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Current PLU Applications Under Review by vbonvetti

There are four new PLU applications under review during this period.

  1. PremA 153 Apple - Small
  2. PremA 153 Apple - Large
  3. Shinano Gold Apple
  4. Fengapi Apple

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

NEW PLU Application by cdallacco
Effective January 2019, 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. 
New & Recently Added PLU Codes by vbonvetti

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

PLU labels for Australian Mangoes by Luijk

Implementation of Mango PLU labels to incorporate GS1 DataBar for loose product traceability and scannability.

This coming season, in line with other loose produce categories, major retailers including Woolworths, Coles and Metcash (IGA) are asking their Australian mango suppliers to collaborate on the implementation of a more defined PLU label incorporating DataBars.

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PLU Code Transition - Leading Digit '8' by cdallacco
As the adoption of price look-up (PLU) codes gain further traction in the produce industry, the IFPS has committed to transitioning the previously unused prefix '8' to accommodate an increase in varieties of fresh produce items as they enter the market. Please refer to the press release (English, Spanish and French) for further information. Additional information can also be found in this article which is an extract from the October 2015 Fresh Magazine issue published by PMA. 

PLU Code Search Function by cdallacco
The PLU Codes database which contains more than 1,400 standard PLU codes for the fresh produce industry is now housed on this site. Please access the search function here

Bilingual PLU Lists

To satisfy the needs of international customers, the PLU codes list has been translated into French and Spanish.  

Please refer to the press release (English, Spanish and
 French) for further information. 

Price Look Up Codes

PLU or Price Look Up codes have been used by supermarkets since 1990 to make check-out and inventory control easier, faster and more accurate. PLU codes are used to identify bulk produce (and related items such as nuts and herbs). They tell the supermarket cashier whether an apple is a conventionally grown Fuji apple which may sell for $1.29 per pound versus an organically grown F​uji apple which may sell for $2.29 per pound. IFPS is the global organization that assigns ​PLU codes to produce items.

PLU codes are 4 or 5 digit numbers and will appear on a small sticker applied to the individual piece of fresh produce. The PLU number identifies produce items based upon various attributes which can include the commodity, variety, growing methodology (e.g. organic), and the size. These numbers ​are assigned by the IFPS after rigorous review at both national and international levels. PLU codes ensure that the accurate price is paid by consumers by removing the need for cashiers to identify the product and whether or not it is conventionally or organically grown. 

The 4- and 5- digit PLU codes for produce are randomly assigned within a series of numbers within the 3000, 4000, 83000 and 84000 series. 83000 and 84000 will be assigned after the 3000 and 4000 series are exhausted. There is no intelligence built into the code. For example, no one number within the 4-digit number represents anything in particular. The 4-digit codes are for conventionally grown produce. 5-digit codes using the 3000 and 4000 series are used to identify organic produce. The prefix of '9' would be placed in front of the 4-digit conventionally grown code for organic produce. You will not see the organic 5-digit codes in the PLU codes database since they are simply prefixes added on to the conventionally grown produce PLU codes. 

Since there is a limited, reserved range of numbers available for assignment of harmonized IFPS PLU codes, the codes used must be those listed in the database and designated as Retailer Assigned - they can not be randomly chosen. Unassigned PLU codes are reserved for use by the IFPS Board in the assignment of new numbers. 

The PLU coding system is voluntary, not mandate by any governing body. There are currently over 1400 PLU codes issued for fresh produce and produce related items. 

Standardized Universal Product Codes (UPCs) for fresh fruits and vegetables are also available on a subscription basis through the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) website.  

For further information or questions regarding PLU codes, please email plu@ifpsglobal.com

Each user of the Price Look Up (PLU) Codes assumes all risk and responsibility for their use. Use of PLU Codes is with the understanding that IFPS accepts no liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect, special or other consequential damages of whatever kind resulting from whatever cause through the use of the PLU Codes or any information therein, even if IFPS has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

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