How an ice machine can benefit a fishing business
Ice machines are a vital part of any foodservice business here in the US, but we’ve been seeing demand recently from an industry you might not have expected – the fishing charter business.
Why would a fishing charter or fishing boat hire want a commercial ice machine? Well, it turns out that these machines can make a huge difference to these businesses: reduce costs, increase customer satisfaction and also save lots of time too.
We outline how all this is possible below:
What can an Ice Machine do for your business?
We’ve recently been supplying businesses in the Florida Panhandle – helping businesses on the Emerald and Forgotten Coasts – these businesses are making their living either taking customers out to fish the beautiful waters for trout and more, or hiring out kayaks or boats for visitors to find their own fishing grounds.
Ice really matters for these businesses – here’s where they use it:
Ice for customers to take
Customers heading out on water for the day want their drinks (and their bait) cold. Many business owners offer this as a complimentary part of their service, but if they don’t have an ice machine, it can be an expensive add on for them – with 10’s of lbs of ice needed for each hire, costs soon mount up.
Ice for bait and the catch
This really is vital for many charter businesses – keeping bait, and the fish your customers catch, cool is really important. Also, on a large charter, businesses can find themselves using hundreds of lbs of ice, which they may need to stock up twice a day.
Ice for drinks
Fishing can be thirsty work – serving your customers warm drinks is a sure fire way to ruin their day. But this is again an expense which falls at the business owner’s door.
Time AND Money
It’s important to remember that buying your ice in bags can also have a second cost: your time! Businesses without their own ice machine can find themselves driving to pick up bags and bags of ice, and then finding somewhere to store them too. This laborious process can steal hours from each day for business people already pressed for time.