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  • Date on dip cans - how to read

    This is how to read the cans, credit goes to Grizz from SMpost
    This thread will tell you how to read and understand the date codes on various brands of dip. This is a basic list of popular brands, more will be added later as I come across them. Hopefully this will be your one-stop reference guide. Some of my cans dates were apparently appaling the worst being grizz natural made in February of this year.


    Copenhagen:
    Copenhagen currently utilizes the "Made On" dating system; it simply says when the product was made.

    Example: MADE ON APR 36 2006 (No further explanation needed)


    Skoal:
    Almost all Skoal, with the exception of Bandits, use the "Fresh Until" system. This is supposed to tell you how long you can expect it to be fresh.

    Example: FRESH UNTIL JUL 01 2006 (No further explanation needed)


    Skoal Bandits:
    If anyone still uses these, Bandits have the week of the year followed by the year, this is when the product was made.

    Example: 16/6 (That would mean it was made on the 16th week of 2006)


    Red Seal:
    Red Seal uses the same dating system as Bandits. The product has the week on the year followed by the year, this is when the product was made.

    Example: 16/6 (It was made on the 16th week of 2006)


    Rooster:
    I will double check this, but I am almost positive that Rooster uses the same system as Bandits and Red Seal.

    Example: 16/6 (It was made on the 16th week of 2006)


    Husky:
    Husky also uses the same dating as Bandits, Red Seal, and Husky.

    Example: 16/6 (It was made on the 16th week of 2006)


    Kodiak:
    Kodiak's dating takes a little more effort to decipher, but once you know it you'll be able to figure it out just by glancing at the bottom of the can. There's a bunch of letters and numbers on the bottom, but you only need to look at the last two. That will tell you when the product was made.

    Example: 418N117D6 (D6 means it was made in April of 2006)


    Grizzly:
    Grizzly utilizes the same system as Kodiak.

    Example: 316H372D6 (D6 means it was made in April of 2006)


    Hawken:
    Hawken uses the same system as Kodiak and Grizzly.

    Example: 274E263D6 (D6 means it was made in April of 2006)


    Cougar:
    This han't been confirmed yet, but I believe Cougar uses the same system as Kodiak, Grizzly, and Hawken.

    Example: 742F245D6 (D6 means it was made in April of 2006)


    Timberwolf:
    Timberwolf might have the most complicated dating, but again, once you know how it read it you'll have no trouble figuring it out. Timberwolf also uses a bunch of letters and numbers, but the first 4 characters will tell you when the product is supposed to be good until.

    Example: G116A1 (G116 means it is good until July 11, 2006)


    Longhorn:
    Still need to confirm this, but Longhorn should use the same dating as Timberwolf.

    Example: G116A1 (G116 means it is good until July 11, 2006)


    And finally, the information below will give you a quick guide to the month codes used on many products like Kodiak, Timberwolf, etc.


    A = January
    B = February
    C = March
    D = April
    E = May
    F = June
    G = July
    H = August
    I = September
    J = October
    K = November
    L = December


    Looks like a good sticky to me
    lxskllr

  • #2
    Man, moist snuff should come with one of those secret squirrel decoder rings. I'd have better luck decoding Mayan glyphs. I think I got it though. Thanks, because I've been staring at the numbers on the bottom of my Timberwolf cans for sometime now.

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    • #3
      I picked up a can of Timber Wolf Peach Long Cut tonight, and I just wanted to make sure I'm reading the best by date right.

      The first six characters are K170A1.

      So that's November 17, 2010. Correct?

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      • #4
        That's one thing I hate about American dip. Why can't they print an expiration date on each can?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by snusjus View Post
          That's one thing I hate about American dip. Why can't they print an expiration date on each can?
          Some, like Timber Wolf and Skoal, do.

          Others like Cope use a "made on" date.

          I'm with you though, I don't need to know what day it was made, I need to know how long I have to use it.

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          • #6
            still confused

            I work at a gas station and the kodiak we just got off the truck has a code of: S0497N319H1
            Does this mean it was made in aug 2011 or 2001

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            • #7
              The Pure Nordic I use has an expiration date on the can, but if you have the can in your pocket for about 10 minutes and take a walk it will have been rubbed off.. I usually just write it down somewhere..

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              • #8
                Originally posted by snuffseller
                I work at a gas station and the kodiak we just got off the truck has a code of: S0497N319H1
                Does this mean it was made in aug 2011 or 2001
                I'd say the odds of getting 10 year old tobacco in a new shipment are close to 0. They likely start over each decade.

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                • #9
                  Does kayak just not have a date anywhere on the can?

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                  • #10
                    I'm somewhat new to dipping.

                    Can someone just elaborate a little more on these. How long after sell by dates, made on dates, fresh until, and the letter number dating do you expect a can to be fresh?

                    Let's use a standard gas station as the scenario.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by snusjus View Post
                      That's one thing I hate about American dip. Why can't they print an expiration date on each can?

                      because people think fresher is better. some is actually better when it is 2 weeks old.... like copenhagen.

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                      • #12
                        Great question.

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                        • #13
                          You could also check with your store rep and if they don't know they can find out.

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