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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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The Produce Traceability Initiative is moving forward in the USA by implementing Standard Crate labels for Track & Trace in fresh produce. During the PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans, IFPS offers you the opportunity to learn more about PTI in practice. 

On Tuesday 15th October, IFPS has arranged a visit to Associated Grocers, Inc. – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where you will be updated on PTI in practice in this retail distribution centre, followed by visits to other retailers. 

Programme

8:30 am Depart                 New Orleans (venue to be confirmed)

10:00 am -  Arrival           Associated Grocers, Inc. – Baton Rouge facility.

10:00 – 10:45 am               Presentation on PTI – Ed Treacy, Vice President, Supply Chain Efficiencies, Produce Marketing Association

10:45  - 11:00 am               Overview of Associated Grocers, Inc. – Randy Fletcher of AGBR

11:00 – 12:30 pm             Tour of AGBR facility focusing on the PTI inbound and outbound processes.

12:30 – 1:30 pm               Lunch 

1:30 pm – 6:00 pm           Visit 1 or 2 retail store tours en route back to New Orleans.  

 
Participation
Participating in the tour is free. Registering in advance is needed. This can be done by sending an e-mail to steffens@frugicom.nl ( Frug I Com – IFPS Communications Committee ).

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