|The Challenge of Barcoding Beer|
|Simply Barcodes understands the unique challenges facing those needing to barcode beer. With so many options available, where do you go, and who is legitimate? Customers often share with us that barcoding beers seems so complicated. Do they need a UPC and a case code (SCC code)? What are the guidelines for barcoding my beer’s various package types?|
|Simply Barcodes makes barcoding simple. We have been in business over a decade and count many vineyards, distributors, and beer stores among our clients. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff stands ready to answer your questions and do more than just sell you barcodes for your beer. We work with you to help your company successfully distribute your beers.
We are thoroughly familiar with the many requirements for barcoding beer bottles and packages of beer. You face numerous challenges when working to get your products to the market, knowing the barcode requirements for beer should not be one of them.
|Frequently Asked Questions|
Below, you will find many of the most common questions we have answered for our clients over the last 12+ years regarding barcodes for beer. Please take the time to read through them or call us for assistance.
|What kind of barcode do I need for individual units of beer (bottle, can, or keg)?|
|A UPC code is required for individual beer bottles, cans, and kegs. UPC codes are the standard 12-digit barcodes that you see on any retail product sold in retail outlets the United States and Canada.|
|Do I need different UPC codes for different flavors?|
|Yes. In order for the computer systems of your retailers to know whether the cashier at the register just scanned your dark beer or your wheat beer, the different types/flavors must have a different UPC code. Otherwise, it would not be possible for them to keep proper count of inventory.|
|What are the barcode requirements for packages of beer?|
|Each package size of beer that a customer would carry to a cash register at your retailer must feature a different UPC code. This permits the cashier to properly ring up a 6-pack vs. a 12-pack vs. a suitcase of beer.|
|How do I handle half-pallets and complete pallet shipments?|
|Pallets and half-pallets require 14-digit barcodes called shipping container codes. This code is sometimes referred to as a GTIN-14, SCC-14 or ITF-14. This barcode permits your distributor to properly track pallets as they move through distribution. The code also allows your retailers to properly check-in shipments into inventory as they arrive at the back of their locations.|
|What is all this going to cost me?|
UPC Codes for your bottles and other package sizes of beer are only $89 each.
SCC Codes for your half-pallets or pallets are only $25 each.
|How do I get barcodes for beer?|
|We only require that you provide contact and billing information. You are not required to provide product information.|
|Your retailer collects your product information, which they associate with your barcode at the Point of Sale.|
|Note: We also accept checks, money orders, and wire transfers. If you wish to use one of those payment methods, please print and complete this form.|
|When do I get my barcodes?|
|The turn-around time is often within an hour.
All orders received before 4 p.m. Eastern Time on business days are completed the same day. Orders placed after 4 p.m. will be processed next business day. If you require RUSH completion, please call 1-877-872-2060 (toll-free) or +1-404-869-0701 (international) to make arrangements.
|How do I get my barcodes on my beer?|
|Providing the barcode image to your graphic artist and including it in the design of your packaging prior to manufacturing is the easiest and most economical way of getting your barcode on your product.
If your product packaging has already been printed, you will need barcode labels. If you would like to order pre-printed barcode labels, please select this option when ordering your UPC code. If you have already completed your order, then click label printing to order labels. All orders received before 2 p.m. Eastern Time on business days are completed the same day and shipped for free within the continental U.S.
|Where can I get more information about barcodes?|
|We feature more answers to common barcoding questions (such as considerations about size, color, usability, and much more) in our General FAQ. Of course, we are always available to help you by phone.|
|"Barcode received, thank you! Always great service with Simply Barcodes."
Arel Group Wine & Spirits
|"We are happy with the purchase. Thank you very much for honoring our request about the starting number for our SCC-14. We really appreciate it!"
Oneonta, New York
|"Amazing customer service! You all have made this process so easy and simple for me especially with my busy schedule. I’ve learned so much about barcodes for wine and will continue to order from you all. Thanks so much!"
Hinterland Wine Company
Hillier, ON, Canada
|"I am happy with my experience and SCC-14 barcode purchase."
Willamette Valley Vineyards
|"Both recent purchases have been easy and quick."
Four Fathers Brewing, LLC
|"We are very happy with the service provided by Simply Barcodes. Their barcode experts were especially helpful in answering all my questions. I will definitely do business with them for my other products."
Alpharetta, Georgia, USA