. It's also worth noting that most stores won't keep bread on the shelves for more than two days, which isn't enough to make a real difference in the freshness of the bread. Apparently, by custom, fresh bread was not delivered on Wednesdays and Sundays. Same as Monday just much less product. They are: Monday — Blue Tuesday — Green Thursday — Red Friday — White Saturday — Yellow So today being Thursday, I wanted a red twist tie — not white which is Friday almost a week old? The colors proceed in alphabetical order, B-G-R-W-Y. When you go to the store on Saturday and reach for a loaf, what color would you look for on a twist tie? The twist tie, or plastic tag, on your bread can tell you how fresh your loaf is. How is it not obvious the date is a sell-by when it's always in the future? When the loaf had a bit of give to it, yet rebounded right back, it was fresh.
Your local bakery may have its own method of determining freshness. Image via Cracking the Bread Tag Color Codes 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. They may simply contain a date. See if this theory holds true the next time you are at the grocery store. The bread at your local supermarket will most likely always be fresh, but how do you know which loaf is the freshest out of the bunch? Each has its own color code.
Also a good day to get what you want. You Should Also Read: Content copyright © 2018 by Connie Mistler Davidson. Walmart and all Kroeger private label are made by one of the two major bread company's Flowers or Bimbo which owns Sara Lee, Oroweat, Arnold's, and Bimbo among other brands. As it is, shoppers should never encounter more than two colors of tags on the shelf at any time for any one brand of bread: that of the most recent delivery and that of the one just before it. The color code being circulated does not match those in use by of the largest bakery in the United States. Since there isn't an industry standard, bread makers may use their own unique color system or they may not color-code their twist ties at all. We hate stale and old bread needs people too! At the grocery store, all it took was one good squeeze to know if that spongy white bread was a fresh loaf.
Exceptions Unfortunately there are some special cases when it comes to this color system. This is not helpful for them, because it makes the task of restocking that much more difficult for the supermarket. For example, some stores may have new bread coming in seven days a week instead of just five, as Snopes points out. Some bakeries don't do this, of course, but very often, you'll notice that the colors dictate which day of the week the bread was baked or shipped out on. Now, that doesn't mean your bread will go bad on that date, it's just the bread manufacturer's suggestion for removing the item and replacing it with a fresher delivery.
We pay writers, editors, web developers, and other staff who work tirelessly to provide you with an invaluable service: evidence-based, contextualized analysis of facts. And each day has a different color twist tie. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. This will insure that you are getting the freshest bread on the shelf. This article is fairly correct but varies from company to company! As it turns out, they indicate when the loaf was baked. Trust me no one from the store touches the bread until they scan it across the register. The article reiterates the decades-old claim that the color coding on bread tags indicate the freshest bread on the shelf.
But if you notice many different colored twist ties among the bread at your grocery store, you may want to inquire what kind of tag system they use—or switch supermarkets. Different producers each use their own systems rather than some industry-wide standard. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. So, as the customer dictates, the vendor provides. But the date interests me more. Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? You should buy the product before the date expires. For some reason, the system does not include those days.
Make a direct contribution today. Bairds including Oroweat, Arnolds, Bimbo The colour code is: Mon: Brown Tues: Orange Thur: Yellow Fri: Blue Sat: Red Sara Lee including Rainbo , and Flowers brand bread have their own colour coding system. They are quite willing to discuss the delicious loaves that they are selling. In America, we each consume around. On average 35 - 40 percent of all week sales occur on those days. Green or yellow might both be on the shelves.
This content was written by Connie Mistler Davidson. She provided their color coding system: Tuesday-Yellow Wednesday-Yellow Thursday-Violet Friday-Violet Saturday-Red No deliveries on Sunday and Monday. However, keep this in mind: Not all groceries and supermarkets apply this color system to every loaf at the store. I had no idea the twist ties were telling a story. Typically, commercial bread is baked and delivered to grocery stores five days a week. Besides keeping your bread tightly wrapped, it has another purpose that's not quite as obvious. The breads and pasteries are more similar to French breads than American breads, but they have many original Japanese flavors and fillings.
The code is meant to do a service to employees stocking shelves, but shoppers should take advantage of the secret system, too. So if you get to the store before the breadman that day you are buying week old bread! Also, though the code above is considered universal, some companies in the industry have their own cipher. If you want fresh bread, come Saturday morning, Monday morning or Thursday morning and in that order. Behind is a fresh loaf of bread. Updated December 9, 2015 Originally published April 2013.