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How do traditional retail (street/food) markets benefit you and your community?

  • They offer a place where people feel they belong! A home away from home…
  • They offer all consumers of all ages and types easy access to affordable, often locally produced food, that is mostly fresh, healthy, diverse and ethnically varied;
  • They offer increased employment and a stronger local economy by being important employment generators and small-business “incubators” that offer business start-up opportunities;
  • They provide support for the most vulnerable in our communities like the elderly, the poor, the otherwise excluded;
  • The support better public health though increased fruit and vegetable consumption – and by promoting healthy-eating programmes as well as other local initiatives);
  • They support community culture like arts, craft and entertainers, they help to increase tourism, and they are usually a strong part of the community and national cultural heritage;
  • They are a fun way to promote community and ethnic cohesion among peoples of all race and religion, and they often offer an educational forum for adults and children;
  • They offer a cleaner and safer local environment by reducing waste, excessive packaging, and keeping the main town areas and streets populated, etc.);
  • They are effective tools for urban regeneration and rural connectivity;
  • They support local producers, manufacturing and agriculture and traditional products which might otherwise disappear;
  • They make our towns, villages and cities come alive, more fun, and much more attractive to live in!

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Take part in the 2015 ‘Love Your Local Market’ Campaign…

We currently have over 2,000 retail and wholesale markets from 16 countries participating in the international ‘Love Your Local Market’ (LYLM) 2015, taking place all over the world this May. Participating countries currently include: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Poland, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Sweden, Hungary, Hong Kong, China, and the USA! If you have […]

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10 reasons how traditional retail (street/food) markets benefit you and your community?

They offer a place where people feel they belong! A home away from home… They offer all consumers of all ages and types easy access to affordable, often locally produced food, that is mostly fresh, healthy, diverse and ethnically varied; They offer increased employment and a stronger local economy by being important employment generators and […]

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Working with food markets?

The next Conference of the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) will be held in Budapest, Hungary from 27-29 May 2015. This event will be jointly hosted by the city’s wholesale market Budapest Nagybani Piac and the Metropolitan Municipality Hall and Market Directorate, an organisation of the retail markets operating in the capital. The largest […]

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Does your market support saving food or food waste programmes?

Markets all over the world are support food waste or save food programmes. We want to share those programmes and initiatives with decision-makers at many levels so please tell us about yours! As an example, there are a number of traders in the Borough Market (UK) that have signed up to the FoodSave initiative, a […]

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Connect your local market with this Find-A-Market website!

If you don’t find your local market listed here, then all you need do is tell us some details and we’ll be happy to check it out and sign them up. There are no fees or costs. What we do need is some reliable information on the market – and no trolls or spammers clogging […]

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