Bread dating code
Most bread makers use a color code to help indicate when the loaf was actually baked, which makes it easy for store employees to know at a glance what bread needs to be removed and replaced, that way they don't have to look at the sell by date on every loaf individually.
Now, this code is not universal, meaning that some colors may mean different days for different companies, from state to state, and some companies do not even use a color code system, like most supermarkets who bake their own bread.
We contacted Bimbo Bakeries, USA, the largest bakery in the US and supplier for such brands as Orowheat, Entemann’s, and Sara Lee.
We spoke with a representative named Carl on April 12, 2013 and asked him to clear up this issue.
Carl explained to us that there is in fact a color coding system used on bread tags, but the coding is “for the benefit of the driver so he can determine when to deliver the bread.” He provided the following codes: Carl cautioned that using tags to determine freshness may not yield the desired results and that the best way is still to look at the freshness date printed on the packaging.
The coding system used by Bimbo Bakeries does not match the set popularly circulated online.
I used to just inspect the bread I bought by checking out the "sell by date," then expect it to last about a week or so after that.
"Best if Used By" is a type of date you might find on a meat, poultry, or egg product label. Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date?
They’re a code designating the day of the week on which a loaf was baked: Blue: Monday Green: Tuesday Red: Thursday White: Friday Yellow: Saturday An easy way to remember it, though, is to simply recall the alphabet. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you ‘squeeze’ for freshness or softness? They are: Monday = Blue, Tuesday = Green, Thursday = Red Friday = White Saturday = Yellow.
The colors run in alphabetical order, so the earlier they appear in the alphabet, the earlier in the week the bread was baked. Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.
Each day our distributors pick up all the products which have certain colored twist ties.
Following is the key: Monday: Blue, black, or brown Tuesday: Yellow Thursday: Green Friday: Orange Saturday: White As you can see, there appears to be no standard at all among various bakeries.