Rungis Market in Paris Celebrates 40 Years

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February 12, 2009

On 27 November 2008, Marc Spielrein the CEO of SEMMARIS (Rungis Market Authority), officially launched celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of Rungis International Market. From 27 November until 3 March 2009, a countdown is taking place to mark the original move from Les Halles de Paris to Rungis. Rungis is the largest wholesale food market in the world, with a turnover of 7.6 billion euros. It is a Fresh Produce Capital because of the diversity of its produce range, given all the production networks represented at Rungis and its one-stop-shop model. A Fresh Produce market of global influence, export accounts for 10% of the Market’s turnover. Thanks to Rungis, French produce is available in all the major foodhalls and best restaurants in Europe, and from Hong Kong to Dubaï. Rungis also excels for the strength of its concept, with a ground-floor organization considered as a reference point for many wholesale markets abroad. SEMMARIS therefore takes part in development projects as a consultant in countries such as Russia and China. For 40 years, Rungis Market has constantly evolved, modernizing its infrastructures and developing its product and the services on offer, adapting to major changes such as the boom in the catering industry and the growing influence of supermarkets with new competencies in logistics, brokerage, and food processing... Thanks to strong values and a daily commitment to quality, Rungis has become an international hub - a huge change given its local original purpose. Future celebrations planned to mark this anniversary include: • January to September 2009: educational operations. Workshops at Rungis about food for young Ile de France pupils. Creation of an educational exhibition and visit of the Market for 7,000 students in catering. • 3 March 2009: the anniversary gala dinner at Rungis with an exclusive show from the Crazy Horse Paris. • March 2009: “Les Gueules de Rungis” picture exhibition ("The Rungis Emblematic Faces"). Pictures shown on the pavilions’ walls. • March to June 2009: "Fête du Frais" in the pavilions ("A celebration of Freshness"). Promotion of Fresh produce in the Market’s pavilions with dedicated operations • And from 23-25 September 2009: a WUWM Conference at Rungis. Rungis will host a conference of the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) in the context of the fourth edition of the "Entretiens de Rungis" which will speak to the global future of wholesale markets. For further details place contact SEMMARIS: Philippe Stisi Phone: +33 1 41 80 80 83 E-mail: philippe.stisi@semmaris.fr