Product safety, traceability, product information sharing and product recalls. These are some of the benefits of GS1 standards in foodservice.

Foodservice and GS1

If you produce and sell food, you need to create an efficient and secure supply chain. GS1 standards and services create the opportunity for your industry to identify, capture, share and trace the entire value chain – from producer to end consumer. By using our global standards system, you can create faster deliveries, improve food safety, and share accurate product information with wholesalers, buyers and purchasers.

Why GS1?

Authorities, industries and consumers today have high demands on information about food. Consumers and restaurant guests expect more information about the content and origin of products. And they need to be able to trust that the product is safe to eat. Data about products needs to be accurate and shared in a structured way so that everyone in the supply chain understands. GS1 standards meet these needs by ensuring that buyers, sellers and distributors speak the same language.

GS1 standards are also used for the trade and distribution of alcoholic beverages within foodservice. GS1 has developed a model for the traceability of wine that is scalable all the way from the largest wine makers down to the small local grower. In this way, the beverage industry is taking further steps towards increased traceability.

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.
Regulatory compliance
Follow the changing demands of the industry and regulators. It provides greater security and higher consumer trust for both the retailer and the brand owner.

Standards in use

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

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

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

  • EAN-13, EAN-8ITF-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.

  • ProductSearch is an open search service for product information

  • ESAP are standardized processes for electronic commerce

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Buyers, purchasers, consumers and others can search for and compare products launched for the Swedish market. Updated product information and images are shared from the Validoo database service.

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How GS1 standards are developed

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

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