I don't sell much retail - I primarily wholesale. But when I sell retail it is in wide mouth Mason Jars - Pint $10, Quart $20. Those are last year's prices, haven't priced anything out yet this year. I had a bad experience with plastic a few years ago when my Mother-In-Law tried to uncrystallize honey I had given her in the Microwave.
I am with andrew, I mostly wholesale but i retail about 20% of my honey or so. I prefer 1 and 2 pound glass classic glass jars. I used to sell the 8 oz. also, but demand wasnt that great for them, so I switched to bigger containers. I also sell a few quarts and gallons also, but most of my honey is sold in 5 gallon pails.
I haven't done the math lately so this is just my impression from sales. Most popular to least would be:
1 lb glass jar @ $54.00/cs of 12
12 oz squeeze Bear @ $39.00/cs of 12
1 lb Invert container (don't know whether to call it a jar or not) @ $54.00/cs of 12
2 lb glass jar @ $96.00/cs of 12
5 lb round glass jar @ $114.00/cs of 6
8 oz plastic jar @ $36.00/cs of 12
8 oz glass jar @ $72.00/cs of 24
5 gallon plastic Tote @ $210.00 each
5 gallon Bucket , raw and unstrained right out of the extractor, @ $150.00
Those are wholesale prices, of course. Direct store delivery. Retail here at the house is more.
My most popular is regular quart Mason jars @ $15.00.
Second is 1 pound squeeze bottles @ $6.00
Third is regular pint Mason jars @ $ 8.00
Least popular is the 12 ounce plastic bear @ $5.00....but the bear customers come back the following week for larger sizes so they are well worth keeping in the lineup.
I notice that my prices are less than some of you but it's a price both I and my customers are comfortable with.
We sell honey is all sorts of containers. Simply because we like a large display in the store. the eye appeal gets the attention of tourists. we also by honey and package it so we have items like Tupelo honey, orange blossom, and buckwheat honey. Our two biggest sellers almost in equal numbers are our 6 oz. samplers, (The glass Octagonal jar) which we sell for $4.00 The jars make it a bit pricy as they figure to $.60 a piece. and the 1 pound inverted queenline squeeze bottle with dripless top.
However if I were not in a novelty type country market. Rather selling at a farm marker, swap meet environment, or Roadside stand, I would no hassle with a wide variety of containers and go with a one pound jar of some sort.
My top seller is a 2 lb. plastic container for $10. Next best is the 12 oz. honey bear for $5 and then the 2 oz. honey bears for $1.50. I have 1 lb. bottles for $6, but seldom sell them and I tried some 6 oz. bears last year, and didn't sell one.
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