An Easier Way to Assess Ice Melting Performance

Cargill announces ingredient disclosure on packaged ice melters to help users substantiate performance claims.

Cargill is helping buyers make better purchasing decisions by disclosing product ingredients—as well as the percentages of all melting ingredients—on its Diamond Crystal ice melter packaging.

The disclosure is part of a broader effort Cargill is undertaking to inform buyers and users about ingredient performance, based on established Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) test data. This data, combined with ingredient disclosure, enables a buyer to evaluate and verify product claims and performance.

“Purchase criteria such as minimum ice melt temperatures, as well as understanding melting ingredients and their capabilities, are crucial in order to make the correct and best ice melter buying decision. Without this information, buyers are left to make purchase decisions without knowing the exact makeup of the ice melting product they choose,” says Bob O’Connell of Cargill Salt. “We at Cargill know that the most important information should be included on our Diamond Crystal ice melter packaging, with additional information made accessible on our website and in product literature.”

New Diamond Crystal GreenMelt Ice Melter

The new Diamond Crystal GreenMelt blended ice melter is the first Cargill ice melter to include ingredient amounts and percentages clearly on the package; this information is gradually being introduced product by product during the 2010-2011 season.

The new GreenMelt ice melter now works down to -5 degrees Fahrenheit and is tinted green for easy-to-see coverage on ice and packed snow. It offers a commercial strength blend of fast-acting calcium chloride and extended-action sodium chloride for a more economical one-two punch than calcium chloride alone. This combination gives sidewalk and parking lot crews a critical 20-minute jump-start from the calcium chloride, coupled with 60-plus minutes of extended melting action from the sodium chloride.

The new GreenMelt ice melter rounds out Cargill’s complete line of packaged deicing products. Buyers and users can now choose from the following products: Diamond Crystal Winter Melt Ice Melter; Diamond Crystal Dyn-O Melt Ice Melter; Diamond Crystal Glacier Melt Ice Melter; Diamond Crystal GreenMelt Ice Melter; and Diamond Crystal Flash Melt Ice Melter.