2012 WUWM Market Award Winners Decided!

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September 17, 2012
Winners of the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) gold, silver and bronze 2012 Market Awards were announced during the closing dinner of the latest WUWM Conference hosted by the Poznan Wholesale Market (WGRO S.A) on 14 September. Wholesale markets from 10 countries competed for a place in these awards, which responded to the theme: ‘Excellence in new market infrastructure”.

The gold award was given to the Barcelona Municipal Markets Institute (IMMB) in Spain for its submission on the refurbishment of the Mercat de la Llibertat. This public-private partnership refurbishment of a covered food retail market, offers the market the ability to meet new customer demands, develop services and logistics, preserve heritage, and transform its urban surroundings. The 3 year project, completed in 2010, consists of a full exterior restoration with a complete interior remodelling and refurbishment, including expansion and a new distribution model.
Done at a total cost of Euro 13,108,000, of which Euro 6million was private funding, the refurbishment resulted in an annual increase of 884,000 customers to the market. It also recovered the patrimonial heritage of the city (the market was originally constructed in 1888), provided for a new commercial mix and supermarket, along with new underground loading bays, new vendor warehousing, services and installations, doubling market trading space. It also provided new pedestrian and public space, and a needed reorganisation in traffic flows. Judges were impressed with this refurbishment model which enabled initiatives to be adapted not only to the real needs of the commercial sector, but also to local residents and district services, utilising the market as an engine for commercial growth as well as neighbourhood transformation.

The WUWM Award judging panel included Mr Keith Atkins, the former CEO of the Metropolitan Trading Company in South Africa, Dr Michael Lendle, the managing director of the AFC Consulting Group in Germany, and Mr George Nicholson a market consultant and former Chairman of the Borough Market Board of Trustees in the UK.

Silver was awarded to the new Shenzhen HiGreen Wholesale Market in China which is offering advanced new infrastructure with both hardware and software support facilities. The 1st phase of this market’s operations began in September 2011. This 3rd generation market serves a direct population of 14.5 million, with influence in the regions of another 14.5 million more. It received a total (1st phase) investment of RMB 1.08 billion, which includes the cost of construction, facilities, equipment and IT system, but excludes any land value. The new market covers a land area of 303,000 m2, with a floor (transaction) area of 400,000m2 with roads and parking utilising another 213,000m2. The result is a modern, efficient and dynamic fresh food market, offering flexible design and pioneering measures in food safety and hygiene and supporting environmentally friendly operations with a strong emphasis on sustainability.

Bronze was awarded to Brisbane Wholesale Market in Australia for its work in addressing space, safety and congestion, guided by a 10 year plan that earmarked AUD $150million for upgrades and expansion. Since 2008 four main developments have taken shape on the market with construction (45,000 m2) offering multi-tenant facility development with offices and controlled temperature warehousing; a new market entry designed to reduce main entrance congestion; further warehouse (4.700m2) construction with temperature controlled wholesaling, pre-pack and export facilities, as well as refurbishment of the main administration and office hub, developing a commercial centre. The results include a 135.5% increase in commercial office space, a 23% increase in purpose-built temperature-controlled warehousing space, some 24,000m2 in additional building constructions, and an additional market access point for heavy transport.
Due to the difficult process of identifying just three award winning markets from the high-quality submissions received, three WUWM Certificates of Merit were also given.

The first of those awards was made to Mercacórdoba wholesale market in Spain for its activities developing on-site trading via virtual marketing (technology) infrastructure and providing a common logistical structure for wholesalers to better compete and co-operate. This project provides a “home delivery” service and an “off-site” market leading to improvements in the services provided to wholesalers, increased sales for the wholesalers on the market and the new provision of a modern electronic sales platform.
The second merit certificate was awarded to the Rungis International Market for its 22 million Euro investment in a new poultry pavilion offering 44 well equipped platforms. This 18,750m2 pavilion is completely refrigerated and corresponds to the highest of European hygiene and food safety norms, and offers two complementary components: a poultry and game market (VG1: 16 000m2) and a logistical platform (VG2: 2,750 m2). Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this pavilion provides for logistical excellence in both the supply to, and delivery from, the market; as well as providing for future diversification and new client development.
The third merit certificate was awarded to Seoul Agricultural and Marine Products Corporation (SAMACO) in South Korea for its development of a new logistics centre for high-quality fresh product and group meal services. This 6,120m2 centre opened in 2009 supplying some 62 schools, but, due to its excellence, had increased that number by 2011 to some 528 schools. This new infrastructure offers advanced food safety, warehousing and delivery areas, safety checks and product inspection sites, processing sites and a comprehensive distribution system. A second SAMACO food distribution centre (3,366 m2) has now also been opened (June 2011) providing food for another 440,000 students. CAPTION: Handing out these Awards was: (far left) Mr Andrzej Zapytowski, Chairman of the Poznan Wholesale Market (WGRO S.A.) Advisory Board along with Mr Markus Dürst, Programme Manager in the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, Switzerland (pictured far right). Merit certificate winners (from left to right): Mr Man Bok Lee, SAMACO, South Korea; Mr Juan Capó Ivars, General Manager, Mercacordoba, Spain, and Mr Stephane Layani, Chairman of Rungis International Market, France. Award winners follow them (from left to right): Mr Xavier Trull, General Manager of the Mercat de la Llibertat, Spain; Mr Shaoqun Chen, Chairman of Shenzhen HiGreen Market, China; and Mr Brad Latham, CEO of Sydney Markets, who accepted the award on behalf of Brisbane Markets which was unable to participate in the Awards evening.