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August 28, 2013 12:27 AM
Have you been scanning in your barcodes from food? I love doing it, you discover which national supermarkets buy from the same supplier for their own brand products... You buy from a higher end supermarket (Waitrose/Sainsburys) to find the cheaper end sells the same item (Asda/Coop), perhaps at a cheaper price...

Recently;

Co-op Belgium Buns, scanned as Sainsburys Belguim Buns

Sainsburys Applewood Smoked Bacon, scanned as Asda Extra Special Dry Cured Bacon Smoked

DO YOU HAVE ANY EXAMPLES?
August 28, 2013 1:28 AM
I buy some things from Morrisons and the scan says it's Tesco.
August 28, 2013 2:41 AM
Yes - I notice that too but there are too many example to list here.........
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August 28, 2013 5:27 AM
QUOTE:

Have you been scanning in your barcodes from food? I love doing it, you discover which national supermarkets buy from the same supplier for their own brand products... You buy from a higher end supermarket (Waitrose/Sainsburys) to find the cheaper end sells the same item (Asda/Coop), perhaps at a cheaper price...

Recently;

Co-op Belgium Buns, scanned as Sainsburys Belguim Buns

Sainsburys Applewood Smoked Bacon, scanned as Asda Extra Special Dry Cured Bacon Smoked

DO YOU HAVE ANY EXAMPLES?


Just because they share a barcode doesn't make them the same finished product. The barcode number is issued to the manufacturer by the retailer for the production of those goods.
August 28, 2013 6:54 AM
Loads of Aldi stuff (particularly their Specially Selected range) when scanned comes out as Sainsbury's or even Waitrose product of the exact same thing (same GDAs etc) - but at about half the price :-)
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August 28, 2013 7:07 AM
I used to work at a large Icecream producer they made pretty much all the Supermarket Own Brand Icecream in the UK at the time. Every EAN barcode basically has to be recorded, licenced and a subscription paid for it. Sometimes, less scrupilous OEM suppliers will use a single barcode for the products they make for a range of suppliers. One of the best one's i've found was Lidl's "in house brand" crumpets, that scanned as Marks & Spencers laugh

It's actually quite surprising, but often, the only difference on the product between Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's product was the packaging. Certainly, let's say the "own brand" Orange Lollies from all 4 of the big supermarkets had exactly the same recipe, came off the same production machine, and basically only differed in the inner and outer boxes that they were packed in - indeed the hardest bit was to ensure that at the packaging changeover, you didn't get Asda Inner Boxes in a Tesco Outer box (or vice versa) - ever noticed that the actual lollies were all in clear transparent heatseal wink
Edited by TheBigYin On August 28, 2013 7:11 AM
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August 28, 2013 9:40 AM
Intersting, I used to work in the industry but all own label was made to order and recipes were unique to the retailer. EAN was part of the retailers spec provided by them
August 29, 2013 2:37 AM
Interesting! Once tried Aldi Pear cider (Harvest I think) and thought it tasted like Kopperberg. And yes, I know I shouldn't be drinking the calorific stuff, anyway scanned it dutifully to log it, and it read Kopperberg - at a fraction of the price!
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August 29, 2013 2:41 AM
I have noticed this with a number of products. This concerns me, as is it really what the barcode says and is the nutritional information correct then? Anyone?
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August 29, 2013 3:01 AM
Is it that the products are identical or is it about the MFP interface/scanner? Will we ever know... ;)
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September 13, 2013 8:45 PM
Hi everyone!

The barcode is scanned, then the user can assign it to whatever they like, or make a new (publicly available) food entry and assign it to that.

It's not shared barcodes, it's either lazy or stupid users.

Always double check what your nutrition label says.
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September 14, 2013 12:49 AM
I don't trust the barcodes full stop as receipes/cals change or they are way off!

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