ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - Jul 21, 2015) - Argosy Foodservice, a leading foodservice equipment manufacturer in the frozen dessert and beverage industry, today announces its expansion into the vending market through its latest machine, Argosy Ice. The brand will target the retail and foodservice space and feature the Dual Vend 500, a patented vending machine uniquely designed to dispense fresh, purified ice and water, as the first product in the new line.
Today, the majority of retail locations that sell ice, purchase it through an ice distributor. This ice is dispensed out of a machine, bagged, loaded onto a truck and then delivered to the retailer to be stored in an ice chest where customers can purchase it. The DV500 water and ice vending machine eliminates the possibility of customers purchasing bags of ice that have been sitting in a chest for extended times. The machine also reduces the number of people that handle the ice to zero. This improves the quality of the ice and prevents it from degrading due to shifting temperatures in the delivery truck and the storage unit.
While Argosy Foodservice is primarily known for its innovations in the soft serve, frozen dessert and beverage space, the company has identified a simplified and efficient technology for dispensing ice.
"The DV500 stands alone in the ice vending space because of the ice dispenser design within the machine. Our patented Versa-Vend rotating drum system has only one moving part, making our machine the most reliable in the industry," says Raphael Doromal, CEO of Argosy Foodservice. "Since vending machines are designed to operate and make money 24 hours a day, any downtime the machine experiences due to failed moving parts reduces the overall revenue production. The DV500 does not use complex mechanical agitators, chain drives, cogs or augers, and reduces the number of moving and wearable parts found in traditional ice vending designs."
In addition to the Versa-Vend dispensing system, the DV500 is able to hold 500 pounds of ice before it needs to create more. The machine offers water vending as a standard option including a Five Stage Ultra Purification System and uses an operator-friendly keycard access. The DV500 operates on a remote monitoring system, which is a web-based monitoring and management system that provides the telemetry data to simplify managing multiple machines in one account.
Although the Argosy Ice and Water vending machine offers industry leading features and reliability, the intuitiveness of the value engineered design also offers a significantly lower price-point than any other ice vend machine on the market.
For more information about Argosy Foodservice, visit http://argosyfoodservice.com/.