Pouch or Bag?… and other confusing names!

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The packaging world can get pretty confusing sometimes because there can be multiple different names for the same kind of thing. This can depend on personal preference and even be influenced by geography, where some regions prefer one name over another. There can also be small differences in certain pouch styles that are easily overlooked, which lead two almost identical looking pouches to have their own names.

We’d like to try our best to bring a bit more clarity to this topic by explaining some of the more commonly confusing names and also make a list of different names our range of pouches can sometimes go by. So, let’s start with an easy one…

Pouch or Bag?

A pouch has a resealable zipper and a bag does not.

Doypack or Stand Up Pouch?

They are the same thing.
North America and parts of Asia prefer to use Doypack, but in the UK it’s almost always Stand Up Pouch.
We explained the origins of the name Doypack in our blog here.

Any other names for a Stand Up Pouch?

SUP, Zipper Pouch or Pouch are all truncated terms that can be used.
We’ve also seen zipper bag, ziplock bag and grip seal bag used, but incorrectly on our opinion.

What about Flat Bottom Pouches?

We’re glad you asked, because this one has many different names!

Flat bottom pouch
Brick pouch
Box pouch
Block bottom bag
6 side seal

Pouch or Bag?
A pouch has a resealable zipper and a bag does not.

Doypack or Stand Up Pouch?
They are the same thing.
North America and parts of Asia prefer to use Doypack, but in the UK it’s almost always Stand Up Pouch.
We explained the origins of the name Doypack in our blog here.

Any other names for a Stand Up Pouch?
SUP, Zipper Pouch or Pouch are all truncated terms that can be used.
We’ve also seen zipper bag, ziplock bag and grip seal bag used, but incorrectly on our opinion.

What about Flat Bottom Pouches?
We’re glad you asked, because this one has many different names!

Flat bottom pouch
Brick pouch
Box pouch
Block bottom bag
6 side seal

We’ll keep adding to this list once we add more products to our offering, because of course they’ll have more than just 1 name too!

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