Isle of Wight, Cowes
The French Connection
Situated conveniently on the outskirts of Paris near the auto-route, train station and Orly airport, the Rungis market is sight to behold. Indeed, it’s the biggest market in the world covering 573 acres with 13,000 people working for over a thousand companies serving 20,000 commercial buyers daily. Rungis can accommodate 26,000 vehicles that all drive through it daily, including some 3000 HGV trucks. It sells more than 1.5 million metric tonnes of food produce a year along with cut flowers, plants and non-food products. It’s vast and impressive, but what really impresses most is the sheer quality and presentation of the produce on display. No wonder Coastline Produce has struck a partnership with the market.
The market is sectioned off to make it convenient for buyers with areas for fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, poultry and game provided for and localised horticulture. Believe it or not, some 18m people are supplied from the market and this includes the 12m within 150 kilometre radius of Paris – that equates to one fifth of the entire population of France! Accordingly, transport and logistics are thorough with market enjoying its own train station allowing high speed transport to and from the south of France and then of course, there’s the airport and auto-route. The market is owned by the State and is in our opinion a classic example of Government working with the economic system.