A staple: ICE



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"MUNCHING ON ICE"
January 31, 2008

Retailers and manufacturers realize that ice is the year 'round hot snack and a tongue-numbing industry is created. Fans debate the best for crunching - Chewblets, Nugget Ice, Pearl Ice - but the shaved version, in a glass and with enough water to temporarily fuse the ice, is a classic.

Vince Gill is an ice chewer!

NEW YORK -- Chewing ice as an alternative to potato chips or French fries is becoming a hot snack trend in the United States, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Some Sonic Drive-In franchises sell it in cups and in bags to go. Ice-machine makers are competing to make the best chewable ice, with names like Chewblet, Nugget Ice and Pearl Ice. One manufacturer calls the ice-loving South the "Chew Belt."

Sonic Corp., the big drive-in sandwich chain, switched to Scotsman nugget ice machines more than 20 years ago -- a development that gave chewable ice a much bigger profile, writes Wall Street Journal.Also known as "cubelets" or "Sonic ice," the fluffy pellets are sold at many Sonic franchises by the cup or the 10-pound bag. "Until I started working for Sonic, I didn't realize people were that nuts about ice." Paul Pollok, a partner at a store in San Antonio, told the newspaper.

Sales of machines that make easier-to-chew ice jumped about 23 percent to 16,673 units in 2006 from 2003, according to data from the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. Some ice chewers, including country-music star VINCE GILL, have had the machines installed in their homes.

Chewy ice is also popular in the convenience store channel. Parker's Convenience Stores in Georgia is known among locals for its chewy ice, which is also popular among teen shoppers. NACS proflied Parker's and its chewy ice in the 2007 NACS.

“We hear positive comments on our ice every day from customers,” says Colin Ury, Vice President, Business Affairs for Taco Time. Scotsman Nugget Ice has played an invaluable role in his company’s fountain beverage program’s success for more than 15 years. “It’s quite simple,” he says, “Customers really love our ice and have grown to think of it as our own. They even refer to it as ‘Taco Time ice.’”


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