The International Fruit and Vegetable Juice Association (IFU) was formed in 1949 and is the only representative of the worldwide fruit and vegetable juice and nectar industry. The members of IFU are producers of juices and related products, associations, traders, machinery and packaging producers, public and private scientific institutions from around the world.
IFU brings together members of the juice community by promoting collaboration and best practice through active commissions such as legislation, methods of analysis, science & technology and marketing.
The Legislation Commission represents the juice community as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) at Codex Alimentarius (the only NGO to represent the worldwide juice industry at in Codex, which is a unique status). We monitor the relevant activities of the WHO, WTO and WCO.
IFU methods are recognised by Codex for juice analysis and are therefore used by the juice community worldwide to ensure safety and quality throughout the supply chain, from farm to glass.
IFU aims and objectives are to:
1. establish a closer contact and collaboration for the benefit between juice associations and juice producers of the various countries;
2. encourage contact between members and develop an exchange of information, concerning:
a) A knowledge of the technology and composition of juices, new developments of juice production;
b) new developments, harmonisation and standardisation of analytical methods;
c) monitoring and harmonisation of juice regulations;
d) establish the industry standards on fruit and vegetable juices and nectars; e) any current subject related to the promotion of juice manufacture and consumption (quality assurance, packaging, international marketing, advertising, etc.);
f) development and recommendations of best practices to the fruit and vegetable juice industry;
g) contribute to the international fruit and vegetable juice industry through research and research funding; development of new methods;
3. organise international congresses, symposia, workshops and other activities;
4. develop public relations in favour of the IFU;
5. represent the global fruit and vegetable juice industry at the intergovernmental organisations, i.e. Codex Alimentarius, FAO, WTO, WHO, WCO etc.;
6. approach influential national and international institutions to obtain their co-operation in realising the aims of the IFU;
7. give technical and financial assistance for research on juices;
8. be a forum for trade matters.