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GLOBALG.A.P. launched new GGN Label

GLOBALG.A.P. launched the GGN label © GLOBALG.A.P.
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A cross-category consumer label to make responsible farming visible

Cologne, Germany (27 April 2021) – GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH launched its consumerfacing initiative, the GGN label, during an online event on 27 April. International stakeholders from the agriculture and retail sectors were invited to the unveiling event during which GLOBALG.A.P. experts presented the new GGN label. GLOBALG.A.P. also announced that the new GGN label can now be applied to fruit and vegetables as well. Unlike the previous GGN labels, which were specific to aquaculture and floriculture products, the new GGN label is a universal, cross-category label.

The GGN Label – “All in One”

Since consumers have one shopping list and are looking for consistent orientation across different product categories, GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH has decided to move from two scopespecific labels to one uniform label for all categories. The new GGN label stands for certified, responsible farming and transparency. Available for both packed and loose fresh products, the new label is available to producers, retailers, traders, packers and restaurant chains starting April 2021. 

“Transparency is at the heart of the GGN label. We help consumers to discover the roots of their products while helping the businesses who practice and support responsible farming showcase this. Together we’re taking transparency to the next level”, says Kristian Moeller, Managing Director at GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH.

The 5th Anniversary of the GGN Label

GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH introduced its consumer-facing initiative, the GGN label, five years ago. It was first launched in 2016 for aquaculture products, followed by floriculture products in 2017. Now in 2021, fruit and vegetables are also included. All products with the GGN label come from a farm whose production process has been independently certified according to international GLOBALG.A.P. standards or one of the standards that is recognized by GLOBALG.A.P. as equivalent. These standards are holistic in nature and cover food safety, sustainability, environmental protection, animal welfare, workers’ health and safety, and supply chain transparency. All these aspects of responsible farming come together under the GGN label, which provides transparency through unique 13-digit identification numbers that are linked to supply chain actors with GLOBALG.A.P. certification.

These GLOBALG.A.P. Numbers correspond with profiles on the GGN label portal (www.ggn.org), allowing consumers to find the roots of their product. 576 farm profiles are already online. Click here to learn more about the GGN label.

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GlobalG.A.P. launch AH-DLL GROW add-on

GlobalG.A.P. launch AH-DLL GROW add-on

The AH-DLL GROW add-on was developed in cooperation with retailers Albert Heijn (AH) and Delhaize (DLL) and launched in August 2020. AH-DLL GROW is an add-on that assesses producers’ risk management with respect to hygiene, pesticide residues, and foreign bodies. The module was developed in order to better meet the rising quality and food safety demands from consumers and aims to increase producer awareness on both topics. Building on the contents of AH Residue Protocol version 2 (AHP v2), the AH-DLL GROW assessment checklist consists of a fixed number of control points and compliance criteria and can be implemented together with the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) inspection or audit.

The AH-DLL GROW assessment is required for both individual producers and producer groups that supply fruit and vegetable products either directly or via their suppliers to Albert Heijn in the Netherlands or Delhaize in Belgium.

AH-DLL GROW Observer – Access Rights
AH-DLL GROW Observers are granted access to AH-DLL GROW add-on data in the GLOBALG.A.P. database, including the AH-DLL GROW assessment results and related product or producer data and statistics. The available data and the related data access rules are defined in the AH-DLL GROW general rules specifications.

Companies are appointed as AH-DLL GROW Observers by Albert Heijn and must first be assigned as market participants in the GLOBALG.A.P. bookmarking package. Market participants are individuals or companies who trade with the certified/registered product.

Further Information
For any further questions, please contact the GLOBALG.A.P. Customer Support Team: customer_support@globalgap.org.
For any technical questions regarding the implementation of the AH-DLL GROW add-on, please contact: standard_support@globalgap.org.

Approved Certification Bodies for the AH-DLL GROW Add-on
Only certification bodies currently approved for the AH-DLL GROW add-on will be permitted to perform the assessment. Find an approved certification body using the table below.
Please note: The default view of the table only shows the country where the headquarters of the respective certification body is located. To see which additional certification bodies operate in your country and/or have a branch office there, please filter first by “Region,” then by “ Country.”

 

 

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GLOBALG.A.P. celebrates 5 years of GGN label with virtual live event

GLOBALG.A.P.  celebrates 5 years of GGN label with virtual live event

This year GLOBALG.A.P.’s consumer-facing initiative, the GGN label, is turning 5 and to celebrate this anniversary, a virtual live event is being held on 27 April 2021. There will be a look-back on the great achievements in the aquaculture and floriculture sectors and details of the label’s vision and exciting new projects for the coming years will be shared.

The GGN label promotes certified and responsible farming and wants to make this visible to consumers as a guide to responsible choices in their daily grocery shopping. Consumers have one shopping list and are looking for consistent orientation among different product categories in their daily grocery shopping trips. For this reason, GLOBALG.A.P. has decided to move from scope-specific labels to one uniform label for all categories.

The GGN label value proposition “certified, responsible farming and transparency” is highly relevant to consumers and plays an active role in their purchasing choices. This is why we have decided to improve how we communicate our value proposition so that it will be instantly and intuitively understandable in the context where purchasing choices are made: split seconds in the hectic rush of everyday life.

Fruits and vegetables represent a key component of consumers’ grocery baskets, which is why GLOBALG.A.P. wants to give consumers the option to make a responsible choice in the most important fresh-farmed product categories. As such, the GGN label will be extended to the agriculture scope, starting April 2021.

Sign up for the virtual unveiling event hosted by GLOBALG.A.P. experts. Participation is open to all interested parties and free of charge.

The New GGN Label Unveiling Event

Online event on 27 April 2021, available in two sessions:

  • Session 1: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. CET (English)
  • Session 2: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. CET (Spanish)

Each session consists of two parts:

  1. Unveiling of the new GGN label

    Find out all you need to know about the new GGN label with

    Kristian Moeller (Managing Director GLOBALG.A.P.)

    Federica Berardo (Director Marketing Operations GLOBALG.A.P.)

    More speaker details to be announced

  2. Questions and answers
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GLOBALG.A.P. delays launch of new IFA standard

GLOBALG.A.P. delays launch of new IFA standard © GLOBALG.A.P.

Workflow of the new version of the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard © GLOBALG.A.P.

 

GLOBALG.A.P. has decided to postpone the launch of version 6 of the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard until 2022 in light of the ongoing pandemic.

According to a statement issued by the certification body: “We have seen a very successful first round of public consultation. Hundreds of people have taken part in our ongoing World Consultation Tour and we have received over 1000 comments. Nevertheless, the coronavirus pandemic has hindered participation from many important parties, such as certification bodies and focus groups. Rather than launch a standard which is not fully consulted and tested, the GLOBALG.A.P. Board has decided to extend the timeline of development. The extension will allow more time for stakeholders to give their input and more time for sufficient testing. Field trials, which are critical for testing the new approach on farm level and assessing its audibility before the launch, and a third public consultation period will take place in 2021.”  

The launch of version 6 was originally planned for September 2021, with obligatory implementation as of September 2022. The timeline has now been extended as follows: The second draft will be available for the second consultation phase in December 2020. The second round of the World Consultation Tour will also begin in December 2020 and continue into the new year. The field trials – originally planned for December 2020 to Jan 2021 – will take place in May to June 2021, alongside an additional public consultation period (#3).

Version 6 will be finalised and published in April 2022, with the usual transition period of one year. It will therefore become obligatory in April 2023.

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GLOBALG.A.P. aims to make most comprehensive primary production standard yet

GLOBALG.A.P. aims to make most comprehensive primary production standard yet
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The first round of GLOBALG.A.P.’s World Consultation Tour featured a year-long series of 50 online meetings to create a space for continuous feedback and exchange of ideas. Guy Callebaut, chairman of the GLOBALG.A.P. Board, said, “We consider the revision and improvement of IFA v6 to be a collaborative project involving all stakeholders and partners concerned with good agricultural practices.” 

The online meetings, which provide opportunities to give direct feedback to GLOBALG.A.P. technical experts, cover areas as diverse as aquaculture and fruit & vegetables, and address target groups such as retailers, certification bodies, producers, and NGOs. Last June, the tour held meetings that directly addressed the work carried out by the respective technical committees, which asked for input on document structure, simplification, and topics such as water-risk assessment, fertiliser usage, and worker health and safety. It will require a non-stop process to create a comprehensive standard, since a multitude of topics and questions need to be discussed.

“We want to invite all companies worldwide to remain engaged with the ongoing developments as more and more World Consultation Tour meetings with additional focuses are being added to the range of conferences offered. We want to encourage them to engage with us in order to make IFA Version 6 their own product as well,” said Callebaut. Feedback and comments can be sent up to its launch in September 2021 via publiccomments@globalgap.org

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GLOBALG.A.P. Opens Applications for G.A.P. Awards 2022

GLOBALG.A.P. Opens Applications for G.A.P. Awards 2022
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Innovative Solutions with a Positive Impact 

Cologne, Germany – GLOBALG.A.P. announced this week that applications are now open for the G.A.P. Awards 2022.  

Applications for G.A.P. Awards 2022

The G.A.P. Awards give farmers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their achievements and gain industry recognition for their efforts to implement good agricultural practices. The judges look for applicants who have developed unique, innovative solutions that make a positive impact on not only their farms and revenues, but also their workers, the environment, and the community. They also seek producers who have been pioneers of change and are the first to implement related policies in their country.  

“We know how difficult it is for farmers all over the world to provide us with high-quality food around the clock despite the COVID-19 crisis, as well as being there for their families and still investing in the future and further development. Our respect goes out to all those who are tirelessly there for us. We would love to hear from as many farmers as possible. Please apply for our G.A.P. Awards and show us how you are coping with current and future challenges.” said Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P. 

Only GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard certified producers and producer groups (including any programs involving one or more certified producers) may apply. All applicants must submit an application form, business logo, PDF abstract, pictures, and contact information by 30 April 2022. The judges will make their selections by the end of June 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the application period has been extended to cover the 2 years leading up to the next GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT. 

GLOBALG.A.P. will announce 4 winners and their accomplishments at the end of July 2022. Each winner will receive an invitation to a special awards ceremony held during the GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2022. G.A.P. Awards 2022 winners will also receive a certificate, seal, and trophy. GLOBALG.A.P. will cover travel and accommodation costs for each winner (1 person per company). 

Sponsored by CropLife, the 2022 award covers four main categories:  

  • Women in agriculture 
  • Agricultural impact: Monitoring and evaluation – water, biodiversity, etc.  
  • Smallholders/Capacity building – localg.a.p./Primary Farm Assurance (PFA) implementation  
  • Innovation for sustainability 

Based on an assessment criteria checklist, a team of judges will evaluate the outstanding performance and achievements of producers with certified processes in these areas. The subcategory areas include:  

  • Traceability – IT/transparency usage 
  • Push for partnerships/co-operations (public, private, etc.) 
  • Innovative practices/technologies 
  • Economic aspects/added value 
  • Passion and powerful story 
  • Climate-friendly practices/CO2 emission reduction 

Judges will also acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic by assessing:  

  • The impacts of COVID-19 and how producers have faced the global pandemic 
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GLOBALG.A.P. Solutions – User-Friendly App Available Now

GLOBALG.A.P. Solutions – User-Friendly App Available Now

Browse through GLOBALG.A.P. Solutions on smart device

Cologne, Germany (17 August 2020) – GLOBALG.A.P. announces the launch of their new app GLOBALG.A.P. Solutions. It has been available to download from app stores since 24 July. The app, available for both Android and IOS devices, showcases the products and services that GLOBALG.A.P. has to offer. GLOBALG.A.P. Solutions is available in English and Spanish.

The new app represents a user-friendly version of the website www.globalgapsolutions.org, which was launched by the company in 2019. Users can now access information on products and services from the GLOBALG.A.P. Solutions website in an app format. The app displays information on key figures, the company’s core values and main objectives, as well as information on the GLOBALG.A.P. certification process.

The app sends up-to-date push notifications. These notifications inform users about upcoming events and recent updates to standards.

GLOBALG.A.P. CEO Kristian Moeller says “We are very happy that our app is now available in all app stores. The new app presents complex information about GLOBALG.A.P. in a user-friendly and simple way.”

The app offers information on how to become a part of the GLOBALG.A.P. network.

Potential members can find out about the membership application process, or third-party certification bodies can make contact and take the first steps to becoming an independent, GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification body. In a new feature coming soon, consultants will be able to apply and register as GLOBALG.A.P. licensed Farm Assurers.

Further features in the app include a calendar section which informs users about upcoming (virtual) events and trade fairs. Users can view event information and register online. In the app’s media gallery, GLOBALG.A.P. shares pictures and videos of past events. Explanatory videos on GLOBALG.A.P. certification are found there.

You can download the GLOBALG.A.P. Solutions app in your app store:

Click here for Apple

Click here for Android

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GLOBALG.A.P. Remote Kicks into Action

Global value chains: how is COVID-19 affecting fresh produce?

The first certificates have now been issued for inspections carried out via GLOBALG.A.P. Remote. This comes after the launch of the COVID-19 emergency measure on 15 May 2020.

GLOBALG.A.P. Remote was introduced as a response to the coronavirus crisis, which caused lockdowns and social distancing measures that hinder traditional inspections. While restrictions have been lifted in some countries, the GLOBALG.A.P. Remote option is helping those producers in regions still heavily affected by COVID-19. GLOBALG.A.P. Remote is available to producers in regions with travel restrictions at no extra cost.

The implementation phase

Before publishing, GLOBALG.A.P. Remote underwent an expedited consultation phase to ensure that the product created was not only suitable, but could also be implemented quickly. To aid certification bodies in implementing GLOBALG.A.P. Remote, a series of webinars was hosted on the topic.

And it hasn’t taken long for the remote option to be adopted. Following remote inspections that took place between 15 May and 16 June, the first certificates have now been issued in Europe, Asia, and South America . A total of 13 different certification bodies were engaged in 22 remote inspections covering 466 producers and a variety of GLOBALG.A.P. products – the Integrated Farm Assurance standard for Fruit and Vegetables, the GRASP add-on, and the Chain of Custody standard in version 6.

Looking to the future

As regards the future, GLOBALG.A.P. Remote will remain an option for producers and certification bodies for as long as there are lockdowns in place. GLOBALG.A.P. remains committed to finding solutions to support its producers, certification bodies, and retail/supplier members during this uncertain period.

Find more information on GLOBALG.A.P. certfication during the COVID-19 Pandemic here.

GLOBALG.A.P. published a free public webinar on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on GLOBALG.A.P. certification options and procedures. It provides an overview of the existing GLOBALG.A.P. emergency procedures and the new GLOBALG.A.P. Remote option.

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GLOBALG.A.P. Begins World Consultation Tour for Standard Revision Version 6

A chance to help shape the future for safe and sustainable food

The development phase of GLOBALG.A.P.’s IFA standard version 6 is in full swing. GLOBALG.A.P. aims to include as many stakeholders into the revision process as possible. The goal is to create a version 6 that will be practical and easy to use for everyone. To reach this goal, GLOBALG.A.P. is drawing on all its resources in various ways.

The World Consultation Tour began at the end of May. It offers a unique opportunity to network with experts from the industry. It takes the form of a series of 90-minute video conferences, moderated by experts. These are based on the round table discussion format tried and tested at a number of GLOBALG.A.P. Summits. The video conferences are divided into different target groups and languages.

All stakeholders can take part, and participation in the tour is free of charge. It is accessible to anyone with an internet connection, from anywhere in the world. The consultation rounds will examine all areas of the standard to find out which can be simplified, changed, or improved for v6. Everyone can have their say, help shape the standard, and contribute their expertise.

GLOBALG.A.P. is responding to the COVID-19 crisis by extending the consultation phase over a longer period. We will offer online and – where possible – on-site consultations for a number of months, instead of several weeks, as is the practice of most other standard-setting organizations.

GLOBALG.A.P. networking partners are integrated globally. They are now using the time to establish and strengthen connections. Certification bodies, GLOBALG.A.P. licensed Farm Assurers, and GLOBALG.A.P. (technical) key account managers all over the world are reaching out to local stakeholders to hear their needs.

GLOBALG.A.P. CEO Kristian Moeller is optimistic about the opportunity that this level of exchange creates: “Only those who really feel that they have actively participated in the new standard will ultimately identify with it and then implement it with the right attitude. Those affected must be involved very early in the development process; opinions must be heard at the beginning, not at the end. Those who feel heard will then implement or accept the guidelines more confidently. Intensive discussions with all relevant stakeholders make it clear that the topic of sustainability is gaining importance because you have to think about the industry in the long term. How do we want to live and produce in the future? We want to integrate this idea into the consultation process and produce an even better standard.”

Input from the consultation period shall cover the essential topics, starting with on-farm food safety. Other topics are traceability, workers’ health and safety, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability, all drawing on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There will also be discussions focusing on current and specific new control points and compliance criteria to maximize user experience and allow for simplicity in use.

GLOBALG.A.P.’s ability to communicate in a wide range of languages will enable important partners from all over the world – including often marginalized groups in remote regions – to join in and contribute to the improvement of the IFA standard for version 6. The result will be a well-consulted standard which meets the needs and demands of the sector. Such a standard ensures the continued supply of safe and sustainable agricultural products.

Please visit their website for more information on the World Consultation Tour (WCT): www.globalgap.org/wct and for all consultation documents www.globalgap.org/publicconsultation 

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GLOBALG.A.P. Announces World Consultation Tour

GLOBALG.A.P. Announces World Consultation Tour

Simplification, sustainability through digitalization, risk management are main objectives of next version 6.

For GLOBALG.A.P., 2020 is the year of major revisions to its flagship Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard. A world-wide series of outreach events called the world consultation tour will gather input and feedback for the new version 6 from farming communities in several countries. Simplification for growers and an increased focus on sustainability are to be achieved by digitalizing certification processes and including more elements of customized, science-based risk assessments. Furthermore, a suite of modules shall give farmers choices and make it easier for them to respond to their individual market and customer requirements. “Beginning with our first standard draft more than 20 years ago, we have always followed our philosophy of reducing and ultimately avoiding any unnecessary duplication within our farm assurance programs,” said Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P. “But only now is the technology available to make major steps towards improving the user experience for farmers.”

Digital era with integrity and sustainability

“The newly enlarged Board with truly global representation has called for placing the focus on simplification without compromising integrity,” said Guy Callebaut, Chairman of the GLOBALG.A.P. board. “Only when farmers embrace the standard throughout their daily operations can they achieve the targeted level of trust which consumers demand.” During the news conference, three new board members shared their views and expectations. They also presented GLOBALG.A.P. solutions and further plans for strengthening sustainable good agricultural practices, especially within the following standards and modules:

• Sustainable Program for Irrigation and Groundwater Use (SPRING)

• TR4 Biosecurity add-on

• Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule (FSMA PSR) add-on

• GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP)

• GLOBALG.A.P. Farm Sustainability Assessment (GGFSA)

• Primary Farm Assurance (PFA)

A major step towards increased digitalization and usability are the new direct connections with which service providers can access the GLOBALG.A.P. database. Pilot projects for such interfaces with AgriPlace and QLBS were presented at the conference. Furthermore, innovations such as vertical farming and controlled environment farming are leading the industry into a new digital era. Their practices will be interested to the version.