In the absence of the color cues, some of the older product might be overlooked by a harried clerk trying to read one tiny “Best Before” date after another.
(By the by, some of these tags actually do have such dates printed on them, and in those cases the date does represent the date the bread is to be removed from the store, not the date it was baked on.) 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.
(See also: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month) I often wondered why they used different colors on those tags and ties.
When I was a kid, I had hundreds of bread clips on the spokes of my bicycle tires, but I just figured the colors were for variety.
It’s the one food eaten by people of every race, culture, or religion.
As it turns out, they indicate when the loaf was baked.
The standard is as follows: And here's a quick color key that you can keep on you, if you so desire: An easy way to remember it, though, is to simply recall the alphabet. This whole system was set up to help the supermarkets and grocers identify which bread was new, which was getting old (so it can be put on sale), and which was out of date and needed to be removed from the shelves.
There is an alternate theory regarding the invention of brewing.
Some historians believe it is possible that brewing began when the first cereal crops were domesticated.
And we all want the freshest loaf whenever we buy it.