Bulk Container Liner Industry Positioned for Growth through 2024

The bulk container packaging industry helps facilitate the safe, efficient packaging and transport of food, chemicals, oils, beverages, and other products. Flexible packaging, such as IBC (intermediate bulk container) liners, holds the majority market share, and that is expected to grow until at least 2024.

What is so important about bulk container liners and why are so many different industries embracing them over other bulk container options? Cost efficiency, high performance, suitability for certain products, and a rise in global exports make bulk container liners highly attractive.

What Is Behind Recent and Projected Bulk Container Liner Growth?

Several factors are responsible for driving growth in flexible bulk container liners. One of the most significant is the rise in global exports, according to a Newswire press release for the new Global Market Insights report on bulk container packaging.

Flexible bulk container liners are lightweight and they do not require cleaning the way that rigid drums do. They reduce the risk of product contamination, and they transport more product than other containers of comparable size and cost. Whether transporting food or chemicals across the country or around the world, flexible bulk containers liners save money and offer superior product safety.

Which Factors Could Affect Future Growth?

Demand for affordable, efficient packaging is one of the largest driving factors behind such rapid growth, and that is expected to continue, according to the report. In Europe, for example, wine exports are up and gaining. “Asia Pacific will expand at the highest growth rate due to escalating exports of oils and bulk chemicals to North America and Europe,” according to Transparency Market Research.  Flexible containers and container liners make high-volume transport via sea or rail more efficient and cost-effective. In the United States and Canada, bulk container liners are in especially high demand for oilseeds, feeds, corn, and grains.

Certain factors could affect all flexible packaging options negatively. Because many flexible liners use petroleum in their manufacture, the volatility of the crude oil market could also affect the cost of flexible bulk container liners. The same is true for any packaging, as raw material cost always influences the affordability of the end product.

How Can Flexible Bulk Container Liners Improve Efficiency?

Flexible bulk container liners offer tremendous benefits on several fronts. They require fewer raw materials to manufacture and hold more product with less packaging. Flexible liners offer at least twofold protection against contamination. Liners are disposed of and require no cleaning, and many liner materials can provide a protective barrier.

Another significant benefit is the innovative ways that flexible liners can be used. For example, Air-Assist intermediate bulk container liners have an attached air bladder that expands as the product is dispensed. Using gravity and pressure, more product is dispensed. For high-viscosity products, such as oils and jams, it can significantly reduce product waste.

Bulk container liners have few drawbacks and numerous benefits. They are ecologically friendly, help support recent and future growth in exports, protect against damage and contamination, and help control costs. Now, they can even help cut waste down to almost nil.

To learn more about flexible, bulk container liners and how they can improve your business, contact us for a free sample and download our Air-Assist brochure today.

Plastic Packaging Better for Environment than Alternatives Made with Other Materials

A recent life cycle assessment analyzed the energy and climate benefits of alternative plastic materials in contrast to plastic material. The categories included caps and closures, beverage containers, other rigid containers carrier bags, stretch/shrink wrap, and other flexible packaging materials. Carol Hochu, President and CEO of the Canadian Plastic Industry Association noted, “Plastic packaging enables the safe and efficient delivery of various products which form part of our daily lives, everything from food to essential health and safety aids. However, many are unaware that plastics carry out these functions while at the same time conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”


In Canada, the LCA found that replacing all plastic packaging the non-plastic packaging would:


  1. Require nearly 4.4 times as much packaging material by weight. Increasing by nearly 5.5 million tons.
  2. This would also increase energy use by 2.0 times. This was calculated as being equivalent to the amount of oil transported by 18 supertankers
  3. This would result in 2.3 times more global warming potential. This was equated to adding 3.3 million more cars to the road.


Engineering in plastic packaging enables innovation and performance – the ability to extend the shelf life of foods and medicines. Plastic packaging viewed from the entire life cycle have more benefits than the snapshot that has been taken in years.


The afterlife of plastic is further contributing to sustainability in many ways. The ability to recycle, reuse and repurpose for energy value and converted to liquid oil, electricity and into other fuels.


There have been great strides made in the reusability and repurposing of plastic containers. These valuable resources are used to make fleece jackets, new plastic bottles, pipes, pallets, creates and buckets, decking and other lawn and garden products. The majority of product stemming from recycled plastic bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics such as deli and dairy containers, bakery, vegetable, fruit containers, and plastic film, bags and outer wrap.


Plastic enhances our lifestyles, our economy, and the environment.


Source: Canadian Plastics Industry Association

CDF Corporation exhibiting IBC and Bag-in-Box at the IDFA Ice Cream Technology Conference

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality pail, drum, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display an IBC tote liner and bag-in-box at booth# 5 at the International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference.


The International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference will be held April 12th through the 13th at the Hyatt Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida. This event is for ice cream and frozen dessert professionals. The Ice Cream Technology Conference focuses specifically on frozen dessert research, technology, new market trends, food safety, labeling and opportunities.


CDF offers a wide range of flexible products that satisfy ice cream manufacturers’ needs. Form-fit IBC (cube-shaped) liners provide high performance in critical applications, such as top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.


Air-Assist® liners are specially designed for convenient dispense and improved evacuation of high viscosity products. The Air-Assist liner features a Form-fit liner with an attached air bladder. As the air bladder is inflated, it pushes against the Form-fit liner, forcing the viscous product out of the bottom dispense fitment, resulting in less residual product left in the liner.


Bag-in-box will also be on display. Bag-in-box is the ideal packaging solution for food applications ranging in size from 1 liter to 25 liters. CDF offers both form-fit and pillow styles to meet all your bag in box needs.


Representing CDF will be Leigh Vaughn, Regional Manager. Leigh has 25 years of sales management experience in the flexible packaging industry. Combining a deep understanding of packaging, industrial applications and direct customer relationships allows Leigh to offer a consultative approach in these areas.