A dispenser is a container used that contains big amounts of products. Dispensers are usually used for bulk merchandising. They store products that people can purchase in bulk, without having a fixed amount. 

For example, dispensers are used for nuts, seeds, spices, and even coffee beans in brick and mortar stores. Dispensers are also used by other businesses such as hotels, pet shops, and restaurants. 


Types of dispensers

There are two types of dispensers used for bulk merchandising inside brick and mortar stores. 

   1. Continuous flow

The continuous flow dispensers are great for bulk merchandising any free-flowing items like beans, rice, nuts, seeds, coffee, candies, cereals, oats, and pasta. These types of bins are usually secured to the shelf, and when shoppers pull the handle is pulled, gravity allows the products to flow into a container (plastic bag, jar). The flow rate can be easily adjusted for a fast or slow setting. These containers are clear so shoppers can easily spot the contents inside. This type of food dispenser usually comes in a 3-, 5- and 12-gallon capacity.


   2. Portion control 

Portion control dispensers are mostly used for smaller stores that have few varieties of choices. This type of dispenser is also perfect for continental breakfasts, break rooms or kitchen counters. This container allows the retailer to decide the amount of product that needs to be dispensed. This type of dispenser is best used for items that are consumed in smaller quantities like ice cream toppings, dried fruits, or cereals. These containers should also be clear so customers can see the products inside. Portion control dispensers are smaller in size. 

Why are dispensers important? 

Dispensers are great tools for bulk merchandising. They allow customers to select the right amount of product for them. For retailers, dispensers are great because they are easy to use and easy to assemble. Food dispensers are great for the environment as well because they promote a zero-waste shopping approach.