Ice Making Business

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An ice making business is a profitable business venture since ice has variety of usage from preserving the foods and as a refresher during hot weather.

Not all the households have their own fridge or refrigerator, therefore it is a good choice to start your own ice making business and if you’re interested then here are some hints for you.

Ice Making Business, a Refreshing Business for Everybody

There is a massive importance of ice in the society; for household use in preserving foods, in making ice cold drinks or beverages, and even business establishments like restaurants and fast foods also necessitate ice for their daily operation. Ice is also served during festivities and social gatherings to refresh the crowd from the heat of the celebration. And during summer seasons, it is very in-demand and used in making ice creams as well as ice cold lemonades. So, ice is considered as part of our daily needs and most households don’t have the capacity to make ice if they don’t have the equipments like refrigerators or fridge.

Maybe you are wondering if there’s a big market for ice in the industry and the answer will depend on your state or country, particularly in places with tropical or hot climate. If you’re deeply interested in the ice making industry then we’ll give you the things you need and the other requirements in starting your own business.

Things you Should Know on Starting an Ice Making Business

Starting an ice making business requires a minimal capital and will depend on how you want to run your ice-making operation. The following are the things you will need for running the business:

  • Ice making facility (with a good location)
  • Ice making machines and equipments (ice block makers or freezers)
  • Water supply/source
  • Ice bags and other ice-making accessories
  • Means of transportation (for the delivery of the products, optional)

The ice making facility should have an enough space for the ice making machines and equipments as well as for the production of the ice blocks. But first, you must check with the local state regulations on how you can acquire for the business permits and licenses. In buying the equipments, look for the manufacturers that offer great deals on their ice-making machines and will provide you with big warranties. Some companies also offer assistance by giving out some tips for the ice-making business. The internet has great sources of ice-making equipments and the list is vast so choose wisely.

The water source is important for your operation so make it sure that you will not run out of supply of water, particularly in peak seasons that ice is very much in need like in summer days. You can coordinate with the businesses within the locality to learn if they want to be supplied with ice especially those establishments with less capacity to produce their own. A delivery van is helpful for transporting the ice blocks to your customers.


  • 1. Bibi said on 9/9/2012 6:19:49 PM
    Pls, lyk how much do i need to gather up for a start? Secondly, i need more ideas on those to market the blocks to.
  • 2. Bankole Edun said on 3/25/2013 12:00:10 PM
    How much do i need to start. Location- Arepo, Ogun state. Nigeria
  • 3. julius lockett said on 4/15/2013 2:57:21 AM
    I live in Queen Creek Arizona my zip is 85142
  • 4. edson joao said on 4/18/2013 5:39:49 PM
    I want to start an ice making business in Angola I need to know what would be the budget I need to start the business and what sort of clients could I attract?
  • 5. patrick barr said on 5/29/2013 6:42:40 PM
    I would like to start one in Santiago City, Philippines. As i am looking for having my own business when i retire- and i am looking to this ice making business and i don't mind those scratch or dented units...
  • 6. James M. Payveh said on 6/4/2013 4:54:46 AM
    I'm interested in starting an ice-making business in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. I'll appreciate if you would tell me about power generation and ice making equipment. Thank you.
  • 7. Fred mason said on 6/7/2013 6:28:51 PM
    I have 2 small ice makers I wanna expand my business
  • 8. Eric Yelo said on 7/2/2013 1:29:18 PM
    I would like to start this business in Togo. Can you tell me the nearest place I can get the machine from the price. MANY THANKS
  • 9. stan said on 7/20/2013 12:38:20 PM
    i'd like to start one in pretoria. how much would I need and how the market in pretoria
  • 10. stan said on 7/20/2013 12:46:26 PM
    what machinery would I need to start up an ice cube business and where in pretoria can I find the machinery(used)& how much will the equipment cost .
  • 11. henry said on 10/19/2013 4:44:55 AM
    I want to start an ice making business back here in nigeria. please, what are the most important tips.
  • 12. sam said on 10/31/2013 1:47:16 PM
    Hi I would like to start this business in Kenya. Where can I get the equipment and how much will it cost to set up such a business?
  • 13. nathan said on 11/26/2013 9:12:09 AM
    I would like to start one in Cape Town, South Africa. How much capital would I need to start up this business venture?
  • 14. Rosemary said on 11/26/2013 9:31:35 PM
    I want to start the business in Botswana. But i want to start without the use of machines. I have a water source and freezers at home and i think i would need only the bags for storage in the freezer. Please tell me the best way to start up.
  • 15. Heni Frank said on 1/2/2014 7:59:53 PM
    I have been in the ice block business since 2008 operating from my residence in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea. Problems that contributed to the slow down in business are reliable electricity and water supply, rudimentary marketing strategies. Otherwise it is great money making venture. I plan to go now! Thanks for the encouragement Cheers
  • 16. Lonny Koni said on 1/13/2014 11:08:33 PM
    I would like to start up an ice-making business in Port Moresby, PNG. How would i get the machine and the necessary equipment to start up my business and how much would I roughly need to start? And do i need to employ someone with specific skills to run the machine?
  • 17. Lister Lunn said on 2/3/2014 7:57:57 AM
    I am interested in processing fresh fish and would like to have an ice making machine. I am located at Lorengau town in manus province in png. Thanks and hope to receive from you soon.
  • 18. Lister Lunn said on 2/3/2014 8:02:55 AM
    My location is Lorengau town in Manus Province in Papua New Guinea.
  • 19. Maebane said on 2/24/2014 7:03:35 AM
    I am planing to start ice manufacturing business. I am planing to build the walk-in freezer at home inside my garage for the storage of my produce and get an ice making machine. Will you pls give me an advise as to get a good quality ice making machine to keep up with the demand. I live in South Africa in gauteng(Pretoria)
  • 20. samson chuma said on 3/5/2014 9:29:14 AM
    how much is ice maker machine
  • 21. odkoo said on 3/12/2014 12:18:59 PM
    hi i am planning ice making small business in Mongolia! how much will be cost for starter? as everybody asked about this questions and where is the best country to buy equipments! i am thinking to buy in china! but do you know best suppliers in china? thanks for your advice!
  • 22. lydia hagen said on 4/3/2014 2:20:05 PM
    i would like to know how to start my own ice making business? i own a ice machine that is industrial and gives me 300 tons of flaked ice a day need to know what my required steps to have a business with this if i can financially i am sure it requires a license etc. dont know where to start thank you
  • 23. karthikeyan ananthappan said on 10/28/2014 2:16:59 PM
    We having the insulated ice box for ice cubes storage purpose, if anybody need insulated box please contact me karthikeyan (Geepee industries limited) - 08122 6828 61 / 09093 177 188. We having the capacities of 600 ltrs & 1000 ltrs with pu foam insulated and for local delivery box also we have with pu foam insulation. Thanks & Regards, karthikeyan 08122 6828 61 / 09093 177 188(Whatsapp)
  • 24. Mafemani said on 12/16/2014 9:59:15 AM
    I would like to start an ice making business targeting around 1000 bags a week (cubes and blocks) in Tzaneen, limpopo province of south Africa. Can u please advice on the type of machine I could use, and What could be the start up costs, and how should I go about finding business/clients. Thanks
  • 25. mathew said on 1/5/2015 7:09:23 AM
  • 26. Lina S. said on 2/5/2015 8:44:58 AM
    I would like to start ice making business, My building is located at barrio Morong, Sariaya Quezon. I want to know how much capital do i need n what kind of machine do i need targeting 500 bags{cubes or blocks) in 1 day
  • 27. Winfred said on 2/23/2015 8:53:32 AM
    Please help with the business plan for manufacturing ice cubes and blocks!!
  • 28. Nielson Ngo said on 3/1/2015 8:48:17 PM
    What kind of machine should i buy to start a small ice making business, where can i buy it in manila
  • 29. Hemant wagh said on 5/21/2015 3:44:47 AM
    I would like to start ice making business.. But I have to start bye A to Z. If I will invest with the same can good market will be available for business.
  • 30. elna said on 8/10/2015 2:23:27 PM
    I want to start an ice marking business where should I start I have sported that this is a good opportunity in my area.
  • 31. john said on 8/11/2015 12:11:31 AM
    Good day I want to start a an mini ice cube business in the philippines. Can you please give me an idea about a good water filtration system where I have to connect the ice machine. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you
  • 32. BORKE said on 8/13/2015 10:22:53 PM
    I live in Nigeria . Where can I get the best ice making machines to make ice blocks measuring 15CM BY 10CM in commercial quantities? This machine should have short production time, less than 1hr 30minutes
  • 33. antonis antoniou said on 8/16/2015 10:14:52 AM
    I want to start a small business, an ice making business in Cyprus in Europe. I need to know the budget and what kind of machinery do i need. Also I need to know from which country you suggest to get the machinery.
  • 34. edith said on 8/29/2015 7:48:53 AM
    i will like to start up an ice block business in jigawa state,Nigeria.i have #200000 to start for both freezer and generator. want to produce 50 for a start. need advice on what type of freezer and generator to buy. Thanks.
  • 35. Edmann Kalola said on 10/3/2015 8:11:23 AM
    I am in Windhoek, Namibia I would like a ice making business, so which machine can I buy which can produce 150 bags of 2kg per day and how is that machine in Namibia and where can i get it
  • 36. Annelie Thysse said on 10/7/2015 7:01:00 AM
    Hi,I am from Springs on the East Rand Gauteng and would like to know what is needed to start a ice business? What would it cost?
  • 37. John said on 10/16/2015 9:49:59 PM
    Hi am John from Kempton Park in the Eastrand, Gauteng , South Africa, and I would like to start and ice business, how much do I need to start this business venture and what kinda of equipment do I need, cz I already know my target market on a very large scale
  • 38. Tshepo said on 10/27/2015 9:46:53 AM
    Hi I would Iike to start this business too in Vanderbijlpark, how much do I require to buy the machines, kindly advice on different capacity and prices accordingly.Regards
  • 39. Nino Ndlovu said on 11/1/2015 9:01:48 AM
    Hi I would like to start an ice making business in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Regards
  • 40. Blessing said on 1/11/2016 7:21:34 AM
    many thanks to you for making this platform accessible. I live in Kaduna state of Nigeria and would greatly appreciate detailed information on the ice making business. thank you.
  • 41. Sylvia Mmutlwane said on 1/12/2016 2:47:22 AM
    I would like to know my budget if i want to start here in Botswana.please advise on different capacities and prices for machines and freezers.REGARDS
  • 42. Lotlhe Kefhilwe said on 1/13/2016 8:03:17 AM
    I would like to start a ice business, how much do I need for start up and which machinery do I need, I also want to combine it with a cold room.
  • 43. megha said on 1/20/2016 4:37:14 AM
    i have mineral water plant business i want to start ice cube business so what budget require.
  • 44. Ishmael M. Mametja said on 1/20/2016 11:59:36 PM
    I want to start an ice cube and blocks business. I want to know how much is needed including transportation. in Phalaborwa area.
  • 45. Jabulani c nkuna said on 1/25/2016 11:11:14 AM
    I want to venture in this business of selling ice cubes around seloane in phalaborwa limpopo, I would like to know how much capital for kick start and what are the requirements?
  • 46. Raghunath expert adviser said on 1/26/2016 6:29:39 AM
    @megha, ice cube business can be started with a smallest machine that costs around lakh to as big as in crore. It depends how much you want to invest and what is your market. Where are you from?

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • 47. Mjongeni said on 1/31/2016 4:09:44 PM
    Thanks for positive advice i want to start my own business in Mpumalanga South Africa , so for start up how many refrigerator should i buy ?
  • 48. Rosemary K said on 3/11/2016 9:07:26 AM
    Hi,I want to begin the business of making the ice blocks, where can I buy the machine cheaply at least the production rate should be 100 blocks per day. Each block should weigh 1kg and 2kgs. I also need to be enlighten about the business. I am in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 49. Julia said on 4/11/2016 5:49:16 AM
    I would like to start an ice making business in Namibia, where I would need a Freezer Room and ice cube making machines. What other ice making accessories and machinery/equipment would I require as a start-up? Where can I source the equipment from?
  • 50. jerome said on 6/1/2016 2:44:52 AM
    i would like to know how much do i need to start? i need more idea.
  • 51. Anonymous said on 8/27/2016 11:27:10 AM
    Everyone asking the same questions like what's the best machine to use and asking if where they live would be a good place for business. Do some research yourself, about machines, capital, location, licenses. If you all have to ask these kind of questions you should not be running business's. If your ice machine breaks are you going to comment on here and ask how to fix it? C'mon guys put your head to use and do some research
  • 52. katlego mototjane said on 11/23/2016 6:52:24 AM
    would like to start an ice business in south Africa but need the budget to start the business, who to target and also how to make the business a success
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