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 March 2014

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


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. 

Boardmember IFPS J. Proctor best ambassador of Canadian industry
IFPS would like to congratulate Jane Proctor with winning the award "Best ambassador of Canadian industry". Read the whole interview

IFPS board meeting Brussels

The board of IFPS had their Spring meeting in Brussels. On the first day a visit was planned to Dole. The IFPS board got a tour through the traceability chain of Dole. 

IFPS would like to thank Dole, Capestan, Belfruco and Belgium New Fruit Wharf for their hospitality. 


European fruit and vegetable sector works on GS1 Standards
During the global working session Fresh Produce Standards in Venlo  Septem-ber 2012 an European GS1 Fruit & Vegetables Working Group has been initiat-ed. This group, GS1 in Europe - Fruit & Vegetables GS1 standards deployment in Europe, was set up to ensure a harmonised implementation of the GS1 Sys-tem in the fruit and vegetables sector. Apart from European GS1 organizations, major industry associations like the International Federation for Produce Stand-ards (IFPS), Freshfel Europe , Frug I Com,  important user companies from the retailer and supplier communities are key stakeholders of the working group. 

2nd Global Forum IFPS Berlin
IFPS is pleased to announce its second global forum to be held at Fruit Logistica on the 9th of February 2012.  The IFPS forum “Global Harmonization of Fresh Produce Standards” will be held during the trade fair in the Hall Forum, and is free to all Fruit Logistica attendees.  Several international speakers will update the global fresh produce industry on what is happening with respect to Food Safety, Product Identification and Supply Chain Information Management. 

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Blog from the Chair

Ongoing focus....

I am honored to have been elected as the Chair of IFPS at our Board Meeting in Brussels on June 18, 2013. 

Ongoing focus to achieve the goal of IFPS, Global Harmonization of Fresh Produce Standards, was made very clear to me during our visit to the Belgium New Fruit Wharf in Antwerp. The IFPS Board toured Dole’s vessel unloading and storage operations. During the very thorough tour and presentations by Danny Lippens of Dole, Tom Quets of Capespan and Luc Buellens of Belfruco, we observed the challenges that had to be overcome to accommodate each customers unique case and pallet labeling requirements. This reinforced the need for a global standard for case and pallet labeling that would result in increased efficiencies for all trading partners, just one area where the combined efforts of industry from across the globe can eliminate inefficiencies and unnecessary financial burdens in the supply chain.  To that end, I am pleased that IFPS was able to facilitate the alignment of the work that was done in Europe and North America to ensure that standards being developed are global. 

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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.