Bread Tag Colors – What Do They Mean?


I’ve always noticed the different colors of bread tag but never gave them much thought. Did you know that the colors of the tags indicate what day the bread was baked on? If you want to know what day your bread was actually baked on all you need to do it look at the bread tag color!bread tag colors


This is true, I even checked Snopes! According to Snopes, the bakeries are given two days off, Wednesday and Sunday. Here is the breakdown of bread tag colors:bread tag colors



The bread tag colors are actually for the store clerks as it makes it easier to rotate the bread stock. Bread is usually not kept on the shelf for longer than a couple of days.


It could be helpful to help you pick the freshest bread on the shelf without closely reading all the labels. For example if you go to the store on Wednesday to pick up some bread and you see loaves with yellow, blue and green tags you will want to buy the bread with the green tag as it was baked the day before!


The downside is that the code is not universal, and may vary from state to state or vary from company to company. Each sate has it’s own labeling rules and there isn’t a national standard enforced by the FDA, USDA or any other government agency.


You should be able to find various expiration dates on a loaf of bread.

Sell-By: This date tells the store how long to display the product for sale. You should buy the product before the date expires.


Best if Used By (or Before):

This date is recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.


Use By:


This is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. This date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product.


Closed or coded dates:


These are the packing number for use by the manufacturer.


Confused yet?


Should you remember the bread tag colors?bread tag colors It might help you to find the freshest loaf on the shelf. My solution for eating the freshest bread possible? Forget the bread tag colors and bake your own delicious homemade bread!Delicious Homemade Bread

2 comments on “Bread Tag Colors – What Do They Mean?

Cindy Richter on January 11, 2018 5:26 pm

Great info – I had no idea!

Nancy Wolff on January 12, 2018 2:10 am

You learn something new everyday! 🙂

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