Do you ever wonder what the 4- or 5-digit PLU numbers on your produce means? Here’s a little breakdown:
- 4 digits, beginning with a 3 or 4 – Conventionally grown
- 5 digits, beginning with a 9 – Organic produce
- 5 digits, beginning with an 8 (very rare) – Genetically modified/engineered (GE) produce
If you want to avoid genetically engineered food, check out this guide. (green is not GE, red is GE)
Bonus supermarket knowledge:
Many ‘store brands’ are made by the national brand, but at a lower cost. Choose the ‘store brand’ to save money.
Membership/discount cards are used to track your buying habits, not to give you lower prices. (I love Krieger – no discount cards!)