So I guess laser printing bar codes onto fruit/vegetable skin has been a thing for a while now. Slipped my radar. I only heard about it recently from this article where a market in the UK is using the technology on Avocados.

The labels, which are etched onto fruit's skin with lasers instead of stickers, will save 10 tonnes of paper and five tonnes of glue every year according to M&S.

Here is the company behind the technology:
http://www.laserfood.es/index.php/en/
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by:Dustin Saunders
That's not a bad idea; so long as the item isn't damaged in such a way the bar code doesn't work.  Then again, seems like they always have to key it in anyways rather than use the bar code.

I guess it can only work on certain fruit/veggies.  A pack of strawberries?
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by:Lucas Bishop
Yeah, you'd think the skin on a Strawberry is so sensitive that you could ruin it with this type of technology. I'm guessing this will initially be used on fruits/veggies where the skin isn't eaten.
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by:Aaron Tomosky
Berries, grapes, etc are going to be in a package anyway. This is for fruit that gets those little individual stickers: avocados, grapefruit, oranges... good question though about thin skin like apples, may not work so well.
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by:Lucas Bishop
Berries, grapes, etc are going to be in a package anyway.

In another year, they'll probably be dispensed like gum-balls.
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