Karma
Grape OZ , Koko Puffs , LA Kush Cake , OG Sin , Yuk Mouth
Kinfolk Farms
Carat Cake , Garlic Cookies , Green Pass , Ice Milk
LA CASA CANNA BIS INC
Cherry Hills
LIGHTSHADE - Dayton
Layer Cake , Unicorn Poop
LIGHTSHADE - Evans
Cherry Hills , Unicorn Poop
LIGHTSHADE - Federal
Layer Cake , Unicorn Poop
LIGHTSHADE - Peoria
Cherry Hills , Unicorn Poop
Lightshade
LA Kush Cake , Unicorn Poop
Lightshade Labs on Holly Street
Cherry Hills , Unicorn Poop
MAGNOLIA ROAD - Boulder
Yuk Mouth, Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel, Doc's Cake , Funyunz , Gelato 41 , Ice Milk, Koko Puffs , Layer Cake , Miracle Alien Cookies , OG Sin , Sky 600, Snickerz
Maikoh Holistics
Tart Pops
Makena
Carat Cake , Forbidden Melonz , LA Kush Cake , Peach Pie , Tart Pops, Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Layer Cake, Sunset Drive
NATIVE ROOTS ASPEN
Yuk Mouth, Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel, GG4, Garlic Breath , Green Pass , Koko Puffs , OG Sin, Slurricane, Yuk Mouth
NATIVE ROOTS DILLON
Yuk Mouth, Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel, Forbidden Melonz , Green Pass
NATIVE ROOTS EDGEWATER
Amarelo , Carat Cake , Garlic Breath , Green Pass
NATIVE ROOTS Frisco - rec
Yuk Mouth, Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel, Forbidden Melonz , GG4, Green Pass , LA Kush Cake , Layer Cake , OG Sin , Papaya Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Sour Rado, Tart Pops, Triangle OG , Wedding Crasher, Yuk Mouth
NATIVE ROOTS Grant St. REC
Yuk Mouth, Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel, Garlic Breath , Green Pass , Slurricane, Triangle OG , Yuk Mouth
NATIVE ROOTS LITTLETON
Amarelo , Carat Cake , Green Pass , LA Kush Cake , OG Sin , Sunset Drive , Yuk Mouth
NATIVE ROOTS LONGMONT
Amarelo , Carat Cake , Green Pass , Tart Pops, Triangle OG , Yuk Mouth
NATIVE ROOTS NORTH DENVER
Amarelo , Carat Cake
NATIVE ROOTS SANTA FE
Amarelo , Carat Cake , Green Pass , Yuk Mouth
NATIVE ROOTS VAIL
Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel, GG4, GG4 , Sour Rado, Yuk Mouth
NATURAL ALTERNATIVES FOR HEALTH
Tart Pops, Bananaghani, Cherry Hills, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake
NATURES MEDICINE SALIDA
Cherry Diesel, Forbidden Melonz , Garlic Breath , Green Pass , Tart Pops
Native Roots Austin Bluffs MED
Cherry Hills , Layer Cake
Native Roots Colorado
Yuk Mouth, Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel, Forbidden Melonz , Grape OZ , Green Pass , Sour Rado, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Triangle OG , Yuk Mouth
Native Roots Highlands
Yuk Mouth, Amarelo , Carat Cake , GG4, Garlic Breath , Green Pass , Yuk Mouth
Native Roots Littleton MED
Cherry Hills , LA Kush Cake , Layer Cake
Native Roots Longmont
Cherry Hills , Layer Cake
Native Roots Tower
Yuk Mouth, Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel, Cherry Diesel , Forbidden Melonz , Green Pass , LA Kush Cake , Slurricane, Sour Rado, Tart Pops, Triangle OG, Triangle OG , Yuk Mouth
Native Roots Trinidad
Yuk Mouth, Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel , Green Pass , LA Kush Cake , Slurricane, Tart Pops, Triangle OG, Wedding Crasher, Yuk Mouth
Native Roots Vail MED
Cherry Diesel , Layer Cake , OG Sin
Nature's Medicine Northglenn Medical
Sour Diesel, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (44th)
Ice Cream Cake , Layer Cake , Triangle OG , Biker OZ, Layer Cake, Sunset Drive
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (EVANS)
Ice Cream Cake , Layer Cake , Triangle OG
PIG N' WHISTLE
Biker OZ , Carat Cake , Forbidden Melonz , LA Kush Cake
Paonia Purple
Biker OZ, Yuk Mouth
RJJ Tejon
Cherry Diesel , Cherry Hills
RJJ Tower
Layer Cake , Unicorn Poop
ROCKY ROAD AURORA
Carat Cake , Green Pass , Peach Pie , Unicorn Poop
ROCKY ROAD VAIL
Yuk Mouth, Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel, GG4, Ice Milk, Sky 600, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Triangle OG
ROOTS RX EDWARDS
Big Bubba Diesel , Cherry Diesel , Doc's Cake , Green Pass
ROOTS RX GUNNISON
Amarelo , Big Bubba Diesel , Carat Cake , Doc's Cake , Green Pass , Layer Cake , OG Sin
ROOTS RX Leadville
Cherry Diesel , Granola Funk , Runtz , Triangle OG
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Company Fraser
Bananaghani, Biker OZ
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Craig
Bananaghani, Biker OZ, Layer Cake
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Dinosaur
Yuk Mouth
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Naturita
Bananaghani , Tart Pops, Wedding Crasher
Rocky Mountain Cannabis REC W Alameda 402R-00100
Biker OZ
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Trinidad
Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel, Sour Rado, Yuk Mouth
Rocky Mountain Georgetown
Biker OZ, Yuk Mouth
Rocky Road Remedies REC E 112th 402R-00633
Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel , Colorado Cool-aid, GG4 , Garlic Breath , Garlic Cookies , LA Kush Cake , Peach Pie , Rare Candiez , Snickerz , Tart Pops, Yuk Mouth
SIMPLY PURE
Yuk Mouth, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Diesel , Forbidden Melonz , LA Kush Cake , Sky 600, Slurricane, Tart Pops, Yuk Mouth
SOLACE MEDS LLC - FC
Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel , Forbidden Melonz , Garlic Cookies , Yuk Mouth
Solace Meds - WR
Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel , Forbidden Melonz , Garlic Cookies , Yuk Mouth
Solace Meds Broadway
Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel , OG Sin
Solace Meds Colfax
Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel , Garlic Cookies
Standing Akimbo
Cherry Diesel , GG4 , Layer Cake , OG Sin , Slurricane
Steel City Meds
Forbidden Melonz , LA Kush Cake , OG Sin, Sour Diesel, Strawberries N Cream, Unicorn Poop
THE JOINT BY CANNABIS
Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel , LA Kush Cake , Sunset Drive
The 64 Store
Cherry Diesel , Cherry Hills , LA Kush Cake , Slurricane
The Dispo (REC)
Yuk Mouth, Banana Kush , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream , Forbidden Melonz , GG4 , Garlic Cookies , Ice Milk, LA Kush Cake, Layer Cake , OG Sin, Papaya Cake, Peach Pie , Pudding Pop , Scooby Snax, Sky 600, Slurricane, Snickerz , Sour Rado, Unicorn Poop , Yuk Mouth
The Underground Station
Bananaghani , GG4 , Granola Funk , Koko Puffs , Triangle OG
Tumbleweed - Steamboat
Cherry Hills, Layer Cake
Tumbleweed Craig
Cherry Diesel , Forbidden Melonz , Cherry Hills
Tumbleweed Frisco
Wedding Crasher, Cherry Hills
VERTS
Yuk Mouth, Cherry Diesel, Forbidden Melonz , Sky 600, Slurricane, Wedding Crasher
5280 Weedery MED E 45th 402-01237
Cherry Hills , Layer Cake , OG Sin
A Cut Above - Springs med
Cookies N Cream , Layer Cake , Peach Pie , Unicorn Poop
BOULDER WELLNESS CENTER LLC
Tart Pops, Grape OZ
BUDDY BOY - Walnut St
Yuk Mouth, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Diesel , LA Kush Cake , Triangle OG
Breckenridge Organic Therapy REC Airport 402R-00181
Yuk Mouth, Forbidden Melonz , Garlic Breath , Grape OZ , Koko Puffs , LA Kush Cake , Peach Pie , Sky 600, Tart Pops
Buddy Boy - S. Federal
Cherry Diesel, Triangle OG
CANNACO
Cherry Diesel, Sky 600, Wedding Crasher, Biker OZ, Layer Cake
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY BROADWAY
Amarelo , Forbidden Melonz , LA Kush Cake , Tart Pops, Triangle OG , Yuk Mouth
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY KALAMATH
Wedding Crasher
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY YALE
Apple Fritter , Carat Cake , Forbidden Melonz , Koko Puffs , LA Kush Cake , Tart Pops, Triangle OG , Yuk Mouth , Yuk Mouth
Canna Cabinet
Amarelo , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel , LA Kush Cake , Layer Cake , OG Sin , Triangle OG , Unicorn Poop , Yuk Mouth
Cannabicare
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Diesel , Cherry Hills , OG Sin, OG Sin , Sour Diesel, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno
DELILAH LLC
Yuk Mouth, Biker OZ, Cherry Diesel, Slurricane, Wedding Crasher, Ice Cream Cake, Yuk Mouth
Eclipse Cannabis Company
Tart Pops, Layer Cake
Emerald Fields - Manitou
Amarelo , Apple Fritter , Carat Cake , Cherry Diesel , Colorado Cool-aid, Forbidden Melonz , GG4 , Garlic Breath , Garlic Cookies , Granola Funk , Green Pass , OG Sin , Snickerz , Strawberries N Cream , Tart Pops, Yuk Mouth
GREEN WORLD EXPRESS
Cherry Hills
Golden Meds Peoria
Grape OZ , Koko Puffs , Wedding Crasher
Green Pharm II
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Hills , Layer Cake , OG Sin, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Unicorn Poop
Growlife
Sour Diesel, Strawberries N Cream
High Plainz Strains 2
Amarelo , Biker OZ , Cherry Diesel , Forbidden Melonz , Funyunz , GG4 , Garlic Breath , Granola Funk , Grape OZ , Green Pass , Ice Cream Cake , Koko Puffs , LA Kush Cake , Layer Cake , Miracle Alien Cookies , OG Sin , Peach Pie , Runtz , Strawberries N Cream , Sunset Drive , Tart Pops, Triangle OG , Unicorn Poop , Wedding Crasher, Yuk Mouth
Higher Grade 38th
Big Bubba Diesel, LA Kush Cake , OG Sin, Unicorn Poop
Higher Grade Medical (at Galena)
LA Kush Cake , Peach Pie , Unicorn Poop
KIND CARE OF COLORADO LLC
Cherry Hills, GG4, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Sunset Drive

December 10, 2021

How cannabis companies can save money on packaging

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By Bart Schaneman, Editor

December 10, 2021

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(Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a three-part series on marijuana and hemp packaging solutions.)

Complying with regulations while sourcing and working with cost-effective, attractive marijuana or hemp packaging requires a deft touch, which can’t be done by simply throwing money at the problem.

Packaging is a major cost for any marijuana or hemp company that makes products, and a few considerations to cut expenses include:

  • Buying in bulk to get better pricing.
  • Keeping a close eye on the packaging manufacturer to ensure quality.
  • Dialing in forecasting to accurately order the correct supply.
  • Selecting affordable base materials and simplifying the process as much as possible.

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That’s just a brief summary of what marijuana and hemp industry stakeholders suggested for saving money on packaging.

Below are tips and advice from cannabis companies across the country. Their quotes have been edited for length and clarity:

Eric Leslie, chief marketing officer and co-owner, Cheeba Chews, Boulder, Colorado

The cheapest option isn’t always the most cost-effective.

Print errors, random defective units and inconsistencies of appearance are all variables that seem to pop up more often when we work with the cheapest providers available.

You really have to micromanage the orders to ensure they are consistently right.

Always have a backup option. Sometimes you can see price creep in your orders, as a supplier tries to earn your business with a low-ball offer.

They eventually need to gain those pennies back, and you’ll find that in small increments on your subsequent orders.

Keep them in check with a competing bid, if you think a price is getting to an uncomfortable place.

Jonathan Persofsky, co-founder and CEO, Green Gruff, Toronto

Forecast accurately so you can buy in larger quantities and avoid excess packaging that doesn’t bring value.

Customers today are far more environmentally conscious and don’t want to receive useless excess.

Shannon Reed, chief marketing officer, Omura, Santa Monica, California

No. 1 is usually package size and weight.

By maintaining the lowest possible footprint, you are then also able to reduce shipping costs, storage space, production time and, of course, be more eco-friendly.

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Limiting the number of colors printed and print methods reduces the amount of work for the producer and can make a big impact.

Selecting the correct base material is critical.

If an incorrect paper is chosen, it could lead to additional interventions, which cost money each time, and additional tertiary packaging.

Work with the manufacturer to ensure the packaging design is easily automatable to reduce the numbers of touches per assembly.

Samip Shah, chief operating officer, C3 Industries, Detroit

The most important consideration is the quality of the material and construction – protecting the product is paramount and the reason we’re looking for packaging in the first place.

Margin profiles differ state by state, product to product, so understanding how packaging costs fit into a product’s overall wholesale price is critical for brands to be competitive.

Optimize and reduce the number of overall packaging base stock-keeping units (SKUs) , even if the designs and labeling might differ product to product.

Before ordering packaging, predict how labor will fill the packaging and how that fits into the overall plan: High-design, complex packaging likely will result in increased labor costs and frustrated operations teams.

Trent Woloveck, chief commercial director, Jushi Holdings, Boca Raton, Florida

The best way to save on packaging costs is to find simple and attractive packaging solutions. The packaging should serve the product.

A lot of cannabis companies lose sight of this and get caught up in flashy or expensive packaging fads, many of which are environmentally wasteful.

The packaging should be durable and aesthetically pleasing to entice customers.

But don’t lose sight of the big picture – cannabis customers are looking for high-quality, affordable and effective products. They don’t want to incur extra costs because of expensive, unnecessary packaging.

Avoiding expensive packaging helps to keep prices reasonable for customers or patients while operating companies yield higher margins.

If the packaging is compliant in multiple states, that saves us from having to enter more partnerships and reduces our overall costs.

When considering and negotiating partnerships, it is wise to take advantage of data analytics and leverage your buying power by conveying current and projected volumes. For example, costs are lower with bulk purchases.

Additionally, utilize blanket or consignment orders when it is possible. This will accommodate limited storage capabilities while also taking advantage of bulk pricing.  

Lauren Claire Smith, director of product and innovation strategy, Plus, Pacifica, California 

Global supply-chain issues have increased costs for all cannabis companies, particularly in packaging.

You can lower your cost by seeking out domestic production – when possible.

Erin Mulkeran, product and special projects manager, High Life Farms, Chesaning, Michigan

While not always the most aesthetically pleasing, it helps if you do not fully customize the packaging – i.e., strain names, flavors, etc. – so the packaging can be used across multiple SKUs for that product line.

Austin Stevenson, chief innovation officer, Vertosa, Oakland, California

Proper management of the cost of goods sold is critical to success in cannabis packaging.

One immediate way to save costs is to utilize turnkey products rather than custom packaging. Less is more, quite literally.

Brands often use an excessive amount of packaging to remain compliant, which can then create a horrible customer “opening” experience as well as excessive waste.

To save costs, spend time upfront exploring all compliance solutions and don’t leave any stone unturned as you work to a simple and compliant solution that results in less waste.

Thomas Winstanley, vice president of marketing, Theory Wellness, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Understand your burn rate, forecast your needs and align on lowering costs by increasing volume.

This is easier said than done given regulatory requirements and constantly evolving product lines.

The inherent risk is getting stuck with slow-moving packaging that takes up space based on a poor forecast.

Matt Jacobs, director of front of house operations, Veritas Fine Cannabis, Denver

Packaging vendors will typically offer price breaks at various quantities, but this requires a certain level of preparation and planning ahead to fully maximize value here.

Once Veritas identifies where price breaks exist, we will plan ahead and place bulk orders for packaging that might not be introduced immediately but will be used later down the line for future projects.

This can be challenging to take advantage of, however, without the ability to analyze future projects and plan ahead.

Bart Schaneman can be reached at bart.schaneman@mjbizdaily.com.