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Product Identification

Identifying produce with barcodes and/or identification numbers is paramount in moving product through the supply chain efficiently. The type of barcode and identification number depends on the item being shipped.

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Data Standards

Data standards form the foundation for clearer communication between companies in an increasingly complex fresh produce supply chain. Standards provide a common language to help trading partners share and understand the same information about products and locations.

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PLU Codes

PLU or Price Look Up Codes are identification numbers affixed to loose or bulk produce in grocery stores and supermarkets to make check-out and inventory control easier, faster, and more accurate. The 4- or 5-digit number is printed on a label which is affixed to the produce to enable point-of-sale identification and ensure the proper price is captured.

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Universal Product Codes

Universal Product Codes

A Universal Product Code or UPC is a type of barcode printed on retail product packaging to aid in identifying a particular item. It consists of two parts – the machine-readable barcode, which is a series of unique black bars, and the generic or unique 12-digit number beneath it.

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GS1 DataBar

GS1 DataBar is a point-of-sale barcode that enables placing more data in less space. Developed for small, hard-to-mark consumer goods like loose produce, it increases the percentage of products that can be automatically and accurately identified at the point-of-sale.

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Global Trade Item Number

A Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) can be used by a company to uniquely identify all of its trade items. Trade items are products that are priced, ordered or invoiced at any point in the supply chain.

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Barcodes

Barcodes allow the receiver to automatically capture the information contained inside the barcode; hence, barcodes are referred to as a type of “automated data capture”. Barcodes can help manage your inventory, fulfill orders and track your product.

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Floral UPC

Floral Universal Product Codes

Universal Product Codes or UPCs are used in the floral industry to assist in identification of floral products at point-of-sale. Floral UPCs can be created to generically identify the floral item itself or uniquely identify the brand owner and the floral item.

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Labeling

Governmental bodies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and similar organizations in other countries have established labeling requirements for fresh produce. Food labeling regulations exist and include wax labeling requirements, nutritional labeling and country-of-origin marking or COOL.

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Nutrition Labeling

The FDA regulates food labeling and the nutrition facts label allows consumers to make better informed food choices. The Nutrition Facts label for all foods in the United States will change effective July 26, 2018, both in terms of information content and physical layout.

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Country of Origin Labeling

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is a labeling law that requires retailers, such as full-line grocery stores, supermarkets and club warehouse stores, to notify their customers with information regarding the source of fresh fruit and vegetables. There are numerous methods for making the country of origin declaration including labeling and signage.

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Wax Labeling

Package labeling standards are set by a variety of organizations including the FDA and other federal agencies and state governments. bulk shipping containers must be labeled to identify any post-harvest food additives (i.e., waxes and coatings).

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Traceability

Due to regulatory requirements such as the U.S. Bioterrorism Act, as well as ongoing food safety issues and the need for more information, traceability has become an issue of great importance to the produce industry.

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Transportation

Moving fresh produce between the point of origin and point of use requires multiple transportation steps. Produce is susceptible to physical or chemical damage as well as microbial contamination during transportation.

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Data Synchronization

Data synchronization is the process of establishing consistency among data and enables you and your trading partners to share standard product and location information. This ongoing electronic exchange of information eliminates manual processes. It provides the tools you need to share item and price information automatically.

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Cold Chain Defined

This article provides those new to the fresh fruit and vegetable industry a simple explanation of the cold chain and its major components.

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