Bakery Twist Tie Colors Indicate Freshness

August 25, 2010 at 5:00 am 9 comments

By Kaye Nemec

You may not have noticed before, but if you look closely at the loaves of bread on your grocery store shelves you’ll see that they are sealed with twist ties in a variety of colors. The colors vary not only by brand, but also within the same brand of bread.

Most bread companies use varying colors of twist ties to track the freshness of bread. For example, bread that was baked on Monday may be sealed with a blue tie; Tuesday may be green, Wednesday orange… etc. The color coding makes it much easier for employees to remove stale loaves and replace them with fresh ones. It is faster to look at the color of the twist tie than it is to read the date code on each bag.

As a consumer you can use this information to get the freshest loaf. However, the color coding system is not consistent between brands, but some people claim the most common system is the following:

  • Monday: Blue twisty
  • Tuesday: Green twisty
  • Wednesday: (No bread delivered)
  • Thursday: Red twisty
  • Friday: White twisty
  • Saturday: Yellow twisty
  • Sunday: (No bread delivered)

Without positively knowing which colors represent which days, you’ll have no way of knowing which loaf to pick. You’ll have to pay attention to the color system used by your bread maker. Try calling the customer service number and asking them what their color coding system is. Chances are good they’ll share this info.

Most bread companies deliver fresh loaves to grocery stores several times per week. If you happen to be in the store, pay attention when the deliveries are made and even ask the delivery man.

With each delivery old loaves should be replaced with fresh, new loaves. Because of the frequent deliveries, odds are that you wouldn’t see more than two to three colors for any one brand on the shelf at one time. If you do happen upon a plethora of colors you’ll know the inside scoop and may want to steer clear of that brand unless you know their specific codes.

Some brands also use tab clips that have the date on them, these should help you learn the system fairly quickly.

This secret was also suggested by Heather, thanks for the tip. I should also mention that Shannon suggested hanging on to bread tabs for scraping food off dirty plates.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. I Did Not Know That of the Day « Julie Rants and Raves  |  February 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

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  • 3. shanon  |  April 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I have bread with black tie what does this mean…

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    • 4. Bo Q  |  September 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Black ties are for a formal dinner

      Reply
    • 5. Eric  |  April 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Don’t know, but so far the normal colors listed seem to be consistent after looking at over 10 web sites. In Michigan and shopping at Meijer’s I have noticed the black twisty also, I just leave it alone. Could this be I wonder the “BLUE” they mention? As in VERY DARK BLUE?

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  • 6. celia  |  November 18, 2012 at 3:42 am

    i have orange tag so?

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  • 7. katie  |  February 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Black ties are for Sundays and Orange for Wednesdays. Although bread is generally not baked/delivered on these days, Some store-brand bread is baked within the grocery store on these days.

    Note that the colors go alphabetically throughout the week.

    (Sunday black), Monday blue, Tuesday green, (Wednesday orange) Thursday red, Friday white, Saturday yellow

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  • 8. Aloma R. Doucet  |  March 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I visited on Monday March 4, 2013 in the a.m. at Rouses on St. Mary & Hwy.3185. I looked for a Blue Twist tie for freshness that day. There wasn’t any. I looked at every bread by Evangeline Maid on the shelves. I even asked the worker in the deli if she saw the bread man deliver bread that day. She told me yes he had come earlier. Why wasn’t there any fresh bread with the Monday Blue ties?
    Aloma R. Doucet
    104 Abby Lake Dr.
    Thibodaux, La., 70301
    (985)438-0880

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  • 9. ann beck  |  May 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    would like to know what they tell you-

    Reply

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