When looking at the different types of glass bottles and jars used for packaging, it is important to note that the vast majority of it is not custom packaging, but stock packaging. Most companies, unless you are a massive fortune 500 company like Johnson and Johnson, will buy stock bottles and jars and then use a label or shrink wrap to brand it. Some may also print directly onto the bottle or jar via silk screen printing. So if you use or are planning to use glass bottles and jars for your product(s), the good news is that buying stock packaging is much easier and quicker than buying custom packaging and there are tons of sizes and styles to choose from that should fit just about every need.
In this article I’m going to be showcasing the major styles of glass bottles and jars that are common in the marketplace.
The Different Styles of Glass Bottles and Jars
A bottle typically has a long narrow neck and mouth while a jar typically has a wide mouth opening with much less of a neck. Think wine bottle vs mayonnaise jar.
Economy Round Jars
Economy Rounds are very common in the marketplace. They have a wide mouth (opening) and are perfect for sauces. They are the classic mayonnaise jar.
Paragon jars are tall and lean. Commonly seen storing olives or other types of pickled products as well has jam and jelly preserves. The paragon jar has a regal shape and gives the impression of greater volume than it actually holds.
French Square (or Victorian) Jars
These durable jars are often seen housing bath crystals, herbs and other cosmetic or food items. The jar suggests elegance and has four distinct sides perfect for multiple labeling possibilities.
Standard Spice Jar
Both these jars come in round or square. Everybody has seen these classic jars in every grocery store in the modern world.
Hex Jars (Hexagon)
These six sided jars are often associated with elegant jar candles, bath salts, or high-end jams, chutneys or desert sauces.
Great for canning, DIY projects and for items sold at farmer’s markets. But if the jar says “Mason” or “Ball” on it, maybe not for the consumer marketplace. Still, a very popular style of jar.
These jars have virtually no neck and thus make thoroughly scooping out contents easier than jars with more of a neck. The straight sides also maximize the labeling size or showcase the contents more entirely. As with all jars, the uses can be many, but hand and face creams are the product that comes to mind when thinking about straight-sided jars.
Boston Round Bottle (Winchester Bottle)
This heavy and strong bottle is very commonly used for chemical applications but is also used in food and cosmetic industries as well. They have a very “apothecary” look to them and suggest classic old world. The glass of these bottles is usually clear, blue tinted or amber tinted but can be available in green or frosted. Boston Rounds have a narrow neck and mouth making them compatible for different enclosures other than a standard screw cap, such as pump sprays and eyedropper.
Long Necked Bottles (Woozy Bottles)
These bottles come in a variety of sizes but the most common woozy bottle sighting for me is the intrepid hot sauce or cocktail bitters. But cooking wines and some vinaigrettes are also prevalent.
The following bottle types are so product suggestive that they are named by them.
Sauce Bottles come in a variety of styles but do tend to be seen holding sauces (go figure) in our favorite grocery stores; BBQ sauces, salad dressings are very common, although many brands have switched to plastic bottles over the years.
These usually come clear for white wines and tinted for red wines. This bottle is a standard for wine and will undoubtedly remain so.
Tinted or clear, threaded cap or corked, these heavy and sturdy bottles have many variances in style and size, but you know a liquor bottle when you see one. The larger the brand the more likely the company will get their bottles custom made as unique bottle shapes are a strong part of the brand.
Olive Oil Bottles – Marasca (Square) and Dorica (Round)
These tall and slender bottles typically hold olive oil. The Marasca bottles have a square body and the Dorica bottles are round.