In all my years at MiniBulk, I can say without hesitation that the coolest part about this job is how often we get to see how everyday products are made right here in Canada. You might be surprised to learn just how many things are made between Tofino and Truro.
Keeping your potatoes high quality and fresh through the shipping process is critically important.
Potatoes are the number one non-grain food crop in the world, due in part to their ease of storage and long shelf life. In fact, according to StatsCan, Canada produced over 4.7 million tonnes of potatoes in 2016 worth $1.2 billion!
By now, everybody knows how strong bulk bags are. Woven polypropylene sewn together by hand can carry 1000 kg loads around the world with ease. Now to the average person, 1000 kgs might sound like the upper limit of what mini-bulk bags can handle. However, there are techniques and building schematics that allow bulk bags to carry 3,000 kilos, or even more! The only problem you might have with a bulk bag that size is having the heavy equipment to move them around.
There’s an old saying in sales when it comes to trying to win new business: “Me too, less five.” Simply put, let us try to imitate what you are doing now for a little less money. While that approach might work for some people, it is certainly not the way business should be done.
Now more than ever, companies are calling, knocking, emailing, texting, blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, Yelping, Pinteresting, flickring, tumblring, YouTubeing, FourSquareing, GooglePlusing, Skypeing, InstaGraming, Redditing, and more. New platforms attempting to achieve age-old sales results while butchering the English language along the way.
The main ingredient used to make bulk bags all over the world is polypropylene. The global market for polypropylene was over $80 billion USD in 2014, with a projected growth rate of almost 7% YoY moving forward.
Why such a huge number?
Well, if you consider how many everyday items are made from that cute little chain of carbon and hydrogen, you will understand why so much of it is produced. Today I want to take a closer look at one of the most versatile building materials on the planet.
There is a lot of confusion surrounding what makes a bulk bag “food grade”.
Off the top of my head, I can think of the following entities that offer guidelines on food grade packaging: AIB (American Institute of Bakers), CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point), ISO 22000 (International Organization for Standardization), BRC (British Retail Consortium), and the latest, GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative).
Grain and Seed Storage Made Easy
Safely storing seed and grain takes many forms depending on your storage quantity, purpose and location. There are many options for seed and grain storage available to producers today, from traditional woven sacks to more modern metal, concrete and plastic containers.
FIBC bulk bags are tough. Period. Two kilograms of properly engineered plastic, sewn together by hand, can safely transport over 2,000 kgs of granular material with ease.
That is an impressive feat of design and manufacturing. In fact, bulk bags are so tough, the industry standard safety ratio is 5:1. That is, a 1,000 kg bag will not fail until a minimum of 5,000 kgs of force have been applied.
Imagine if you could jam 2,500 kgs into your half-ton truck before the wheels come off! However, bulk bags do have two manageable weaknesses, and today we are going to teach you how to get the most out of your bags.
When searching for the best bulk bag solution, price is always one of the key factors in making a final decision.
Let's have a look at what costs are associated with importing bulk bags and how these factors affect your price per bag. Pricing can change month to month, and here's why.
Selecting Packaging that Protects Your Product and Bolsters Your Brand is key to Winning new Customers
The cliché says that you can’t judge a book by its cover, however customers are quick to make judgments about a product by assessing the packaging of any product – books and beyond.