Produce business UK
by Gill McShane
London’s New Covent Garden Market (NCGM) is pushing on with its bold venture to turn the historic wholesale market into the capital’s dominant food hub, as well as an incubator for up-and-coming food makers, creators and thinkers from the UK and beyond. PBUK uncovers the progress and plans to learn how this £200m-plus redevelopment will benefit and inspire traders, entrepreneurs, the local community and the food industry at large.
As part of its grand plan to build a modern fruit, vegetable and flower wholesale market, NCGM aims to create a vibrant, 37-acre food industry campus for small businesses, featuring a food destination for consumers called the Food Quarter.
Located just minutes from the new Northern Line tube station of Nine Elms opening in 2020, the venue is designed to ‘nurture the future of food’ and cement NCGM’s position at the epicentre of London’s culinary scene.
“This is about securing and safeguarding the market’s future,” AlastairOwen, NCGM’s communications manager, tells PBUK. “New CoventGarden Market has been on this site since 1974. We want it to be here for generations and for it to have a firm place as thousands of new homes are built around us.”
The first phase of this ambitious journey started in February  with the launch of a ‘first-of-its-kind’ food innovation hub – the Food Exchange – which serves as a creative workspace, kitchen space and food culture venue for food entrepreneurs.
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