Giant Hubs Episode 5: Rungis Paris - A look behind the scenes of the world’s largest food market.
Rungis International Market is the world's largest wholesale market for fresh produce. Fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, cheese and even fresh flowers are sold here every day in quantities so large an entire train station and highway exit has been built to serve it. Being just outside Paris, Rungis serves many Parisian restaurants or great standings. The market has distinguishing clients and only the freshest, highest quality products can hope to be sold.
Each day, more than 6.000 trucks arrive at the Rungis Market. 30.000 employees and customers flock through the overall 9 big halls on the 232 hectare-area. It’s a city of its own. The waste of the market is recycled and the energy genereated by the incinerator is used to heat up the market – and even Orly Airport!
10 pm. Rush hour in Rungis begins at the A40, the biggest market hall for seafood in Europe. Wholesaler Pascal is specialized on high quality seafood from France. His goal: to sell all his products within the same day. ---- 00 am: High noon in the meat pavillion. Butcher Christophs works between innumerable halves of pork and beef. At 5° Celsius all night, the temperature outside doesn’t really matter. ----- 01 am: Now there is hectic in the fruit pavillion.
Supplies are checked, prices defined. You can find the most exotic creations here. What happens to the fruit that cannot be sold? ----- 06 am: Now, thousands of trucks, delivery vans and cars are in a hurry to get back to their customers, restaurants, supermarkets. Now, the market begins to sleep-till the evening, when everything starts again…