UPC codes are bar codes used on consumer-packaged items sold at retail. UPC codes have been introduced to supermarkets to facilitate both the check-out process and inventory control. UPC codes are used to identify fruits and vegetables sold with a fixed weight/count and are typically prepackaged.

Retailer assigned UPCs

Blocks of UPCs are reserved for retailer use. Retailer-assigned numbers facilitate the introduction of new products/packaging size without the assignment of a permanent industry standardized UPC.

For the purposes of fruits and vegetables in Canada and the U.S., standardized UPCs are assigned with no company specific reference. The company reference portion of these generic UPCs is a generic prefix (033383) which has been assigned to the produce sector. The standardized item reference number follows this generic prefix and is followed by a check digit assigned during the printing process.

To access existing generic UPC codes in the database, you may purchase an annual subscription through the PMA Products website. For help with purchasing a subscription, please contact the PMA Solution Center at solutionctr@pma.com or at 302-738-7100.

The annual subscription rate is $100 USD for CPMA or PMA members or $200 USD for non-members.

Fruit and vegetable UPC records are sorted in the database by commodity, variety/type, growing region, grade, product size and package size.

To apply for a new UPC, please click here.

For more information, contact CPMA at question@cpma.ca.