“Through a committee that was set up on behalf of the European department, we formulated some ideas in order to tackle food wastage in order to present them at the congress in Barcelona next year,” says Theodoros Papadapoulos of CMT. The committee was established at the congress in Rome of last April and consists of both Greek and Bulgarian companies.
According to Papadapoulos, the program is going to kill two birds with one stone. On the one hand, it will significantly diminish the amount of food wastage and on the other it will provide food for those who are in dire need of it, such as refugees from Syria. “After the program has been accepted by the EU, we’re going to receive financial support. This support will be used to establish a non-profit organization that’s set to last for at least ten years.”
While the most obvious source for commercially unsuitable produce would be CMT itself and its suppliers, Papadapoulos would also like to save fruits and vegetables from wastage at retailers and supermarket chains. As the program is currently pending clearance, Papadapoulos estimates that the program will begin from next year onward.
Increasing demand from the Balkan region
The Central Market of Thessaloniki is seeing an increasing demand from neighbouring countries in the Balkan Region, such as Bulgaria and Romania. CMT has the advantage of its central location in Thessaloniki. The surge in customers from the Balkans has even led to Bulgarian and Romanian customers providing the means for logistics themselves by sending their own trucks to CMT. “We’ve also attended fairs and trade shows in Bulgaria, where we managed to meet new customers with an interest in our produce. Of course, the embargo in Russia helped a lot in finding more business in this region,” says Papadapoulos.
Vice President Theodoros Papadopoulos with Katerina and Sofia
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