By Deirdre Tynan • 01 September 2021 • 12:00
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The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, has praised the food distribution model that makes up the Mercas Network in Spain, an example that is replicated in other countries, and which sells more than eight million tons of fruit, vegetables, fish, seafood and meat each year.
Mercamadrid, the largest platform for the distribution, marketing, transformation and logistics of fresh food in Spain, is the largest European market for perishable food.
Mercamadrid is one of the 24 food units that make up Mercasa’s Mercas Network , a public company whose shareholders are SEPI (State Industrial Participation Society) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
According to Minister Planas, wholesale markets were vital in ensuring the supply of food to the population in the toughest moments of the pandemic.
Created in 1982, Mercamadrid concentrates one of the widest and most diverse offers of fresh food, with products from more than 40 countries, to supply a demand that exceeds the area of Madrid, reaching more than 12 million consumers and a radius of influence of 500 kilometers
The Mercas Network supports more than 3,300 wholesalers of fresh food and complementary services and more than 100,000 businesses. Together, they employ more than 30,000 workers, and annually channel more than eight million tons of fruits, vegetables, fish, seafood and meats, with a value of around 16,000 million euros.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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