Biz Kids: Turning iceberg ice into cold, hard cash
N.L. kid has made thousands selling bergy bits to tourists
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Logan Humby needs three freezers to keep the cash flowing this summer.
That’s because the 11-year-old from Newfoundland is in the ice business — iceberg ice, to be exact .
Icebergs are giant pieces of ice that have broken off a glacier or ice shelf in the Arctic and floated out to sea.
Logan started selling iceberg ice to tourists in his community of St. Lunaire-Griquet for $5 a bag two years ago.
This year he decided to step it up a notch.
“We’re making snow cones,” Logan said.
“We had a little bit of ice left and it wasn't enough to put up in a bag, so we decided to make snow cones."
His first year in business, Logan Humby managed to make enough money to buy a dirt bike. (Logan’s Bergy Bits/Facebook)
Logan made around $200 his first year in business, which he used to buy a dirt bike.
The next year, he made around $3,000.
He spent that money on a machine that crushes ice for snow cones.
Logan’s next goal? To buy a Ski-Doo.
Logan invested some of the money he made in a machine that crushes the iceberg ice so he can make snow cones. (Logan’s Bergy Bits/Facebook)
So, how does a kid get his hands on iceberg ice in the first place?
Logan has his father and grandfather to thank for that.
"They go out in speed boat and find pieces of ice and they chops it off and brings it in," he said.
Logan keeps the ice in three freezers — in a shack, a shed and his house — until he needs more.
Then he sells it at a roadside stand.
Logan says he gets a pretty good reaction from tourists passing through.
"They think it's cool a little kid is selling stuff," he said.
A local group that supports young entrepreneurs called Youth Ventures also thinks it’s pretty cool.
They gave Logan an award last summer celebrating excellence in arts and tourism.
Icebergs are big pieces of ice that have broken off glaciers that took thousands of years to form. (Peter Cowan/CBC)
Most of the icebergs that end up off the coast of Newfoundland come from the glaciers of Greenland, which took thousands of years to form, according to the province’s tourism department.
About 40,000 icebergs break off from those glaciers each year.
Iceberg ice is totally safe to eat, according to Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism’s website, and it’s made from fresh water so it isn’t salty.
With files from the St. John’s Morning Show/CBC N.L.