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METRO is a leading international wholesale company with food and non-food assortments that specializes on serving the needs of hotels, restaurants and caterers (HoReCa) as well as independent traders. Around the world, METRO has some 24 million customers who can choose whether to shop in one of the large-format stores, order online and collect their purchases at the store or have them delivered. METRO wholesale operates in 35 countries with over 760 Cash & Carry stores and Food Service Distribution companies. In financial year 2017/2018, METRO wholesale generated sales of about 29.5 billion EUR.

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About METRO Cash & Carry

METRO Cash & Carry stands for one of the great success stories in modern commerce. In its successful history of over half a century, the company has been dedicated to providing its customers with high quality products and customized solutions. METRO Cash & Carry is focusing on professional customers such as hotels, restaurants, caterers as well as small and mid-sized retailers and institutions, meanwhile meeting the needs of upper middle class and affluent customers. Compared with other traders, METRO Cash & Carry has unparalleled expertise in fresh food.

About METRO China

In 1996, METRO Cash & Carry, the international pioneer in self-service wholesale, opened its first wholesale store in the international metropolis of Shanghai, and thus brought in the country a brand new business concept. The company has set its foot already in 59 Chinese cities with 95 stores in operation. With a headcount of over 11,000 employees, the wholesaler is serving more than 8 million customers across the country. In the financial year 2017/2018, the sales reached around €2.7 billion.

Focusing on different customer groups, METRO China is developing multiple sales channels including O2O store, Food Service Distribution, and Welfare & Gifting. METRO Cash & Carry China has implemented the international HACCP standard (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), an innovative preventive system to ensure food safety, in all outlets. In addition, METRO established Star Farm Traceability System in 2007, and has made great contributions to the improvement of China's food safety system.

With a strong sense of social responsibility, METRO China strictly observes local laws and regulations, consciously pays a great amount of tax to local governments every year, and officially joined China Enterprise Anti-Fraud Alliance in 2018. Meanwhile, taking sustainable development as its obligation, METRO has made great efforts, including building and turning existing stores into green stores, setting up solar power stations and upgrading the refrigerating systems, to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Moreover, by partnering with China Youth Development Foundation, METRO funded Hope Primary Schools and established the “METRO China Education Fund”, to help improve education in poverty-stricken areas across China. METRO brings a lot of job opportunities and advanced management concepts to all locations where it operates, to help local suppliers, especially the small and medium-sized businesses, to improve product quality. Meanwhile, METRO is including more and more Chinese companies into its global distribution and sales network, thus to help them sell their products to international markets.

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