Edibles, unless otherwise indicated, should be stored in a cool, dry place. Or the innumerable nonedibles lurking deep within your cabinets and closets: stockpiled shampoo and toothpaste, seldom-used silver polish? With help from experts and product manufacturers, Real Simple ( has compiled a guide to expiration dates. The shelf lives of most products depend upon how you treat them.
Stronger alcohol and higher levels of hops might extend the shelf life of a beer.
One example is Michelob Craft Specialty beers, which are often at their peak with 180 days. 2 years from date on box or date of purchase Unopened: 12 months after "best by" date Opened: 9 months refrigerated Unopened: In cans or glass bottles, 9 months from "best by" date Opened: Doesn't spoil, but taste is affected 33 months (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume.) 5 years, stored in a cool, dry place Use within 2 years of opening the package Unopened: 1 year from purchase date Opened: 3 to 4 days, not stored in can Unopened: 2 years Opened: 3 months (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume.) 42 months Unopened: 3 years from vintage date; 20 to 100 years for fine wines Opened: 1 week refrigerated and corked Unopened: 5 to 10 years (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume.) Opened: 2 years 2 years 1 to 5 years Indefinite 7 years 10 years 3 to 6 months 1 year Service or replace every 6 years 12 years Unopened: 9 months to 1 year Opened: 6 months At least 3 years Opened: 3 to 8 years Indefinite Unopened: 2 to 5 years Opened: 3 months 2 years Unopened: Up to 10 years Opened: 2 to 5 years 2 to 3 years 2 years 2 years All dates are from the manufacture date, which is either displayed on the packaging or can be obtained by calling the manufacturer's customer-service number.
But each of those options would require different barcodes for each sku.
Not sure if Pepsi has the same thing going on, or not. There is a product out now (I think it's Coke Zero) that uses the same formula as regular Coke, only with Splenda replacing the sugar (easier to do, I'd imagine, since Splenda IS sugar, treated with a chemical process of some kind).
But, she adds: "It is probably not something the average person will notice." Manufacturers also said most people drink their water well short of the industry average two-year mark.