The Totebag Task Force establishes uniform specifications and procedures for tote bags that allow the industry to reduce costs and increase efficiency.
The American Peanut Council’s Totebag Taskforce began work in 2001 to develop a standard specification so that generic totebags could be used by the entire industry minimizing inventory issues and guaranteeing a common package for all U.S. peanuts. The first standard specification was adopted by the APC Board in 2002. Since that time many improvements in breathability of the woven polypropolene totebag have been made. Additional minor modifications were also made to make the bag easier to fill and also to discharge the peanuts. Recently, changes were made to reflect the latest international totebag specifications. APC members randomly test the new bags against the specification and report the results to APC. The results are published by APC and sent to all totebag buyers. This assures users of the totebags that the bags they use will be safe, sanitary, and in compliance with APC specifications.