Data embedded Barcodes vs 2D Barcodes

Data embedded bar codes and 2D bar codes 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. The following analysis explains the difference between the two types of 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.


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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.


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

Deborah Stokoe