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Wholesale Market News 12 June 2012
The fresh produce centre of the north stages an evening event
to celebrate 50 years at the current site

On 4 June 1962 the new wholesale market site opened in Hammerbrook; it had taken four years to build this unique wholesale market for fresh produce on the 27.3 hectare/67.5 acre site The striking architecture of the wholesale market hall, with a floor area of 40,000 m2/430,566 sq. ft., generated especial interest. The building’s architect, Prof. Bernhard Hermkes, had designed one of the biggest concrete shell structures in Europe. The market had been trading on a site at Deichtormarkt since 1911, but as this was now “bursting at the seams”, a new facility was needed.

On Saturday, 9 June 2012, the companies trading at the Wholesale Market gathered with 700 guests from the worlds of business and politics for an evening celebration in the market hall, which is now a listed building. In his celebratory speech, economics senator Frank Horch stressed the special significance of the trading centre. “Hamburg is home to Germany’s major wholesale market, which handles about 1.5m tonnes of produce a year. 400 companies employing some 2,400 people trade at the market, making it a significant contributor to the economy and the job market. Having pursued a steady course of improvements, Hamburg Wholesale Market is now also a logistics centre that provides relevant synergies for the companies based on site, and I am very confident about its future.”

Trainees from the G 11 vocational school (restaurants, catering and nutrition) served a delicious four-course dinner to the large gathering; the evening’s program of entertainments, cheerfully presented by Stefanie Dreyer and Henning Harfst, was likewise much appreciated.

About Hamburg Wholesale Market
Hamburg Wholesale Market is the North’s centre for fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. The market’s customers are not only retailers who run greengrocer’s shops and street market stalls, but also restaurants, catering companies, hotels and large canteen kitchens. Clients appreciate the freshness, quality and variety: whatever a customer is looking for – conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables or organic produce, local-grown products or imports from Europe and overseas – at Hamburg Wholesale Market he is sure to find it.


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