International trade relations
Since its opening on 1st November 1940, the wholesale market has spread out over privately owned and municipal land, growing in size from 70,000 m² to 230,000 m².
Since the late 1950s most growth has been in the import business. International business relations guarantee the variety and excellent quality of the produce sold. The catchment area covers the region within a 200 km radius of the market.
It is planned to relocate the wholesale market to the western part of Cologne in 2020. A modern centre for fresh produce is due to be built there.