The Marché International de Rungis (or Rungis International Market) is the principal market of Paris, located in the commune of Rungis, in the southern suburbs. It is the largest wholesale food market in the world.
Since its origins in the 10th century, the central market of Paris was located in the centre of the city, in a 10-hectare area named Les Halles. It became too small to accommodate all of the business demand, and, in 1969, the market was transferred to the suburbs. Rungis has been selected because of its easy access by rail and highway and its proximity to Orly International Airport.
The market is the property of the French State and administered by the Semmaris (Société d’Economie Mixte d’Aménagement et de gestion du marché d’intérêt national de Rungis). Wholesalers are plentiful and the competition is strong. The market starts at 1am and ends at 7am. Clients are professionals, distributors and restaurants. Veterinary controls and property checkouts are omnipresent. The waste of the market is recycled and the energy generated by the incinerator is used to heat up the market and Orly Airport nearby.
the complex covers 232-hectares (573 acres);
13,000 people work there every day;
26,000 vehicles enter every day (of which 3,000 are heavy trucks);
1,698,000 tonnes of products are brought in annually;
it has the largest turnover of wholesale markets in the world.
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