Today, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain visited Mercamadrid – the largest fresh food distribution, marketing, transformation and logistics platform in Spain. The Royal couple paid a visit to appreciate the work of everyone who comes to the market daily to maintain the supply chain to households during the pandemic crisis.
Mercamadrid is the largest fresh food distribution, marketing, transformation and logistics platform in Spain. It is part of a value chain that guarantees healthy and quality food. With a commercial area of influence of 500 kilometres and 12 million consumers, it markets 3,003,113 tons of fresh products per year. It is made up of more than 800 private companies and maintains 9,000 direct jobs.
After a brief explanation of the Mercamadrid facilities, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia visited the central fish market, from where they witnessed the loading of products by the retail stores; and, later, they went to ships B, A, C and D, where they received information about the exchange of fruits and vegetables, both the arrival of horticultural products at the loading dock by the carriers and their departure to other places.
The couple took all the government and health precautions. They were wearing masks and gloves while keeping a safe distance from everyone.
Since 1982, Madrid has had Mercamadrid, the Food Unit for the supply and distribution of fresh food, managed by the joint venture Mercamadrid, SA. Its shareholders are the Madrid City Council (51.13%), MERCASA SA, SME, MP (48.63%) and unions and users (0.24%). Mercamadrid, SA is attached to the Government of Economy, Innovation and Employment Area of the Madrid City Council.
Mercamadrid is classified as critical infrastructure for the country, which means that “it is considered essential and the services it provides are vital for the day-to-day operations, economy, security and general well-being of modern societies” and, during the coronavirus crisis, the city’s food supply has been guaranteed.
Felipe and Letizia touring the Mercamadrid facility.
Letizia greeting an employee with an elbow touch.
Felipe and Letizia looking at the delivery process.
The Royal couple stopped here and there during the visit and talked to the employees.
Before leaving, King and Queen applauded for all the employees who risked their lives and continue to work and ensure the city has uninterrupted supply of food.
The €320 single-breasted blazer features a slim-fit silhouette.
Queen paired the blazer with black Hugo Boss top and slim-fit trousers.
Letizia was wearing Uterqüe Eva sole leather shoes with an antique finish. The design features matching laces and a contrasting stitched welt with caprine leather lining.
Her bezel stud earrings completed the look.