Metro/Manatee Ice Co

Metro/Manatee Ice Co Maintaining a stock of ice is easy when you order what you need from Manatee/Metro Ice Co. For more than 110 years, Manatee/Metro Ice Co in Bradenton, Florida, has been the go-to ice distributor for individuals throughout the area, including Sarasota.

A locally and family-owned business, we're readily available to meet all your ice needs from our historic location in one of the area's oldest buildings.

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The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival held annually in Heilongjiang Province, China is the largest gathering of its kind in the world. In the area known as Ice and Snow World, illuminated buildings are made from ice blocks taken from the Songhua River.


There are some handy ways to keep your ice from melting fast in your cooler. Before you dump your ice in, try lining your cooler with aluminum foil. The reflective surface can actually keep the container cooler and keep your ice from melting as fast as it would.


When you don't have time to get to our location, don't worry. We're happy to schedule an ice delivery to ensure you receive the ice you need. Deliveries are available to Bradenton, Sarasota, Arcadia, Palmetto, and surrounding areas.


Interestingly, ice expands as it freezes, retaining the same mass while taking up around 9 percent more space. This means that ice is quite a bit less dense than water (meaning its molecules are spaced farther apart), which is why ice cubes float.


Back before ice makers were invented, ice had to be harvested. Even after commercial ice machines were invented in the late 1800s, ice was still harvested from lakes and ponds for use in refrigerators and other uses well into the 1900s.


Have you ever wondered why ice is slippery, even when the ice is well below the freezing point? This is because you’re not actually slipping on ice, but rather an ultra thin layer of water. Just the temperature of your feet is enough to melt some of the ice you may be standing on, causing the slick water surface to form.


If you're planning a cocktail party and wondering about how much ice you'll need per person, party planners recommend allocating a minimum of 4 pounds of ice for each guest.


In the last century, what was the main human use for ice? If you guessed that it was mainly used to preserve food, you're right. An "ice box" was somewhat different from a modern refrigerator. It was a chiller outfitted with a large block of ice to help keep perishable items colder longer.


It is always best to get the date for your special event and required sculpture reserved as soon as possible. Some holiday dates fill up quickly and although some sculptures can be made in very little time, no one wants to be disappointed.


Whether you need packaged or blocked ice for an event or want to keep your home or business fully stocked, Manatee/Metro Ice Co in Bradenton, Florida, has you covered. Simply stop by our location or schedule an ice delivery and you'll have the ice you need.


For more than 110 years, Manatee/Metro Ice Co in Bradenton, Florida, has been the go-to ice distributor.


Commercial ice makers today generally produce 3 main types of ice - flakes (shaved ice), tubular (the little pellets available in some ice machines), and plate (regular cubes). Which kind is most appropriate for your event?


Prior to ice becoming commercially available in the mid 1800s, food preservation was done using a wide range of methods including; salting, spicing, smoking, pickling and drying. The need for more effective food preservation motivated the discovery of refrigeration.


When Frederick Tudor of Boston first shipped ice to places like Martinique and Cuba, his entire shipment melted. Then he learned that if the ice was tightly packed with sawdust – instead of straw – much more of the ice survived.


Some ice sculptures are clear and some are cloudy. This depends on how the ice that is being used was made. More time spent circulating the water during the freezing process, in addition to using the best quality water, makes for a clear block of ice.


Placing beverage bottles or cans in a large tub of ice is a convenient way to serve party drinks. Wondering how much ice you should have on hand per case of beer or soda? Plan on about 20 pounds per case.


For a barbecue on a hot summer’s day, everybody is going to want to have a drink from your nice cold cooler. However, if you want to make sure your ice doesn’t melt fast, make sure to close the lid of your cooler when you’re not grabbing a cold one.


Though ice is scientifically classed as a mineral, the Federal Food and Drug Administration classifies it as a food product.


If you need your ice to melt more slowly, then you would choose half cube ice over shaved or nugget ice. This type of ice is able to keep a drink cold for a long period of time without watering it down.


When you’re having a wedding, ice may be one of the last things you consider in your planning. Whether you prefer cubed ice or crushed ice, we’re always happy to help you out in a hurry.


Before the invention of artificial refrigeration in the early 20th century, ice was harvested every winter and stored in large ice houses. The ice was then sold to shippers of fresh fish, meat and produce.


Did you know that ice covers 10 percent of the Earth’s land mass? It also forms 7 percent of the ocean. In fact, ice in clouds is made up of very small, light-refracting ice bubble. This is the same concept in manmade ice cubes, which are made of water that gets aerated as it is poured.


To keep food cool in an ice chest using dry ice, we recommend placing the dry ice on the bottom of the cooler, and setting the food on top of the ice. To keep food frozen, place the food beneath the dry ice in the cooler.


In the early 19th century, ice became popularized around the world thanks to the efforts of Bostonian entrepreneur Frederic Tudor. In 1805, Tudor launched his business by harvesting ice from a local pond and shipping it to Martinique.


Dry ice isn't actually frozen water. What is it? If you guessed that dry ice is a solid form of carbon dioxide, you're right. This type of ice is sometimes used as a temporary refrigerant.


Early tools for ice cutting were the ax, the scraper, the ice saw, and the breaking off bar - all powered by human labor. After 1900, the horse-drawn ice marker and ice plow came into use and by 1918, the power field saw was introduced.


Are you planning an event or celebration, but are not sure how much ice you will need? Let our experienced professionals help. We will discuss different aspects of the event (number of attendees, time of day, length of celebration, and use), and make recommendations based on those numbers.


While your freezer may have an ice maker, many home models lack the capacity to create as much ice as you may need for your next family gathering. Let us help you keep all your drinks cool.


When Frederic Tudor, the inventor of the modern ice industry, decided to ship ice from New England to the Caribbean in the early 1800s, he couldn’t find a ship. After every ship owner he asked rejected his odd cargo, Tudor refused to give up and invested in his own ship instead.


During the early days of ice distribution, ice was cut in huge blocks from frozen lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers and stored in icehouses until it was time to ship it. Clipper ships would transport it to various locations around the globe.


How did people store food before ice was readily available? Historians say it was common to have food wrapped and placed in cool lakes or springs nearby, hoping to slow down the natural spoiling effects.


An ice sculpture in a controlled, 70 degree environment (the average temperature inside a home or event venue) will generally last for around 5-7 hours. For outdoor events, it is obviously best to put your sculpture out of direct sunlight!


The ice that you get from your ice distributor will be sanitary when it arrives, so you’ll want to make sure it stays that way. Only handle the ice with clean, non-breakable items like tongs or scoops. Store the ice in clean containers, and don’t touch it with dirty hands or glasses.


Did you know that in old fashioned ice boxes, the melted ice was caught in a drip pan underneath the unit, and every morning, the local Ice Man would come by with another chunk of ice? Depending on where you lived, ice could cost as little as 4 cents a pound.


Full cub ice measures seven-eighths of an inch all the way around and resembles a cube in shape. The benefit of this type of ice is that it melts slowly and has a lot of surface area, which means it cools beverages quickly and keeps them cold for long periods of time.


808 8th Avenue Dr W
Bradenton, FL

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 16:00
Thursday 07:00 - 16:00
Friday 07:00 - 16:00
Saturday 07:00 - 13:00


(941) 748-6018


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