Want to know the history of ice?
At CUBERS we’ll tell you.
The ancient Greeks and Romans cooled their drinks in summer using winter ice stored in special facilities, although it should be noted that in 3000 BC, the people of Mesopotamia were already storing ice. The Arabs used of snow and ice for preserving, cooling, making ice cream and even for medicinal purposes.
The ice industry began in the Modern Age. Each town had its refrigerator, the well in which a piece of frozen lake was stored, insulated with straw, and sold during the summer in convents, hospitals, barracks…
“Limpio de polvo y paja”: an expression that literally means “dust- and straw-free,” was how ice was expected to reach consumers by Royal Charter. Today, this Spanish expression has taken on a different meaning: receiving something net of taxes or free of charge.
The United States dominated the ice market in the 19th century.
An example: The 240 tons of ice that the American F. Tudor sent from the Hudson River to Havana in 1805.
Artificial ice is made in refrigeration machines invented by J. Gorrie, F. Carré and, above all, the American Linde (1888)..
From ice bars to ice cubes: The first Spanish ice cube company dates back to the late 1970s. In 2002, Hielos de Asturias launched CUBERS.