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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. 
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®

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

New & Recently Added PLU Codes

New & Recently Added PLU Codes

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

IFPS Announces Release of Implementation of GS1 DataBar for the Global Fresh Produce Industry

On January 21, 2021, the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS), in collaboration with the industry and GS1 organizations, released the Implementation of GS1 DataBar for the Global Fresh Produce Industry.

New PLU Application

Effective January 2021, a new PLU application has been released for use. Please ensure you use the current PLU application when filing to request a new PLU code.
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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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Information exchange is the basis for a safe, efficient, effective and durable supply chain of fresh produce. Supply chain information from farm to fork is the foundation of the international fresh produce industry. In this context, standards for food safety, product-identification (like PLU) and supply chain information management are essential.

To help shape the future of information exchange in fresh produce, the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) is supporting ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA with the launch of SMART Horticulture Asia: a new, high-level, Asia-wide business forum that focuses on information management, standards, and technology. Within IFPS, trade, growers and standards associations representing the fresh produce industry in South America, North America, Europe and Oceania work together to develop and maintain product identification and chain information management standards for the global fresh produce industry.

“Asia has a huge consumer market and is also a very big producer of fresh fruits and vegetables” said Ed Treacy, Chairman of IFPS, “IFPS is open for collaboration with growers, traders, retailers and their associates in Asia to share knowledge and information regarding standards and best practices for the fresh produce supply chain. SMART Horticulture Asia in Hong Kong will be a unique event that builds international networks for fresh produce standards“.

The new one-day conference will take place on Thursday 8 September 2016 during Asia Fruit Logistica, Asia’s leading trade show for the fresh fruit and vegetable business which takes place on 7-9 September 2016 at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo.
“We are delighted that IFPS supports this conference. IFPS has an excellent network of international member organisations and a wealth of expertise that comes along with it. SMART Horticulture Asia offers a unique opportunity to contribute to information and knowledge exchange among all continents in fresh produce.” says Will Wollbold, Commercial Director of Global Produce Events GmbH, the organizer of ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA.

About the organizer
SMART HORTICULTURE ASIA is owned by Global Produce Events GmbH, organizer of ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA, the only annual trade show for the fresh fruit and vegetable business in Asia, and is powered by Frug I Com, the organizer of the EU FRESH INFO FORUM & ROUND TABLE which takes place every year in the Netherlands. Frug I Com responds to changes in sector demand to grow the use of electronic information in the fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain. The partners of Frug I Com are Frugi Venta (trade and processing), the Dutch Produce Association (growers), Fresh Produce Center, and GS1 Netherlands (standardization).

 

Contact:
Frug I Com
Harrij Schmeitz
Programme Manager
Tel +31 79 368 11 86 
schmeitz@frugicom.nl


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