Jars vs pouches - which is best?

Which is best: Jars or Pouches?

Since cannabis legalization in Canada, there has been a constant debate on the best packaging format to house dried flower. One of the main arguments prominent among consumers, retailers, and LP’s alike has been which is better: jars or pouches?

We want to preface this by saying there is no right or wrong answer.

We are proud to supply both formats, and believe there are advantages to both. Considerations when selecting a packaging format should be made by looking at all aspects of supply chain: procurement and warehousing, fulfillment and packaging, storage and transport, and consumer experience, and reviewing the pros and cons of each.

 

Here is a brief side by side comparison, considering many factors in the product cycle:

Rigid Packaging: Jars & Caps

Flexible Packaging: CR Pouches

Stock SolutionsStock solutions available in white and black

Cannasupplies Child-Resistant Packaging - jar & cap
Cannasupplies Child-Resistant Packaging – jar & cap
Stock solutions available in white and black

Cannasupplies CR Pinch & Slide Pouches
Cannasupplies CR Pinch & Slide Pouches
CustomizationCan be made to order in custom colours, custom recycled materials, or custom induction liners/freshness foam

Canansupplies custom colour jar
30 Dram Jar, ideal for dried flower, topicals, edibles, etc. with child-resistant domed lid
Can be made to order in any size, custom colour, or any custom print (including rotating Health Canada warnings)

Cannasupplies CR Pinch & Slide Pouches - With Label
Cannasupplies CR Pinch & Slide Pouches – With Label & pre-printing
Supply chainOptions for domestic and overseas product sourcesOptions for domestic and overseas product sources
WarehousingStandard jars are generally 15,000 units per pallet; caps 20,000 per palletDepending on the size pouches can be 20,000 to 50,000 units per pallet
Product fillingFill by hand or with specialized equipment

Fill by hand or with specialized equipment

Product freshnessCaps available with freshness foam to remain under the cap; consider adding a humidity packet to maintain product profile

Canansupplies CR caps with induction sealed liners
Canansupplies CR caps with induction sealed liners
Consider packaging with nitrogen infusion, or adding a humidity packet to maintain product profile

Cannasupplies custom colour CR pouches
Cannasupplies custom colour CR pouches
SealingVariety of induction-seal equipment available ranging from hand-held to fully-automated

Hand Held Induction Sealer
Hand Held Induction Sealer
Variety of heat-seal equipment available ranging from hand-held to fully-automated

Heat Sealer for Pouches and Bags
Heat Sealer for Pouches and Bags
Labelling1 label wraps around PDP; pre-printed is not conducive for use in the Canadian market

Cannasupplies Child-Resistant jar and compatible closure
Cannasupplies Child-Resistant jar and compatible closure
Can combine pre-printing static data, and over-print or label variable production data; or apply full labels to back, front or both

Custom Printed Child Resistant Pouches by Cannasupplies
Custom Printed Child Resistant Pouches by Cannasupplies
Warehousing and transportRigid packaging formats can be designed to remain in secure master case location. Consider dividers or other structural stability to reduce movement.Utilize gusset to stand up pouch. Consider dividers or other structural stability to reduce movement during transport.
Consumer experienceFamiliar push down and turn child-resistant format.

Perception of over-packaging if product fills less than jar capacity, as well as overall packaging weight.

Familiar tear-off strip.

Practice may be required to engage CR zipper.

Perception of less material, less weight, and overall less packaging.

Recycling

Vessels available in a variety of universally* recyclable materials including PET (Recycle symbol #1), HDPE (Recycle # 2), PP (Recycled #5) plastics, glass and tin.

Closures available in PP/co-poly, universally recyclable

*recyclability depends on municipal restrictions, ie: black plastic cannot be recycled in Toronto

Recycle # 7 due to multilayer combinations of different plastics.

Recyclability depends on municipal restrictions.

Cannabis packaging is best recycled through in-store recycling programs.

Any factors that we missed? Contact us to let us know your preference in packaging and why – DM us on Instagram here


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