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Mercabarna and ASSOCOME Launch New Mobility, Energy and Water Projects

Mercabarna and the ASSOCOME business association set up three new technical commissions in November to launch projects that affect food-estate users as a whole and which strive for sustainability and resource saving. Focusing on mobility, energy and water treatment, the three commissions join forces with the two that have already been in operation for years: Telecommunications –which includes the Fruit and Vegetable and Fish Wholesale Business Associations– and Health and Job Safety.

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How to Obtain Sustainable Fishery Certification

There is a growing trend among food distribution companies to offer customers produce from sustainable fisheries. For this reason, they are increasingly asking suppliers to prove they are certified as purveyors of such produce.

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A Very Creative Christmas at Mercabarna-flor

Around 1,800 florists from across Spain took part in the 29th Mercademostraciones fair organised by Mercabarna-flor and held on 11 November. The fair is a singular opportunity in Spain for flower sector professionals (wholesalers, florists, floral art schools and more) to meet and hear about the latest trends and novelties in flower fashion and home and store decorations for the Christmas season.

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Mercabarna Celebrates 25 Years of the Training Area

Is Your Staff Motivated Enough?

To commemorate its 25th anniversary, the Mercabarna Training Area held an interesting conference on “How to Motivate Company Staff” on 21 November. Some forty businesspeople and human-resources managers from Mercabarna firms attended the event, where the training courses to be offered in 2013 were also presented.

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Catalan Flower Sector Expresses Concern about Rise in VAT

The Catalan associations and organisations in the Confederation of Ornamental Horticulture of Catalonia (CHOC), which includes Mercabarna-flor and the Wholesale Business Association (AEM), have sent a joint letter to the Spanish Ministries of Finance, Economy and Agriculture expressing their concern about the rise in VAT applied to floral produce and live plants. The sales tax on these goods has catapulted from 8% to 21%.

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Chinese Vegetables “Made in Catalonia”

Farmer Joan Domènech undertook a risky experiment a couple of years ago. He turned part of his land at Sant Joan Despí over to planting Chinese green beans, a variety similar to our own slender green beans but which are much longer and very popular amongst the Chinese.

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Rise in Fresh Produce Donation to the Food Bank

Mercabarna companies donated over 8% more fresh produce to the Food Bank in the first half of 2012 than the same period last year. Altogether, 243,923 kg of fruit and vegetables were contributed, along with 2,149 kg of fish.

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