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Why Are the Plastic Clips on Loaves of Bread Different Colors?

The bread aisle in a grocery store.
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Whether you keep your loaf of bread in its original bag or use one of those fancy storing hacks from TikTok, you have to remove the plastic clip at the top to open it. If you’ve paid close attention, you’ve probably noticed these clips are different colors, and yes, there’s a reason.

The color of the plastic clip on your bread coincides with the day on which it was baked. There are five different colors, each of which represents a different day of the week:

  • Monday: Blue
  • Tuesday: Green
  • Thursday: Red
  • Friday: White
  • Saturday: Yellow

While you might think the tags are intended to help consumers buy the freshest bread, they’re actually handier for store employees. When they’re clearing and restocking shelves, the ties allow them to easily identify which breads to pull because they’ve reached or are near their expiration dates.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t utilize the system yourself. The colors are in alphabetical order, so if you’re shopping on a Thursday and see a blue tag, you might want to move on to a red.

However, it’s always advisable to check the expiration date, as well. Some stores might have their own stocking practices, and the colors aren’t universal to every single bread company.

Whether you use the system or not, though, you’ve just learned some cool trivia! And no matter which color the twist tie is, this hack can keep your loaf fresher, longer.
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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »

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