Innovation in the FIBC Industry

Innovation in the FIBC Industry

The FIBC industry is continually evolving in response to the changing requirements of end users. As the industry evolves, so do the products offered by vendors. At National Bulk Bag, we are continually excited by the new and refined products entering the market. Many of these product innovations offer promising benefits for specific industries and use cases.

However, one of the most surprising and welcome trends is where the innovation is coming from in the industry: overseas suppliers. Over the years National Bulk Bag has cultivated a chain of overseas suppliers by vetting them, visiting their facilities, and continually seeking innovators. These suppliers have enabled us to offer new and exciting products to end users around the country.


Local Distributors, Overseas Suppliers

As the industry has continued to expand, so have the industries and applications that use bulk bags in their everyday operations. The increase in applications and users has led to a corresponding increase in demand for quality overseas suppliers (as overseas suppliers are the dominant players in bag manufacturing – check out this article: However, not all US-based distributors properly vet their overseas suppliers often leading to a significant product quality difference from distributor to distributor.

One of the largest indicators of the quality of an individual manufacturer is their facilities. Are the bags your distributor is selling coming from modern facilities? Are they being kept up to date? Are they following ethical and safe practices? Because the distributors and local and suppliers are overseas, it’s more important than ever that your distributor vets their suppliers.

Another major indicator of a quality that we’ve observed and is the subject of this blog is innovation. Quality suppliers are constantly innovating. How are they doing this? What evidence is there of this innovation? Let’s explore.


Innovation In the Industry

At National Bulk Bag, we’ve seen our quality vetted overseas distributors start to drive innovation on their own. No longer are new bag types tailored to specific applications being completely driven by the custom bag demands alone. Innovation in the industry is now being led largely by these overseas suppliers making key advancements to increase the applications where these bags can be effective.

Let’s take a look at some examples of specific bags offered by our suppliers:

  1. Food and Pharmaceutical Grade Bags
  2. Flame Retardant Bags
  3. Tamper Proof and Security Bags
  4. UV Resistant Bags


As Always, Talk to Your Local Distributor

As you read this article, did you know about these various innovations in the industry? If not, it may be a good time to talk to your local distributor. Are they vetting their overseas suppliers for the discussed criteria? Bulk bags are an extremely flexible product that can be used for many applications, however, not all bags are created equally. It’s more important than ever to make sure your local distributor is doing their due diligence.



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November 03, 2020

Categories: Bulk Bags

About the Author: Jenny Rosa

Jenny Rosa is an Account Manager for the industrial bag division of Rapid Packaging and National Bulk Bag. She received her Associates Degree from St. Cloud State University and was previously a researcher at JNR Adjustment.

Jenny's background at Rapid includes starting in Customer Service in 2015 and making the transition to sales in 2017. Her background in CS has helped her enjoy finding whole packaging solutions. This includes picking out stock options for short term use, to creating custom solutions unique to individual business and industries.

In her free time Jenny enjoys going to concerts - particularly country, pop and rock. She is a die-hard Minnesota Vikings fan and enjoys canning her own food in the fall (her favorite is homemade spaghetti sauce).

Jenny is National Bulk Bag's resident food-grade specialist. This includes but is not limited to pet food, nuts and legumes, and ready-to-eat foods. She understands in depth the stringent rules facing the food industry as a whole and is an expert at helping food companies find the right bag for their product and application. She also has extensive knowledge of woven polypropylene, BOPP, polyethylene, and textile bags.

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