"I'll carry a beer to its freshness date
and then I'll get rid of it," agreed Louis Mulone, beer manager for Busa Wine & Spirits, Warwick, RI.
Improved printing technology and the importance of freshness have created a demand for bolder and bigger freshness dates
. The on-pack printing technology that makes printing bolder and bigger freshness dates
possible makes it possible to print item prices along with dates, and to print different item prices for different stores.
After that, it was information--timely and accurate--that consumers covet: clearly labeled prices, accurate checkout clerks, accurate price scanning and freshness dates
. This desire for information coincides with the introduction of labels on products that provide far more nutritional data than ever before.
In an article in the January-February edition of New Brewer, IBS director Dave Edgar wrote, "By putting readable freshness dates
on their packages, breweries will be encouraging wholesalers and retailers to become aware of the perishability of craft-brewed beer.
No matter how you ask it or cut it, consumers think they should have freshness dates
on prepared foods sold in supermarkets, including those which are sold from the service case.
(1.) For the purpose of this research, to avoid confusion, the researchers use a common term "expiration date" to represent the various types of freshness dates
found on perishable products.
Last November, the Kanagawa prefectural police raided Yamato Foods' sales branch and other related locations on suspicion that it extended the freshness dates
of its eel products by two and a half years and sold them to consumers.
and rotation have been a multifaceted food industry problem for many years.
Most recently, egg producers are using this laser technology to tattoo eggs with freshness dates
. And experts say it could help track the source of a bioterrorism attack.
Norwegian grocery store chain Kiwi had promised to pay shoppers a bonus if they found any products with expired freshness dates
, reported the Norwegian daily Verdens Gang.
EPCs could have applications in the home as well, letting consumers know when freshness dates
have expired or telling a microwave oven how products should be cooked.
Domino's coding solutions range from printing identification codes such as freshness dates
on food and beverage to lot and serial numbers on components and products in industries ranging from construction to pharmaceuticals.