Winners of the 2017 WUWM Market Awards Announced

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May 30, 2017

The winners of the 2017 World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) Market Awards were announced during the closing dinner of a recent WUWM Conference hosted by Centro Agroalimentare Roma (CAR) Scpa from 18-20 May.

16 entries from 10 different countries have entered the competition.

WUWM 2017 Market Awards theme was: Excellence in activities promoting healthy eating”. The Awards were launched in February 2017.

WUWM member fresh food wholesale and retail markets from ten differnet countries of the world competed for a place in these awards which addressed the theme: ‘ Excellence in activities promoting healthy eating”. The Awards were launched in February 2017.

The GOLD prize was awarded to MERCAMADRID, Spain. The promotion of healthy eating habits is part of the vision of this market. The activities are in line with the principles of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact towards sustainable food systems that provide healthy and affordable food to all people and minimize food waste. This market carries out activities directed at schoolchildren, it organizes guide visits highlighting diversified, seasonal and fresh foods, it provides the local food bank with fruits and vegetables and also organizes gastronomic festivals.

The SILVER Award went to the Borough Market in London, UK. “A market is more than just a venue for buying and selling food” This philosophy is part of the vision of the oldest food market in London, which is registered as a charity and is not driven by profit. It focusses on high quality locally grown foods products and healthy eating habits among all population groups, including children and low-socioeconomic families. It furthermore hosts the Young Marketeers programme to educate children in seasonal foods and healthy diets, it includes free cookery demonstrations, it helps to distribute surplus food to local charities and convenes public debates around healthy diets and alternative methods of food production.

The BRONZE award was given to Sydney Markets, Australia.   This market has an ongoing mission to help develop a culture of healthy eating with special focus on healthy eating programmes and incentives within primary schools 

Also a  merit certificates was awarded CEASAMINAS, in Brazil for its effort carried out in the area of social solidarity that fights against one of the greatest scourges of the society – poverty and hunger.

A judging panel of three was agreed for these awards: Trudy Wijnhoven, Nutrition Officer, Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN), FAO Rome, Italy, Jose Augusto Ramos Rocha, Honorary WUWM Chairman, Lisbon, Portugal and Timo Taulavuori, former WUWM Board member and former Managing Director of Helsinki Markets, Finland.

All the submissions are available in the member only section of the WUWM website.