Why do they pack protein powders in those big containers?

  • jonnyangel

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    Jul 23, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    Why do the companies that supply various nutritional powders have to pack them in those huge cannisters?When you open them up, they are half empty.What a waste of shelf space,and what a waste of plastic for our envrionment.I don't care what company I buy from, they all seem to be the same.Is it, the bigger is better mentality?
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    Jul 23, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    Just a guess, but it might be because when the filling machine first fills the container, the powder is fluffed up, taking up a lot more of the space inside the container. Then, during shipping, the powder settles down, leaving the container half empty.
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    Jul 23, 2011 7:04 PM GMT
    paradox saidJust a guess, but it might be because when the filling machine first fills the container, the powder is fluffed up, taking up a lot more of the space inside the container. Then, during shipping, the powder settles down, leaving the container half empty.


    hhhm... seems unlikely.
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    Jul 23, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
    It's so the guys with over sized hands and forearms can access the contents icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 23, 2011 10:08 PM GMT
    jonnyangel saidWhy do the companies that supply various nutritional powders have to pack them in those huge cannisters?When you open them up, they are half empty.What a waste of shelf space,and what a waste of plastic for our envrionment.I don't care what company I buy from, they all seem to be the same.Is it, the bigger is better mentality?


    So I can fill 'em up with pennies to buy my next can.
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    Jul 23, 2011 10:11 PM GMT
    I think they come standard... for a variety of uses paint etc

    Standardisation is cheaper than efficency in many cases, especially when you ship by weight rather than size

    Plus try and find the scoop in a tub filled to the brim without spilling,

    I try and buy the bags instead of the tubs
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    Jul 23, 2011 10:32 PM GMT
    I'm more of a bag man myself. These things are filled by machines, and it's a product settling issue. Any attempt to try to get them fuller by an automated machine would most probably result in spilling issues at the plant.
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    Jul 23, 2011 10:42 PM GMT
    Mech82 saidIt's so the guys with over sized hands and forearms can access the contents icon_razz.gif

    Thank God for over-sized containers!! Otherwise it would be Hell...boy. icon_lol.gif

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    Jul 23, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    Probably the same reason why your bottle of vitamins or Tylenol needs to be inside of an unnecessary box.
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    Jul 23, 2011 10:49 PM GMT
    Cuz its manly! Fuck yeah!
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    Jul 23, 2011 10:56 PM GMT
    Isn't anything in a fine particulate explosive when aerosolized... a larger tub is a cheap risk management system
  • Spiritreaver

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    Jul 23, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ said
    jonnyangel saidWhy do the companies that supply various nutritional powders have to pack them in those huge cannisters?When you open them up, they are half empty.What a waste of shelf space,and what a waste of plastic for our envrionment.I don't care what company I buy from, they all seem to be the same.Is it, the bigger is better mentality?


    So I can fill 'em up with pennies to buy my next can.
    Hmmm, I do need to find a nice use for all the tubs/scoops I have.
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    Jul 23, 2011 11:40 PM GMT
    Spiritreaver saidHmmm, I do need to find a nice use for all the tubs/scoops I have.



    Have a RealJock party, make party favors...

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    Jul 24, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    Yesterday I noticed that a 3lb cannister of Isopure was the same size as a 2lb almost anything else.
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    Jul 24, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    I used to work in a supplement store and there were a ton of complaints about this. When it comes to powders the main reason is settling. However, a lot of companies that make a huge variety of products also like to use the same bottles for multiple products. It was really common for the same sized bottles to be filled to the brim with fish oil soft gels but only half filled with calcium pills.

    I remember a dialogue between one woman who saw a bottle of Vitamin E (which had our smallest soft gels).

    her:"What!? These bottles are only half filled! You're cheating us."

    me:"Although the bottle is only half filled, the pill count is abso-"

    her(dramatically):"NO! I am 40 years old and I know how these things work!"
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    Jul 24, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    Dahas said
    her:"What!? These bottles are only half filled! You're cheating us."
    me:"Although the bottle is only half filled, the pill count is abso-"
    her(dramatically):"NO! I am 40 years old and I know how these things work!"


    I used to work in a grocery store and that same woman asked for frozen concentrated orange juice.

    me : "what size?"

    her : "the one you add 3 cans water to mix it"
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    Jul 24, 2011 10:23 PM GMT
    I save mine for painting projects, to store hardware in and all kinds of stuff. I also take them and cut a slip in the lid, then push plastic grocery bags through the slip. It's a great way to store those bags.