EDEKA sources fresh fruit and vegetables from more than 80 countries around the world. The retailer operates approximately 11,500 stores with over 336,000 employees, and generated EUR 47.2 billion in turnover in 2014. With a 26% market share in Germany, EDEKA is the country’s largest food retailer and has been a GLOBALG.A.P. member since 2005.

In a statement issued by the company, the retailer confirmed its new policy: “EDEKA believes that the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices is the key to produce safely and sustainably. Therefore EDEKA is requiring all producers of fruits and vegetables to be certified to the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard.”

“In addition, the GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody Standard will help ensure that traceability and segregation of certified products is guaranteed throughout the whole supply chain.”

Since 2014, EDEKA has asked all its fruit and vegetables producers to implement the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice, in an effort to safeguard workers’ health, safety and welfare on the farm.

EDEKA joined the GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committee Crops in January 2016 and is working in partnership with other retailers, food service companies and suppliers to further develop the GLOBALG.A.P. Standards.

Find out more about the EDEKA Group here.

Learn more about GLOBALG.A.P. Fruit & Vegetables Certification at www.globalgap.org/fv.