History of the Early Morning Market

The Early Morning Market, the wholesale market of Brussels, has existed for over a century. For decades it was held at the Grand-Place of Brussels and on nearby streets. Since 1973, the Early Morning Market, always dynamic and due to its steady growth, has been held at Quai des Usines, alongside the canal. Famous for its vast choice of both domestic and foreign products, the Early Morning Market of Brussels has become the premier supermarket for professional traders, offering mostly high-quality products whose freshness is not an empty word.

In the halls of the Early Morning Market, more than 100 merchants offer a wide range of products, including fruit and

vegetables, meat, poultry, game, fish and shellfish, cheese and other dairy products, general food products and consumer products, wine and other drinks, deep-frozen products, flowers and plants.

From early in the morning, the “belly of Brussels” is abuzz with activity. Small and large producers offer local products harvested a few hours earlier; wholesalers and importers offer products from all over the world. A very large assortment of products made available to both “small” and “big” retailers, grocers and supermarkets, specialist food stores, public buyers, caterers and chefs, including the most renowned, who frequently do their shopping at Belgium’s biggest fresh market.

Role of Mabru

Mabru is the non-profit organisation created in 1992 that is charged with promoting, developing and managing the activities of the Early Morning Market of Brussels which aim to facilitate commercial transactions relating to the wholesale trade in agro food products intended for professional traders.

A few figures on the Market

14 hectares of terrain
40.000 m2 of sales space spread throughout 5 covered halls
8.000 m2 of logistics areas (storage and refrigeration areas)
114 businesses (producers and wholesalers) set up at the market
Between 300 and 400 people operating on the site
Between 8,000 and 10,000 tonnes of products transit on the site each week
More than 22,000 visitors per month

Board of Directors

Michel BARNSTIJN
Chairman

Bernard DHONDT
Vice-chairman

Michel LEFEVER
Administrator

Lionel RIGOLET
Administrator

Laurent DELVAUX
Administrator

Delphine HOUBA
Administrator

Fatima MOUSSAOUI
Administrator

Marion LEMESRE
Administrator

Naïma MAATI
Administrator

Mounia MEJBAR
Administrator

Charles UYTTENDAELE
Administrator

Florent BAUDEWYNS
Administrator

Bart VAN NIEUWENHOVE
Administrator

Marc LAUWERS
Administrator

Rudi WALDERS
Administrator

Alain COURTOIS
Administrator

Khalid ZIAN
Administrator

Shafik BANDALI
Auditor

Mohammed BOUKANTAR
Auditor

Patrick MATTELÉ
Observer

Administrative Team

Laurent Nys
Director

Daniel LENAERTS
Accounting and Human Resources

Louis DE SMET
Commercial and Administrative Management

Nadia VANHAEREN
Administration and Secretariat

Michaël DE VETTER
Administrative Management

Anicée HENIN
Communication

Sofia MEDINA
Project Management

Brahim GHANNAN
Technical Service

Thierry BAUDSON
Technical Service Department