Twist Ties on Bread and the Meaning of the Colors

Updated on March 22, 2018
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.

Blue Twist Tie on Monday

Many of you have probably seen those twist ties on the bags of bread. The thin strip of plastic is used to tie the openings of bags for slice bread, hamburger rolls, and hot dog rolls as seen in the above photo.

The twist ties come in different colors for a reason. However, some people don't pay attention to them, and surely, they don't know what the five colors mean. They think they are on the bag just to keep it closed.

Some people think the ties are a nuisance and they discard them as soon as some slices have been removed so they can tie the bag with itself without using the twist ties.

Pay attention to the order of the twist ties below. They are arranged in that order for a reason.

Twist Ties

Twist ties come in five different colors. Do you know why only five? Do you do how to remember them for each day of the week?

There are five colors for the five delivery days for bread. Usually, there is no bread delivery on Wednesday and Sunday.

Starting with Monday, the colors are in alphabetical order. Remember, to skip Wednesday and Sunday. See the twist ties in the photos above and below.

The plastic twist ties or metal ties indicate the bread was baked and delivered.

The codes are as follow:

  • Monday - blue
  • Tuesday - green
  • Thursday - red
  • Friday - white
  • Saturday - yellow

Most sources refer to a five-day delivery schedule which does not include Wednesday and Sunday.

The color coding is to make it easier for employees to remove stale loaves from the shelves and replace them with fresh ones. Employees know the colors go in alphabetical order.

Green Twist Tie on Tuesday

Red Twist Tie on Thursday

White Twist Tie on Friday

Yellow Twist Tie on Saturday

Twist Tie Color
5-Day Delivery Schedule
Wednesday and Sunday are not listed because most sources refer to a five-day delivery schedule.

Another Use For Twist Ties

Some garbage bags are sold with twist ties. However, they are all one color instead of being color coded.

Did you know about twist ties before reading this?

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      Gary Jones 

      10 months ago

      Curious as to who sets the direction on twist ties. Numerous products have them either twisted left or right and it is often hard to figure out which way they are twisted.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      21 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Yes, Louise, the different colors mean the day the bread was baked and delivered. Hopefully, you read that you can remember the days because colors are in alphabetical order. How cool is that?

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      Louise Powles 

      21 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I had no idea about the different coloured twists. You learn something new every day, hey? Very informative, thanks. I'll remember that next time I go in the bakers.


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