There's More To Gardenia's Bread Clips Than The Expiration Date
Here's how you can decode it!
Is it also your habit to check the bread clip before you purchase store-bought bread?¬†If you don't, you should start doing this¬†as the bread clip dictates one of the most important details: the expiration date. You don't want to buy a loaf of bread that expires in¬†two days when you need it for a longer time in your kitchen.
On the other hand, knowing when the bread is baked is just as important as the expiration date. Gardenia, a bread brand that needs no introduction¬†to Filipinos, has created this color-coded system for their bread clips called G-locks to know when the bread was baked.
The G-locks come in seven colors which are assigned for the seven days of the week. According to Gardenia, this is their G-lock color guide:
- Monday - Tan
- Tuesday - Orange
- Wednesday - Yellow
- Thursday - Blue
- Friday - Green
- Saturday - Red
- Sunday - White
Why is there a need to color code the bread clips? This¬†makes it easier for Gardenia's operations to pull out all unsold bread on a daily basis and replace it with new stock. This means that¬†all the bread that you can see on your grocery shelves¬†are always fresh!
Besides the manufacturing date and expiration date, another interesting tidbit you can get from¬†these tiny, colored bread clips is the suggested retail price¬†(SRP). This helps with price-watch so you know how exactly much stores are adding to the SRP.¬†
The G-locks also dictate other vital information such as¬†the plant that baked the bread and the bread's production code. This information helps in traceability just in case product concerns are brought up.
The next time you're on a grocery run and in need of bread, now you know how to decode Gardenia's G-locks!
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