Data embedded barcodes vs 2D barcodes

Data embedded barcodes and 2D barcodes present opportunities to reduce food waste and drive a more efficient food chain. The codes can be used across the supply chain to improve date code management, reduce store wastage and improve rotation. Retailers may require one or the other on their packaging so it’s a good idea to understand both types. The following analysis explains the difference between the two codes and how they function.

Data embedded barcodes

An expanded data barcode is an extended 1D barcode that can store more information. It can incorporate the global trade item number, expiration date or best before date and batch number. The expanded data barcode can then be stacked to make the most of space on the packaging. You can read more about our technology to read data embedded barcodes here.


2D barcodes

A 2D barcode stores significantly more information than a traditional 1D barcode as it stores information both horizontally (like a 1D code) and vertically. The 2D barcode can incorporate global trade item number, expiration date or best before date, batch number and more information, in a more compact area on the packaging.

The table below compares both data embedded barcodes and 2D barcodes by function:

Still not sure? Speak to our experts today who can help you understand which one meets your needs, or those of your customers, best, as well as recommending the right technology to check each barcode before a product enters the supply chain.

Lauren Moir