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Marqt: Organic Italian Food in Amsterdam

In the Netherlands, the organic sector is worth 1.5 billion euro and continues to grow. One of the protagonists is the farmer market launched in 2012, where Italian products also find their place

For the Dutch chain Marqt, which can count 18 stores in Amsterdam, The Hague, Haarlem, Heemstede, and Rotterdam, respect for the environment is much more than a trendy claim. Its strategy, in fact, is based on a sustainable and responsible approach to business, which aims to directly involve customers making them aware of their food choices. All this implies a rigorous selection of the brands on offer, as well as important partnerships with medium-small suppliers that are able to guarantee high quality standards and a low environmental impact.

MARQT: A MEETING PLACE BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS

The supermarket is seen as a sort of meeting place between producers and consumers, with prices often only slightly above average. It is not by chance that Marqt applies the principle of abstention from large-scale purchases and promotes the purchase of locally produced food at a fair price in its supply chain. According to an agreement, on the other hand, profits exceeding 3% of the turnover are partially liquidated, assigning 75% to workers and consumers and 25 per cent to shareholders.

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ITALIAN BRANDS AMONG THE SHELVES

The assortment, which is particularly rich in organic products, includes numerous Italian brands. Among these, the Sicilian company La Bio Idea stands out. It exports regional excellent products of various categories and is present, among other things, with wholemeal spelt Fusilli pasta (500g, 2.99 euros), red lentils Fusilli (3.49 euros), the Passata di Pomodori (tomato sauce) with basil (700 ml, 1.99 euros), and the Dried Tomatoes in olive oil (180g, 3.79 euros).

Mutti is the protagonist in the preserves & sauces shelf with many different references, starting with the simple sauce with basil (280g, sold at 2.79 euros). Then there is organic Parmigiano Reggiano from Trentino (4.09 euros for the 125g pack), as well as some proposals for organic Mozzarella di Bufala Campana PDO.

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