The International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) has approved a new PLU code for the Francis mango variety. Retailers, shippers and growers are encouraged to update their systems and label stock immediately so the PLU code 3621 can be in use for the 2012 Haitian mango season.
The new code will end a long-standing conflict in the coding system that left the Francis variety with no good option for a PLU code. “Applying for a new PLU code is not particularly difficult, but it should be a carefully considered move,” said William Watson, executive director for the National Mango Board (NMB). “The NMB spoke to dozens of retailers, shippers and growers to ensure support before moving ahead in the application process.”
The NMB will continue to spread the word about the new PLU code to ensure a seamless integration when Haiti begins shipping the Francis mango in mid-April, with peak volumes in May, June and July. During the 2011 season, Haiti shipped approximately 2.2 million boxes of Francis mangos to the United States.