Caab, the Bologna Agri-Food Centre, where every day 19 wholesalers, 5 cooperatives (representing 290 companies) and 100 farming businesses sell all the fruit and vegetables grown in the area to nearly 2,000 wholesaler and retailer clients through three commodity exchanges, is undertaking a major change. It is on the point of moving to a new market area next to its current site (which will be occupied by a new theme park revolving around the Italian agri-food sector).
Commercial manager Duccio Caccioni said the new site will be able to accommodate all Caab’s current occupants, but in less space, as there will be cantilevered loading bays side-by-side with traditional ground-level loading.
“It will be a much more compact market and the introduction of state-of-the-art technology will guarantee optimum cold chain preservation, optimum work safety and fire fighting solutions and, thanks to our photovoltaic plant, which will be increased from its current surface area of 80,000 m² to 100,000 m² with a power of 11 MW, making it the most powerful in Europe, self-sufficiency from the energy point of view. We expect this operation to bring logistics savings of 30-35%,” Caccioni said.