Located in Barcelona's Zona Franca, Mercabarna is home to the city’s fresh produce wholesalers (the Central Fruit and Vegetable Market, the Fish and Seafood Market and Mercabarna Flower market) and slaughterhouse.
There is also the Complementary Activities Zone (ZAC), made up of businesses that add value to the product and provide customer services. There we can find companies specialised in ripening bananas, preparing fourth- and fifth-range products and refrigeration services.
The businesses in Barcelona's wholesale market supply the municipal markets, neighbourhood shops, small and medium-sized supermarkets and firms in the restaurant sector (HORECA) with food products.
The focus of Mercabarna's management is to meet city residents’ needs. One of these is the growing demand for ecological products, spurring the construction of the Biomarket, the first ecological fresh products wholesaler market in Spain. This facility will not only house businesses that sell fruit, vegetables and biological mini products, but it will also have a space for local producers.
A committed city
Apart from its commercial aspect, Barcelona Mercabarna is also committed to the environment through its corporate social responsibility strategy. In so doing, it acts as a guarantor of health, promoter of the Mediterranean diet and good eating habits, leader in the fight against food waste, creator of jobs and provider of training.
These lines of action are developed through various initiatives. Notable among these are the children's campaigns, which spread the word on the benefits of eating healthy food in schools, raising awareness among children of the importance of not wasting foodstuffs. This is because the fight against food waste is one of the industrial zone's strategic lines of action.
To this end, some awards have been created to recognise agro-food businesses and entities that develop projects to make better usage of food. Furthermore, since 2002 Barcelona wholesale market has made a storehouse available to the Food Bank, where the firms based there take their surplus products as an altruistic act.
The Training Services, who organise some one hundred courses a year geared towards future professionals in the agro-food sector, are also a benchmark. Since 2018, they have also organised the Summer University, a debate and reflection forum around food, in which university students and active professionals take part.
In the area of fostering employment, Mercabarna awards grants to firms based in the facility with the aim of promoting business activity and improving competitiveness.
Regarding environmental policy, the premises has its own infrastructures that guarantee suitable waste treatment. This system, which is a benchmark for sustainability among wholesale markets, enables a recycling volume of over 75%.
For all these reasons, Mercabarna is a key driver for the city of Barcelona, both in terms of developing the commercial sector and for the role it plays in the city's social reality.