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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 November 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022 period:

  • PremA129 Apple
  • Jupiter Grape
  • Sugra Family Black Seedless Grape
  • Sugra Family Green Seedless Grape
  • Sugra Family Novelty Seedless Grape
  • Sugra Family Red Seedless Grape 
    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.

    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.)

    IFPS Launches Mobile Web App for PLU Codes

    May 2021 - With over 1,500 price look-up codes (PLUs) now in use around the globe, the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) has launched a user-friendly web app to help users from across the supply chain to source PLUs. The launch of the web 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, Mexico and more recently, Brazil.



    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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    The International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) has been granted Observer Status as an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to the Codex Alimentarius Commission, providing the produce industry a focal point for interaction regarding global produce standards with the commission. 

    The news came shortly after the IFPS held its annual meeting May 24 in Rotterdam, in which Board members reviewed progress over the past year and set work plans for committees addressing Product Identification, Information Management, and Food Safety standards. 

    During the meeting, immediate past Chairman Hans Maurer, United Fresh New Zealand, and Vice Chairman Oddmund Estebo, Norges Frukt-og Gronnsaksgrossisters Forbund, Norway, were recognized for their past two years of leadership.  Elected as the new Chairman of IFPS was Tom Stenzel, United Fresh Produce Association, US; Harrij Schmeitz, Frug I Com, The Netherlands, was elected Vice Chairman.

    “IFPS is a very important association in bringing together produce associations from around the world to work collectively on global produce standards,” Stenzel said.  “We learn from each other; share our individual views and experiences; and work together to increase the efficiency and reliability of the global produce supply chain,” he said.

    Member associations of the IFPS include:  Asociacion de Exportadores de Chile, Canadian Horticultural Council, Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Freshfel Europe, Fresh Produce Consortium (UK), Frug I Com (Netherlands), Fruit South Africa, Horticulture Australia Ltd, Norges Frukt-og Gronnsaksgrossisters Forbund (Norway), Produce Marketing Association (US), United Fresh (New Zealand), and United Fresh Produce Association (US).

    The IFPS Board discussed work of its four current committees:

    • The IFPS Product Identification Committee works to align and facilitate the development of global product identification standards for use and adoption within the global produce industry; the committee is chaired by Ed Treacy, Produce Marketing Association, USA.
    • The IFPS Information Management Committee works to facilitate the classification and transactional standards for proper use and adoption within the global produce industry; the committee is chaired by Gerard Lamers, Frug I Com, The Netherlands.

    • The IFPS Food Safety Committee works to facilitate a common approach and harmonization of food safety standards with the global industry; the committee is chaired by Heather Gale, Canadian Horticultural Council, Canada.

    • The IFPS Communications Committee supports the work of all IFPS committees through dissemination of information on its website, to the media and at industry events; the committee is chaired by Harrij Schmeitz, Frug I Com, The Netherlands.

    The IFPS Board also made plans to host its second international forum at the upcoming Fruit Logistica Trade Fair in Berlin in February 2012.  IFPS Board representatives will also make presentations at other produce industry events, including Asia Fruit Logistica in September 2011 and PMA Fresh Summit in October 2011.

    Prior to the Board meeting, directors participated in tours of the local fruit and vegetable industry, visiting Fruit Wharf in the port of Rotterdam, Albert Heijn, Greenpack, Nature’s Pride, Terra Natura International and Lans. 

    For more information about IFPS please contact info@ifpsglobal.com.

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