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The South African brewing business is thriving. According to the South African Breweries Association (SABA), the beer sector produced over 23 billion litres in 2023, contributing significantly to the country’s economy. To address this expanding demand, breweries need efficient and dependable raw material storage and transportation systems. 

This is where bulk bags, also known as flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs), come into play as a game changer. Bulk bags provide numerous benefits to South African breweries, including streamlined processes and increased efficiency.

Custom Bulk Bags is a reputable local manufacturer of FIBCs and we understand the importance of using the right bulk bags for the job. We manufacture 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. 

Bulk bags for breweries

These flexible, durable and versatile packaging products are highly advantageous for South African breweries. They are more cost-effective than typical packaging choices such as drums or rigid containers. Their lower initial cost and reusability result in significant savings over time.

Bulk bags are made of high-strength woven polypropylene fabric and can resist the rigours of industrial usage. They can handle large amounts of raw material without ripping or tearing. To meet the varying needs of breweries, bulk bags are available in a variety of sizes and combinations. They can be customised for individual purposes by adding liners, closures, and discharge choices.

When empty, bulk bags fold flat, requiring less storage space than bulky drums or rigid containers. This is especially useful for brewers that have limited storage capacity. Lastly, bulk bags are designed with lifting loops or straps for easy handling with forklifts or hoists, allowing for more efficient loading and unloading.

Brewing with efficiency: From malt to waste

The uses of bulk bags in breweries are numerous. Firstly, they can be used for grain storage; bulk bags are perfect for storing large amounts of malt, hops and barley, which are important ingredients in beer production. Their reusability cuts waste and streamlines the ingredient handling process.

Customisable liners can be used to keep the freshness and aroma of these ingredients intact. Bulk bags are a cost-effective and efficient way to carry these grains from farms to breweries. Their longevity guarantees the safe arrival of these critical ingredients.

Lastly, FIBCs allow breweries to improve their waste management. Breweries produce a large amount of mash (leftover grain) following the brewing process. Bulk bags are a sustainable way to gather and transport this waste material for further processing or disposal.

Custom Bulk Bags: Your South African partner for efficiency

Custom Bulk Bags understands the specific demands of South African breweries. We manufacture high-quality, food-grade bulk bags that meet demanding industry standards and ensure the safe storage and transportation of brewing supplies.

We offer complete customisation options, including size, fabric weight, liners, closures, and printing. This allows breweries to customise their bulk bag solutions to meet their individual needs. Our FIBCs offer guaranteed durability and strength. We extensively test our bulk bags to ensure they can resist the weight and handling requirements of brewing operations. 

Having manufacturing operations throughout South Africa, we can also offer reliability and timeous delivery. We recognise the necessity of maintaining a consistent brewing schedule. Custom Bulk Bags prioritises timely delivery to keep your brewery working smoothly.

We offer expert advice and support in selecting the best bulk bag solution for your individual requirements. We provide thorough consultations throughout the process, from the initial meeting to final delivery of our FIBCs.

South African breweries may help to create a more sustainable future by using bulk bags. These packaging solutions are reusable, which reduces waste compared to single-use packaging choices. Furthermore, their lightweight construction reduces transportation fuel use, minimising your brewery’s environmental impact.

Purchasing bulk bags represents an investment in efficiency, cost savings, and sustainability. Partner with Custom Bulk Bags today and see how our high-quality solutions may help your South African brewery to new heights of success. 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.