Baffled Totes for Beans, Seed, and Feed

February 17, 2021

Baffled Totes for Beans, Seed, and Feed 

An FIBC, also known as a bulk bag, tote, or Super Sack™, is a woven polypropylene flexible container designed to store and transport heavy industrial materials. FIBCs are commonly used to package agricultural commodities including beans, seed, and animal feed. 

What is a baffled FIBC?

There are 3 basic types of bulk bag constructions: U-Panel, 4-Panel, and Circular/Tubular. Baffles are an internal component that can be added to each construction to create a “baffled” bag. More specifically, baffles are fabric panels or strings sewn inside each of the bag’s four corners that allow a bag to maintain a square shape when filled. 

Baffled, Formstable, and Q Bag are all terms for the same type of square FIBC.  

Without baffles, a standard bulk bag can bulge or belly at the sides when filled. Baffled bags are ideal due to their stability and stackability. They also improve overall storage capacity. The most common type of baffled bag is a 4-Panel baffled bag.

What are the benefits of baffled bulk bags? What are the benefits of baffled bulk bags? 

Baffled bulk bags offer numerous functional benefits vs. standard U-Panel and Tubular bulk bags:

  • Improved stacking
  • Improved stability
  • Improved structural integrity
  • Improved bag capacity
  • Improved space utilization


How much does a baffled tote cost? 

Bulk bag cost is a function of several components including bag size, bag style, fabric weight, and fabric type. A baffled bulk bag will typically cost 15-25% more than a standard U-Panel or Tubular bulk bag. This is due to the additional raw materials and labor included in the bag. 


Can baffled totes be food grade?

Can baffled totes be food grade?Yes. A baffled tote can be produced in a food grade facility and assembled using food safe manufacturing practices. These include:

  • 100% Virgin Raw Materials
  • Proper Ventilation
  • Pest Control Procedures
  • Metal Detection
  • Ultrasonic Cutting
  • Light Table Inspection
  • Vacuum / Air Cleaning
  • Proper Personnel Wardrobe
  • Proper Personnel Hygiene
  • HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) Program
  • Record Keeping
Download Printable PDF Version of the FIBC Safe Handling Guidelines

Baffled Tote Applications

We provide baffled bulk totes for a wide variety of agricultural customers. The most common users of baffled bulk bags include: 

  • Dry Beans
  • Peas
  • Seed
  • Mineral Supplements
  • Blended Feed
  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Wheat
  • Grain
  • Flour

Do you need baffled totes now? 

Southern Packaging stocks a wide variety of on-demand baffled bulk totes for beans, seed, and feed. From food-grade to UN certified we offer a bulk bag solution for nearly any industrial application. 

Download the FIBC Food Safety Guide

Download Printable PDF Version of the FIBC Safe Handling Guidelines