Mercabarna will play a more high-profile role in the Barcelona-Catalonia Logistics Centre (BCL) platform as the food estate’s managing director Josep Tejedo has joined the executive committee of this association whose principal mission is to promote Catalonia as a logistics hub abroad.
Offering ideas and solutions to Mercabarna businesses to help them cut their energy costs. This was the goal of the Energy Efficiency Congress organised on 7 March by the food estate, via the Barcelona Food Cluster Association, and the Catalonia Energy Efficiency Cluster, and which drew around sixty attendees.
A delegation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the organisation that checks the safety of food, veterinary and medical products, visited Mercabarna on 6 March. Accompanied by representatives from the Catalan Food Safety Agency, the Mercabarna-based heads of the Barcelona Public Health Agency and the food estate’s managers, the visitors were shown the different health activities and checks performed in the Central Markets and in other businesses at the estate.
The different institutions and organisations with a major role in the agrofood chain that form the Good Commercial Practices Code, including Mercabarna and the Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Dealers Association (AGEM), continue to work to define specific initiatives that will make it possible to improve sector operations and relations among the different agents in the chain.
Mercabarna has joined the collaboration project against food waste run by the AECOC association of mass market retailers and which already has the support of over 150 companies representing all of the links in the agrofood chain.
Three fruit and vegetable firms located in the Complementary Activities Zone (ZAC) have in recent months renewed their contracts to remain at Mercabarna.
A total of 11 fruit and vegetable businesses from Mercabarna chose to make another appearance at Fruit Logistica, which was held in Berlin from 8 to 10 February.
Innovating is a good strategic plan for companies that want to stand out from their competitors. But how does a company go about starting an innovation policy? What does it need to be truly innovative? An expert in innovation and two Mercabarna businesses discuss their experiences in this field.