On Wednesday a GFI delegation comprising 25 wholesale and street market managers embarks on the annual study trip to a European market metropolis. Last year the destination was London, this year it is Madrid.
GFI board chairman Uwe Kluge is looking forward to the trip: ”This will be an exciting few days full of new impressions and insights. The capital of Spain is famous for its well-developed market culture. Many markets are “must-sees” for tourists and a Dorado for foodies. They offer a unique combination of the trade in fresh food with stalls serving delicatessen snacks."
The ambitious programme takes in a total of 8 “mercados” representing the entire range of food retail markets. The delegation will visit MERCAMADRID wholesale market on Friday morning; set on a 220-hectare site (544 acres), it is one of the biggest in Europe.
The GFI study trips are designed to promote a meaningful exchange about sustainable market concepts for the future. This year GFI is receiving support from the colleagues at the Spanish wholesale markets organisation MERCASA, with whom we have close ties via the World Union of Wholesale Markets WUWM. They will ensure that the visitors from GFI are shown behind the scenes, learn more about how these markets are managed and collect new ideas to inspire their own work in Germany.
There will be a full report in mid-April.