The economic downturn and unemployment have been particularly hard on the groups already most afflicted in terms of entering the labour market. Aware of this situation, Mercabarna’s Training Area is collaborating with several social organisations and institutions by setting up training courses to give these people the chance to find employment in the food sector.
While most people know that autumn is the season for chestnuts, squash, pomegranates, quinces, sweet potatoes, persimmons and mushrooms, many are unaware of their health-giving properties and the different ways of preparing and consuming them. For this reason the Barcelona and Province Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers Business Association (AGEM) has launched the initiative, “Experience Colourful Flavours”, which aims to reveal the special qualities of these typical products and consequently boost their consumption.
In the midst of the hubbub of the Central Fish Market, the artist Victoria Rabal picks up a fish and takes it over to her work station, set up under one of the Market bridges.
A group of 150 women pastry chefs from the Barcelona Pastry Chefs Association visited Mercabarna-flor on 15 November. Organised by the Association and Mercabarna-flor, the purpose of the visit was to acquaint the Market with a professional group that is a potential customer, since pastry chefs use flowers and plants to decorate their shop windows and adorn their confections.
Mercabarna’s Training Area offers a wide variety of training courses to Food Unit businesses. The courses are aimed at both managers and employees, enabling them either to learn new skills or to update their knowledge and awareness of techniques and trends.
In October, the postgraduate course on Wholesale Food Company Management will be offered for the sixth time.
In recent months, Mercabarna management has visited the Border Inspection Points (BIPs) in the ports of Tarragona and Valencia and at Vitoria Airport.
On 2 July, Mercabarna’s management team visited the Lleida Agrofood Science and Technology Park, accompanied by the centre’s manager Josep Clotet and its science director Santiago Planas.