Fruit and vegetables

With unique identification, complex supply chains can be transformed into seamless and transparent shopping experiences.

Fresh foods and GS1

Producers and sellers of fresh food need to create an efficient supply chain with accurate data. GS1 standards and services create opportunities for your industry to identify, capture, share and trace the entire value chain – from producer to end consumer.

Why GS1?

Today’s consumers and regulators have high demands on information about the food we eat. They also want transparent information about the product’s origin, climate footprint and exactly where the product is on the journey through the supply chain. Multiple purchasing paths and increased legal requirements for food create complex supply chains that require accurate data.

You can meet the needs of your consumers and trading partners by using global GS1 standards and services that help you communicate in the same language as the one you do business with.

Identification of fruit and vegetables

There are two ways to identify fruits and vegetables, PLU or GTIN which is a GS1 trade item number. In Sweden, PLU numbers are mostly used today, but companies are now looking at the possibility of numbering fruit and vegetables with GTIN instead.

PLU numbers identifies a certain group of items, such as an apple variety, and thus not the unique apple from a certain country or a certain grower. The product is placed on a scale in the checkout, the PLU number is entered manually by the cashier and the price is registered on the receipt. GS1 Sweden has the administrative responsibility for PLU numbers in Sweden.

Benefits for your business

Sustainability and traceability
Create efficient information flows with greater visibility through the value chain. GS1 standard contributes to better safety, sustainability and traceability.
2d codes in retail - provides better traceability
Efficient logistics
Improve your supply chain, inventory management and shelf availability. When you have control over delivery, stock and distribution, you save time and costs.
Comply with legal requirements
Follow the changing demands of the industry and regulators. It provides greater security and higher consumer trust for both the chain and the brand owner.
Implement GS1 Standards

Guidelines for Frruit & Vegetables

In the Fruit and Vegetables industry, it has been decided to adopt the GS1 system to improve the efficiency of the supply chain. Here you will find all guidelines for identification, barcoding and master data.

Standards in use

In your industry, it is common to use a combination of GS1 standards and services. They are used for identification, barcoding and sharing.

  • GTIN (Global Trade Item Number) for product identification.

  • SSCC (Serial Shipping Container Code) for pallets and cages.

  • EAN-13, EAN-8, ITF-14 and GS1-128 are used for barcoding.

  • QR, GS1 DataMatrix and Data Matrix are standards for 2D barcodes.

  • GLN (Global Location Number) for identifying places and parties.

  • GDSN is a product data network for synchronized data.

  • Validoo is a database service for validating and sharing data and images.

  • GS1 Trade Item Information for the exchange of digital product information.

Discover GS1 Standards in our app
Traceability with GS1 Standards
Identify and label pallets

How GS1 standards are developed

The CPG industry in Sweden is actively involved and influences the development of GS1 standards.

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