Bulk protein powder is when one buys protein powder in large quantities. Instead of purchasing the standard 2 lbs units that protein powders are sold in, bulk whey protein usually will be packaged in bags. This is because that amount of powder does not fit in a plastic jar. Purchasing protein powder this way is appealing to bodybuilders, athletes, and people looking to gain weight. All of these types of people require more protein grams per day than an average person. Therefore they prefer to buy their protein powder in bulk. Buying bulk protein powder does have its advantages over standard protein powder. This article will describe these advantages.
Quantity Versus Quality.
In some cases, quantity does mean quality. Still, in the case of bulk protein powder typically, volume does mean better quality over small increments of protein powder, usually 1 or 2 lb containers.
The reason is that when one does purchase bulk protein powder, they are buying it directly from the manufacturer. When one purchases protein powder from a retailer in 1 lb or 2 lbs containers, sometimes a supplement company will use protein spiking ingredients, which was a big problem a few years ago. That is why, if one is going to purchase protein powder at the retail level, to buy plain protein powder, not flavored. This way, it will only contain two ingredients which are the protein powder and the emulsifier. The emulsifier is commonly soy or sunflower lecithin. Both are needed so that the protein powder mixes easily with a spoon and disperses into the liquid. Not using an emulsifier will cause the protein powder to not disperse into a liquid. Hence, it will just float on top.
Larger Quantities Means Less Expensive
When it comes to getting more muscular and gaining weight, it is essential to lift weights and increase dietary protein intake. Therefore, a person should incorporate more protein into the diet. Yes, one can get their extra protein from whole food such as chicken, steak, or fish, but this can take longer to prepare and be more expensive.
Bulk whey protein powder is typically less costly on a gram for gram basis. The cost is approximately $6 to $8 per pound. The most popular whey protein which is Optimum Nutrition sells in 5 lbs containers for $10 to $12.00 per pound. If one purchases a larger quantity of protein powder, the price can go even lower. Typically, whey protein powder manufacturers will package their protein powders in 20-kilo bags (44 lbs). If a person can purchase this amount, the price can dip to $4 to $6 per pound, which is even more significant saving.
Another advantage of buying bulk whey protein powder is that you can request a sample from the manufacturer and most of the time they will send you one if you are from a business. Typically they will send you 1 to 2 lbs to try.
If one wishes to buy bulk protein powder at wholesale prices, they need to find a protein powder manufacturer. There are several of these companies located in the United States. Here is a list of wholesale bulk protein powder companies.
- Davisco Foods, which sells ion-exchange whey protein isolate.
- Proteinfactory.com. Sells a wide variety of protein powder. Accepts credit cards, Bitcoin, and Paypal
- Glanbia Nutritionals. One of the largest suppliers of wholesale protein powder in North America. Sells whey protein powders, soy protein, and protein powders for baked goods
- American Casein Company. Sells sodium and calcium casein, as well a hydrolyzed whey protein powders.
- Milk Specialties. They sell organic protein powder, whey protein, goat protein, and more.
Out of all of the companies above, only Proteinfactory.com allows one to purchase bulk protein powder easily online. Also, Proteinfactory has a phone number that one can text message and negotiate a purchase. The other companies do have phone numbers that you can call, but not a method to purchase online.
Bulk Unflavored Protein Powder
One of the best things about buying bulk protein powder is that it comes unflavored. Buying unflavored protein powder is a much better choice than flavored protein powder because of several reasons. Unflavored bulk protein is healthier because it does not contain the artificial ingredients that flavored does. Artificial sweeteners like sucralose and aspartame can be very unhealthy. Artificial colors like Red 40 and Yellow 6, which are commonly used in unflavored protein powders, like strawberry and banana, are incredibly harmful. These synthetic colors are banned in Europe!
How To Store
If one decides to buy protein powder in bulk, knowing how to store it is a must. The good thing is that protein powder is a dry powder. It does not contain much moisture. Typically a whey protein powder will have a moisture content of less than 1%. When the moisture content is this low, it means the chance that the powder grows bacteria is very, very slim. The bacteria and microbes that could grow are salmonellae, e-Coli, listeria, and others.
The best way to store bulk protein powder to prevent bacteria growth is in a cool, low humidity, dry place. If the powder was delivered in a 20-kilo bag, here are the instructions to store it. First, open the bag with a razor knife. Then, begin to divide the powder in sealable containers. Store the sealed bags in a cabinet or closest, and they will last for at least one year or more. And even after a year, the protein powder will still be fine to consume. If one is in doubt, smelling the powder for off-notes will be a good indicator that the protein powder has begun to grow bacteria. But on a side note, I have never personally witnessed a protein powder “going bad.” And I have been in bulk protein powder manufacturing business for over 20 years.
Bulk Vegan Protein Powder
There are several types of vegan protein powder that one can buy in bulk. Rice, pea, and soy are the most popular. Axiom and California Natural are two companies that sell rice protein powder in bulk. Dupont is one of the largest manufacturers of soy protein powders and soy protein isolate.
Bulk Protein Powder To Start A Business
Some people look to buy bulk protein powder for their business or to start a business. Here are some tips for those looking to buy protein powder for their business.
1 kilo = 2.23 pounds
Most companies where you can buy bulk whey protein and vegan proteins have a minimum order quantity (MOQ). Most of them have a MOQ of 1 pallet. One pallet measures 40″ X 48″.
Ninety-nine percent of the time, the pallet will be made out of wood. I am not in favor of wood pallets because sometimes the wood pallet will break and puncture the protein bags. This will make the powder ineligible for human consumption.
When shipping protein powder in bulk by the pallet, I would recommend double-wall cardboard be placed on the pallet first, and then the bags stacked on it. Next, cardboard would be wrapped around the pallet to avoid damage during transit.
One pallet of protein can vary from another depending on the density and source of the protein powder. For example, typical whey protein powder that is instantized will be around 1,500 to 2,000 pounds per pallet. Most bulk whey protein comes in 20-kilo bags, and most protein manufacturers will then put 40 bags on a pallet. European protein powder manufacturers will use smaller bags and smaller pallets. Typical European protein bags will be 15 kilos and about 30 bags per pallet.
If a business wants to flavor their bulk protein powder, they can send it to a blender or contract packager. The contract package will most likely have the ability and knowledge to flavor protein powder. If not, here are some simple formulas.
Chocolate Flavored Whey Protein Powder
80% Instant whey protein powder
20% Cocoa powder
0.2% stevia or 0.1% sucralose or 0.1% acesulfame potassium.
Vanilla Flavored Whey Protein Powder
90% Instant whey protein powder
0.6% vanilla flavoring (Weber Flavors)
0.2% stevia or 0.1% sucralose or 0.1% acesulfame potassium.
Keep in mind that the sweeteners can only be purchased from the manufacturers or distributors. They cannot be purchased at the grocery store or a restaurant supply store. Stevia sold at the grocery store is not 100% stevia, it is about 95% maltodextrin and 5% stevia.
Distributing Your Protein Powder
After a business blends and flavors their protein powder, they should label it with a nutrition facts panel or a supplement facts panel. If a company labels it with a nutrition facts panel, it should follow the Code of Federal Regulations 110s. If a company labels its protein powder with a supplement facts panel, then it will follow the Code of federal regulations 111’s. I recommend going with a nutrition facts panel because the regulations are not as complicated. Most of the large protein distributors like Optimum Nutrition labels their whey protein with a nutrition facts panel.
In conclusion, bulk protein powder can be a great choice when needing to consume large quantities of protein. Large amounts of protein powder are typically required to increase muscle mass and increase weight. Using a protein calculator can help one determine the amount of protein needed daily to increase muscle protein synthesis. If over 150 grams of protein powder is necessary every day, then a bulk protein powder purchase is a smart decision. Companies like Proteinfactory offer a wide variety of protein powder that you can buy in bulk. Because protein powder has a long shelf life, one can purchase enough to cover 365 days.