102 Development of a product

Suppliers are encouraged to work closely with packaging suppliers and customers in developing new products.

Suppliers are encouraged to work closely with suppliers of packaging and customers in the process of developing new products.

The grocery industry is heavily packaging intensive. Increasing demands and expectations from authorities and consumers for reduction in use of virgin fossil materials and replacing plastic, whenever possible, will be highly focused. “Design for recycling” will be crucial to meet future regulations, expectations, environmental requirements and recycling goals.

Reduction of food waste will have increased focus to meet reduction targets agreed by the trade and the Norwegian authorities.

The grocery value chain in Norway has for many years exercised responsibility by active ownership in the material return shemes for packaginxg Grønt Punkt Norge and by funding the company Matvett to prevent food waste. These organizations are available to support you introducing more sustainable products.

Areas affected by, and subject to guidelines from STAND are:

  • Optimization and requirements for design of Consumer Unit (CU), Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) and Distribution Unit (DU) with accompanying packaging materials
    • The modular system
    • Case fill rate
    • The top load labelling system
    • Automatic warehouse at distributor – increased understanding of depalletization process
    • Checklist
  • Valid pallets and requirements for these
  • Labelling requirements
    • Guidelines for how to label Consumer Unit (CU) with 2D barcode
    • Purpose of labelling of Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) and Distribution Unit (DU)
    • Product information on Stock Keeping Unit (SKU), with example of Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) label
    • Guidelines for labelling of Stock Keeping Units (SKU)
    • Product information on Distribution Unit (DU), with example of Distribution Unit (DU) label
    • Labelling of transport information
    • Guidelines for labels on Distribution Units (DU)
    • Bar code requirements for labelling with GS1-128 on Distribution Unit (DU)
  • Shelf life
    • Determine total shelf life of a product and labelling requirements
    • Allocation of shelf life between the players in the value chain
    • Use of dynamic shelf life
    • Bilateral agreements for allocation of shelf life
  • Traceability of a product
    • Guidelines for traceability, recall and withdrawal
    • Requirements for traceability of products and the product areas covered by this
    • Requirements for traceability information and labelling
    • Alternative ways to track and trace an item in the value chain
Published on: 27. July 2018


Clarification regarding reduced use of both virgin and fossil materials environmentally friendly packaging solutions.