About Us

About Us

The Ice Co Storage and Logistics is the temperature controlled storage and distribution arm of the J Marr Group. It all started in 1860 with Joseph Marr, who had grown into an entrepreneurial fish and ice merchant in Hull. Ice wasn’t so readily available in those days, so it was imported from the glaciers in Norway, or fields were flooded in the UK to form ice, which was harvested as needed.

By 1870 Joseph Marr acquired his first fishing vessel and in the fifteen years that followed purchased a further 6 before moving, with his fleet and many of the team, to Fleetwood in 1896.

In 1908 The Fylde Ice & Cold Storage Company was established and J Marr and Son took some shares. Its purpose was to manufacture ice for fish merchants and crushed ice for trawlers.

By 1927, the demand for cold storage was increasing so Fylde Ice built its first cold store to offer cold storage services to fish merchants.

In 1987, following a trip to America and an entrepreneurial spirit, an ice machine was bought to enable the production of packaged ice for the wholesale and food service market – a big step with no customers, but Party Ice was sold for the first time! Ten years later, The Fylde Ice & Cold Storage Company had become a subsidiary of the now J Marr Ltd and Polarcube in Newark was bought. This allowed for further development of packaged ice manufacturing, and provided an entrance into the retail market.

Continued growth and investment led to the purchase of the site in South Kirkby, West Yorkshire in 2006 and became the Head Office Site. A new ice factory was built, and cold storage services were expanded to third party customers.

A company rebrand and streamline in 2010 split ice manufacturing and cold storage services into their own two separate brands within the J Marr Group, The Ice Co and The Ice Co Storage & Logistics. 

Now, six generations on and with over 20 years’ experience in the supply chain, sister company The Ice Co is Europe’s largest manufacturer of ice products and The Ice Co Storage & Logistics offers bespoke third party cold storage and distribution solutions nationwide.

Group investment, acquisition and improved IT systems means we now operate from 6 sites across the UK, of which 4 are dedicated to cold storage, with over 51,000 pallet spaces and our own modern fleet of temperature controlled vehicles.

Joseph Marr was a young fish and ice merchant in Hull

1860

Joseph Marr acquired his first fishing vessel.

1870

Joseph Marr moved, with his fleet of vessels, to Fleetwood.

1896

The Fylde Ice and Cold Storage Company was founded and J Marr and Son took a share. Here they manufactured ice for fish merchants and crushed ice for trawlers.

1908

Fylde Ice built its first cold store to offer services to fish merchants.

1927

Fylde Ice invested in their ice manufacturing and Party Ice was sold for the first time.

1987

J Marr Ltd bought Polarcube in Newark to develop their ice manufacturing business further into retail.

1997

The site at South Kirkby, West Yorkshire was purchased to build a new ice factory and expand services to cold storage customers.

2006

The above was streamlined and rebranded as The Ice Co for ice manufacturing and The Ice Co Storage & Logistics for temperature controlled storage and distribution services, as 2 brands within the J Marr Group.

2010

The Ice Co Storage & Logistics acquired two dedicated cold storage sites in Glasgow and Wallsend due to continued growth.

2013

The Ice Co is one of Europe’s largest ice manufacturers supplying the UKs major retailers, wholesalers and food service with ice products. Their products can also be found throughout Europe and they have been awarded for their exporting success.


The Ice Co Storage & Logistics has four dedicated cold storage sites across the North of the UK with over 51,000 pallet spaces and nationwide distribution.

Present

Accreditations

We are members of the FSDF and RHA and were a finalist in the Grocer 2011 Awards. We are certified to the BRC Global Standard in Storage and Distribution, including blast freezing and chamber freezing of products. We are certified by the Organic Soil Association.