Brett Sorensen

About Brett Sorensen

Brett is Senior Vice President & General Manager at National Bulk Bag.
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All About Product Density

There is a lot of misinformation about FIBCs on the internet. If you’ve read our blog in the past, you probably know this as we’ve talked about it before. However, we feel it’s important to bring it up in the context product density as there is a lot of bad info regarding this topic. Hopefully this post will help address some of that and set the record straight.

June 06, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bags

What are Breathable Bulk Bags?

A lot of time is spent at National Bulk Bag answering questions from buyers. We get a ton of questions ranging anywhere from FIBC construction to specific questions about the many different applications of bulk bags. However, the specific question of “what are breathable bulk bags?” is of particular interest because it has many facets. It’s not as simple to say, “this bag is breathable and this one is not”. There are lots of things to consider that we will examine in this post.

What Are SQF Bulk Bags and When Do You Need Them?

Today’s consumers are more conscious than ever about the quality of the food they eat.  To ensure these expectations are met, many in the food supply chain industry require verification from their vendors and suppliers that they are consistently practicing proper food safety and quality measures.

February 05, 2018

Categories: Food Grade Bulk Bags

What are Polypropylene Liners? (not polyethylene liners!)

The use of FIBC liners has significantly increased as bulk bags are used with increasing frequency in the food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries.  This has created the need for better information on what liner to use with what products and applications.

December 27, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bag Liners

FIBC Bulk Bag 101: Types of Bag Bottom Closures Explained

FIBC Bulk bags have proven to be effective for storing and transporting a variety of products and materials and have also gained a reputation for being a versatile bulk packaging option. One customizable feature of flexible intermediate bulk containers is the bag’s bottom closure. With multiple bottom closure options, bags can be customized to fit your specific application and operation.

December 18, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bag Construction

3 Advantages of Using FIBC Bulk Bags in Landscaping

Transporting topsoil or other landscaping products can be a cumbersome process for landscaping companies. Many landscaping businesses simply have a dump truck drop the soil/mulch/etc. on the property owner’s front yard or in the driveway. Although some weekend gardeners may need large quantities of fresh topsoil (5-10 cubic yards or a full truckload) or other landscaping products, not all gardeners have the ability to utilize that much product on a given week/weekend. Plans may change, weather may change and before you know it your clients have a wet pile of mud or mulch on their driveway[...]

November 20, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

How to Select the Right FIBC Bulk Bag for your Agricultural Operation

When determining the optimal Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (FIBC), it is extremely important to do your homework and ask the right questions. With varying safe working loads (SWL), sizes, and cubic foot capacities, there are a lot of options to sift through. Being prepared with the right questions and having basic research completed before you speak with a FIBC professional can expedite your buying process and ensure that you get the optimal bag for your application.

October 19, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

Jumbo Bags: Perfect for The Malting Industry

Bulk bags (also known as Jumbo Bags) have proven to be effective for storing and transporting a variety of products and materials, but a new use for these versatile woven polypropylene bags has recently emerged. With the explosion of the craft brew industry in the last 10 years, a demand for specialty malted barley has increased exponentially causing malters to look for a better way to transport their product to their customers.

September 22, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

Common Filling Equipment for FIBC Big Bags

There are many different ways to fill FIBC big bags in your facility. One of the most common and practical ways is using specialized filling machines designed to make filling bulk bags clean, efficient, and safe.

September 12, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bags

What Impacts FIBC Jumbo Bag Lead Times?

Almost all FIBC jumbo bags are sourced overseas. What does that mean? It means that no matter what US-based distributor your organization purchases jumbo bags from, more than likely they are coming from overseas. That means your lead times are going to be impacted by the production and shipping processes associated with each plant. This is important to note as it is critical in the planning and production of projects that use FIBC jumbo bags.

August 25, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bags

UN Certified Bulk Bags: Rigorous Testing Procedures (Part 1 of 2)

Transporting and storing hazardous materials presents unique challenges as well as stricter regulations. These increased regulations coupled with the hazardous nature of the products being stored and transported require a specialty FIBC product: UN Certified Bulk Bags. 

Specialty Bulk Bags: FIBC Big Bags with Sift Resistant Seams

Bulk bags are an extremely versatile bulk packaging option. If the material/product is dry and flowable, you can store or transport in these amazing bulk packaging bags.

All About Woven Polypropylene Bags

Advances in synthetic polymers over the years have given rise to new innovative materials with a wide variety of applications. One such polymer, called polypropylene, has been particularly useful in the packaging industry.

5 Reasons Why You Should Use FIBC Bags for Transporting Your Product

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) are a fantastic option for transporting and storing dry flow-able products. If you are currently exploring new methods for transporting and storing your dry flow-able product, here are five reasons why you should consider using FIBC bags.

March 21, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bags

Choosing a Pharmaceutical Grade FIBC Bulk Bag Supplier

Adhering to strict procedures and quality standards to protect against contamination is a never-ending job in the pharmaceutical industry. It requires discipline and attention to detail during every step of the process from manufacturing to packing, handling and transportation.  

5 Things to Look For When Choosing a FIBC Supplier

You’re going to have a lot of options when choosing a FIBC bulk bag supplier. Locally and nationally there are a lot of suppliers with a multitude of products and solutions. Having suppliers compete for your business helps you get quality products at a fair price. However, how do you know if you’re getting a fair price or a quality product?

February 08, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bags

Safe FIBC Handling Guidelines - Storing Empty & Full Bulk Bags

When storing empty and full FIBCs, it is imperative to follow safe use guidelines set forth by the manufacturer, your supplier, as well as the Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Association also known as FIBCA.

January 23, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bag Safety

Food Grade FIBCs: BRC Certification

When transporting and storing food grade products with FIBCs (flexible intermediate bulk containers), it’s important to have safe and secure bags that meet the strict requirements set forth by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration), and to purchase them from a supplier whose bags are manufactured in a BRC certified facility. BRC meets the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) standards.

December 30, 2016

Categories: Food Grade Bulk Bags

Reuse and Recycle Guidelines for FIBC Bulk Bags

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) – also known as bulk bags – are cost effective and environmentally friendly alternatives to other large containers because of their potential to be used multiple times as well as be recycled. But how do I know when I can reuse my bags? If I can recycle them, how and when can I recycle them? Let’s review the guidelines of bag reuse as well as outline when and how you can recycle your bags.

December 26, 2016

Categories: Bulk Bags

3 Key Benefits of Switching from Gaylord Boxes to Bulk Bags

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers and Gaylord boxes are popular for storing and transporting products and materials such as loose parts, granular materials, powders, and even liquids. But how do I know which option is right for me?

December 16, 2016

Categories: Bulk Bags

Download our Product Weight Guide & FIBC Volume Calculator

Product Weight Guide and FIBC Volume Calculator

Download our Product Weight Guide and FIBC Volume Calculator to help you determine how much weight a specific bag will hold.


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