Selling honey by weight must date back to all comb honey times. Bottled honey is liquid. Sell it by volume like everything else.
What are you talking about?
I just went through my fridge. Welch's jelly......Net WEIGHT. Smuckers....Net Wt. Squeeze basil....Net Wt. Ritter Marzipan.....Net Wt. Grey Poupon.....Net Wt. Mustard, ice cream syrup, sour cream, pickles, cat food, and so on. All sold by weight. Many things more liquid than honey are sold by weight. So it is not "everything". Seems like there is no real reasoning from one item to another.
I stopped looking after about 20 items for anything that did not sell by NET WT! Items sold by Fluid amounts are juices and milk, and probably newer products on the market that have since fallen into some category of fluid measuring. Yes many liquids are sold by fluid amounts. But honey has been measured out for many years in pounds and they have kept that tradition.
Try to find a label for honey that is not with "Net wt."
I think you are way off on this. Traditionally honey has always sold by weight. one pound jar, two pound jar and so on. There are many items such as hot sauce, salad dressing, and many liquid items sold as fluid measure. But those are not the long standing traditional items, such as with honey.
I'll dig through the paperwork when I got certified with my honey house. At that time, I went through the "weights and measure" department for labeling requirements. I'm almost certain that the variation of what was in the bottle had to be within a certain tolerance of what the label indicated, and that tolerance was measured in weight. If you say there is a pound of honey in the bottle, it better be real close, and even going "over" was a violation. You must sell exactly what you claim to be selling.
Why anyone would not want to sell honey as the consumer has come to expect and know, is a mystery to me. I can talk clearly to anyone about how much honey is in a two pound jar of honey. (two pounds!) But start mentioning 32 oz.....and far less will get it.
I guess you can always mark a jar and "guess" if you fill it "about" this much for fluid measuring, MAYBE you will have the right amount. :roll: Most beekeepers don't have fancy calibrated liquid bottling machines that can dispence exactly 44 FLUID oz. But traditionally, a beekeeper have always been able to put a jar on a scale, and measure out 1 pound.
Some jars are a little different from one company to the next. a real problem needing to find out where 44 fl. oz and how full it needs to be. But weighing it,....no problem. ;) Pull out a scale and you know with every type jar.
For anyone just getting into bottling honey, do yourself a favor. Measure by pounds. Your customers have come to expect this, and it is far easier for you.
I have a good collection of different style pint and quart jars. And the differences in the amounts each holds is incredible. I think some hold far more than what you think, while others are far less. I've seen some pint and quart jars (with handles sometimes) used in the restaurant business for serving drinks, and they are very misleading. I've also ordered "pint" style jars from different manufacturers and what they are selling is a jar or bottle, and certainly nothing that is made to hold an exact amount of anything.
Sell by pounds...... :-D