GS1 Foodservice Standards Initiative

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Late in 2009, IFMA, IFDA, the NRA and supply chain partners came together and agreed to begin work on implementing GS1 standards. Historically, many of you may remember the tried but failed attempt to implement EFR. Today, we have many advantages that will make this new Initiative successful; a standard that is accepted and that works, an industry-wide effort and a partner in GS1 that has dedicated their resources in combination with IFMA and other trade associations.

This voluntary effort is directed at achieving three primary objectives:

  • Reduce waste and inefficiencies in the foodservice supply chain
  • Improve product and marketing information for foodservice manufacturer, distributor, and operator
    companies, and other end customers
  • Establish a common foundation for food safety and traceability with more accurate company and
    product identification.

The voluntary adoption of GS1 Global standards for product and location identification, and the Global Data
Synchronization Network (GDSN) for data synchronization will enable the implementation of these objectives. The overall Initiative goal is to achieve by 2015 the use of GS1 standards in the Foodservice supply chain by 75% of foodservice companies. 

Achieving success on a company-by-company basis will be driven by voluntary collaboration and leadership of manufacturers, distributors, brokers and others in the foodservice community. 

IFMA is proud to be your industry representative in this Initiative and serves on many committees working collaboratively to bring about voluntary adoption. 


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