2022 IFPS Sustainability Symposium

November 10, 2022, 11:00 AM EST - 2:30 PM EST

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1st Regional Forum Asia News

First IFPS Regional Forum Asia

On Thursda,y 8 September 2011, IFPS is organising the First Regional Forum at Asia Fruit Logistica Hong Kong.

In this first meeting, IFPS will update the Asian Fresh Produce Industry on the progress in standardisation in Fresh produce.

With this Forum, IPFS invites produce leaders in Asia to share their perspectives on industry needs and practices. We also invite Fresh Produce & Trade Associations in Asia to join IFPS.

More info in the invitation or on the special webpages.

Succesful First Global Forum at Fruit Logistica

“Feedback received confirmed that as an industry, we are not only global but are
indeed having to cope with identical problems within our global trading activities,
regardless of where in the world we are located,” says Dr Hans Maurer, IFPS Chair.
“Fruit Logistica and IFPS are now in a dialogue to determine how we can intensify our
cooperation at AsiaFruit Logistica 2011, Fruit Logistica 2012, and beyond. We thank Fruit Logistica for its support to date.”

Presentations are available on the Forum webpages.

Report 2nd Global Forum Berlin

The 2nd Global Forum of the International Federation for Produce Standards at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin was an interesting one. Food safety and Product scanning were the main issues.

Food safety

There is a challenge for IFPS and its fresh-community in harmonization of standards. Not only for fresh but also connected to food in common. Ph. Binard: “IPFS is one of the key-drivers in global harmonization, there is a huge need for that. But let me be clear. Stricter rules does not mean safer food.”.

J. Vooijs: “Speaking about T&T and EHEC is not a nice story. It’s our responsibility to make sure the consumer gets safe food. It took 5 days to make clear that tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers of Holland were totally safe. But it took weeks to sell them again. EHEC was a great problem but also a media hype were T&T can’t help. T&T ensures your safety to the wholesalers. But the problem is consumers were stopped eating the fresh produce by lack of trust.”.

Supply chain-wide adoption of electronic traceability for every case produced by year 2012 is the vision of the Product Traceability Initiative. Chr. Harris :”It’s simple, GTIN (global trade item number) and lotnummer (batch-id) on every case. But implementing this in the complete chain from producer till retailer is not easy. But one thing we already achieved. We found by implementing a lot of opportunities to optimize our process.”.

Product Scanning
During the presentations about Product Identification and Supply Chain Management the main theme was product scanning at the store and focused on consumer level.
Implementing databar at Fresh produce is not easy according to G. Rowe. But it gives a lot of opportunities as a basis for smarter, fresher and
safer food. Databar gives the opportunity to stack more data into the label. More and more retailers around the globe are implementing databar in their processes.

J. Stroeken :”The question is can standards give value to the chain. How can we communicate in the right context with the right content. Von KENNbar SCANbar machen” is his opinion. By doing that we can reach and train the consumer by using his Smartphone in a proper way. The challenge is up to us to connect the consumer and to inform him about all the product details and progress of the fruit and vegetable chain . Make it visible for the producer at consumer level. Facebility is his advice. Integration of traceability and marketing.”. 

Meet, Network & Learn

IFPS is pleased to announce that they are organising regular Forums at different meetingspoints of the International Fresh Produce Industry.

The first global forum was held at Fruit Logistica on the 10th of February 2011 and was a great succes. The second annual global forum will take place in Berlin at 2012.

The first regional Forum is held at Asia Fruit Logistica.
Regurlay IFPS will organise  regional meetings for update the industry on what is happening.

More info on this pages.

We especially invite

This forum has been set up for the benefit of all companies involved in the global fresh produce supply chain. In particular, we invite directors, senior executives and managers with responsibility for food safety, quality, logistics and transport management; and the IT systems that support the entire process from field to table. If you deal with food safety, product identification and supply chain information management with respect to fresh produce, then this forum is for you.


2nd Global Forum Berlin
IFPS is pleased to announce their 2nd Global Forum to be held at Fruit Logistica on the 9th of February 2012, and I have the pleasure of inviting all fresh produce professionals to attend.
This forum, “Global Harmonization of Fresh Produce Standards”, will be free to all Fruit
Logistica registered attendees in Berlin. Several international speakers will be there to update the global fresh produce industry on what is
happening with respect to Food Safety, Product Identification and Supply Chain Information Management.
I would like to acknowledge Fruit Logistica’s support for this Forum and I look forward to meeting you in Berlin.
Tom Stenzel, Chair IFPS

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Presentations 2nd Global Forum

Here you can download the presentation given by several speakers during the 2nd Global Forum in Berlin.

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