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Flake ice the best method for cooling seafood products quickly to preserve peak freshness. North Star flake ice machines and ice storage bins and conveying systems are used by commercial fishermen, seafood processors, fish markets, grocers and supermarkets in a number of different ways: 

  • Onboard a fishing boat or at the dock to cool fresh caught, whole fish during commercial fishing season
  • Storing flake ice in ice totes or storage bins for later use at an ice house or seafood processing facility
  • Icing and re-icing cut fish parts and fillets during all seafood processing stages
  • Icing fish and seafood in packing boxes for distribution and transporation of goods
  • Top icing seafood and fish on display at fish markets 
  • Cooling fish in ice baths or maintaing temperatures in aquaculture applications
  • Top icing display cases for wholesale and retail distribution

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North Star flake ice offers numerous benefits over other types of ice allowing you to maintain your cold chain and extend the shelf life of your highly perishable seafood products.

Greatest Cooling Surface Area
Flake ice has more than 17,000 square feet (1,570 square meters) of surface area per ton of ice providing greater cooling efficiency than any other type of ice.

Faster Cooling
The thin shape of flake ice (1.5mm) allows it to melt quickly for the fastest heat transfer. Ice only cools when it melts, so faster melting equals faster cooling.

Greater Product Protection
Flake ice remains dry, packs well, and cushions seafood against damage. Its flat shape will not create indentations in perishable seafood products. 

Easier Storage and Distribution
North Star flake ice is completely dry and free-flowing, so it will not fuse together in a storage bin or clog delivery systems. This is critical in high volume ice applications like seafood processing plants.

Cost Effective production
Flake ice is the most economical ice to produce, requiring only 1.3 tons of refrigeration per ton of ice from 60ºF (16º C) water.

Seafood Success Stories

Morro Bay
F/V Faxi
AMRISA Ice Market
F/V Harfn Svenbjarnarson
Salmones Pacific Sur
Sea Harvest Benefits from North Star Liquid Ice
Salmo America
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Morro Bay,
Seafood

California

North Star's flake ice maker helps fishermen in California get ready for salmon...

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F/V Faxi,
Seafood

Iceland

The world's largest onboard liquid ice system was installed by North Star Ice...

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AMRISA Ice Market,
Seafood

Chile

Built in Puerto Montt, the IceMarket, SA ice plant was designed to produce and...

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F/V Harfn Svenbjarnarson,
Seafood

Iceland

North Star Ice Equipment is a popular choice for Iceland's leading fishing companies.

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Salmones Pacific Sur,
Seafood

Chile

"We chose North Star equipment because we saw them in other factories and it was...

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Sea Harvest Benefits from North Star Liquid Ice,
Seafood

South Africa

Sea Harvest, a leading processor of hake in South Africa, has been enjoying the...

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Salmo America,
Seafood

Chile

In Puerto Montt, Chile, the 60,000 square foot Salmoamerica salmon processing plant...

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Seafood

Solutions

Flake ice the best method for cooling seafood products quickly to preserve peak freshness. North Star flake ice machines and ice storage bins and conveying systems are used by commercial fishermen, seafood processors, fish markets, grocers and supermarkets in a number of different ways: 

  • Onboard a fishing boat or at the dock to cool fresh caught, whole fish during commercial fishing season
  • Storing flake ice in ice totes or storage bins for later use at an ice house or seafood processing facility
  • Icing and re-icing cut fish parts and fillets during all seafood processing stages
  • Icing fish and seafood in packing boxes for distribution and transporation of goods
  • Top icing seafood and fish on display at fish markets 
  • Cooling fish in ice baths or maintaing temperatures in aquaculture applications
  • Top icing display cases for wholesale and retail distribution

Helpful Technical Information


Use the Capacity Calculator below to size the correct ice maker for your project. Download helpful brochures, specification sheets, and other technical data in our Resources Library.

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