An Environmentally Safer Alternative to Just Using Salt

Why is salt used in the winter time?

Rock salt is economical to purchase in large amounts. It is readily available and is an effective tool for keeping our surfaces clear of ice and snow.  Yet, it is very important to manage the usage in order to reduce the negative impact that rock salt may have on our environment.

Salt can have damaging costs for all of us. As an individual user, it could affect our clothes, shoes, animal friends, lawns, gardens, and vehicles.  As a community it can damage sidewalks, roads, buildings, and bridges and can lead to increased maintenance costs.

Kissner has a solution, but first let’s look at some of the effects of rock salt:

On our urban environment . . .

  • Buildings: outside structures (bricks/concrete/sidewalks), doorways and flooring may become damaged, increasing repair costs.
  • Vehicles (cars/trucks): salt can accelerate rusting, causing damage and increasing repair costs.
  • Clothing: salt can stain and potentially ruin footwear and clothing.

On our natural environment . . .

  • Drinking water sources: damaging sodium and chloride from winter salt eventually makes its way to drinking water wells in some communities.  High chloride levels may make drinking water taste salty.
  • Vegetation (plants/trees/shrubs): if sprayed with salt, vegetation can lose its hardiness to the cold and be killed by freezing temperatures and high salt levels.
  • Wildlife: attracted to salt on or by the road, which increases the threat of collisions with vehicles.
  • Pets: salt trapped on paws can irritate and crack skin.

What is the environmentally safer alternative to salt?

The secret to creating an environmentally safer alternative to salt is the combination of Beet Extract and Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA). Kissner was proud to introduce Ice Beeter™ Responsible in 2015. Ice Beeter™ Responsible is specially formulated with Beet Extract solution and CMA.

Here are some benefits to Beet Extract and CMA:

  • Beet Extract works down to a lower freezing point temperature of -20C, where as rock salt works down to -10C
  • Beet Extract solution gives the salt granulations a tacky coating. This allows the salt to stick to the intended surface, meaning less application of salt, which we know is better for the environment.
  • Beet Extract solution is a farm waste product, which Kissner has repurposed thus giving it an organic label

In addition to the Beet Extract solution, the granulations are combined with Calcium Magnesium Acetate. CMA is a patented chemical formulation from dolomitic lime and acetic acid. CMA is generally used in a solid form and spread on the surface like other de-icers. CMA is used worldwide to answer environmental concerns and solve problems associated with corrosion and concrete spalling.

  • CMA helps reduce damage to vehicles and equipment, as well as other metal surfaces
  • CMA works as an excellent inhibitor, reducing chloride corrosion
  • It is safe for the environment as it has a low toxicity and is biodegradable
  • CMA requires fewer applications

When looking for a safer alternative to rock salt, choose Ice Beeter™ Responsible and keep our environment healthy!



Contact Kissner Milling Company Ltd. today for all of your Ice Melter needs.

148 Manitou Drive, Suite 301, Kitchener, ON N2C 1L3

Phone: 1-800-434-8248 | Fax: 1-877-434-8250




Sugar Processing

From beets to sugar
If you were to measure the time it takes to produce shimmering white sugar crystals from a beet that had just been delivered from the field to the factory, you would be surprised: On average, it takes less than eight hours.

Juice extraction
The beets are sliced into thin strips, preheated in a cossette scalder and are then sent to an extraction tower. Water at 70° Celsius is poured through the device to extract the sugar and produce raw juice. The used cosettes are dried by means of screw presses and hot air.

Juice Extraction

Juice purification
A lime kiln is used to produce the natural substances lime and carbon dioxide, which are added sequentially to the raw juice to bind and precipitate out the non-sugar impurities. A clear, thin juice with a sugar content of about sixteen percent remains.

Juice Purification

The thin juice is concentrated by heating to make a thick golden brown juice with a sugar content of about sixty-seven percent.


The thick juice is boiled until crystals are formed, which are a glowing golden yellow color because they are covered with syrup. The syrup is separated from the crystals in a centrifuge. Hot water is used to rinse off any residual syrup. The remaining sugar crystals are clear as glass, and the light refracted from them is white as snow. This sugar is dissolved and re-crystallized to produce refined sugar – sugar that is extremely pure.


The finished sugar is dried, cooled and stored in silos, and is subsequently withdrawn and further processed or packed. Over eighty percent of the sugar is shipped to the converting industry, which uses it to make confectioneries, beverages, baked goods, etc. Just under twenty percent of the sugar is converted to various types of household sugar and packaged.

All the by-products of this process are returned to the natural cycle. The pressed slices of sugar beet are used as animal feed. The Carbokalk (carbolic lime) that is a by-product of processing the juice is an excellent fertilizer. Visit Südzucker for more information about sugar processing.Sugar Processing

Contact Kissner Group Inc. today for all of your Ice Melter needs.

32 Cherry Blossom Road, Cambridge, ON  N3H 4R7.

Phone: 1-800-434-8248 | Fax: 1-877-434-8250.



The Story Behind Ice Beeter

The Beginning (Volume 1)

Ice Beeter Treated Ice Melter is rock salt specially coated with beet extract. This residue is also known as beet molasses… it is used for production of yeast, medicine and chemicals such as ice melt. Sugar beet fields are easily mistaken for a field of potatoes. Above the ground they appear as only greens. But underneath lies the beet, which is light tan, also like a potato. However, sugar beets are more closely related to a red garden beet.

When it comes time, the farmers harvest all of their sugar beets. Sugar beets are second only to sugar cane for sources of sugar. They are grown from a seed which produces a root, stem and leaves. The actual sugar beet is the root, which contains many cells. Large cells contain water, while small cells contain the sugar.

To extract the sugar from the beet, they are washed and cut into thin slices. These slices are put in hot water which soaks the sugar out and forms syrup. The syrup is then purified, filtered and boiled again. Finally it is dried to sugar, which is packaged and marketed. This is only a brief explanation of the step by step beet sugar process.

Over 60% of United States sugar comes from the sugar beets… however, the rest of the beet is thrown away. That is when the Kissner Group decided to reduce the amount of waste and use the remains of the sugar beets. That is when Ice Beeter Treated was born!


The B-Team (Volume 2)

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While Ice Beeter Treated works hard to keep the cities safe… a large snow storm blows in, bringing -30° weather. Ice Beeter Treated will need some assistance fighting these extremely low temperatures. That is when Ice Beeter Ultimate comes to the rescue! Ice Beeter Ultimate is specially formulated with beet extract and calcium chloride flake, making this an exceptionally powerful ice melt. The snow storm was no match for Ice Beeter Ultimate!

Ice Beeter Treated continues to work hard to keep the cities safe; however, consumers are seeking an environmentally friendly ice melt. Ice Beeter Treated has the perfect solution… that is when Ice Beeter Responsible comes to the rescue! Ice Beeter Responsible is specially formulated with beet extract and calcium magnesium acetate, making this an environmentally benign ice melt. The consumers are happy with their eco-friendly ice melt, Ice Beeter Responsible!

The cities will be safe once again, because nothing beets ice better than… Ice Beeter!

Contact Kissner Group Inc. today for all of your Ice Melter needs…

32 Cherry Blossom Road, Cambridge, ON  N3H 4R7

Phone: 1-800-434-8248 | Fax: 1-877-434-8250