Here's an article from Home World Business talking about how consumers are Elevating their Aspirations around bar ware and the home cocktail experience.
It’s no question that the craft cocktail movement has certainly had an influence on the at-home bar. Consumers enjoying creative and handcrafted cocktails, or tasting new spirits out at restaurants, have a renewed appreciation for proper techniques and ingredients. However, as consumers become more confident, so has their desire to refine their own bartending skills. Such aspirations have led to an increased demand in elevated wine and bar accessories for the home.
Craft ice is also a critical trend in this:
Ice, too, has become a focal point, as consumers expand their cocktail making knowledge. Larger, clear cubes of ice are sought out more often for consumers who wish to slowly sip on spirits such as whiskey and bourbon, savoring the flavors and aromas of the brands they have invested in.
For June 2020, the household was low on clear ice options. After buying in 40 pound blocks, it's hard to go back to a routine of making your own four cubes at a time. With MA in Phase 3 of opening, I should be able to restock the clear ice this month! Looking forward to it just in time for the hot Boston weather.
I came across an article about a new clear ice company in Vancouver, BC called Kodama Ice Company. Check out their Instagram! I've added them to the Maker directory.
With the pandemic in full swing around Boston, most of the ice shops are just starting to open back up. I'm hoping in June I can restock my supplies! The freezer is currently empty. Here is a picture of the LAST clear ice cube in the house. May we quickly see better days...
We are living in strange pandemic times! I am down to my last block of clear ice. The ice vendors in my area are not classified as essential businesses, so they are closed. I might have to start getting small batch in my own freezer! Until then, the clear ice continues to flow. Stay safe out there!
Some photos from the house bar...
This isn't about clear ice, but it is an amazing story. Instead of using the machines to make and carve ice, Michigan Clear Ice is shifting to help out health care workers with personal protective equipment (PPE).
Peter Hardy, owner of Michigan Clear Ice, has turned off the ice-making equipment and fired up the CNC machines he had around the shop. He's now manufacturing protective face shields.
Here's a simple fun video that I discovered over at Boing Boing where the guys at The Modern Rogue harness the power of "cocktail chemistry" to make large format clear ice with a cooler.
I came across this article where Popular Mechanics dives into some of the science behind the types of ice used in cocktails, and finishes the article with a tutorial on using a cooler for directional freezing to create clear ice at home.
Ice might be the most overlooked ingredient of any cocktail recipe. It keeps a drink cold, ensures that it isn’t too stiff, and even alters taste perception.
Looking back on 2019, it appears the "clear ice" market is growing fast:
Clear Ice Makers Market is estimated to be valued at USD 2,861.1 billion (sic) by 2025, registering a CAGR of 6.27% during the forecast period. The growth of the foodservice industry and increasing use of clear ice makers in households are the major factors driving market growth. Product innovation is expected to create new opportunities for vendors active in the global market. However, the need for high initial investments is restricting the growth of the market.
So there you have it! The market is sized at almost 3 billion dollars (the article has a typo saying that it is 2,861 billion, but that should read million). And it grew by 6%.
Later in the article, it is discussed how the market is starting to segment between mass market clear ice, and premium (which we all know and love so well). The rise of premium ice represents exponential growth potential for the clear ice industry.
Strap in everyone! The next 10 years should be fun!
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