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Ice Bags at Wholesale Prices!

Plastic Ice Bags

Looking for high-quality plastic ice bags that meet and exceed FDA and USDA requirements for food contact? We've got you covered! Our super-strong ice bags are made with EVA additives to withstand rough handling and below-freezing temperatures. Choose from the three different ice bag styles. We offer 5lb, 8lb, 10lb, 20lb, and 50lb ice bags for any size job. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Ice Bags - All you need to know about Packaging Ice.

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What are plastic ice bags made of?

Plastic ice bags are made from Metallocene Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) resin. Compared to LDPE, LLDPE is a bit stronger and more resistant to punctures and tears. Our ice bags also include an EVA copolymer resin additive that helps perform better in cold temperatures. All polyethylene films become brittle at freezing temperatures, so EVA is added to soften the film and aid in puncture resistance, ripping, and tearing. EVA is safe for food contact.

Are your plastic ice bags safe for food?

Absolutely. Our plastic ice bags meet FDA requirements for food contact, ensuring the ice contents remain safe for consumption. Our ice bags are also certified, BPA-free, and safe for storing and transporting ice.

Are your Ice Bags FDA/USDA approved?

The FDA doesn't approve anything they issue safety requirements. Our ice bags and film meet the FDA and USDA requirements for safe food contact and are made of 100% virgin resins. A certificate of compliance is available at your request.

How do I close or seal an Ice Bag?

Our plain-top and wicked ice bags come with twist ties for easy bag closure after filling with ice. Some customers use bag tape, C-rings (Hog Rings), zip ties, or heat sealers to close or seal the tops of ice bags to ensure the ice stays uncontaminated and tamper-proof until it reaches the end user. Our drawstring bags have a built-in string that can be tied off as a closure.

Can I customize the size and design of the ice bags?

Absolutely! We offer custom sizes and can print your company logo branding or any other design you require on the bags. Please request a custom ice bag quote now.

Are your plastic ice bags recyclable?

Yes, our plastic ice bags are recyclable. We encourage users to recycle the bags properly to minimize environmental impact. Check with your local recycling program for specific recycling instructions.

What capacities do your ice bags come in?

We offer various sizes, from small retail bags to large industrial sizes. Standard capacities are 5 lbs, 8 lbs, 10 lbs, 20 lbs, and 50 lbs, but we can customize any size you need.

What are the FDA food labeling requirements for Packaged Ice?

Packaged ice labels must meet FDA food labeling requirements. The labels must list the name and place of business of the ice's manufacturer, packer, or distributor. The labels must also list the net quantity of contents of the product. Because ice is a single-ingredient food, packaged ice does not need a listing of ingredients. In addition, ice does not require a nutrition facts label unless the package has a nutrient content claim (such as low in sodium). But ice labeled as being from a specific source, such as spring water or artesian healthy water, must be truthfully labeled and not misleading. In other words, it must be from that source. The source water must meet all the requirements for such types of source water as described in FDA regulations. 

What are the differences in each style of Ice Bag and which style should I choose?

Choosing the right style of Ice Bag is one of preference and packing functions. Lower-volume manual ice bag packagers usually choose between Loose-packed Plain Top Ice Bags or Drawstring Ice Bags. Higher-volume ice packagers use semi-automatic and high-speed automatic packaging machines that require Ice Bags on Wicket or Ice Bag Roll Stock Film. Here are some differences in each ice bag style:


1. Wicketed Ice Bags:
   - Structure: Wicketed ice bags are typically mounted on a metal wicket or bar, which can be a U-shaped wire or rod. Multiple bags are stacked and held together on this wicket.
   - Usage: These bags are designed for easy filling and handling, especially in high-volume settings. The wicket holds the bags open, making scooping ice into them more manageable.
   - Closure: After filling, each bag is typically torn off the wicket and sealed using a twist tie, heat seal, or some other form of closure.
   - Advantages: They are efficient for quick filling and are often used in commercial settings where large quantities of ice are bagged. The wicket system allows for a more streamlined process.
   - Disadvantages: They require an additional step for sealing and might not be as convenient for individual or small-scale use.


2. Drawstring Ice Bags:
   - Structure: These bags come with a built-in drawstring at the opening.
   - Usage: The drawstring allows for easy opening, closing, and carrying. They are user-friendly and can be easily handled by consumers and retailers alike.
   - Closure: The drawstring provides a secure closure, helping to prevent spillage and allowing for more accessible transportation.
   - Advantages: They are very convenient for end-users, as the drawstring makes them easy to carry and reseal if not all the ice is used simultaneously.
   - Disadvantages: Drawstring bags might be slightly more expensive due to the added feature and can be a bit slower to fill than wicketed bags.


3. Plain Top Ice Bags:
   - Structure: These are simple, no-frills bags without unique opening or closing mechanisms.
   - Usage: They are filled manually and can be sealed in various ways, depending on the user's preference or available tools.
   - Closure: Closure methods include twist ties, tape, staples, or heat sealing. They do not have a built-in closure mechanism.
   - Advantages: Plain top bags are often more economical and versatile, as they can be sealed in different ways depending on the available resources.
   - Disadvantages: They require an additional step for sealing, and without a built-in closure mechanism, they can be less convenient for transport and storage if not sealed properly.


In summary, the choice between wicketed, drawstring, and plain top ice bags often depends on the scale of operation, the desired convenience for end-users, and cost considerations. Wicketed bags are great for efficiency in high-volume settings, drawstring bags offer user convenience and ease of transport, and plain top bags are versatile and economical for various uses.

What size bag do I need?

Packaged ice is sold in various capacities and the bag sizes often vary based on the style and size of the ice cubes being packaged.


  • 5 lb. Ice Bags: 5-pound Ice Bag cools approximately 18 cans – 5# ice bags are commonly found at convenience stores, liquor stores, beach shops, etc.
  • 8 lb. Ice Bags: 8 lb. Ice Bags cool approximately 22 cans – 8# ice bags are the most common size at convenience stores, liquor stores, bait shops, etc.
  • 10 lb. Ice Bags: 10 lb. Ice Bag cools approximately 27 cans – 10# ice bags are common at grocery stores, warehouse clubs, convenience stores, liquor stores, ice house vending machines, etc.]
  • 20 lb. Ice Bags: 20 lb. Ice Bag cools approximately 55 cans -20 # ice bags are commonly used for commercial applications, caterers, fishing charters, warehouse clubs, ice house vending machines, etc.
  • 50 lb. Ice Bags: 50 lb. Ice Bag cools approximately 138 cans – 50# ice bags are commonly used for industrial and commercial applications, bulk ice sales for stadiums, sports arenas, bars, or anywhere large quantities of ice are needed.
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