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Flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs), also known as bulk bags, are readily used in South Africa’s agricultural sector. However, they can be particularly useful in the flourishing wine industry. These strong, multipurpose bags are ideal for storing and transporting a wide range of agricultural items, such as grapes, vine offcuts, and other wine-making ingredients.

South Africa’s wine sector is world-renowned and one offers some of the most unique varietals. In 2023, the country was listed as the world’s ninth largest wine producer, with a substantial economic impact. The country has around 125 000 hectares of vine cultivation, and we produce an average of 1 billion litres per year.

South Africa sells wine to more than 140 nations across the world and the wine industry employs almost 300 000 individuals across the value chain. These figures show the wine industry’s importance to South Africa’s economy and emphasise the need for efficient and dependable packaging solutions to support its continued expansion.

Custom Bulk Bags is a reputable local manufacturer of FIBCs. We are dedicated to providing high-quality packaging solutions that are tailored to your specifications. We produce up to 3.5 million bulk bags per year and our products can safely hold between 500kg and two tonnes of material per bag, depending on your needs.

The value of bulk bags in wine and agriculture

Bulk bags provide various advantages in the agricultural sector, making them a popular choice among farmers and wine producers. Compared to standard storage and transportation options such as rigid containers or steel drums, FIBCs provide significant cost savings. They are very affordable and versatile, too.

These bags can handle a wide range of items, including dry and flowable materials, semi-liquids, and non-hazardous substances for the food and beverage sectors. However, most farmers use them to store and transport fertilisers, plant materials, waste products and fresh produce, such as grapes and other fruits and vegetables.

FIBCs are made of high-strength woven polypropylene fabric and can handle large weights and hostile environments. This makes them ideal for South Africa’s wine regions, which are characterised by hot and dry summers and wet winters.

FIBCs may be efficiently stacked and stored, allowing for more storage and transportation space. When not in use, they can be flattened and folded to minimise the space they take up in your warehouse or shed. When filled, their cubic shape allows them to be stacked neatly.

Lastly, bulk bags are environmentally friendly. Many FIBCs are reusable or recyclable, which minimises waste and encourages sustainability. With the environment being the major determining factor for a successful agricultural sector, farmers and wine makers know the value of protecting our environment.

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FIBCs: A game changer in the wine industry

In the wine sector, FIBCs can play an important role in simplifying operations and maintaining product quality. They are most useful for grape storage and transportation; they can be filled with newly picked grapes and safely transfer them from vineyards to wineries. However, they can also be used for vine offcuts and plant waste. After pruning, store vine offcuts in bulk bags for later usage as mulch or compost.

Many farmers also use their FIBCs for fertiliser and soil amendment storage. These chemicals and natural substances are required for grapevine health and to maintain optimal conditions and nutrients in the soil.

Bulk bags can also be fitted with foil inner liners, which is ideal for liquid storage. When transporting wine from one area of the farm to another, these inner liners offer a perfect short-term solution for storage. FIBCs provide a flexible and cost-effective choice across all of these areas.

The power of local suppliers

Sourcing FIBCs from a South African bulk bag manufacturer provides significant benefits for vineyards and farmers in the wine industry. Local producers eliminate the high expenses involved with imported packaging solutions, which saves money and time.

South African bulk bag manufacturers can also tailor FIBCs to the exact requirements of vineyards and wineries, assuring the best product fit and performance. This also leads to quick turnaround times through faster production and delivery times than international procurement.

Buying from local suppliers helps to support the local economy by creating jobs and stimulating economic growth in South Africa. If you’re looking to revolutionise your agricultural projects and need a versatile, affordable and sustainable bulk packaging solution, then consider Custom Bulk Bags. For more information about our bulk bags or to get advice on the ideal design specifications, please contact us today.


Custom Bulk Bags is a leading South African manufacturer of woven polypropylene bags for various industries, such as mining, chemicals and food. We are able to produce over 3.5-million bulk bags per year, keeping our customers in stock at all times. Our bags adhere to the highest levels of quality as a result of our stringent in-house testing and quality control programmes.

Custom Bulk Bags holds ISO 9001 certification and we currently have a number of UN-certified designs. We are a Level 2 B-BBEE manufacturer and supplier and fall under the ownership structure of Deneb Investments Limited. For more information on our products, contact Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram for our latest news and industry insights.