Ice Making Business

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.


  • Bibi said on September 9, 2012
    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.
  • Bankole Edun said on March 25, 2013
    How much do i need to start. Location- Arepo, Ogun state. Nigeria
  • julius lockett said on April 15, 2013
    I live in Queen Creek Arizona my zip is 85142
  • edson joao said on April 18, 2013
    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?
  • patrick barr said on May 29, 2013
    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...
  • James M. Payveh said on June 4, 2013
    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.
  • Fred mason said on June 7, 2013
    I have 2 small ice makers I wanna expand my business
  • Eric Yelo said on July 2, 2013
    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
  • stan said on July 20, 2013
    i'd like to start one in pretoria. how much would I need and how the market in pretoria
  • stan said on July 20, 2013
    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 .
  • henry said on October 19, 2013
    I want to start an ice making business back here in nigeria. please, what are the most important tips.
  • sam said on October 31, 2013
    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?
  • nathan said on November 26, 2013
    I would like to start one in Cape Town, South Africa. How much capital would I need to start up this business venture?
  • Rosemary said on November 26, 2013
    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.
  • Heni Frank said on January 2, 2014
    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
  • Lonny Koni said on January 13, 2014
    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?
  • Lister Lunn said on February 3, 2014
    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.
  • Lister Lunn said on February 3, 2014
    My location is Lorengau town in Manus Province in Papua New Guinea.
  • Maebane said on February 24, 2014
    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)
  • samson chuma said on March 5, 2014
    how much is ice maker machine
  • odkoo said on March 12, 2014
    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!
  • lydia hagen said on April 3, 2014
    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
  • karthikeyan ananthappan said on October 28, 2014
    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)
  • Mafemani said on December 16, 2014
    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
  • mathew said on January 5, 2015
  • Lina S. said on February 5, 2015
    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
  • Winfred said on February 23, 2015
    Please help with the business plan for manufacturing ice cubes and blocks!!
  • Nielson Ngo said on March 1, 2015
    What kind of machine should i buy to start a small ice making business, where can i buy it in manila
  • Hemant wagh said on May 21, 2015
    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.
  • elna said on August 10, 2015
    I want to start an ice marking business where should I start I have sported that this is a good opportunity in my area.
  • john said on August 11, 2015
    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
  • BORKE said on August 13, 2015
    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
  • antonis antoniou said on August 16, 2015
    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.
  • edith said on August 29, 2015
    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.
  • Edmann Kalola said on October 3, 2015
    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
  • Annelie Thysse said on October 7, 2015
    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?
  • John said on October 16, 2015
    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
  • Tshepo said on October 27, 2015
    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
  • Nino Ndlovu said on November 1, 2015
    Hi I would like to start an ice making business in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Regards
  • Blessing said on January 11, 2016
    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.
  • Sylvia Mmutlwane said on January 12, 2016
    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
  • Lotlhe Kefhilwe said on January 13, 2016
    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.
  • megha said on January 20, 2016
    i have mineral water plant business i want to start ice cube business so what budget require.
  • Ishmael M. Mametja said on January 20, 2016
    I want to start an ice cube and blocks business. I want to know how much is needed including transportation. in Phalaborwa area.
  • Jabulani c nkuna said on January 25, 2016
    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?
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on January 26, 2016
    @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)

  • Mjongeni said on January 31, 2016
    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 ?
  • Rosemary K said on March 11, 2016
    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.
  • Julia said on April 11, 2016
    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?
  • jerome said on June 1, 2016
    i would like to know how much do i need to start? i need more idea.
  • Anonymous said on August 27, 2016
    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
  • katlego mototjane said on November 23, 2016
    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
  • Jun said on May 2, 2017
    I need to start ice making business but I have no idea for a machine to purchase
  • Faye said on June 1, 2017
    I want to start an ice making business. how am i suppose to purchase equipment and other appurtenances for this kind of business? thanks
  • william said on August 26, 2017
    hello ,help me how run ice cubes ,hardwood and still water business also how to market it? my capital to start, how to carge my clients via stock price? i like if you help lot .
  • Manny Manny said on January 1, 2018
    Hello, I am looking to start ice making business in Monrovia, Liberia and I will like to know how much do I need and what types of equipment do I need to start up. Thanks
  • TJ said on March 6, 2018
    I would like to start-up an ice manufacturing and distribution business in the southeast Texas area. What all do I need to get started and how to get clients?
  • eob said on May 29, 2018
    I want to start ice cube/block business, how much capital do I need? where do I buy machine near my area? Philippines, Luzon, Quezon Province. Thanks.
  • James expert adviser said on July 5, 2018
    @eob, you will be needing 100,000 to 150,000 USD to start a 40 MT per day production plant. You don't need to buy the compressor from the local market. mycom compressors are very good, you can explore the internet to finds who are good in service for your country and go with that.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • Rialdo Abrahams said on January 31, 2019
    Good Day. I'm from the Northern Cape Upington in South Africa. I would like to start my own ice and water selling business. Please give me a bit more info on the machines and equipment. please contact me at
  • khanyisile said on February 28, 2019
    hi, I just want to know... with the ice-making machines, does it use normal tap water or I need specialized water to make the ice, does it need water supply pumped or I can just pour the water into the machine manually?
  • Mark Sarmiento said on March 29, 2019
    How much money do I need to invest in this business, my location in Cagayan De Oro city.
  • Geetha said on February 21, 2020
    Hi. I would like to start an ice-making business. Please can you give me some advice on how to approach clients and get them to support my business? How much can I sell a 2kg bag of ice for?
  • Iris Chai said on April 12, 2020
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  • Sam Pule Matile said on October 22, 2020
    Good day my name is Sam Pule Matile and I started ice making business in 2016 but now I don't have enough funds to buy a big machine the machine I was using was small and everytime I got big orders I needed to wait for a month for it to produce I need a machine that produces 100 bags per day I'm from Bloemfontein free State my contact number is 0766624606 WhatsApp number is 0626742072 if any one could help please because that's the way I put bread in the house please God bless you all


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