Christmas: behind the scenes at Rungis in Marseille

Christmas: behind the scenes at Rungis in Marseille

To the north of Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) is the Market of National Interest. During the night of Sunday to Monday, December 23, we discover the incessant ballet of trucks from wholesalers and buyers. It’s 3 o’clock and Julien Curcovich doesn’t want to waste a single minute. At 24 o’clock on New Year’s Eve, he must find the best products for his customers. Very demanding starred restaurants. “I am looking for somewhat rare products for chefs to prepare festive menus“, explains the wholesaler. And in crates, he discovers crosnes and oca from Peru. Forgotten vegetables sold for 15 euros per kilo.

At this time of year, the price doesn’t matter. “If it’s really beautiful, even if it’s very expensive, it can pass“, says Julien Curcovich. On the international market of Marseille, a hundred companies are installed, such as that of an importer specializing in luxury products. In the middle of winter, he sells wild strawberries from Spain.

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