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PLU Code Documents  
New & Recently Added PLU codes
Here you can find the new and recently added PLU codes.
Updated Bilingual PLU List version March 2014

Here you can find the updated Bilingual French-English PLU list version March 2014

PLU Codes  


To access the existing globally-used PLU codes, refer to If you are interested in applying for a new PLU code, please review the criteria and application.


PLU codes are 4 or 5 digit numbers which have been used by supermarkets since 1990 to make check-out and inventory control easier, faster, and more accurate. They are primarily assigned to identify individual bulk fresh produce (and related items such as nuts and herbs)and will appear on a small sticker applied to the individual piece of fresh produce.


The PLU number identifies produce items based upon various attributes which can include the commodity, the variety, the growing methodology (e.g. organic) and the size group. These numbers are assigned by the IFPS after rigorous review at both the national and international levels. PLU codes ensure that the accurate price is paid by consumers by removing the need for cashiers to identify the product, whether or not it is conventionally or organically grown, etc. For example, PLU codes identify whether an apple is a conventionally grown Fuji apple which may sell for $1.29 per pound versus an organically grown Fuji apple which may sell for $2.29 per pound. PLU codes also identify a field grown tomato from a hot house tomato and much more.


The 4-digit PLU codes for produce are assigned randomly within a series of numbers within either the 3000 or 4000 series. There is no intelligence built into the 4-digit code. For example, no one number within the 4-digit number represents anything in particular. The 4-digit codes are for conventionally grown produce. 5-digit codes are used to identify organic produce. The prefix of ‘9’ would be placed in front of the 4-digit conventionally grown code for organic produce. You will not see the 5 digit codes in the PLU codes database since they are simply prefixes added to the conventionally grown produce PLU codes.


The PLU coding system is voluntary, not mandated by any governing body. There are currently over 1400 PLU codes issued for produce and produce related items. 

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About IFPS Product Identification Committee  


Purpose of the Committee


  •  Facilitate the development of global product identification standards for use and adoption within the global produce industry
  • Identify all global Produce Product Identification initiatives currently underway
  • Align all global industry Product Identification initiatives by identifying and communicating gaps and overlaps between global initiatives
  • Monitor, guide and promote standards for product identification for use within the global produce industry
  • Develop produce specific GS1 change requests where required
IFPS Color Code List  


This color code list contains the colors to be used for fresh produce when implementing data standards and data synchronization. This list is maintained by the IFPS.
Product Identification Committee  

The Product Identification Committee has the following members:

J. Proctor, CPMA (Chair)
F. Costa, GS1 Brazil
M. Sadiwnyk, GS1 Canada
I. Chatagnier, GS1 France
G. Rowe, GS1 Global
D. Eumaña Carmona, GS1 Mexico
J. Hirata Jimenez, GS1 Mexico
S. Pielaat, GS1 Netherlands
F. van der Linde, GS1 South Africa
C. D'Allacco, PMA
D. Vache, UFPA
A. Fowlie, Horticulture Council of Canada
R. Bennett, Horticulture Australia
P. Binard, FreshFel
N. Jenney, Fresh Produce UK
J. den Engelse, Frug I Com
P. Hardman, Fruit South Africa
O. Ostebo, Norges Frukt-og Gronnsaksgrossisters Forbund Norway
H. Maurer, United Fresh New Zealand
R. Jone,s GS1 Australia
E. Treacy, PMA
H. Schmeitz, Frug I Com
H. Gale, Horticulture Council of Canada
S. Thomas, Fresh Produce UK
A. Fernandez, GS1 US
M. Worthington, PMA Australia New Zealand
E. Araya, ASOEX