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Reading Product Codes

Explanation of Product Code Information

Every product produced by the Village Company contains a stock keeping unit (sku) that appears both as a bar code and as a number beneath the bar. For example, the sku for Sesame Street 16oz. is 3530326721. It is depicted on the back of the bottle. Each product also includes a manufacturing code that is printed on the bottom of the package during the manufacture of the product. The manufacturing code depicts the date and time the product was produced, as well as other information that helps determine specific ingredients used in the manufacture of the product. It is there in case we need to trace the origin of the product.

Because our products are produced on a variety of manufacturing lines, the code varies by product. The sku number and manufacturing code are important pieces of information to have if you ever wish to contact us about one of our products. Below are directions for reading the manufacturing code on our various products:

1. For all products made by The Village Company (excluding Mr. Bubble Foam Soap and Sesame Street Fizzy Tub Colors), the code reads as follows:

Code Template:  XXXMY
MMDDYYTTTT
Code Example: 120L8
1126080127

Translation: 120th batch of November, 2008. Three digits for the batch number, M=Month (I is not used), Y=Year.
November 26, 2008 at 1:27 AM