While bulk packaging has been a mainstay in the food industry for decades, it has recently become popular among individual consumers. These customers show increasing interest in purchasing not only prepackaged bulk foods at club stores and similar outlets but also in obtaining their own containers to buy unpackaged bulk items. Because of this, it’s important to identify a quality food packaging provider like Econo-Pak.

With more than 40 years of experience across the packaging industry, we have the equipment and skill to package bulk foods of nearly any size or quantity. These characteristics let us efficiently and consistently meet precise specifications while adhering to high standards of quality and safety.

What Is Bulk Packaging?

Bulk packaging is ideal for large-scale transportation and storage of raw materials and finished products. It provides efficient and safe means of production for various consumer goods. Bulk packaging may be combined with an intermediate bulk container (IBC) and contains as little as 5 gallons of material to as much as 1,000 liters.

Differentiating bulk and non-bulk packaging can be confusing, but the two types of packaging are distinct, and knowing the difference is critical to the distribution of products. While non-bulk packaging can be shipped in small or individually-packaged quantities for consumers, bulk packaging refers to the shipping case of a product, allowing retailers and distributors to purchase an entire case for resale. Packaging in bulk is ideal for foods and other goods sold by weight or quantity and allows consumers to choose the exact amount of product they desire. The packaging is easy to stack, saving warehouse space.

The bulk packaging unit holds a predefined number of products that can be unpacked for consumers to purchase in the quantity desired. It is not the same as wholesale packaging, which can be sold wholesale to consumers and features an appealing package for display in a retail setting. It is primarily a packaging method for manufacturers to deliver products to retailers and wholesalers.

Benefits of Food Packaging

Bulk packaging offers many advantages for both manufacturers and consumers, such as:

  • Cost-Efficiency: Bulk packaging can lower the costs of material and labor associated with storing and transporting smaller packages. Retailers save more money and can pass the savings onto their satisfied customers.
  • Decreased Waste: Bulk packaging allows food to be bundled into a single package, reducing wastes associated with transporting and packaging smaller amounts of product. The consumer and the environment benefit from the decreased material and labor expenditure.
  • Eco-Friendly: Bulk packaging reduces waste and is also reusable, reducing environmental impact. Investing in bulk packaging encourages continuous environmentally friendly decisions, influencing customers to use less packaging and gaining consumer trust by showing the responsible decisions of a retailer.
  • Package Transparency: Bulk packaging is a more transparent choice than retail packaging, where the quality and quantity of products within the package are not apparent. Consumers see exactly what they are getting and can choose the quantity they desire with a bulk package.
  • Versatility: Bulk packaging works well with various food products. We manufacture packaging for a range of sizes and specifications and can find solutions for challenging packaging designs. We offer containers, gusset bags, cartons, flow wraps, and bags in numerous sizes to support various products.

Econo-Pak’s Bulk Packaging Capabilities

Econo-Pak’s large facility’s production space extends to 240,000 square feet and features more than 200 packaging machines to deliver packages of any desired dimension or style. Our more than 900 employees ensure that product turnaround is quick, whether we are providing a solution to a large Fortune 500 corporation or a small family business. We train our employees to be experts in their field and follow the strictest quality and safety standards under our quality assurance program. We exceed FDA guidelines using a HACCP-based quality management system and maintain gluten-free, organic, and kosher certifications.

Econo-Pak: Experienced Contract Packagers for Your Bulk Food Needs

Speak with our team of experts when you need to save money and determine the ideal bulk food packaging solution for your product needs. We guarantee the techniques and packaging materials we use will meet your expectations without fail from day one to optimize your efficiency and shelf life. Contact us or request a quote today to learn more about our capabilities and solutions to meet all of your product packaging challenges.