ to 50¢ for one gallon; 50¢ to $1 for three gallons; and $1 to $2 for five gallons. The cost to the operator to produce pure water is about 1/2¢ per gallon.
The machines feature Hoshizaki icemakers, which are supported by a network of factory-trained representatives that can service machines throughout the U.S. The ice augers, beater bars, and storage bins are made of food-grade stainless steel.
The machine frame and cabinet are built with heavy-duty, corrosion-free aluminum for outdoor placement. They can be customized to match an existing facade or to meet local regulations.
Bag of Ice said its machines incorporate few moving parts, which minimizes maintenance. Routine service includes collecting funds, cleaning the machine’s exterior and replenishing its bag supply. Beyond that, the equipment requires quarterly ice maker cleaning, replacing water filters as needed, cleaning coin mechanisms and bill acceptors weekly to monthly depending on the environment, and lubricating machine components annually. Be one of the first in bringing this innovation to the Philippines.
Here are alternatives ice-making machines also that you can do to sell ice packs:
HomeLabs Freestanding Commercial Ice Maker Machine – Makes 143 Pounds Ice in 24 hrs with 29 Pounds Storage Capacity – Ideal for Restaurants Bars, Homes and Offices – Includes Scoop and Connection Hose.
It is capable of producing 143 lbs of ice in 24 hours and quickly makes 66 pieces of clear ice in one cycle within 11-20 mins. With 29 lbs of storage capacity, it holds enough ice to be enjoyed by all.
Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker – Are you familiar with those cute little soft ice? crunchy nuggets – almost like tiny snowballs that float in your favorite beverage. It’s the ice that determines which gas station you stop at, or which restaurant you go to because you never forget where you can find it. It’s the only ice that’s ever excited anyone enough to shout across a crowded room, “Yes! They have good ice here!” Finally, you can have the good ice anytime you want it, with the Opal. Unlike commercial nugget ice makers, the Opal is the affordable “good ice” maker for your home that you’ve always dreamed of.