The City of Helsinki Wholesale Market – now and into the future
The Wholesale Market dates back to the 18th century, when the city abattoir first opened on the edge of the Kauppatori market place. From the beginning, its aim has been to guarantee a safe and fresh supply of food to the city.
Over the centuries, the market has moved many times and only finally settled in its current location in the 1930s when the most modern abattoir in Europe was built there. Its operations have been expanding since the 1950s when a freezer plant and sections for flowers, vegetables and fish were added.
Today, the market is busy twelve months a year, seven days a week. Vendors and their customers both value the central location and good transport links. Trading begins in the early hours. The market serves hundreds of businesses in the capital.
Many event organisers, catering companies and market traders are based at the complex. Approximately 130 businesses currently trade there, making this truly a one-stop shop.
In future, the Wholesale Market will increasingly specialise in good food and excellent service. Building work for new, high-quality food processing facilities is underway and mixed-use developments are springing up around the area.
15 000 new inhabitants are expected at the near-by Hermanni and Sörnäistenranta alone and we are working to ensure that these new consumers too will be able to enjoy what the Wholesale Market has to offer.