Storage and Handling Containers are an integral part of any production process. Without them, the storage, weighing, and transport of your ingredients and products would be impossible. This is especially true of a Bakery or Confectionery Factory, with raw ingredients at the centre of everything you do. With this in mind, it is absolutely essential that you secure the right equipment for your site.

In the interest of helping you to do just that, we have put together an article that details everything you need to know about storage and handling containers. From the role of colour-coding to the different moulding options, this comprehensive guide will help you to make an informed decision.

In this article, we will be covering the following four topics. Although there is valuable content in each section, you also have the option of using the buttons below to skip to the issue most relevant to your operation.

What part of the production process are you preparing for?

The first point to consider is: which part of your process requires new storage and handling containers? Here at Klipspringer, we typically supply bakeries and confectionery sites with equipment that is suited to production – with a focus on the storage and transport of raw ingredients. Examples include ingredient bins, tapered trucks, interstacking bins, and trays. At this stage, durability is key, with your containers exposed to daily wear and tear. However, towards the end of the process, durability may not be such a concern, with containers such as bakers trays and bread crates often made from cheap, lightweight materials.

Although sites typically adopt this approach for the storage of their finished products, it is possible to opt for a sturdier alternative. For example, our trays can be made with a mesh design that protects the freshness of products like cakes, bread, and biscuits. You may also require a more durable container if you are storing any Works In Progress (WIPs), such as the jam that will eventually be piped inside a donut or the icing that will be added to a cake. If your finished product isn’t packaged on site and needs to be transported, it will require similar protection – unsuitable for the flimsy containers that often come into play towards the end of production.

What is your Colour-Coding policy?

As you will know, the colour-coding system at a Bakery or Confectionery factory follows the same guidelines as a typical food production site. By this we mean it will be dependent on the risk level of your factory and its various zones. It is also likely to feature the expected categories, such as food contact, non food contact, allergen ect… Here at Klipspringer, we supply Storage and Handling Containers in up to 11 colours, so there should be an option to suit your requirements. The most important thing is that you don’t overcomplicate matters, especially if you are operating out of a low risk factory with dry ingredients.

To help you with this process, we have put together a guide to simplifying the colour-coding policy at your site. If you are at all unsure about what colour(s) you would like your storage and handling containers to be, this article should point you in the right direction.

Do you require Static or Mobile containers?

Another key consideration is whether you want static or mobile containers. As you would expect, this will depend on whether you are using your containers to move ingredients around your factory or to keep them in situe.

Static Containers

Static Containers will often be found on a factory benchtop and are the ideal choice if ingredients are being dispensed straight off a bench. Suited to storage areas, a lot of static containers can be stacked together when they are not in use – perfect for smaller sites that are looking to save space. Depending on the container in question, it might also be possible to introduce a mobile element if the need arises. A good example is our Interstacking Bins, as they are compatible with a robust dolly with swizzle casters.

Mobile Containers

Mobile containers allow you to safely transport products and ingredients to different areas of your factory. For example, a mobile container could collect a raw ingredient from a dispensing room, take it through to a weighing room, and finish off over at an active production line. Throughout this process, your operatives will be saved the time, hassle, and the possible strain of lifting the container independently. Instead, they can simply steer the container in the right direction – reducing the risk of spillage, product waste, and injury.

Injection Moulding or Roto Moulding?

The next point to consider is whether your equipment needs to be injection moulded or roto moulded. This will typically come down to how durable your containers need to be.

You need to consider the weight of whatever is going to be placed inside the containers, the distance it will travel across your site, the way in which your operatives will transport it, and the likelihood that your containers will be exposed to regular wear and tear.

Once you have worked through these factors, there are two popular options for you to consider:

Injection Moulding

Storage and Handling Containers that have been injection moulded tend to be more lightweight. This makes it relatively easy for your operatives to transport them. Injection moulding typically works best for smaller containers that are unlikely to be exposed to the harshest aspects of your production environment. These containers could also be used for the storage and transport of the WIPs mentioned above, although this will depend on the weight of the products and the processes they are yet to undergo.

Roto Moulding

In contrast, roto moulded Storage and Handling Containers are extremely durable, with a much longer lifespan. Suited to intense applications such as the loading and emptying of ingredients, these heavy-duty containers are less likely to give way over time. Although they are typically heavier than the injection moulded equivalents, it might be that your operatives would be unable to lift the containers anyway – especially when they are filled with ingredients. In this case, a mobile design will afford you the best of both worlds.

The Top Storage and Handling Containers for Bakeries and Food Confectionery Sites

Trays

  • Colour coded
  • Food contact approved
  • Stackable
  • Dolly option for moving

Interstacking Bins

  • 4 sizes (15-64 ltr)
  • Combine with lid and dolly
  • Hygienic design
  • Rota moulded

Tapered Trucks

  • 8 sizes (72-455 ltr)
  • Nest for efficient storage
  • Swivel castor wheels
  • Roto moulded lid

Tapered Bins & Tanks

  • Over 13 sizes (20-370 ltrs)
  • Nest for efficient storage
  • Shatter/splinter resistant
  • Compatible lids for all sizes

Ingredient Dispensers

  • Sloping lids and channels
  • Stainless steel and shatterproof polycarbonate lids available

EuroBins

  • Made from electropolished grade 304 stainless steel
  • Hygienic design
  • Strong and durable

Food Contact Storage Bins

  • 5 colours
  • Durable Design
  • Large printing area for individual labelling

Snap Shut Pails & Buckets

  • Up to 11 colours
  • Hygienic design
  • Option to combine with compatible lid

That brings us to the end of our guide to Storage and Handling Containers. We hope that you have come away with a deeper understanding of the equipment that would be best suited to your Bakery or Confectionery Factory.

Starting at 8 litres and working all the way up to 455 litres, Klipspringer’s range of Food Handling and Storage Containers has a size for every application. We have been supplying food production sites for over twenty years, so if you would appreciate further guidance in this area, you can contact us on 01473461800 or sales@klipspringer.com. Alternatively, you can fill out the contact form below and one of our friendly team members will be in touch. 

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