Brazil to host the 29th WUWM Congress

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August 17, 2015

The 29th Congress of the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) will be held in the City of Campinas, Brazil from 23-26 September 2015.

Held under the general theme The Environment and the Future of Wholesale Markets, the congress aims to review the issues of: new scenarios for the food supply chain in the face of climate change; challenges for modernizing wholesale markets in Latin America; wholesale market efficiency and specialisation in the 21st century; value chain integration: production, wholesale and retail; and new food retail distribution models for traditional wholesale markets.

Technical market visits will be made to three markets during the Congress. The first technical tour will be of the wholesale market of Campinas (CEASA Campinas) which comprises two wholesale market halls of flowers and vegetables. The market is 500 000 m2 in size, with 920 trading companies selling 66 000 tonnes of product per month (US$ 45 million per month). Some 15 000 people enter the market daily. Delegates will also visit the wholesale market of Sao Paulo, CEAGESP, which comprises of 13 market halls, moving 4,263 million tonnes of vegetables, flowers and fish (US$ 2.72 billion in 2014). This market in São Paulo is responsible for selling 3.4128 million tonnes of product originating from 19 countries, 22 states and 1,454 municipalities representing a trading volume of US$2.27 billion. It also maintains the largest public warehouses, silos and grain storages of Brazil, in a storage complex geared towards the conservation of agricultural and industrial products.

On the last day of the event, delegates will visit the Municipal Marketplace in São Paulo (retail market). Situated in the historic downtown of São Paulo, the Municipal Marketplace, popularly known as the Market, is one of the city’s important tourist destinations. Inaugurated in 1933, the building is replete with business and leisure options. With 12,600 m2 of space, the Market is a commercial hub of wholesale and retail, specializing in the marketing of fruits, vegetables, cereals, meats, spices and other food products.

Wholesale and retail food market professionals from more than 40 countries are expected to attend this event which will be hosted by the Brazilian association of wholesale markets (ABRACEN). Information on the event, along with registration to attend the congress can be found on the congress website at:

We particularly draw your attention to the information supplied on the congress website should you be flying into Sao Paulo airport and need to arrange an airport-hotel transfer (Campinas is a 1-2 hour drive from Sao Paulo international airport); and if you are interested to arrange visits to other markets in the country, there is also a link provided to a contact person (and company) that can help arrange this for you.