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How to Find Owners of UPC Codes

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

Click “Lookup.”

A page of information will appear, including the name of the owner of the UPC code.

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About the Author

Julius Vandersteen has been a freelance writer since 1999. His work has appeared in “The Los Angeles Times,” “Wired” and “S.F. Weekly.” Vandersteen has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.