ice is food

Higher Quality, Safer Packaged Ice

The International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) is an association of over 400 packaged ice manufacturers and distributors with locations across North America with a mission to promote superior business practices for the packaged ice industry.

In Canada, the Canadian Ice Association (CAII), a chapter of the IPIA, has taken steps to advance packaged ice safety.

Not all packaged ice is the same.

Microbiological quality and handling practices of ice served in select downtown Toronto food premises.

our history

History of the Canadian Ice Association

James Fairhead founded the Springwater Ice Company in 1876 to cut ice from Lake Simcoe because the water was so clean and pure. The name of his company was changed in 1894 to the Lake Simcoe Ice and Fuel Company.

Belle Ewart Ice Company was founded in 1891 by Elias Chapman and was bought by Lake Simcoe Ice in 1906. Knickerbocker Ice was founded in 1894 by Willliam Burns and bought by Lake Simcoe Ice in 1914. These companies all cut ice from Lake Simcoe following the success of James Fairhead.

upcoming events

2024 Convention & Trade Show

Mark your calendar for the 107th IPIA Annual Convention & Trade Show in Huntington Beach, CA!

November 12-14, 2024

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

Online attendee registration to open July 2024!


The CAII is proud to be a member of the IPIA

The IPIA’s mission is for our members to provide the retailer and consumer with a safe, high-quality, consumable food product.

IPIA members recognize that ICE IS A FOOD and meet mandatory safe packaged ice accreditation standards.

The CAII is proud to be a member of the Food and Beverage Ontario

The CAII is proud to be a member of the Food & Beverage Atlantic


Associate Members of the Canadian Packaged Ice Association

The packaged ice industry in canada

Ice...(is still) the forgotten food

Every food code in Canada and the U.S. defines ice as a food yet there is little oversight over packaged ice.

As a food product, packaged ice is not only important for consumers maintaining today’s active lifestyle and health, but also critical for food processing and emergency relief operations. Ice…the Forgotten Food is a slogan borrowed from the International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA). The IPIA has used this slogan for many years in an attempt to draw the attention of all government officials, both Canadian and U.S., and to develop legislation that creates food safety standards for the packaged ice industry.

The finished document was approved for implementation in the spring of 2005 at a meeting in Ottawa.

The Role of the IPIA

The IPIA, founded in 1917, is an association of over 400 packaged ice manufactures and distributors with locations in North America that serves all provinces in Canada and states in the US.

Food Safety Program

In the fall of 2002, the CAII was approached by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to fund the writing of a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) food safety program for the packaged ice industry.

Safer Packaged Ice

We discussed the many food safety aspects of processing and producing packaged ice including water quality, the freezing process, the packaging, the warehousing and the distribution of the end product.

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