Bulk Food Displays
Bulk Food Bins and Accessories
Now more than ever, bulk foods are becoming a vital part of grocery stores. They have many benefits, including but not limited to increasing your profit margins and reducing your carbon footprint. For customers, they have the opportunity to buy more under the perception of saving more, all the while protecting the environment by reducing the amount of packaging. There are different methods of going about it in terms of design. Thankfully, you don’t have to fuss over the design details, thanks to DGS Retail’s complete displays. Available in a variety of configurations and sizes, these displays can help you create entirely new sections in the store or build on current ones. You can also use them in different roles. Let’s go over some of the potential roles bulk food displays can have based on what we sell:
Complete Dry Foods Aisle
If you haven’t already added a new bulk foods section, now may be a good time to do so. A full section or aisle of dry foods can cover many of your customers needs. At 12-24 feet, you can easily sell more than a hundred different items in bulk. You can do a lot with that many, so feel free to have a few specialties in mind. For example, you can have a set of gravity bins dedicated to different dry beans and legumes, while the scoop bins below sell varieties of rice and flour. Another set of gravity dispensers can be used to supply nuts, yet another coffee beans. The scoop bins below can focus on candy, breakfast cereals, and more.
Expanding a Current Aisle
Of course, if you already have a dry foods section, then these displays may offer an opportunity to expand upon a current aisle. You can use this opportunity to specialize in areas of dry foods you haven’t touched. One particular field that isn’t too common is spices. People need seasoning in their foods, whether as part of a recipe, to liven up a meal, or even for preserving items. Adding a bulk spices section makes it easy for them to stock up on these items. Moreover, because they are relatively low cost and people tend to buy in larger quantities than the small pre-packaged jars, you will be able to see larger profit margins as a result.
Specialty Sections (Ice Cream Topping Dispensers, Snack Dispensers and More)
Not every display has to be a large chunk of aisle or wall space. You can also have small islands that are dedicated to specific uses. For example, if you offer soft-serve ice cream, you can have an end-cap displays that offer a selection of toppings that customers can place on top. You can convert that to an island display that also serves candy, since it goes well with ice cream.
Another example is utilizing them as snack dispensers. A small island or end-cap display could function as a snack mix station. Customers can add pretzels, nuts and wasabi peas to create the perfect bag, while you see a bigger profit margin. Of course, alongside those nuts, you can also have a nut butter grinder to create peanut butter and other spreads.There are many possibilities when you think small.
Understanding Bulk Food Bins
If you’re beginning to create your own bulk section, whether it’s for grains and nuts or candy and ice cream toppings, you’ll want to know the key component are bins and dispensers. They allow you to stock various bulk items, while customers can fill their bags with whatever products they need. There are different types DGS Retail sells that will help you fulfill your needs. Let’s go over some of them.
Scoop bins do exactly what they say: They allow customers to scoop out the item and put it in their bag or carton. Many modern scoop bins have an L-shaped two-lid design. This gives you the ability to stock more product out front, reducing the need to restock. Plus, restocking is easy: Just simply pull out the bin, open the top lid, and re-stock. A large number of bins have a front façade to clearly show what product is in them, even when it’s not full. Customers access the product through the bottom lid.
The primary benefit of scoop bins is that it’s easier to control the product with a scoop, thus keeping the area clean. That’s why these dispensers are great for grain-based products, including flour and granola, where messes are more likely. It’s also great for candies such as gummi bears and chocolates, as well as dried fruit. It’s more fun to scoop up these items and mix and match. Similarly, if you set up an ice cream bar, scoop bins make great topping dispensers.
Another great type of bulk bin are gravity dispensers. They function quite differently from scoop bins. Customers place their bag underneath the funnel, pull down the lever, and let the product fall into the bag until they filled it enough. Many bins have some form of flow control to increase or decrease the speed in which food leaves the bin. The design of the bins is thin and sleek, meaning that you can put many more dispensers in a row. That allows for a greater diversity in products.
With gravity bins, dry foods come out fast. That’s why they’re ideal for bulk foods that customers get a single bag for, as well as those that won’t leave a major mess when spilled. For example, dried beans, legumes, and rice are good products to place in these dispensers. Snack mixes also work well with gravity bins, since you can just dump, shake, and have your mix. That’s why they’re good for nuts, seeds, sesame sticks and wasabi peas.