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  1. #1
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    Default mini bear containers

    I'm looking for info on the two types of "mini" bear plastic containers. Moreover, what exactly is the difference between them... besides the stated 1oz.

    Betterbee carries a 3 oz. flat panel mini bear.
    Brushy & Dadant carry a 2 oz. flat panel mini bear.

    All three look identical. Betterbee's bears (under their specs) claim to be 6.63" wide and 5.88" tall. The length is 12.75. Not really 'mini' in my opinion but I'm guessing the website is incorrect for a 3 oz. bear. Brushy's bears are 3" tall and 1-1/2" wide. I can't find info on Dadants.

    Has anyone researched these bears and compared their size/quantity? My client would like a 3oz bear... I would like the best price for the product (Dadant).

    Thanks for any input.
    Keith

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    Default Re: mini bear containers

    Keith,
    How many containers are you looking for?
    I have a box of probably over 400 8oz K-Resin Panel Bears, clear plastic w/ a panel on the front and the back.
    I am taking the box to the Empire State Honey Producers Meeting in Syracuse and they will be available by the dozen at the Silent Auction. Hope to see you there.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: mini bear containers

    We were nominated for an award for helping to design the "2 oz." bear, as we pushed for its development (we were the first to carry it). All you see on the market now are the same production. Justin, formerly of Betterbee, claimed that their honey was so low moisture, that it was a "3 oz." bear when filled fully. When filled correctly (just above where the bear head meets the neck finish) with avg. moisture honey, it will truly hold 2.25 oz. of honey. 2 oz. will be just below where the head of the bear meets the neck finish. Most label as 2 oz. and probably give a little extra when filling. You should price it for the higher (2.25 oz); this way, you won't get dinged by an inspector for under-filling the container with product as stated on the label, but will cover your costs.

    Feel free to PM or email us if you have other questions on this or any other container product.
    Blue Sky Bee Supply
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    Default Re: mini bear containers

    [QUOTE=blueskybeesupply;867408]We were nominated for an award for helping to design the "2 oz." bear, as we pushed for its development (we were the first to carry it). ..............

    I ordered the2oz'ers above from Blue Sky, love em! Best prices I've found so far on bottles anywhere. ( Feel free credit my account Bsky!)

    Brad

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    Default Re: mini bear containers

    Quote Originally Posted by blueskybeesupply View Post
    We were nominated for an award for helping to design the "2 oz." bear, as we pushed for its development (we were the first to carry it). All you see on the market now are the same production. Justin, formerly of Betterbee, claimed that their honey was so low moisture, that it was a "3 oz." bear when filled fully. When filled correctly (just above where the bear head meets the neck finish) with avg. moisture honey, it will truly hold 2.25 oz. of honey. 2 oz. will be just below where the head of the bear meets the neck finish. Most label as 2 oz. and probably give a little extra when filling. You should price it for the higher (2.25 oz); this way, you won't get dinged by an inspector for under-filling the container with product as stated on the label, but will cover your costs.

    Feel free to PM or email us if you have other questions on this or any other container product.
    Do you use a fliptop lid on your Bears? I don't see much point in that since you can't squeeze them. That's the design flaw I see in a K-Resin Panel Bear of just about any size, but especially the smaller ones. But, maybe you aren't supposed to get the honey out of them, being mostly for decoration? Not really a dis, by the way.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: mini bear containers

    I have people buy them for gift basket, stockings, or novelties for friends. Ladies like to stick them in their purse for tea. Kids will open them and drink them on the spot. I don't worry about making a lot of money on them as people often come back for larger quantities after trying them.

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    Default Re: mini bear containers

    The little bears get attention and sold well for me. The problem that I see is getting the honey out.

    For someone going to farmers markets or fairs I suspect they would be good sellers. I thought they would be good to bundle with different honey's and sell.

    Tom

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