Behind every frozen, delicious cube of Reddy Ice is a company that values consistency, quality, and service above all else. Our nationwide customer base has come to expect the highest standards in product quality, delivery and flexible service options. This commitment to exceptional service is why we are one of America’s leading brands in ice production and manufacturing.
Reddy Ice shares its roots with the 7-Eleven convenience store chain, a business that grew out of the Southland Ice Company. Southland Ice was founded in 1927 and originally included just eight ice plants and 21 retail docks, also currently known as convenience stores.
Demand for ice and other chilled products surged after America’s entry into World War II in late 1941, and Southland Ice expanded its operations by acquiring Oak Farms Diaries and City Ice Delivery Ltd, allowing them to expand their business in ice manufacturing and retail stores
Southland Ice goes public on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 1972. As they continued to acquire various convenience companies and establish 7-Eleven’s nationwide, their packaged ice business was rebranded as Reddy Ice Division, the largest ice operation in the world at that time.
Reddy Ice still stands on our original foundations that made us the company we are today. Since the early 1900’s we have made innovation, exceptional products and outstanding customer service our top priorities. From an industry that was once based on animal power and harvesting ice from nature, to one based on innovative, food grade quality manufacturing methods and distribution logistics, we have always gone above and beyond to ensure we provide the best service and products to our customers.
Homemade ice is generally made from tap water and contains water impurities and can even absorb odors from foods stored in the freezer. That is why homemade ice is cloudy and sometimes has an “off” smell or taste. Reddy Ice products are filtered and produced by the most stringent standards and sanitary conditions. It is tasteless and odorless … we guarantee it.
Reddy Ice produces a wide array of products including cube, block, dry ice and even snow. Cubes are sold in bags varying in size from 5 lb. to 50 lb. Blocks are generally sold in sizes ranging from 10 lb. to 300 lb. Other forms of ice are sold on a per pound basis. All our products and packages are based on the needs and demands of the marketplace and can vary by market. Be sure to contact our Local Sales team for more information on the products we sell near you.
Just like any other manufactured product you feed to your family, ice is food! Just like any food, ice can carry bacteria and impurities. That’s why it’s important that you consider the source of your ice. Reddy Ice produces our ice according to the highest industry standards, following International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for all production and distribution standards, from the water in the factory to the ice in your glass at home.
Visit your nearest neighborhood grocery, convenience, drug, dollar or club store retailer to pick up a bag of ice today! Reddy ice is sold across the nation in a store near you!
Reddy Ice is always looking for new retailers to supply our products to satisfied customers. If you’re “Reddy” to join the Reddy Ice family, contact our Local Sales team to find out how you can sell Reddy Ice today!
To ensure that our water source meets our quality standards, the water used to make our ice is often filtered for use in the ice-making process. We use low micron filtration, carbon filtration, water softeners, ozone generators and reverse osmosis as needed to achieve the proper water quality required to produce a clear product. All of our ice-manufacturing facilities are NSF inspected and certified by the IPIA. This certification requires inspection of more than 50 areas of operations. Rigid adherence to these standards results in a safe, clear, pure tasting product.
Ice should be clear in color as well as odorless and tasteless. When purchasing ice, look for bags that are properly closed and secure (no drawstring ties). The bag should carry the manufacturer’s name and address. Also look for the IPIA symbol. Always be wary of ice whose water source or manufacturing process you’re not familiar with or don’t recognize, and whenever possible make sure to choose Reddy Ice to ensure the best quality.
Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide. It will keep perishable foods colder and longer than traditional ice. It is an excellent refrigerant for shipping, camping and bulk use. Unlike traditional ice that melts into water, dry ice turns into a gas appearing like fog or steam. As a result, dry ice is used for special effects in movies, television, concerts and other special events. Reddy Ice is available in select locations, for availability be sure to contact our Customer Care team.
Bags of ice produced by Reddy Ice can be found at your local grocery & supermarkets, convenience stores, drug & pharmacy stores, discount stores, as well as club stores across United States.
Price of a bag of ice can often vary based a couple of factors - the size of bag purchased, retail store, your location and the current season in your city. Ice is in higher demand during certain seasons and in certain locations and demand will have an impact on ice pricing at the retail level.
Amount of ice depends on the type of event you’re hosting as well as your guest count. BBQ, tailgating, and wedding events require more ice than a simple house party. Nevertheless, here’s an industry average for your reference. If you’d like to cool the drinks (cans or bottles) alone, count for 1 lb. of ice per guest to keep their drinks cold for 6-8 hours. If you’re planning to chill and serve drinks with ice as well, keep aside approximately 2 lbs. of ice per guest for a duration of 6-8 hours.
For your convenience, we have also provided an Ice Calculator tool on our website to help you decide the number of bags of Reddy Ice needed for your special occasion. First, make a selection based on your purpose for using ice - to chill your drinks OR to chill as well as serve your guests. Then, simply enter the number of guests you’re expecting, the type of event, and then click the ‘Calculate’ button. Voila, the number and size of bags would be displayed in the ‘Total Amount of Ice Required’ row.
The FDA considers ice to be a food, so safe storage, handling, and display practices apply. Reddy Ice is proud to ascertain packaged ice of highest caliber since our ice comes with the International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) label, and all our ice products adhere to their strict standards for safety and purity.
If you're buying a bag of ice at a convenience store, and it has been made in the back room and scooped into generic bags, the risk may be higher. Reddy Ice is proud to ascertain packaged ice of highest caliber since our ice comes with the International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) label, and all our ice products adhere to their strict standards for safety and purity.
While ice does not expire, over time, you may notice visual or aromatic changes that can be unappealing. For instance, the ice may crystallize or turn white and/or it might also absorb the aromas of food or other items in your freezer.
Reddy Ice prints the date of production on each bag we fill and you can always expect the highest quality ice when you initially purchase our product.
Yes, ice can be contaminated. Did you know that 10 percent of the bacteria in contaminated water can withstand weeks of freezing? Bacteria and viruses can not only survive on ice cubes, some can even multiply. A study was done at the University of Texas in which Salmonella, E. Coli and Shigella all survived in ice cubes mixed with a cola drink, water and even alcohol - scotch as well as 85-proof tequila. Mishandled ice, due to any reason could be a serious health hazard.
Reddy Ice is proud to ascertain packaged ice of highest caliber since our bags of ice comes with the International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) label, and all our ice products adhere to their strict standards for safety and purity, including having a date of production printed on each bag.
Water has zero calories, so drinking water or ice cannot cause weight gain. We encourage you to add ice cubes to your glass of drinking water. However, please note that this practice might not have a significant impact on weight loss as much as a healthy diet and regular exercise.
There is no scientific proof that “a handful of ice” causes bloating. Cold water or ice is likely to warm up quickly once it reaches the stomach – just like when you swallow a large ice drink. Drinking too much water and having it to cause bloating (“water bloating”) is very unlikely. Moreover, water passes out of the stomach very quickly.
There is no scientific proof that chewing ice causes bloating. As long as you’re not chewing on ice to the exclusion of nutritious foods, it’s unlikely to lead to any nutritional problems.
On the contrary, chewing ice can be used as a tool to prevent over-eating both by keeping your mouth busy and by taking up stomach space that you might otherwise be tempted to fill up with donuts.
Finally, if you are a persistent ice chewer, you should definitely check for anemia. If you’re anemic, your tongue and gums sore or cause a burning sensation in your mouth, which chewing ice can help to relieve. Many people find that if they correct the iron deficiency, the craving for ice goes away.