When purchasing or renting a soft serve machine for your ice cream shop, restaurant, or other business, you will have to decide whether or not you want a pump or gravity-fed machine.
It is important to know the difference! Depending on your situation, one may work better for your needs than the other.
So what are the differences? The main difference is how your mix is fed into the cylinder.
Gravity Fed Machines - With these the mix is fed into the cylinder using... Gravity! It is fed through a tube down into the freezing cylinder. It does this with a fixed air ratio of about 30%. Meaning that you will have a 30% ice cream overrun (30% extra ice cream compared to the mix.
Pump Fed Machines - These have a pump in the hopper which feeds the mix into the freezing cylinder so that you can control the amount of air you want. This way you can control the amount of overrun you have in each batch, oftentimes by up to 80%.
Even though upon first glance of overrun production, it may appear that a pump machine is superior, this is not always the case. Each type has advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of gravity-fed machines:
• More affordable
• Easier to use
• Easier to clean
• Easier to maintain
• Fewer Parts
• Ice cream has a stronger more intense flavor
Disadvantages of Gravity Fed Machines
• Less ice cream overrun
• Ice cream is not as soft or creamy
• Slower at making ice cream
Advantages of pump machines
• Ice cream is creamier and has more texture
• Larger amounts of overrun
• Makes ice cream faster and more efficiently
• Better for high-demand shops
Disadvantages of pump machines
• More expensive
• Harder to clean
• More difficult to use
• More parts in use
Your decision really boils down to two main things.
If your sales volume is high and you need to make a larger amount of ice cream, then you want a pump machine. If you are a small business that wants to add some extra revenue with soft serve, go with a gravity machine.
PASMO offers both gravity and pump-fed machines so that you can get the best fit for your business. If you would like to order a top-of-the-line PASMO soft serve machine, please call us at 1-844-52-PASMO
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Is a frozen drink machine worth it for your business?
A better question might be... Do you want to increase profitability and decrease production times? The answer to that is surely yes!
In 2021 the frozen drink market was valued at well over $50 million and is growing at an annual growth rate of 6% per year. Frozen drinks are VERY popular with all age groups, especially Gen Z and Millennials. In fact, according to a recent study, almost 70% of Gen Z and 50% of Millennials drink frozen drinks.
Costs and Profitability
While a frozen drink machine may initially set you back a few thousand dollars, the ROI per machine is high and profitability is achieved quickly. On average frozen drinks have a profit margin of 65-70% and depending on the capacity of your machine and how many drinks you serve per day... You can become profitable in no time.
The PASMO 728 is a high-capacity machine that is always ready and requires ZERO waiting in between drinks. It's the ultimate machine for efficiency and quick profitability.
In general, frozen beverage machines are very low maintenance, parts last for a long time, and replacing parts is a simple process. Combine all of this with a high demand for frozen drinks and you've got another source of reliable income for your restaurant, bar, or dessert shop.
Ease and Convenience
Why do so many people like frozen beverages? Think of it like this: You aren't selling a frozen drink... You are selling Instant refreshing relief from a hot summer day.
In this day and age people (especially the younger generation) are looking for instant gratification. They are less likely to order a frozen drink if they know someone has to spend 10 minutes making it. But the minute a customer spots the familiar window filled with churning slush in a drink machine... They are ready to purchase.
It's a common misconception that frozen beverage machines are "margarita machines" but this just is not the case. Yes, they can produce delicious margaritas on demand, instantly. But they can also do SO much more!
Smoothies, milkshakes, granita, slushies, a multitude of alcoholic drinks, non-alcoholic mocktails, and more.
The PASMO 728 allows for quick and easy changing of flavors and types of drinks so that you can offer whatever you would like without the hassle. Just switch the consistency settings to whatever type of beverage you are serving and viola, you are ready to serve.
If adding another exciting revenue stream to your store sounds like a good idea, visit our website to learn more and get started.