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Ice confusion? There’s an app for that…

Scotsman launches ice machine configurator app for iPhones and Android

For operators and specifiers who don’t know which ice machine they need, there’s an app that can help.  With the Scotsman Ice app, the user simply goes to the ice machine configurator, selects what sort of ice they want from a scrolling menu (gourmet cube, dice ice, flake ice, nugget ice and so on) and then selects how much ice per day they want, again from a menu.  The app shows them which Scotsman ice machines are suitable for their selections.

“The app is a great tool for operators, buyers, dealers and consultants,” says Simon Aspin, commercial director of Hubbard Systems, which markets the Scotsman range in the UK.  “I’m not aware of there being anything else quite like it in the ice machine world.  It’s dead easy to use and navigate, and it’s packed with useful information.”

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The Lowdown on Supercubes

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

For 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

On 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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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.

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.

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The Christmas Ice Experts:

Hubbard offer hotels advice on Christmas ice

Hubbard's Scotsman MXG is perfect for Hotels' Christmas ice needsChristmas is one of the busiest times of year for hotels, with parties and events causing spikes in custom on top of the overall higher numbers of guests. Having a steady supply of ice provides extra peace of mind that there’ll be no problems meeting the increase in demand.

Busy hotels can benefit from modular machines, which are perfect for high volume ice production. Hubbard’s Scotsman MXG range of modular ‘supercuber’ ice machines combine reliability and ease-of-use with aesthetic-appeal and quieter operation. The MXG models offer high production, with one unit capable of producing up to 410kg of gourmet ice per 24 hours, on a global standard footprint.

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Ultra-reliable, ultra-simple ice: the new Scotsman NW 608

Hubbard Systems says new icemaker is the hassle-free, competitively-priced ice solution.

hubbard square testThe 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.

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Varsity Hotel’s Versatile Ice Choices

Popular, boutique Cambridge venue uses both Scotsman supercubes and Scotsman nugget ice

The two Scotsman icemakers at The Varsity HotelMore 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.

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Ice cool under pressure: Mum’s the word for Hubbard/Scotsman rally driver

Rallying is a family affair for Hubbard business manager

When he’s not busy providing excellent customer support in his role as Business Development Manager for Northern England and Scotland at Hubbard Systems, George Fell can often be found going for a drive with his mum, Lois. But these aren’t your run of the mill day trips to the seaside we’re talking about, because George is competing in the Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship and his mum is his co-driver.

The pair started racing together after Lois Fell recovered not only from three hip operations in ten years but also from breast cancer. “We made a promise, as a family, that once she recovered she could go rallying,” says George. “She’s now been in remission for three years and there’s no stopping her!”

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