Tips For Choosing Ice Bags
Summer is in full swing and
the yearly demand for packaged ice is at its peak.
Convenience stores, catering companies, marinas, hotels and other packaged ice distributors benefit from the seasonal rise in ice sales, but packaged ice sells throughout the rest of the year as well, especially around holidays.
If you sell or provide ice in bulk, it’s important to…
know a few things about ordering and purchasing wholesale ice bags. There are many options in terms of size, types, materials and printing, so we’re here to give you a few tips on choosing the right plastic ice bags for your needs.
Poorly manufactured ice bags cause problems they can be difficult to fill and if the plastic is too thin they often break, making a mess and costing money. There’s no point in buying substandard ice bags just to save a few pennies. Quality ice bags are not expensive and the extra hassle and waste associated with cheap or flimsy ice bags isn’t worth the small difference in price.
There are three basic styles of ice cube bags: open top, drawstring and on wickets for automatic or semiautomatic ice bagging machines.
Open Top Ice Bags
This type of ice bag features an open or “plain” top which is closed with a twist tie. These bags are available in 5 lb, 8 lb,10 lb, 20 lb and 50 lb sizes with preprinted labels.
Drawstring Ice Bags
Built in cotton drawstrings make these bags easy to close securely. They are also available in the standard 5 lb, 8 lb,10 lb, 20 lb and 50 lb sizes with preprinted labels.
Wicketed Ice Bags
Ice packagers with automatic or semiautomatic bulk ice bagging machines use this type of commercial ice bag which is attached a wicket that holds up to 250 bags. The bags are opened manually or by compressed air and filled while on the wicket. Standard sizes are 8 lb, 10 lb, and 20 lb with preprinted labels. Ice distributors also use single wound or centerfold sheeting film roll stock for certain types of high speed automatic ice packaging machines.
There are a few federal regulations regarding commercial ice bags that ice sellers need to be aware of.
The FDA classifies ice as a food product, so basic FDA Food Code rules regarding sanitation and safety apply. An overview of the FDA regulations can be found here.
There are also a few regulations regarding ice bag labeling. Basically, you can’t make inaccurate or misleading claims on ice bag labels. In other words, if you label it as ice made from “spring water,” it must indeed come from such a source.
FDA food labeling regulations also require ice bags to display the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor of the ice.
Quality commercial ice bags, including the ones we provide, contain an EVA additive. EVA is a copolymer resin additive that helps keep ice bags from becoming brittle in freezing temperatures and also from tearing or puncturing.
Custom printed ice bags are a great way to promote your brand. You can personalize a stock design or have us create a unique design for your business. Either way, it’s an easy and inexpensive advertising method. At International Plastics, we have a range of preprinted designs to which you can add your business name or logo, or let our dedicated design staff help you create your own custom label.