Containers and Accessories
CHOSING THE BEST OLIVE OIL CONTAINERS, BOTTLES, AND CLOSURES
Oxygen and light are detrimental to olive oil. The ideal storage is in stainless steel or dark glass, away from heat. There are a number of things to consider when choosing the best container or bottle for storing your olive oil or vinegar.
- Fusti are a Great Solution. Highly polished, stainless steel containers called fusti are excellent for storing larger volumes of olive oil at home or in your olive oil tasting bar. Customers also use them for vinegar, wine, milk, and water.
- Choosing a Bottle: Selecting the ideal bottle type for your olive oil or vinegar takes some analysis. It should include: what sells in local shops? What makes one bottle “pop” on the shelves, and another one not? What bottle type will best protect the integrity of the olive oil inside?
- Bottle Size: Glass olive oil bottles are typically sized in milliliters. Give careful thought to your marketing and profit strategy. Do you need multiple price points? Which size(s) will be most profitable for you? What is most convenient for your customers?
- Bottle Shape: Your olive oil label (carefully branded) may dictate your bottle shape. In addition, consider bottle height (does it fit average retail or kitchen shelves?), stability (will it tip over easily?), and its impact on shipping and packaging.
- Bottle Color: All light sources are detrimental to olive oil quality, because light accelerates oxidation. Clear bottles that showcase your beautiful olive oil are tempting to the customer, but darker colors may be a much smarter play if you want consumers to actually like the taste of the oil.
- Bottle Material: If it’s too good to be true, it’s not true. Confirm what raw materials are in your glass (particularly glass from China or Mexico). Ensure that lead is not part of that cheap glass. It’s not worth damaging someone’s health or a costly lawsuit. Consider the quality of the manufacturing as well.
- Bottle Availability: Cool now can translate to a hot mess later. Establishing your brand with a unique olive oil bottle might be great initially, but if your source dries up or has challenges meeting delivery schedules, you’ll ruin your hard-won reputation.
- Choosing Bottle Closures: There are three predominant glass olive oil bottle closures: bar tops, screw tops, and Ropp tops. While others exist (such as cork), these three are considered superior due to their reliability and cost effectiveness.
- Shipping and Storage: Careful consideration should be given before purchasing bottle glass by the pallet. You will need to have boxes made. Cost of storing the glass, plus the extra boxes, plus the extra labor may well offset cost savings on pallet pricing.