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Discover Benelux | Eat, Drink & Sleep in the Nine Streets | Marqt
Sustainable supermarket Food isn’t what it used to be. Pesticides, potentially harmful additives and e-numbers, not to mention mass-produced animal products, have wreaked havoc on our health and environment. At Marqt however, shoppers can expect products that are delicious and made with respect for people and the planet: seasonal, local, mostly organic and free from synthetic preservatives. In short, real food. TEXT: PAOLA WESTBEEK | PHOTOS: MARQT
Fresh fish, ethically produced meat, fragrant loaves of bread baked on the premises, the season’s best local fruits and vegetables, aromatic herbs and spices and so much more. Since 2008, sustainable supermarket chain Marqt has been offering clients everything from their daily shopping needs to grab-and-go snacks, quick take-away meals or even the makings of a chef-worthy dinner. After working for a major international food retailer and seeing that food had merely become a means of earning money, founder Quirijn Bolle decided it was time to do things differently. His mission was to bring forth a supermarket that offers authentic, ethically produced food directly delivered by farmers and suppliers who can personally guarantee the quality of
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their products and, in turn, are fairly rewarded for their labour. For Bolle, the concept of ‘real food’ translates to food that is made in harmony with nature; food that remains as close as possible to its natural origins and isn’t filled with unnecessary additives or enumbers: “It is strange to see how products that are deemed potentially harmful by scientific research still end up in our food. We look at food differently. For us, food should be pure.” In 2014, Marqt Kitchen was launched as a means of bringing customers high-quality convenience food made in line with Marqt’s philosophy. The Amsterdambased kitchen supplies all Marqt branches with ready-made meals and snacks made
with ingredients sourced at the shops. Because everything is cooked fresh and without the addition of preservatives, the meals can be kept for a maximum of two to three days. Marqt has 13 branches spread out over the major Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Haarlem, and two more are set to open this autumn in Amsterdam’s Beethovenstraat and Gelderlandplein. One thing to keep in mind before you drop in is that Marqt does not accept cash, only debit and credit cards. Bolle: “Not only does this make transactions quicker and safer, but it also fits in with our mission of working sustainably.” www.marqt.com
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