Buyer's Guide - Totes Dry
Totes for Dry Ingredients
Totes contain 1,500 pounds of flaked ingredients or 2,000 pounds of other dry ingredients (flours, grits, etc.) When preparing to receive totes of dry ingredients at your facility, please consider the following:
- Total weight is 1,500 or 2,000 pounds of product +/- 250 pounds gross weight which includes the 13-pound tote and 55-pound pallet
- Dimensions are 39" x 45" x 62" tall
- Baffled tote (poly-wove, coated material)
- Non-returnable, 100% recyclable
- 8" - 10" straps on each corner for handling with fork lift
- 14" spout on the bottom for easy dispensing
- Custom weights available upon request. Minimum orders and lead time apply.
- Any doorway that the bag must pass through should be at least 55 inches wide.
- The bag and straps are extremely strong. This allows one individual with a forklift or overhead winch to efficiently and safely lift and empty a bag
Emptying a Tote
Handling a tote requires a forklift or an overhead winch. Both must be able to lift up to 2,000 pounds safely. The operator slides the lifting straps onto the forklift arms or the winch hooks, and lifts the bag off the pallet. He moves and centers the bag over the receiving hopper. The operator opens the flap on the bottom of the bag, pulls down and unties the chute, and the grain flows out. Bags without chutes are also available. When designing the receiving hopper, Briess strongly suggests placing a screen with 1/2" openings in the hopper. This will prevent someone from accidentally getting a hand caught in the auger, the bag from getting into the auger, or any large foreign material from entering the system.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q) How large must my usage be to effectively use Mini Bulk?
A) There is no real size limit. If you use 1,000 pounds per week of a particular ingredient, have sufficient room in a grain handling area, and use of a forklift, then it may benefit you.
Q) Will totes save me money?
A) This needs to be addressed on an individual basis. There may or may not be a direct up-front cost savings. In addition to ingredient prices, other cost factors at your facility need to be considered such as savings in labor, storage, small bag disposal, etc.
Q) What are the trucking considerations?
A) A total of 21-22 pallets fill a truck. If each bags holds 2,000 pounds, the maximum over-the-road weight will be reached at 21 pallets. If each bag only holds 1,000 pounds, then the per pound freight will be higher.
Q) How much lead time is required?
A) Three to four weeks or more, depending upon the type of ingredient ordered.
Q) Can the bags be double stacked in the warehouse?
A) We do not recommend doing this for safety reasons. Pallet racking is recommended.