Scotsman Ice News
UK distributor Hubbard Systems hails ground-breaking design
Scotsman’s latest icemaker, the NW 1408, has won an Innovation Award. The model breaks new ground by delivering a massive 700kg of ice per day in an ‘industry standard’ footprint just 760mm (30”) wide. The innovation gong was given to Scotsman in the annual FEJ (Foodservice Equipment Journal) equipment awards.
“We are absolutely delighted that Scotsman’s innovative design has been recognised in this way,” says Simon Aspin, commercial director of Hubbard Systems, the main UK distributor for Scotsman. “Ice consumption is growing, but so is pressure on back of house space. The NW 1408 is a direct response to customer demand for bigger ice production from a smaller footprint.”
Judges also noted that the NW 1408 benefits from Scotsman’s market leading technologies, such as the one-touch cleaning system, which makes it easy for staff to maintain day-to-day hygiene.
The NW 1408 is one of Scotsman’s vertical evaporator range of products. A modular machine, sitting on top of a separate ice bin, it makes either full-sized 12g dice ice cubes or 6g half dice ice cubes. It is available through Hubbard’s authorised dealer network.
Rob Baughan to develop business in East Anglia and North London
Following its appointment by The Ali Group as UK distributor of the Comenda ware washer range, Hubbard Systems is expanding its sales and customer support team. The latest recruit is Robert Baughan, whose role is Business Development Manager for East Anglia and North London. He will look after both the Comenda and the Scotsman brands.
Rob is a sales professional who has spent most of his career in the media. “The focus there is to drill down to find out exactly what the customer wants, then to provide a solution to match,” he says.
NW1408, available through Hubbard Systems, combines compact design with an unrivalled output
Hubbard Systems has launched a new Scotsman ice machine capable of producing almost 700kg of ice per day, yet able to fit into the industry standard 760mm (30”) wide format. This latest member of the NW Series, the NW 1408, is known as the Slim Fitter. It breaks new ground in being the market’s only 30” machine capable of producing such a high volume of ice.
New ranges from Scotsman and Comenda to be launched
Hubbard Systems has signed up to take its biggest ever stand at Hotelympia for the 2018 show. The company will use the exhibition to launch new products from both Scotsman and Comenda.
Full details of the new models are yet to be revealed. However, Scotsman is likely to show the latest developments for its upcoming range of icemaker systems using ‘greener’ technologies. Meanwhile Comenda is developing several new lines, including a smart, chic and ultra-efficient undercounter ware washer.
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 Systems offers advice on ice hygiene for the festive season
Christmas puts pressure on staff, but when it comes to ice for all those Christmas cocktails they need to keep cleanliness in mind; especially with media scare stories highlighting the problem of dirty ice. Ice is a food and looking after it hygienically is a food safety issue. However, the ice experts at Hubbard Systems, UK distributor for Scotsman icemakers, say keeping ice clean is relatively easy.
Here are their tips:
- Keep hands clean – staff should always wash their hands before and during service.
- Keep the machine clean – by following the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions. Make sure you empty, clean and sanitise the storage bin on a regular, weekly basis.
- Don’t pick up ice with your hands – use a scoop. Consider using a Guardian scoop, which will further protect the ice.
- Have a maintenance schedule for the components that need regular cleaning: it will help keep your equipment in peak condition.
For top drinks presentation, The Commission goes for ice variety
Airedale uses Hubbard’s ice expertise for enticing bar
Airports can be nerve-wracking places for travellers. What they need is somewhere to relax. That’s why The Commission, the new restaurant and cocktail bar at Heathrow’s Terminal 4, is so popular. A Drake & Morgan site, it’s operated by hospitality and food service company Delaware North and provides upscale casual dining and cocktails – the perfect ‘de-stress’ combination. When it came to specifying ice machines for the new kitchen, the Airedale Group, the company project managing the installation, chose Scotsman, which is marketed in the UK by Hubbard Systems.
“This is a premium site and it needs premium icemakers that deliver premium ice, reliably,” says Richard Greasley, national accounts development manager at Airedale. “The cocktail bar is a key feature of The Commission, aimed at enticing potential clients into the open-plan venue. We designed the bar utilising the expertise of our partners, including Hubbard Systems.”
Scotsman ice machines installed in top London hotel
The London Marriott Hotel Regents Park is a luxury 4-star hotel with 311 rooms based in the heart of North London. Recently it has undergone extensive modernisation, with a new spacious lobby and each floor being upgraded to meet the expectations of modern travellers, with smart technology and stylish design inspired by the local area.
One of the recent trends in upmarket hotels has been to provide guests with more opportunities for self-service. As part of this, Scotsman DXG35 ice dispensers from Hubbard Systems have been installed in the public areas on each floor, allowing guests to have access to ice whenever they need it.
Hubbard calls for industry to crack down on hygiene practices
BBC’s Watchdog programme has found bacteria from faeces in ice in three top coffee shop chains.
Hubbard Systems, which markets the Scotsman range of ice machines, says it’s about time the industry cracked down on the poor hygiene practices that lead to the issue. “It’s not like we haven’t seen this before,” says Mark Stebbings, technical and aftercare manager at Hubbard Systems. “Every year for as long as I can remember the issue comes up. And every year ice machine suppliers point out the simple measures that need to be taken to sort it out.”
All ice is ice, right? Wrong. Here’s the lowdown on NUGGET ICE CUBES from Hubbard, the ice experts.
She may not be the prettiest in the glass, but nugget ice sure is fast! The original “chewable” ice, its versatility, speed and relatively low cost makes it a popular choice for a wide range of applications, from fast food outlets to hotels.
Because it’s made from compacted flake ice, production is super-fast. Nugget’s compact size also works well not just for chilling drinks but for food display and blending, too. While it’s not as attractive as its dice ice cube and supercube siblings, it’s a delight to bite!