Federal minister Ilse Aigner with GFI board members
Peter Joppa, Uwe Kluge and Andreas Foidl
Germany’s Fresh Food Markets receive prominent visitor at their Fruit Logistica stand, Berlin 2011
Federal minister Ilse Aigner enjoys shopping at street markets
Last Wednesday the leading international fruit trade fair, Fruit Logistica, opened its three-day event at Berlin’s exhibition halls. For the 8th time in the history of the fair, the 16 major fresh food markets in Germany shared space on the joint GFI stand - a 400-sqm showcase in hall 21, no. F-15.
On her tour around the fair, Ilse Aigner, federal minister for food, agriculture and consumer protection, visited the stand shared by Germany’s fresh food markets. Talking to GFI board members Uwe Kluge, Andreas Foidl and Peter Joppa, she said that she always greatly enjoys shopping at street markets, especially at Munich’s Viktualienmarkt. However, she regretted that she now has far too little time to indulge in this activity.
GFI chairman Uwe Kluge stressed the important, consumer-friendly role of street markets and greengrocers in supplying the public with a wide variety of fresh, good quality food and regional produce.
About GFI German Fresh Food Markets
GFI Fresh Food Markets was founded in 2000 as marketing association for Germany’s wholesale markets. In 2010 a decision was made to open up the association for retail markets and to expand its remit. GFI sees itself as a network of partners and offers its members the opportunity to share in a wide-ranging exchange of knowledge regarding central issues of trade management and benefit from various platforms for presentation, such as the joint stand at the Fruit Logistica and the website www.frischemaerkte.org. GFI German Fresh Food Markets is the central contact for national or international growers wishing to hold sales promotions at independent, professionally run food retail outlets.
About German Fresh Food Markets
These markets guarantee a wide variety of top quality fresh produce, especially fruit and vegetables. Membership consists of both wholesale and retail markets. Between them, they ensure the availability of good, nutritious food for around 100 million consumers in Germany and neighbouring European countries.
Wholesale markets are central, urban trading platforms where around 2,600 small and medium sized wholesalers, importers and growers supply fresh produce from the region and all over the world to around 53,000 customers in the specialist, independent food retail business, such as greengrocery shops and street markets, and to large-scale caterers and top restaurant chefs. Annual turnover of goods is around 7.4 million tonnes with a total value of roughly 9.8 billion euros.
In Germany more than 3,000 weekly street markets and 15,000 greengrocer’s shops are numbered among the retail markets. Street markets are the most important sites for selling agricultural produce from local growers. Selling regional products and a great variety of produce from all over the world, the itinerant traders offer their customers a uniquely pleasurable shopping experience in the open air. The specialized greengrocer’s shops offer their customers personal advice and service in connection with their carefully selected range. Professional expertise is a prime consideration. A range of produce that changes with the seasons makes the specialist store a must-visit shop for people who value healthy food with plenty of variety.