The first company which started to extract (produce) ice for customer needs was Tudor Ice Company, it was founded in the United States in 1806 and still exists today (http://tudorice.com). In that year the first ship filled with 130 tons of ice cut from the Massachusetts lake, came to the shores of Martinique. Since this supply, Tudor started the commercial ice industry.. When Frederick Tudor died in 1864, as one of the first post-revolutionary millionaires of America, thanks to his efforts, by 1900 annual consumption of ice in the US was more than 10 million tons and more than 25 million tons have been exported. The only other product with the same large export market was cotton.
Currently, the US is still the largest producer and consumer of ice. Ice industry has expanded into one of the most powerful industries in the country. At the turn of the 20th century, almost every family, a seller or a bartender in America had ice box in storage! However, ironically, America's dependence on ice has created a new technology that has led to the demise of the empire of ice production, it was the electric refrigerator and freezer. However, with the development of the country and its service sector, a new need for packaged ice appeared.
The largest and oldest company in Europe is Ice Co (UK) - http://www.theiceco.co.uk/. This company exists since 1860 and still remains a family business. Despite the global crisis, The Ice Co is one of the fastest growing companies in the United Kingdom. At the moment, the company is also one of the largest exporters of this product in the region. 10 countries are now importing ice made by The Ice Co, one of which is Norway. This became possible due to the grandiose production volumes and consequent reduction in the cost of ice. It is one of the largest ice logistics companies in the UK.
These companies, their experience and the history of development is a major landmark for our company Zymna Voda! Of course, the market of Ukraine and the former Soviet Union is still developing in levels of ice consumption, but now we clearly understand in what direction we need to move our company in order to achieve outstanding performance such as our international friends and partners!
All will be ICE :)
Vasyl Kolodiy (facebook.com/vasyl.kolodiy)