23. March 2021 | Press release

DPDgroup & Yamato Holdings launch the highest standard in safety for fresh delivery worldwide

23 March 2021 - By creating the Fresh Pass initiative, DPDgroup, the largest parcel delivery network in Europe, and Yamato Holdings, the logistics, home-convenience, and e-commerce leader in Japan, now redefine small parcel delivery, combining their expertise to make fresh food transport more reliable, sustainable and accessible to all.

  • End-to-end safety based on ISO standard ensuring produce quality
  • A standard for the requirements of all fresh-food professionals
  • A cooperation of market-leading transporters


The members of Fresh Pass guarantee safety and quality of fresh produce from origin to destination with a robust international standard based on experience and know-how. This initiative offers an end-to-end cool chain logistics network worthy of food producers’ trust. This temperature-controlled service committed to safety and quality relies on the ISO 23412:2020 standard.

Fresh food professionals of all industries can find a trustworthy response to their specific requirements. Yamato and DPDgroup maintain cold chain throughout transport regardless of size or quantity. Producers may choose temperature ranges, ensuring respect of legal requirements backed with tracking and monitoring start to finish. This cooperation addresses time-sensitive needs on a daily basis with safety and integrity, and supply chain optimisation reduces storage and food waste costs.

A cooperation gathering market-leading transporters for food professionals. Businesses wishing to ship their perishable products will have priority access to a global cool-temperature delivery network of not only expert logistics players but also market leaders, who, like DPDgroup and Yamato, maintain a high grade of practice and respect for safety with a view to creating more advanced global processes. These specialists adhere to fair and reliable standards in line with cold chain legislation, meeting the needs of food professionals of all sizes. This relationship of companies also opens the door to new markets and customers across the world.

Food systems are now more than ever at the heart of many challenges facing the global community. It is the duty of everyone and all industries to consider food as a common asset. For this reason, a change of direction is needed to improve distribution, reduce food insecurity and act against both shortages and waste. Short food circuits are a key to achieving this while transcending borders to open new possibilities. The members of Fresh Pass help create a level playing field where everyone may benefit from access to food safety and quality standards. Common standards ensure interoperability among member companies, which leads to cost reduction in food supply chain.

DPDgroup and Yamato will share their expertise with future members, helping them develop and implement fresh delivery business, which contributes to the success of food safety globally.

For further details, please visit the Fresh Pass website www.freshpass.com


About DPDgroup

DPDgroup is the largest parcel delivery network in Europe.

We combine innovative technology and local knowledge to provide a flexible and user-friendly service for both shippers and shoppers. With our industry-leading Predict service, we are setting a new standard for convenience by keeping our customers in close contact with their delivery.

With 97,000 delivery experts and a network of more than 58,000 Pickup points, we deliver 7.5 million parcels each day – 1.9 billion parcels per year – through the brands DPD, Chronopost, SEUR and BRT.

At DPDgroup we aim to be a reference in sustainable delivery and become a leading enabler of e-commerce acceleration.

DPDgroup is the parcel delivery network of GeoPost, which posted sales of €11 billion in 2020. GeoPost is a holding company owned by Le Groupe La Poste.

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