Manitowoc manufactures ice machines that produce a wide variety of ice types. Cube ice machines, which make both half and full cube ice, are the most common type of machine. Cube ice is great for soft drinks as well as mixed-drinks, as it displaces a lot of liquid and also melts slowly. Flake ice is soft and packs easily, used most often in health care operations and grocery stores. Nugget ice is also referred to as “pearl” ice, and is soft and chewable. It is a customer favorite at restaurants and is also often used in hospital cafeterias.