A Brief History of Frozen Water and the Ice Trade

polar station ice block vendor in fish marketThe ice industry pulls in $2.5 billion a year.  But as a commercial enterprise, it’s not nearly as dominant as it once was back in the nineteenth century when it first got started.

The ice trade began over 200 years ago in the United States.  In 1806, a merchant named Frederic Tudor shipped ice harvested in New England to the Caribbean.  As other businessmen joined in Tudor’s venture, the trade expanded over more than 30 years into India, South America, China and Australia and made Tudor himself a rich man.

After the mid-1800s, the ice trade became increasingly important within the US.  The booming railroad industry used refrigerator cars, cooled by ice, to transport meat, fish, beer, vegetables and fruit around the country.  This in turn revolutionized the food industry, which no longer relied on locally produced goods to satisfy consumer demand.

By the turn of the century, families, grocers and barkeeps all across America had individual refrigerated units, called iceboxes after the ice blocks that kept them cold, that allowed them to keep and store food and drink.  But starting in the early 1900s, new electrically powered freezers, refrigerators, and eventually icemakers, began to replace both iceboxes and the ice trade.

While the times and technology may have changed, demand for frozen water products, and indeed, water itself, has only increased.  This in turn has created a need to offer these items in ever-more convenient ways to consumers in need of a little cooling down.

That’s where Polar Station enters the picture.  We make ice machines that are stand-alone or are part of a dual water and ice vending system.  Both types make use of municipal water resources, which means they’re as sustainable as they are earth-friendly.

So if you’re looking to invest in a profitable industry, Polar Station can offer the opportunity you need.  Our kiosks are virtually guaranteed to yield excellent returns. Better still, they’re low-maintenance and pay for themselves quickly.

What more incentive do you need?  Contact us today and become one of the many Polar Station purified ice and water vendors today!


Originally posted 2014-01-28 14:04:21.