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  1. UK Ice Rinks - Keeping your Cool

    UK Ice Rinks - Keeping your Cool

    There are between 50-60 permanent ice rinks in the UK, unsurprisingly most of which are internal due to unpredictable and often inclement weather.

     

    Without the aid of year-round cold weather seen by Canada with over 8000 ice rinks (indoor and outdoor), Russia with over 3322 and the US with over 2000, indoor ice rinks in countries such as the UK have one thing in common. Large energy costs. Already crippled by a pandemic, these costs are perilous to the future viability of many of the ice rinks established in the UK today.

     

    To reduce energy output and ultimately save money in their daily operations, the ice rink industry around the world use direct OR indirect refrigeration systems which come with different types of secondary coolant. The principle is that heat can be removed from the ice surface or other sources and carried to a heat reclaimer/exchanger potentially saving energy and money. These systems

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  2. Peacock Salt Non-Corrosive De-icers

    Peacock Salt Non-Corrosive De-icers

    The vast majority of de-icers used within the UK are chloride based primarily due to their cost, and availability however there has been a lot of concern expressed regarding chemicals causing corrosive damage to the transportation infrastructure such as reinforced or prestressed concrete structures and steel bridges. This has led to a higher demand for de-icing products that are less or non-corrosive to the UK’s infrastructure than chloride-based products. This applies to car parks, roads, bridges, railway stations, airports, stately homes, caravan sites…

    • De-icers classed as ‘low corrosive’, offer less or slower corrosive effects on spread and surrounding area (as well as run off) compared to ‘chloride based’ de-icers
    • De-icers classed as ‘non corrosive’, offer corrosion resistant benefits for all/part of the following;
      • Metals / Concrete / Environment /Animals/ Water
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  3. Procoat Vs Standard De-icing Salt: The Benefits

    Procoat Vs Standard De-icing Salt: The Benefits

    At a time when the UK workforce is uncertain whether it should be working from the office or home, businesses need to ensure that they continue their winter maintenance preparations to provide essential health and safety support for every employee at site, even with reduced attendees.
    Added to this confusion, it has been a difficult financial year for most sectors and as such, costs are being scrutinised however short-term savings should not override staff safety or infrastructure protection. Many small businesses, schools and workshops annually order a pallet of brown rock salt or white marine salt and spread on paths, roads, around walkways with no real consideration to what the salt is doing to the long term structural safety of its metal infrastructure.
    Winter maintenance must continue, and paths/tarmac should be put back to black but consider the effects on your metal pipes, metal stairs, outdoor metal seats, cycle shelters and even smoking shelters.

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  4. Salt uses in Aquaculture

    Salt uses in Aquaculture

    Salt has many applications in the fish industry which can primarily be divided into two categories - Aquaculture and Fish Processing. Aquaculture, also known as aquafarming concerns the cultivation of marine or freshwater organisms including fish, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic plants and algae, under controlled conditions. Commercial fishing is the harvesting of wild fish. Fish processing concerns the practices thereafter which prepare them for transportation, storage and consumption, such as pickling and curing.

    In aquaculture, salt is one of the most commonly used drugs and is sometimes referred to as the aspirin of aquaculture. Many forms of salt are used including vacuum salt, rock salt and sea salt in varying grain sizes, sometimes with the inclusion of mineral additives.

    Used properly, salt can serve many purposes in aquaculture such as:

    • Effectively controlling many external parasites including Costia, Epistylis, Trichodina, Chilodonella, and the
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  5. The Benefits of Soft Water and Water Softener Salts

    The Benefits of Soft Water and Water Softener Salts

    Hard water has a high mineral content and is caused by rainwater running through porous limestone, chalk or gypsum rock where the ‘hard’ elements of calcium and magnesium are picked up by the water. Whereas ‘softer’ water is rainwater that falls on non -porous rock like granite and so does not have the high calcium and magnesium content in it.

    Hard water affects a large proportion of homes in the UK and is particularly severe in the South East & East Anglia but affects homes up to the Midlands and beyond. In these areas, residents would undoubtedly benefit from the installation and use of a water softening unit.

    Although there is currently no robust evidence that consumption of hard water causes health issues it is undoubtedly a nuisance and can wreak havoc on skin and hair condition by stripping it of n

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  6. Active Travel during winter: Hot topic, Cold Challenge for Footways and Cycleways

    Active Travel during winter: Hot topic, Cold Challenge for Footways and Cycleways

    The UK government are supporting Councils and Roads Authorities with funding to cater for the population’s re-newed motivation. An increase in Active Travel can have major benefits to the economy, the health and wellbeing of the population and importantly, the environment. Councils and Roads Authorities right throughout the UK are evaluating how best to recoup these benefits for their local communities.

    Vital to the success of these new routes will be ensuring these new footways and cycleways are well maintained throughout the year. At some stage, people will be asking?

    How will we keep frost off the footway?

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  7. Bespoke Mixing & Bagging for Food Industries

    Bespoke Mixing & Bagging for Food Industries

    Peacock Salt have been producing bespoke cures and mixes for use in food production for over 20 years. Aswell as a wide range of off-the-shelf food grade salts, peppers and sugars, we have the facilities to create bespoke cures and mixes to your measurements and specifications.
    We currently manufacture mixes used in the production of bacon, ham, cured meats, cheeses and for pickling, smoking & curing fish products such as smoked salmon and mackerel.
    An established supplier of salts, sugars and food production chemicals to industry, we likely already have the products in stock required to produce your specific mix and if not we will source it for you. Products such as PDV salt, demerara sugar and various nitrites and nitrates required for both slow and rapid curing processes. We also have the expertise to recommend products based on your requirements.

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  8. The Magic of Dead Sea Salt

    Dead Sea Bath Salt

    The Dead Sea is actually not a sea but a salt lake more than 15 million years old. Located on the border between Jordan and Isreal it has a salinity of 34.2%, 10 times more than ordinary seawater making it one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. It is named so as the harsh environment means, save for few microorganisms and algae, the lake is almost completely devoid of life.

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  9. COVID-19 UPDATE

    COVID-19 UPDATE

    Since the beginning of the public health threat we have been working to ensure that here at Peacock Salt we have the resilience to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our people, while continuing to be fully available to meet the needs of our clients around the UK.

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  10. Peacock Salt Past. The Ghost Ship Brought Back to Life.

     

    Pictured here is the three-masted wooden barque Marion G. Douglas, which loaded a cargo of timber at a Gulf of St.Lawrence port and brought it most of the way across the Atlantic without a crew. She was one of a number of soft-wood sailing ships built in Nova Scotia soon after the First World War for the short term job of carrying Canadian timber to the U.K. while shipping was in short supply. J.C. Peacock & Co were the owner's agents in this country.

    Soon after clearing the Gulf, the Marion G. Douglas ran into heavy weather and, being driven on by her tough Newfoundland skipper, began to make water fast. When her pump broke down, her inexperienced crew would have no more of it and, when a steamer hove in sight, left her, taking the protesting skipper with them. Lloyds reported her "abandoned at sea in a sinking condition", but two months later she appeared off the Old Head of Kinsale, Southern Ireland. She was boarded by fishermen from St. Mary's Bay in the Scilly Isles whoe sailed her there and pumped her out. She was then in reasonable condition and only had a tear in one of her sails. John Ormond Peacock sent out a tug to tow her to Glasgow and she arrived there on 31st December, 1919, with the salvage crew on board and her cargo intact. After drydocking and caulking, she was chartered by the company for a cargo of china clay from Fowey to Italy, the Charter Party for which is reproduced. She had crossed the Atlantic quite unmanned, waterlogged, but floating on her cargo.

     

    - An extract from 'The Peacock Story', 1974

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