Mercati Associati Elections

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October 24, 2007

Turin – Ottavio Guala has been re-elected president of Mercati Associati, the association that gathers the Italian food centres and wholesale market authorities. Mr Guala, who is also president of Fedagromercati, Confcommercio and vice-president of Infomercati Consortium, has been at the helm of Mercati Associati since 2004 and was re-elected by unanimous vote. Mr Stefano Zani, general manager of Sogemi and Mr Fabio Massimo Pallottini, general manager of Car Rome, were elected vice-presidents, also by unanimous vote. Mr Mattia Rossi was reappointed as councillor within the secretarial service of the Board of directors and Mr Luigi Barizza was confirmed as organizing secretary. The assembly also approved a change in the Statutes of the Association so as to allow more extensive member participation in the activities of the Board of Directors. Mercati Associati gathers the associated wholesale markets and food-centres from: Bassano del Grappa, Bergamo, Bologna, Bolzano, Catania, Catanzaro, Florence, Foligno, Fondi, Forlì, Genova, Turin, Milan, Naples, Padua, Parma, Pescara, Rimini, Rome, Treviso, Udine, Verona, Vittoria: that is to say from all of the most important cities in the Peninsula that handle the overwhelming majority of the goods. The associates are both municipality managed markets and institutions entrusted to joint-ventures who’s shareholders are the actual producers and traders who have a direct participation in the administration of the company. This collaboration between public institutions and private persons increases the value of knowledge, information and professionalism that characterizes the traders and that fundamentally contributes to the uniqueness and to the vital importance of wholesale markets. Over 60%, about 11 thousand tons each year, of the fresh fruit and vegetables handled in Italy goes through the national market system.