Guide to Developing Processed Foods - UPC Code

A Uniform Product Code (UPC) allows automated checkout stands to read the name of the manufacturer and the specific product from the bar code. Many retailers now require a UPC code for each product they carry. The Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC) is the central management and information center for manufacturers, distributors and retailers participating in the UPC system. This organization is not a government agency. It is an administrative council which exists specifically to develop standard product and shipping container codes, control the issuing of company identification codes, provide detailed information and to coordinate the efforts of all participants. Although membership in the UCC is voluntary, it is required to obtain a UPC identification number. Uniform Code Council, Inc. Suite 300 7887 Washington Village Dr. Dayton, OH 45459 (937) 435-3870