“At Rungis, there is business … but there is also humanity”


The sun is completely up when Cédric starts his day walking through the fruit and vegetable pavilions of Rungis (Val-de-Marne) to collect unsold goods. He works as a coordinator for theNational association for the development of solidarity grocery stores (Andes), installed here since 2008. This network offers quality food to people in economic difficulty: a solidarity grocery store is a place that offers “food aid that doesn’t look like it”, according to the association.

That morning, he walks around the wholesalers of this hyperactive beehive, the largest fresh produce market in the world that operates at full speed at night, when the city is sleeping. This hyperactive beehive is the largest fresh produce market in the world: 234 hectares seven kilometers from Paris, 1,200 established companies, 9 billion turnover per year, 18 million consumers … “I’m coming to see if we can get things back”, he said to a merchant who has nothing to give this time.

“Distribute these fruits and vegetables at an unbeatable price”

Wholesaler Patrick has around 600 kilos of potatoes to offer: “This represents a loss of 350 to 400 euros, but it is not very important in my volume”, he explains to the magazine “1:15 p.m. Sunday” (replay). Cédric (…)

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