Meetings with institutional and governmental bodies have provided WUWM with the opportunity to directly show the scale and importance of food wholesale and retail markets to the global trade of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.
In 2006, a WUWM member-only study showed how our wholesale markets members are directly involved in 40% of European fruit and vegetable supply, accommodating more than 80,000 permanent operators, over 153,000 employees, and marketed volumes representing more than 26million tons a year.
A European retail market study launched by WUWM in 2008 showed that at least 25,000 retail markets exist within the EU alone, with more than 450,000 retail market traders operating businesses on those markets. Additionally, more than one million people are employed on EU retail markets, with the total turnover surpassing Euros 35billion.
Our aim is to continue to promote and increase the data available on the role and importance of markets to the local, regional and global economies – as well as to provide evidence of the enormous benefits that markets bring to those economies, as well as the communities within which they are situated.
WUWM Representation in Support of the Markets Sector
WUWM actively collaborates with the European Commission on several areas related to the wholesale and retail market sectors, as well as to the food supply chain and food distribution in general.
Since 2003, several meetings have been held with top level representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament, with WUWM participating in both political and technical discussions.
WUWM is currently working with the following European Commission Directorate Generals:
- DG Agriculture. WUWM has enjoyed communication (2008) with Mariann Fischer Boel, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, providing input into the consultation on the reform of the Common Market Organization (CMO) for fruit and vegetables. The WUWM position is to emphasize the need for organizing the production of fresh fruit and vegetables in a way that will provide consumers with quality product, and will allow for a better nutrition of the consumer by increased regular consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables.
- DG Enterprise. WUWM has been given member status within the European Commission’s ‘High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain’, participating in Forum meetings that aim to support the development of better industrial policy in the agro-food sector.
- DG Internal Market & Services. WUWM is currently an active participant in the EC consultation on the European retail sector, especially as regards the recent retail monitoring report ‘TOWARDS FAIRER AND MORE EFFICIENT RETAIL SERVICES FOR 2020’.
- DG Competition. WUWM actively contributed to EC consultations (2009) with the sector on the paper: ‘Communication on Food Prices in Europe’ and remains available for ongoing consultation on this issue, pursuing the need to ensure fair returns for producers.
- DG Health & Consumer Protection. Working with SANCO, the WUWM Guide to Good Hygienic Practice for Wholesale Market Management in the EU was adopted in 2009 as the first European Community Guide for the sector.
Other European Parliament/Commission Collaboration:
- Meeting with Paolo de Castro (2010), Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, European Parliament
- Participation in meetings of the European Commission advisory group for the food chain and animal and vegetable health.
- Communications with Marianne Thyssen, Belgium Member of the European Parliament and "Internal Market" Commission.
- Meeting with Markos Kyprianou, European Commissioner (2006) Health and Consumer Protection, Thessalonica, Greece
- WUWM has been involved in supporting efforts to increase market visibility and representation within the United Nations (2009: CSD-17 meetings)
- WUWM has an active and ongoing collaboration with departments in the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO), including supporting FAO efforts to identify expertise and consulting bodies within the market sector.
- WUWM enjoys ongoing collaboration with several industry partners committed to improving the sector and the promotion of markets and their traders, as well as efforts to increase the public consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables. This partnering includes a formal MOU with Freshfel Europe.