Sunday, January 18, 2015

Open letter to honey processors: Change your caps

A flat-topped 5-pound honey bottle; the fat one mentioned was thrown away. 

The other day, I went looking for a honey dispenser with a pointy cap, because the 1 lb flat-topped squirt bottle I had been using was always sticky.  Honey would collect on the flat top and drip down the side when it was used.  It was a fat-top bottle, made to be able to set it upside down for easy dispensing, but that only made it easy for the honey to leak out and make a pool in the cabinet.

I was looking through the honey selection at Fred Meyer and all the containers had the same type of flat top, some with a fatter top for setting the bottle upside down, others with a smaller top of the same design.  I noticed that the Agave Nectar bottles used by Madhava (Madhavasweeteners.com) had a pointed cap that opened to a short cone-shaped dispenser with a sloping cap that looked unlikely for honey to pool on.  I bought it, used it up, and now it is my honey dispenser.

I call on honey packagers to use the kind of cap that Madhava uses for their Agave Nectar.  It is not collecting honey inside the cap and dripping down the side.


Afterword: Madhava replied to my letter: "Thank you for contacting Madhava about our Caps. Your comments have been sent to our quality assurance team! We do appreciate hearing form our customers.

At Madhava Natural Sweeteners, we are dedicated to bringing you natural and healthy alternatives to highly processed, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners.  We always want to make sure you get the highest quality products possible."

I found this a bit puzzling, until I was shopping at Walmart and stopped to look at the Agave Nectar, and found that Madhava had switched to the same flat caps as the honey processors.  Next to their product, there was another brand that had the same kind of caps as the one above, Nature's Agave: