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Codes Reserved for Assignment

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

PLU Codes & Organic Items

PLU codes in this database are for conventionally grown fresh produce. To identify an organic item, the prefix of '9' is inserted in front of the 4-digit conventional PLU code.

Size Breaks/Variety Splits within Existing PLU Codes

When a PLU Code application is approved for a specific variety or size when a PLU Code already exists with no specific variety or size named, the nomenclature for the existing PLU Code (the variety or size) will be changed to “Other”.

When applicant submits application requesting new size, existing PLU code becomes ‘All other sizes’. Same with variety; e.g. red seedless grapes.

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PLU Code Specifications

1.  "East" and "West" Regions in N. America

East refers to items grown east of the Mississippi River in the U.S. or east of the Ontario/Manitoba border in Canada.

West refers to items grown west of the Mississippi River in the U.S. or west of the Ontario/Manitoba border in Canada (unless otherwise noted viz APPLES, GRAPEFRUIT, ORANGES)

NB refers to all items grown outside N. America (i.e., Rest of World [ROW]) irrespective of whether it is exported to N. America, or elsewhere worldwide, or sold within national borders and must be used:

● where only one number is provided, use that number

● where "East" and "West" are both provided, use the ""West"


It is most important that produce items exported from outside N. America (i.e., ROW) are coded with the appropriate "West" number.

2.  Size Specifications

At the beginning of each section where two or more sizes (e.g., Small and Large) are assigned to an item (e.g., variety) size specifications are provided:

  North America            Rest of World

Small: 100 size and smaller *    Average fruit weight < 150g **

Large:  88 size and larger *         Average fruit weight > 150g **

Extra Large : 64 size and larger* Average fruit weight > 285g**

* The size (count 100 or 88) refers to the number of fruits/vegetables in a standard box most commonly in use in N. America

** Average fruit/vegetable weight or diameter is not a minimum weight or diameter, but the average weight or diameter of the items contained in the box irrespective of its size (capacity)

3.  Global Codes and Size Specifications

Global codes and size specifications are listed on the left-hand side of the PLU list.

4.  Regional Codes and Size Specifications

Regional Codes are on the right-hand side of the PLU list.

A-P = Asia-Pacific Region

EMEA = Europe, Middle East, Africa Region

LA = Latin North America Region

NA = North America Region (Canada & USA)

Unless otherwise stated, the size specifications are the same as the global size specification shown at the beginning of the section.