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The Challenge of Barcoding Liquor

  Simply Barcodes understands the unique challenges facing those needing to barcode liquor. With so many options available, where do you go, and who is legitimate? Customers often share with us that barcoding liquors seems so complicated. Do they need a UPC and a case code (SCC code)? What are the guidelines dictated by the State liquor boards?
 
 

Industry Expertise

  Simply Barcodes makes barcoding simple. We have been in business over a decade and count many vineyards, distributors, and liquor 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 liquor. We work with you to help your company successfully distribute your liquors.

We are thoroughly familiar with many State liquor board requirements for barcoding liquor bottle and cases of liquor. You face numerous challenges when working to get your products to the market, knowing the barcode requirements for liquor should not be one of them.
 

What kind of barcode do I need for bottles of liquor?

  Liquor bottles require a UPC code. 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 different sizes of liquor bottles require a different UPC code?

  Yes. The computers at your retailers’ stores must be able to differentiate whether the cashier just scanned a 750ml bottle, a liter bottle, a 1.5L bottle or other size of your liquor.
 
 

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 rum or your light rum, the different types/flavors must have a different UPC code. Otherwise, it would not be possible for them to keep proper count of inventory.
 
 

How do I barcode different vintages of liquor?

  If you are selling something like an port or another aged liquor then you may need different UPC codes for different ages. The answer depends upon how your liquor is priced and stocked at the liquor stores or grocery stores. To put it simplest: If there is a chance that two different vintages of your liquor will be on the shelves of your retailers AT THE SAME TIME and AT DIFFERENT PRICES, then the two vintages must feature a different UPC code to allow the computer to differentiate among them and ring up the correct price for the given vintage.
 
 

What are the barcode requirements for cases of liquor?

  Barcoding cases of liquor is one of the more overlooked aspects of liquor barcodes. But, it’s extremely important because several State liquor boards have well-defined rules on how a case of liquor should be barcoded.

The common barcode standard for cases of liquor among the State liquor boards that do impose rules is currently as follows:

The case of liquor should feature a copy of the UPC barcode that is on the liquor bottles inside of the case. Additionally, they require that the case must feature a Master Case Code or SCC-14 (shipping container) barcode. This is a 14-digit barcode that is used to scan your whole case of liquor as it moves through distribution or is received by the stores.
 
 

How do I handle half-cases, half-pallets, and complete pallet shipments?

  As you may have guessed by now, those require their own 14-digits SCC (shipping container) codes.
 
 

What is all this going to cost me?

  UPC Codes for your bottles of liquor are only $89 each.
SCC Codes for your half-cases, cases, half-pallets, or pallets are only $25 each.
 
 

How do I get barcodes for liquor?

 
1stGo to our Order Page or call us at +1-404-869-0701 or toll free at 1-877-872-2060.
2ndPlace your order.
   
  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 product?

  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.
 
 




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  •   "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!"

    Rebecca Bergfjord
    Cooperstown Distillery
    Oneonta, New York
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    Sara Colavitto
    Arel Group Wine & Spirits
    Atlanta, Georgia
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    Liz Pangaio
    Bacardi USA
    Bethlehem, PA USA
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    Vicki Samaras
    Hinterland Wine Company
    Hillier, ON, Canada
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    Patsy Wainright
    Moonrise Distillery
    Clayton, Georgia
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards
    Turner, Oregon
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    Back Bar Project, LLC
    Seattle, Washington
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    Hang-No-Over
    Alpharetta, Georgia, USA