Board of Directors
The current Board of Directors consists of:
• Ed Treacy, Produce Marketing Association (US)- Chairman
• Harrij Schmeitz, Frug I Com (Netherlands) - Vice-Chair

• Jane Proctor, Canadian Produce Marketing Association 

• Nigel Jenney, Fresh Produce Consortium (UK)

• Edmundo Araya, Asociacion de Exportadores de Chile

• Anne Fowlie, Canadian Horticultural Council
• Michael Worthington, Produce Marketing Association (Aus & New Zealand )
• Oddmund Ostebo, Norges Frukt-og Gronnsaksgrossisters Forbund (Norway)
• Dr Hans Maurer, United Fresh New Zealand

• Dan Vache, United Fresh Produce Association (US)

  

Members of IFPS

Latest News
New & Recently Added PLU codes
Here you can find the new and recently added PLU codes.
Updated Bilingual PLU List version December 2014

Here you can find the updated Bilingual French-English PLU list version December 2014


Saving cost in using standard
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."


Read the article about the EU Forum at Fresh Plaza


Move towards standard labeling...

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.

Read the Fresh Plaza Article on the EU Fresh Info Forum & Roundtable article


1e EU FRESH INFO Forum and Roundtable
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. 

More info >>


Meeting SS Rotterdam 2 december 2014

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. 


Meet PTI in practice
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. 

Blog from the Chair

PLU development in Mexico
As chair of the IFPS, I am very happy to report that the usage of PLU Codes at Retail Grocery stores is being adopted in Mexico. Mexican Retailers, Growers and Wholesalers formed an industry led initiative to implement PLU Codes labeling for fresh fruit and vegetables. This implementation is being supported by IFPS, PMA, GS1 Mexico and ANTAD. The initiative has 3 implementation milestones; 
  1. Labeling of first 26 commodities by September 30, 2014 
  2. Labeling of remaining  135 commodities by March 30, 2015
  3. Addition of DataBar Barcode on PLU Labels by December 31, 2015.

For more information on this initiative, click here.

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PLU Codes

 

To access the existing globally-used PLU codes, refer to www.plucodes.com. If you are interested in applying for a new PLU code, please review the criteria and application.

 

PLU codes are 4 or 5 digit numbers which have been used by supermarkets since 1990 to make check-out and inventory control easier, faster, and more accurate. They are primarily assigned to identify individual bulk fresh produce (and related items such as nuts and herbs)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, the variety, the growing methodology (e.g. organic) and the size group. These numbers are assigned by the IFPS after rigorous review at both the 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, whether or not it is conventionally or organically grown, etc. For example, PLU codes identify whether an apple is a conventionally grown Fuji apple which may sell for $1.29 per pound versus an organically grown Fuji apple which may sell for $2.29 per pound. PLU codes also identify a field grown tomato from a hot house tomato and much more.

 

The 4-digit PLU codes for produce are assigned randomly within a series of numbers within either the 3000 or 4000 series. There is no intelligence built into the 4-digit 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 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 5 digit codes in the PLU codes database since they are simply prefixes added to the conventionally grown produce PLU codes.

 

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

For more information, see www.plucodes.com.