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How Soybean Crushing Plants Are Expanding with the Help of Bulk Bags

Posted by Sonoco Conitex Team on October 04,2022

Breaking news: Soybean crushing plants are rapidly expanding in the United States. 

Why? 

Soybean oil can be used to derive renewable diesel fuel. In the wake of recent U.S. presidential administration moves to bolster climate change policies (e.g., the Renewable Fuels Standard program), the agriculture and soybean industries are scrambling to increase production and move more fuel. 

Soybean crushing plants are a key part of that equation. Today, let’s talk about how high-quality FIBC bulk bags can support the skyrocketing soybean processing demand—and how soybean plants can find bulk bags that work perfectly for their needs.

What Is the Soybean Crushing Process? 

As their name suggests, soybean crushing plants facilitate the crushing of soybeans—or the process by which soybeans produce soybean meal and the soybean oil necessary for planned renewable fuel initiatives. 

In the past few years, soybean crush reports indicate that U.S. soybean crops have ranged from around 75-90 million acres planted annually. Some 50 percent of the resulting harvest gets crushed to produce soybean oil. (The rest is exported for international soybean processing.) 

To support the steps in soybean processing—including preparing the soybeans, extracting oil, recovering the various solvents, and handling the soybean meal—soybean crushing plants require a laundry list of tools, processing materials, and more to keep up with demand. 

One such soybean crushing plant staple? Flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) bags. 

The Benefits High-Quality FIBCs Bring to Soybean Processing

When is a bag more than just a bag?

When it’s a reliable, well-engineered, custom-made FIBC from a certified and experienced bulk bag manufacturer. 

FIBCs level up efficiency and reduce required labor in agriculture processing plants worldwide. Soybean crushing plants are no exception. FIBCs:

  • Are easy to fill and empty.
  • Eliminate the need to deal with hundreds of smaller bags.
  • Can work neatly with a facility’s processing equipment.
  • Reduce dust or air contaminants.
  • Are food safe and can come in various food-grade certified options .
  • Collapse to help plants use storage space as efficiently as possible.

What’s more, FIBCs are one of the least costly ways to package and transport products in bulk, meaning they help processing plants cut costs even as they grow. They’re also durable, especially when made with polypropylene and tested for quality. Ultimately, high-quality FIBCs can protect valuable soybean products from the field to the facility and beyond. 

Find FIBCs That Work for Your Soybean Processing Plant

Here’s the thing: Not all FIBCs are made the same. 

When you’re ready to design a bag that will work well for you, you want to ensure that you know your soybean processing plant’s unique needs. You also want to know what to look for when vetting bulk bag manufacturers. 

Fortunately, putting in a little extra time up front to find a sustainable packaging partner can help make this choice much more manageable. A great FIBC manufacturer will have enough experience to determine your needs during the onboarding process. They’ll also have materials science engineers on staff to analyze your product’s bulk density and talk through your specific environment to determine how it will impact bag design, filling methods, and more. 

As you’re considering FIBC suppliers, ask a few questions to see if you can determine whether you’ll get that kind of helpful service. If we were vetting FIBC manufacturers, we would ask several questions, including:

  • Where are your bags sourced? In the U.S. or internationally?
  • If internationally, do you have country managers to facilitate bag manufacturing?
  • What quality control and quality testing systems do you have in place?
  • How many materials science engineers support your team?
  • What certifications do you have or offer?
  • Do you have any great testimonials you can share?
  • Have you worked with soybean processors before? If so, do you have any advice you can share?

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