Products sold in supermarkets often have a Universal Product Code (UPC) barcode on their packaging for identification. A UPC barcode is composed of a series of bars of varying thicknesses, which a barcode reader scans and decodes. This lets the store’s cash register detect that it is a bottle of dish detergent or a can of peaches when the cashier scans a product. If you are curious about who owns a particular UPC code, you can look it up in a free online database by typing in the numbers printed directly below the UPC bars.
Go to the Check UPC website (checkupc.com).
Type a UPC code into the “Enter Barcode or Product Name” box.
Click “Lookup.” A page will open providing information on the owner of the UPC code.
Visit the GS1 website (gepir.gs1.org).
Type the UPC code into the “Global Trade Item Number” box.
Click “Search.” A page will appear listing the name and contact information for the owner of the UPC code.
Go to the UPC Data Info website (upcdata.info).
Type a UPC code into the “UPC Code” box.
A page of information will appear, including the name of the owner of the UPC code.