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:
  •  Gry Sorensen, Norges Frukt-og Gronnsaksgrossisters Forbund (Norway) - Chair
     Rebecca Lee, Canadian Horticultural Council - Vice Chair 
  •  Ed Treacy, Produce Marketing Association (US)
  •  Jane Proctor, Canadian Produce Marketing Association 
  •  Richard Schouten, Fresh Produce Center (Netherlands)
  •  Nigel Jenney, Fresh Produce Consortium (UK)
  •  Dr. Hans Maurer, United Fresh New Zealand
  •  Charif Christian Carvajal, ASOEX (Chile)
  •  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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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. 




Getting Blockchain Ready : Three Conceptual Overhaul Suggestions

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

In my earlier comment piece entitled "Blockchain: myth or salvation?", I touched upon the need for a conceptual overhaul in the way our industry works to give Blockchain technology a chance to succeed. Three suggestions for such an overhaul are the need to accept GS1 standards as an integral part of product and grower identification; to settle upon an appropriate and consistent procurement strategy and then stick to it; and, to adopt the 7th Principle of Supply Chain Management (Anderson et al, 1997).

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