Overall objectives of IFPS 

• In conjunction with stakeholders in the industry to improve the supply chain efficiency of the fresh produce industry through developing, implementing and managing harmonised international standards.

• To act as a forum for comment and discussion on issues relating to international standards as they affect the produce industry.

• To make recommendations and advocate appropriate courses of action in relation to international standards that affect the produce industry.

• To develop, implement and manage an international standard for Price Look Up (PLU) numbers.

• The doing of all such other things as are incidental or conducive to attainment of these objectives.

Board of Directors

  • The current Board of Directors consists of:
    • Ed Treacy, Produce Marketing Association (US)- Chairman
    • Harrij Schmeitz, Frug I Com (Netherlands) - Vice-Chair
  • • Jane Proctor, Canadian Produce Marketing Association 
  • • Nigel Jenney, Fresh Produce Consortium (UK)
  • • Karen Brux, Asociacion de Exportadores de Frutas de Chile (ASOEX)
  • • Rebecca Lee, Canadian Horticultural Council
  • • Richard Bennett, Produce Marketing Association (Aus & New Zealand )
  • • G. Sorensen, Norges Frukt-og Gronnsaksgrossisters Forbund (Norway)
  • • Dr Hans Maurer, United Fresh New Zealand
  • • Tom Stenzel (Interim Board Member), United Fresh Produce Association (US)

Please refer to the press release (English, Spanish and
) for further information. 


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Current PLU Applications Under Review by vbonvetti


There are two new PLU applications currently under review:

        GEM Avocado

        Ambrosia-Small Apple

Please contact plu@ifpsglobal.com if you have any questions.


PLU labels for Australian Mangoes by Luijk

Implementation of Mango PLU labels to incorporate GS1 DataBar for loose product traceability and scannability.

This coming season, in line with other loose produce categories, major retailers including Woolworths, Coles and Metcash (IGA) are asking their Australian mango suppliers to collaborate on the implementation of a more defined PLU label incorporating DataBars.

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New & Recently Added PLU Codes by vbonvetti

Here you can find the new and recently added PLU codes.



Save the Date: EU Fresh Info Forum by Luijk


IFPS is proud to be one of the founding fathers of the biggest event in Information management and Standards in Fresh Produce in the world: the EU Fresh Info Forum.  This year, the week of 26 to 30 November will be entirely dedicated to the Tsunami of Technology which is headed our way but offers great opportunities for the Fresh Produce sector.

The program is packed with interesting events for international guests. On Monday 26 November, a special IFPS roundtable will be hosted on Durable Fresh Produce Standards. On Tuesday 27 November, the IFPS General Board Meeting & General Assembly will take place. On Wednesday 28, we will take a tour around some of the finest and most advanced companies in Dutch Horticulture.  Thursday 29 will be entirely dedicated to the Forum and we will conclude the week with a special Standards Roundtable on Friday.

We will host this year's event in two new Fresh locations in the Netherlands.  

So be sure to add these dates to your calendar and schedule your flight to the Netherlands! We will be back with more information after the summer holidays. 

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New Blog on Blockchain by Luijk
Blockchain: Myth or Salvation? Dr. Hans Maurer, the New Zealand IFPS Director and chair of the Chain Information Management Committee, discusses the impact of blockchain technology on the fresh produce industry and the importance of information standards. Read it here.



PLU codes in the spotlight by Luijk

PLU codes have been put in the spotlight in Canada. Yesterday, CBC News published an article on PLU codes called 'What those little stickers on fruits and vegetables are for". The article goes deeper into what PLU codes are and why they are used. 

Read the article

Spring meeting in Toronto by Luijk
This week, the Board of Directors of IFPS will be in Canada to get updated on the latest developments in Canadian fresh produce at the CPMA. After this week's events, the Board will hold a meeting on Foodsafety, Product Identification and Supply Chain issues. 

IFPS Launches Mobile App for PLU Codes by Luijk

With over 1,400 price look-up codes (PLUs) now in use around the globe, the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) has launched a user-friendly app to help users from across the supply chain to source PLUs. The launch of the app comes at a time when the demand for the voluntary codes, used for price identification at retail point of sale for fresh produce items that are sold individually, is increasing in North America, Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand and more recently, Mexico. 

Special offer for IFPS assocations and their members by Luijk
Today, Frug I Com and ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA launch a special offer for the members of the associations active in IFPS for SMART Horticulture Asia. Delegate passes for SMART Horticulture Asia are available at a highly discounted rate of 3.000 HKD (35% discount on standard online rate). 
IFPS Board Meets in Chicago during United Fresh Summit 2016 by Luijk

On Thursday June 23rd, the Board of the IFPS met at the McCormick Convention Center in Chicago for their Spring Meeting in conjunction with United Fresh Produce Association’s Convention, United Fresh. The Board welcomed new Board member Gry Sørensen from The Norwegian Association of Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers.  

In addition Kelly Kirschner, VP of Global Marketing at Sinclair Systems International, LLC participated as a representative of this new associated member. Also new to the group was Elena Tomanovich, Senior Director Industry Engagement as the new liaison for Fresh at GS1 Global.

PLU Codes


To access the existing globally-used PLU codes for fresh produce, refer to the PLU codes search section of this site. If you are interested in applying for a new PLU code, please review the assignment criteria and application.

Since there is a limited, reserved range of numbers available for assignment of harmonized IFPS PLU codes, the codes used must be those listed in the database and designated as Retailer Assigned - they cannot be randomly chosen. Unassigned PLU codes are reserved explicitly for use by the IFPS Board in the assignment of new numbers. 




Blockchain – Myth or Salvation?

By Dr. Hans Maurer, New Zealand IFPS Director and chair of the Chain Information Management Committee

The short answer is – neither! Let me explain.

On the technical level, Blockchain is very much a reality.  Not only is Blockchain technology being used to underpin the cryptocurrencies we hear so much about but a myriad of mature business sectors are beginning to investigate or even use Blockchain technology in an attempt to solve some of their inherent challenges, such as achieving better traceability.   Not surprisingly, the Fresh Produce Industry globally is up to its armpits involved in such pilots, as are notable retailers such as Walmart, Carrefour, and others.   Blockchain is, therefore, most certainly not a myth but fast becoming a reality.

Is Blockchain technology the salvation to all the produce industry’s problems relating to traceability?

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