OBJECTIVES

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.

IFPS NEWS

Join forces internationally to improve the Fruit and Vegetables supply chain by data standardization

Join forces internationally to improve the Fruit and Vegetables supply chain by data standardization

April 12, 2021 - IFPS, the International Federation for Produce Standards, representing produce associations from around the globe, wants to improve the supply chain efficiency of the fresh produce industry through developing, implementing and managing harmonised international data standards. "Sustainability and food safety are focus areas of our organization in standardizing the increasing data driven demands," said Rebecca Lee, IFPS Chair. 

To mark the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, IFPS is exploring how to ensure that fruits and vegetables are well represented throughout the discussions leading up to and during the UN Global Food Systems Summit, to be held in September or October. "We seek collaboration with like-minded organizations to amplify the effect of any initiatives the IFPS member organizations and our respective members undertake as part of efforts around the International Year,” Rebecca Lee noted. 

PLU Sticker Ban Impact Letter

Across the globe, governments at all levels are examining the issue of plastics and the impact on the environment, which has led to various initiatives and, in some cases, legislation that seeks to find measures to mitigate this impact. Unfortunately, some countries have included the IFPS PLU stickers in bans without fully understanding the implications of doing so and the importance of this product identification scheme to the fresh produce sector. An impact letter was developed to help authorities understand these impacts and is available for use by industry around the globe. (PDF also available for download from the Sustainability tab.)

Current PLU Applications Under Review

Current PLU Applications Under Review

The following PLU applications are currently under review for the May 1 - July 31 review period:

  • C37 Tangerine aka Noble Juicy Crunch®
  • CN121 Apple small aka SugarBee®
  • Howell TC2 Apple aka LucyRose®, Lucybelle®
  • Howell TC3 Apple aka LucyGlo®, Lucybelle®
Please contact plu@ifpsglobal.com if you have any questions.
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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.


!! Because there is a limited, reserved range of numbers available for assignment of harmonised 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. 

 

 

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