There’s no union label on Nabisco products, but the ink stamp on the end of each package tells you where it was made — if you know what to look for. On most products, right next to the expiration date, there’s a two-letter code. Here’s your decoder:
- AE – Chicago, Illinois
- AH – Portland, Oregon
- AP – Fair Lawn, New Jersey
- AX – Atlanta, Georgia
- AZ – Richmond, Virginia
- MM – Monterrey, Mexico
- MS – Salinas, Mexico
The five U.S. plants are union-represented, but Bakery union officials say the Mexican plants are nonunion.
Don’t assume your area will have products from the closest Nabisco facility. On the shelves of one Northeast Portland Rite-Aid, we found Ritz, Chips Ahoy and Wheat Thins from Chicago; Premium Saltines from New Jersey; Chicken in a Biskit crackers from Portland; Fig Newtons and Honey Maid graham crackers from Monterrey; and Oreos … from Salinas Mexico.
[UPDATE 2/18/21: We’ve gotten a lot of questions about codes that don’t match up with the list above, so below is a more complete list of codes signifying where Nabisco products are made when they’re made in the United States or Canada. ]