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The horticulture sector, the market and the consumer are changing at a rapid pace. New growing techniques and technologies, new applications for crop protection products and increasing consumer demand for sustainable products. MPS wants to continue to meet the needs of customers and the market. In order to continue to do so in the future, MPS is committed to innovation with regard to all its products and services; we are currently working on our IT applications and new online and real-time tools. The development of MPS-ABC version 2019 is also in full swing.
We want to place even more emphasis on dialogue with our customers and stakeholders, which is why two new meetings of the MPS Customer Panel are scheduled to take place this month. These events let us remain in open dialogue and test our plans with customers and stakeholders from the entire chain. 

We have recently welcomed the 500th participant of MPS-GAP. One of the very first audits (MPS-GAP version 11; benchmarked with GLOBALG.A.P.) has been carried out at ‘SOGO by Dümmen Orange’ in Taiwan. In addition, the Green florist label was launched, which is tested and guaranteed by the MPS Group. As you can see, we are fully committed to taking sustainability to the next level in the entire flowers & ornamentals chain. 

 
Yolande van den Boom
CEO MPS-Group
MPS Group to test and guarantee new Green florist label
Topbloemen.nl has launched a new sustainability label, called Green florist. Florists who are awarded this quality label have demonstrated that they contribute to nature, mankind and the environment in a positive way. 

Individual bouquets and florists themselves are tested by means of MPS-ECAS. At least 80% of the flowers in a Green florist-certified sustainable bouquet must be demonstrably MPS-A or MPS-A+ certified. Green florists are also tested on aspects such as sustainable procurement, waste separation, electricity, transport, personnel and traceability.
The traceability of flowers, and guaranteeing their sustainable provenance, is becoming an increasingly strict requirement that organisations simply have to meet. MPS operates the platform www.followyourflowerorplant.nl/en, which lets growers demonstrate how they handle sustainability in their companies. The track&trace system integrated into www.followyourflowerorplant.nl/en mainly deals with mono-bouquets and plants. The Green florist label is a great addition that will improve the traceability of mixed bouquets and will contribute to the sustainable development of the entire chain. 
Country focus: Taiwan 
The demand for MPS certification in Taiwan is growing steadily. It is becoming increasingly important for growers in this country to produce their crops in a transparent, sustainable way. Growers in Taiwan are facing an increasing demand for MPS-ABC certified products from Dutch Phalaenopsis and Anthurium growers. Many of these growers are MPS-GAP certified and are therefore obliged to buy parent materials that are MPS-ABC qualified.  



 
SOGO by Dümmen Orange is one of the parent material suppliers who are based in Taiwan. The company mainly focuses on breeding Phalaenopsis and tissue culture for markets in Northwest Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia, among others. This company has been MPS-GAP and MPS-ABC certified for years: in fact, it is where one of the very first MPS-GAP version 11 audits (benchmarked with GLOBALG.A.P.) was carried out. 

MPS-ECAS auditor Leen van Driel was in Taiwan last week to carry out several audits and give a presentation to the Taiwan Floriculture Exports Association (TFEA). TFEA is an organisation with many members in the flowers & ornamentals sector, such as breeders, traders and growers. During this meeting, MPS certification was explained in greater detail and the attendees were given insight into how MPS can help growers become more sustainable. The event was attended by over 100 interested parties from the sector.
The MPS vignette; are you ready?
The uniform MPS vignette was introduced on 23 August 2017. This vignette replaced a multitude of MPS vignettes and logos that had been used in the flowers & ornamentals sector up to that time. Together with the interactive platform www.followyourflowerorplant.nl/en, the uniform MPS vignette contributes to uniform working methods and product labelling for products by MPS-certified companies, as well as offering transparency to consumers.

You can continue to use the old vignettes until the end of this year. Starting from 1 January 2019, the old vignettes of the certificates in question may no longer be used on materials such as packaging, plant markers, etc.

You can find more information here.

If you have any questions, please contact the MPS Service & Support team in The Netherlands at:

T. +31 174 615700
E. info@my-mps.com

This newsletter is given in good faith by MPS.
MPS cannot assume any responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of the information contained in these newsletter.

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MPS-ABC 
New MPS Customer Panel meetings


During the first MPS Customer Panel on July 5 of this year, the developments around MPS-ABC were central. Jan Kamphof (Interim Manager of MPS Management & Development) outlined MPS’ vision of this programme for the near future.  Input from the MPS Customer Panel has been used to further develop MPS-ABC as MPS wants to continue to meet the needs of customers and the market. That is why new panel meetings will be scheduled to test new developments. In addition, we will be organising online meetings for the foreign members of the MPS Customer Panel. 

If you would like to participate in the discussion and help take decisions about the new MPS-ABC, sign up for the MPS Customer Panel now and join us at one of the following events: 
 
MPS Customer Panel: MPS-ABC 3.0
Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Location: MPS, De Lier
Target audience: Traders, Retail, Branch organisations, Stakeholders
 
MPS Customer Panel: MPS-ABC 3.0
Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Location: MPS, De Lier
Target audience: Growers

 
Current members of the MPS Customer Panel will receive a personal invitation for the meeting later this week. 

If you would like to sign up for the MPS Customer Panel or if you have any questions, please contact Eveline van Hooren by sending an e-mail to e.van.hooren@my-mps.com or by calling +31 (0)6 10 08 94 24.
Instructional videos for MPS-ABC registration

MPS supports participants in MPS-ABC and, optionally, MPS-ProductProof in registering their consumption levels as efficiently and easily as possible. 
Registration (periodic registration) or Actres Top (daily registration) and have any questions about this, you can now also consult our instructional videos with useful tips & tricks. These instructional videos will soon also be available in English. You can find our instructional videos here.

Of course, our Service & Support team is always ready to help: Contact MPS Service & Support at info@my-mps.com or on +31 (0)174 615 715.

Annual evaluation of MPS-ABC standards


MPS-ABC participants register various environmental aspects of their consumption, including crop protection, fertilisers, energy and waste. This lets growers show the market, authorities and society as a whole how sustainable their production methods truly are. In addition, registration can help provide valuable information.

The standards used in the MPS-ABC system are determined on the basis of the consumption of all participating companies. Every year, various analyses are conducted to determine whether the standards are still accurate, after which they are modified, if necessary. These modifications sometimes involve making the standards more strict, but in other cases, the standards can become more lenient. This can differ for each registered element. MPS specifies these standards in consultation with the MPS Board of Stakeholders, which is made up of various sector representatives. 

Generally speaking, the standards are adjusted at the start of period 11 (this year: 8 October - 4 November 2018). All participating companies will receive an e-mail informing about the technical details before the start of period 11.

The main reason for adjusting the standards every year is to ensure that MPS-ABC remains a challenging programme characterised by a good relation between MPS-A, B and C. That is why we evaluate our standards regularly, aiming for a maximum of 80% MPS-A.

The full impact of the modified standards will become apparent after a year, which translates to after period 10 in 2019. It goes without saying that the impact will start becoming visible in the first qualifications of 2019. We therefore recommend keeping a close eye on the first qualifications of 2019, so that you can anticipate on any changes made to the standards if necessary.

If you have any questions about this, or about the MPS-ABC score, you can always contact
MPS Service & Support via info@my-mps.com or tel. +31 (0) 174 615 715.



 
Are you all ready for the uniform MPS vignette?

The uniform MPS vignette was introduced on 23 August 2017. This vignette replaced a multitude of MPS vignettes and logos that had been used in the flowers & ornamentals sector up to that time. Together with the interactive platform www.followyourflowerorplant.nl/en, the uniform MPS vignette contributes to uniform working methods and product labelling for products by MPS-certified companies, as well as offering transparency to consumers.

 



You can continue to use the old vignettes until the end of this year. Starting from 1 January 2019, the old vignettes of the certificates in question may no longer be used on materials such as packaging, plant markers, etc.

Go here for more information. 

 
Company in focus: Valto

MPS-ECAS is a certification body that carries out independent audits. MPS-ECAS provides product, system and inspection certifications in the Netherlands and abroad. Valto is one of the innovative companies that MPS-ECAS has been providing with ISO certificates for years. 

Since 2005, Valto has been working on developing a solution for the PEPMV virus (Pepino mosaic virus), the most contagious virus to affect tomato plants, which has proven to be very difficult to combat. Over the past decade, it has conducted myriad tests and treated many hectares with its ‘flu shot for tomatoes’, the V10 treatment. “A positive side effect that has emerged after many years of studying the effects of V10, is that plants that are treated with V10 under the right conditions produce more at an earlier stage of the process”, says Thorben Looije, owner of Valto. 

In June, the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgp) gave its definite stamp of approval to the product, which is now attracting interest from all over the world. "We have now also started testing our organic approach on other crops. We are currently running pilots with cucumbers, attempting to tackle the Cucumber Mosaic Virus in much the same way. In the future, we strive to solve many more problems faced by growers worldwide in the same, sustainable way.”, says Looije. 

More information needed? Please contact Mark van Erp via markvanerp@ecas.nl.

If you have any questions, please contact the MPS Service & Support team in The Netherlands at:
T. +31 174 615700
E. info@my-mps.com

This newsletter is given in good faith by MPS.
MPS cannot assume any responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of the information contained in these newsletter.

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