Mercabarna, the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Dealers (AGEM) and the Food Bank launched a campaign a year ago for businesses in the Central Fruit and Vegetable Market to encourage them to donate excess fresh produce. The goal was to help the Bank deal with the huge rise in demand for food for the needy that arose when the economic downturn began.
Mercabarna has opened a provisional car park next to entrance K to the precinct in order to facilitate parking in the area where construction work on the Multiservice II building and development of the space that formerly housed the Flower Market are going on.
The first stone of the future House of Agriculture, a facility that will serve as a meeting point for agricultural cooperatives and associations and which also aspires to become a forum for the dissemination of the opinions of Catalan farmers, was laid on 28 May.
The Government of Catalonia, Barcelona Provincial Council and the Municipal Markets Institute organised the 1st Municipal Markets of Catalonia Congress on 17 May, which drew associations of vendors, technicians and food professionals, including Mercabarna management.
Food sector businesses are bound by law to implement their own controls to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations with regard to product handling and in their facilities.
Around 20 Mercabarna businesspeople attended the presentation of the study on future strategies for fruit and vegetable wholesale dealers that took place on 1 June and which forms part of the Strategic Plan of the Barcelona Food Businesses Cluster that Mercabarna is promoting.
Mercabarna and the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Dealers (AGEM) worked together in May and June on two events aimed at promoting healthy eating and lifestyle habits among children.
Around 200 people who work in the fishing sector, including wholesalers and representatives of institutions, central markets, retailers’ associations, members of the fishing sector and fish markets, took part in the 2nd Wholesale Markets Congress of the National Association of Market Fish Wholesalers (ANMAPE) held in Madrid on 26 and 27 May.
Mercabarna-flor and the Association of Wholesale Businesspeople (AEM) hosted a new thematic demonstration on 7 June aimed at providing florists with new ideas and suggestions on designing floral arrangements to step up sales. This time the event was dedicated to summer flowers and plants.
Mercabarna, IRTA (Institute of Agriculture and Food Research and Technology) – through its partner CENTA (Centre for New Food Technologies and Processes) – and KIMbcn, a company that carries out technological assessments, will implement a project to detect the technological requirements of precinct companies.