As the FIBC industry grows and expands into different industries, the use cases expand as well. This is a testament to the flexible nature of bulk bags and the various construction types that are available. This flexible nature allows bulk bags to be used in applications one could never anticipate 5-10 years ago.
Companies and users are constantly finding new ways to use bulk bags as the FIBC industry continues to develop and expand into new markets and industries. At National Bulk Bag, we are continually amazed at the conversations we have with current and prospective customers about their innovative product and/or application uses. It’s a testament to not only the ingenuity of end-users but also the flexible and versatile nature of woven polypropylene bags.
At National Bulk Bag, we address a variety of industry applications and product needs. The organics industry which includes but isn’t limited to food, hemp, and other agricultural products category presents perhaps the greatest set of unique requirements and challenges. This is primarily driven by the fact that these materials are grown in the ground and when harvested have shelf lives. The longer these perishable items spend between harvest and processing, the greater the risks for contamination and spoiling.
As the hemp and biomass industry continues to grow in the US, a diverse field of growers and farmers is also emerging. With this diversity comes different needs, challenges, and day-to-day operations. One of the more defining characteristics of each individual operation is the size. The size of an operation impacts so much of the other parts of the business. Everything from growing, processing, storage and transportation – all of these things are impacted by the size of an operation in some way.
The hemp industry in the United States is growing fast and creating tons of new jobs and opportunities in the process. With that rapid growth has come with a rush of new entrepreneurs, growers, and processors. However, specific challenges related to the handling, packing, transportation, and storage of hemp as a product have also come with this rapid industry growth.
In 2018, the revamped Farm Bill directed the US Department of Agriculture to establish a national regulatory framework for hemp production in the United States – essentially clearing the path for the legalization of growing hemp across the country. The USDA took that direction and established an interim final rule that outlines provision for the USDA to approve plans submitted by the states for domestic production.
If you’ve been following the National Bulk Bag blog, then you’ll know we’ve been covering the industrial hemp industry a lot recently. We’ve covered why flexible intermediate bulk containers are a great fit for the industry and which specific bags are a good fit for use. However, we haven’t talked much about the specific features that make certain FIBCs a better fit and why. If you’re in these industries, this post is for you. It is our hope that we can help guide you in your purchasing decision and aid you in your quest to find the right bag for your product and application.
If you’ve been following our blog recently, you know we’ve been discussing the growing business of industrial hemp and cannabis and how bulk bags are a great fit for the various products and applications within. However, we haven’t really dived into what types of FIBCs buyers in those industries should be looking to purchase. There are so many types of bag construction and different ways to customize the bags it can be downright confusing when first researching. In our second installment in our industrial hemp and cannabis series, we discuss what bag features to look for.
At National Bulk Bag, we pride ourselves in noticing trends in the industry. We also take pride in making sure we take notes on these trends and talk about them with our current and potential customers. That brings us to the latest trend we are seeing: the growing use of bulk bags in the hemp and cannabis industries. Let’s discuss.
Storing and transporting food products such as pet food can be difficult. If your pet food product is food grade, you must mitigate increased regulations. Even if your product isn't food grade, you are constantly trying to prevent moisture exposure and contamination of your product. No matter what method you choose to transport you pet food product, it's extremely important to select the option that:
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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[...]
If you own and/or operate a construction operation, you know how tough it is to find a bulk container that is easy to use, easy to move, cost-effective, and something that your workers can depend on. Many construction sites continue to use large, hard to move steel bulk containers to dispose of large amounts of debris and various construction materials.
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.
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.