Few People Know That New Jersey Is The Birthplace Of The Barcode, Saving Time On Lines For Decades

I like to call New Jersey the cradle of American Innovation. While that may be surprising to some, dozens of life-changing inventions came out of the Garden State. Air conditioning, steam locomotives, t.v. dinners, drive-in theaters, solar cells, bubble wrap, and vacuum cleaners all got their start here — and that list is just the beginning. You likely also know that New Jersey is the birthplace of American baseball, canned condensed soup (courtesy of Campbells), and saltwater taffy. What you may not know is that we’re also the birthplace of the barcode.

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Fun fact! The first UPC code ever scanned was for a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum. While the Wrigley Company is based out of Chicago, it is a subsidiary of Mars (as in M&M Mars). Where did Mars (and M&M candies) get their start? Production of the candy that started it all began in 1941 in a factory located in Newark, New Jersey.