Growing its client base, making new investments in logistics and opening up to small companies form the strategy of Maap, the Padua Agri-Food Market, which ranks fifth in Italy by commercial capacity with its 32 produce wholesalers and two farm cooperatives.
The north Italian fruit and vegetable market, located in Padua, Maap is Italy’s top market by exports, which account for around 60% of its total turnover. The export routes mostly lead towards Eastern Europe, through Slovenia to Croatia, through Hungary to Romania and (before the embargo) to the distant cities of Russia.
As CEO Francesco Cera explained: “We are working on a series of investments to support the expansion we are seeing in our client base.” Maap has increased its tonnage by over 10% in the past 15 years and investment in new structures is needed to meet the demands of the future.
“We intend to programme building investments that can accommodate new logistics platforms. This is important from the structural point of view. Our strategy is therefore to focus on foreign trade and medium sized retail distribution chains,” Cera said.