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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. 

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

There are currently no PLU applications under review for the August 1 - October 31 review period:

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 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.

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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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According to Ed, there's an evolution in standardization and implementation of standards in the fresh produce sector. "We have developed standards for electronic trade, to support buyers' and sellers' transactions, and data synchronization. We have also developed standards for product identification and for traceability. The next step in this respect is to develop standards for labelling fresh produce on a consumer level, pallet level and case level."


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Labels contain important information about the products, and a distinction is made between labels on packaging and labels on the product. Jane Proctor, of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, explains about the importance of standardisation in labelling.

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In association with IFPS GS1 in Europa and Frug I Com are organising the 1st EU FRESH INFO Forum and Roundtable about Informationmanagement in Fresh Produce. More then 150 delegates registrated for the event 3 and 4 december in Rotterdam. 

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On the 2 of December the Board of Directors and General Assemblee is meeting at the pre-event meeting during the 1st EU FRESH INFO Forum and Roundtable at the SS Rotterdam (Netherlands). 

Here the next step in PLU is the main issue on the agenda. Also the work on the new webpages and app for Lookup of the PLU and connected GS1 Global Product Classification. 

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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.

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On the 24th of May the Annual Spring meeting if IFPS is held at the Offices of Frug I Com in the Netherlands.

On the agenda is the Businessplan for the upcoming years one of the main issues. Also we are talking about the Cultivation Message.

On Monday the 23th of May there will be an Industry Tour for the participants were the are visiting the Port of Rotterdam, Retailstore AH, Nature's Pride, FresQ, Greenpack  and Van de Lans (Tomatoegrower).  Interesting Dutch Fresh Produce Companies which will give the international members from South Africa, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Freshfel Europe, UK, Norway, Chili etc.  a lot to discus.

From Wednesday members will be participating in the Fresh Congress in Rotterdam. More info about this congress >> 

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The registration for the first IFPS Forum is now open at the Forum-pages on this webiste. Here you also find complete information of the program, speakers and the download of the invitation.

See the Forum Pages.

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The IFPS Board in London this Spring decided to organise the First Global IFPS Forum at the Fruit Logsitica in Berlin. For more info see Forum.

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The IFPS Spring Meeting 2011 will be held at Rotterdam during the EuroFresh 2011.

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Members of the produce industry active within the Quebec marketplace are expected to meet certain requirements relative to language and labeling. Faced with the need to have an official translation of PLU nomenclature available for produce labeling, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and Quebec Produce Marketing Association (QPMA) facilitated the translation of the PLU list to meet the needs of their respective memberships. The list translates the English produce PLU list into French.
 

 

Access the French PLU List HERE

 

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