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4 Best Ice Machine Franchises [Cost, Fees]

Do you want to start an ice machine business by buying a franchise? If YES, here are 4 best ice machine franchise opportunities for sale and their cost. Ice has been serving the world for ages. It has served as a cooling factor, a preservative and it can even become palliative in some instances. The industry of ice, though not expanding exponentially, but has remained relatively steady over the years, with industry experts remodeling their services to meet changing societal needs.

This is why ice vending machines are almost a popular sight in the United States. Ice vending machines sell ice in various sizes and ranges. They can be bulk ice, or ice vended directly into customers cooler or bagged ice. The bulk ice option is the bedrock of ice vending and it is what has made ice vending popular.

The Ice Making Machine manufacturing industry experienced subdued growth over the five years to 2018. Healthcare, hospitality and food service providers are the industry’s primary markets. Healthcare providers are the industry’s largest downstream market, as hospitals use an exorbitant amount of ice per patient each day.

This goes to show that location is a huge deciding factor in the success of your ice machine business. But if you do not want to be bothered with all that goes on when starting an ice vending machine business, then you can choose to buy the franchise of a successful ice machine business. Here are a few of them for you to consider.

4 Best Ice Machine Franchise Opportunities for Sale and Their Cost

  1. IceBorn Water and Ice Vending/Ice House America

Ice House America, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL and founded in 2003, has more than 2,500 independently owned ice vending locations in 27 states. In 2012, the company launched its IceBorn franchise program to capitalize on the growing ice vending niche within the $4 billion packaged ice industry, and was recently featured in the “Top 10 New Franchises to Watch” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

IceBorn is the franchise model for Ice House America, the pioneer in automated ice vending technology, with a global network of 3,500 independently-owned ice and water vending locations. IceBorn ice is produced on-demand from water filtered on site, so it’s safe, fresh and clean. Five U.S. patents protect IceBorn’s delivery technology, which creates efficiencies and ensure product quality and machine durability.

Financial Requirement

  • Cash Investment – $25,000 – $75,000
  • Net Worth – $150,000
  • Franchise Fee – $7,000 – $7,000
  • Total Investment – $111,550 – $242,845
  • Royalty Fee – 6 Percent
  1. Polar Ice Express

Polar Ice Express is a Self-Serve Ice machine franchise business. The company is now offering for sale a 13′ long, 6’4″ wide Ice Vending Station that will fit in a single parking space. This system is known for having one of the lowest number of moving parts of all the popular Ice Stations.

This system is also wired using conventional electrical controls with a simplified wiring system. This helps to keep your costs down in the future by limiting the cost of parts and allowing for any standard electrician and AC personnel to maintain the System.

The System consists of an Arctic-Temp AR 1000 Ice Maker that is attached to an ice bagging and vending machine that will allow you to vend up to 300, 20 pound bags of ice per day. The system is well designed and will only require someone to remove monies, place bags on the holder, and clean up the mess left by the customers.

Financial Requirement

  • Liquid Capital Required: $90,000
  • Total Investment: $90,000
  1. Ice Depot

The Ice Depot has been revolutionizing the way ice is made and delivered. They claim to have developed a system that virtually eliminates all inefficiencies in the system while reliably providing the cheapest, freshest, purest and cleanest ice available.

Traditional ice vending machines jam while dispensing, but the machines at The Ice Depot don’t do that.  They are said to use the patented drum technology, which is comprised of only a single moving part. This results in no jams or bridged ice and is backed by a 10-year warranty, so you can feel confident your business uses machines that never fails or rack up crippling repair costs.

To buy the franchise of Ice Depot, you need No Franchise fees, No Annual license fees, and No annual maintenance fees. In addition, the company claims to be $20,000 cheaper than every other machine out there.

4. Bag of Ice

Bag of Ice (BOI), located in Lake City, FL, is a leading-edge manufacturer of ice and purified water vending solutions. Drawing on more than 10 years of experience building ice vending machines, Bag of Ice produces high quality, cost-effective ice and purified water vending machines for profit-minded individuals and businesses.

Bag of Ice does not require you to purchase territories, pay franchise fees/percentages of gross profits or insist that you participate in long term maintenance programs. They do have a great warranty, excellent support, and the sturdiest and simple to maintain ice and water vending machines manufactured in the USA. To get details on franchise cost and more, you need to visit their website and fill the request form provided there.