What Can PLU Codes Tell You?


Other than helping out grocery store checkers and annoying me when I’m washing produce, are those stickers on my fruit and veggies good for anything?  It turns out that those stickers called PLU codes, or price lookup numbers, can actually be very informative when you are making buying decisions.

Cracking the Code

-       A four-digit PLU code tells you the produce is conventionally grown, meaning conventional chemicals like pesticides were used.

-       A five-digit code starting with a 9 applies to organically grown produce.

-       A five-digit code starting with an 8 identifies the item as genetically modified (GMO), like seedless grapes or watermelon.

This is just one more tool in your bag to help you make better decisions that optimize your SLAPP!