This Week in the Market – 1 February 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– 2022 Charity Golf Day – Alexis’ Story
– Melbourne Market Safety
– Lunar New Year 2022

Market News

2022 Charity Golf Day – Alexis’ Story

The highly anticipated Melbourne Market Charity Golf Day is right around the corner. The golf day raises much-needed funds for not-for-profit organisation DEBRA Australia, which works tirelessly to support those living with a rare skin blistering disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

DEBRA helps support children living with EB and their families, families like Alexis’. Alexis was born with EB, a disease her parents described as “living with third degree burns for your entire life.” At the age of three Alexis’s EB started to improve ever so slightly, and she began experiencing things her parents had never imagined she would be able to do, given that on many days, it was even too painful for her to take a few steps on the red-raw soles of her feet.

Unfortunately, after this improvement, Alexis fell ill and was diagnosed with stage four Wilms Tumour, a kidney disease that affects one in every 10,000 children. Alexis passed away only 2.5 weeks after her diagnosis, leaving her parents and one-month-old sister behind. DEBRA was able to support Alexis’ family through the bereavement process through funds raised directly from the previous Melbourne Market Charity Golf Day. 

You can support families like Alexis’ by supporting the Melbourne Market Charity Golf Day. To find out about sponsorship opportunities or to register a team, click here to download a registration form.


Designated roadways have been set out to ensure pedestrian and market user safety.  Forklift drivers must stick to these roadways to maintain a safe working environment. 

Lunar New Year 2022 
Happy Lunar New Year! As previously communicated, due to COVID case numbers, unfortunately, the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne will not be performing the traditional lion dance and blessings through the market this year.

2022 is the year of the Tiger, specifically the Water Tiger. The tiger is considered the king of all animals in Chinese mythology and culture, it symbolises power, courage, confidence, leadership and strength. It’s also known to be an animal that expels all evil.

On behalf of everyone at the Melbourne Market, we wish our Asian community best wishes and good fortune throughout the year of the tiger.

What’s your sign?
In Western astrology, your sign is linked to a constellation determined by when your birthday falls in the calendar. But according to the Chinese zodiac (生肖), it’s your shuxiang, meaning the animal assigned to your birth year. Of the many stories explaining these animal signs and their arrangement, the most enduring is The Great Race.

Watch the video above to understand more about the Chinese Zodiac.

Calls for nominations to join the new advisory committees
The Melbourne Market has four advisory committees who work with the MMA to advise on matters relating to Market operations and the fresh produce industry.

The three year term of the current advisory committees has reached an end and therefore nominations are now being called for interested individuals to hold office for a period of three years commencing 1 March 2022 for the following committees:

– Fruit & Vegetable Wholesalers Committee 
– Fruit & Vegetable Growers Committee 
– Fruit & Vegetable Retailers Committee 
– Flower Industry Committee

Past and current advisory committee members are eligible to reapply.
Nominations should be submitted in writing no later than 3.00pm on 4th February 2022 to the Chief Executive Officer, Box 1, 55 Produce Drive, Epping VIC 3076 or via email:

Nomination forms are available to download here. For any questions please call David Whitchelo on 9258 6100.

The MMA Board and Management would like to thank outgoing advisory committee members for their commitment and contribution.

Are you on the MMA Portal?

Email Amanda Flannery to set up a username and password

Valentine’s Day Campaign 

Don’t forget to get on board with our Valentine’s Day campaign by picking up one of the A2 posters which will be available for collection from the Flower Market and Customer Service Centre. These will be available for free each market until they run out (limited numbers).

Please let us know you are participating by completing the collection form and by using the #comeandgetyourlove hashtag. The campaign will go live on Monday 1st February.

Certificate III Greengrocery Government Grants
If an employee is interested in completing a Certificate III in Greengrocery, your business may be eligible for up to $28,000 per year in government funding. There is still time to sign up staff, with this round of students being the last group able to take advantage of the generous government funding. 

For expressions of interest and to learn more, please contact Theresa Hunt, Marketing Specialist, Melbourne Market Authority.
Phone: (03) 9258 6191

Industry News
Anthony Di Pietro, Michael Simonetta, Frank Mitolo: Who are Australia’s horticulture giants?

Worker shortages, food-service shutdowns, export market disruption and soaring input costs all challenged Australian horticulture in 2021.But despite the difficulties, Australia’s $15 billion horticulture industry saw significant growth. Those people driving that growth were some of Australia’s top farmers who are responsible for making the tough calls and creating the innovation needed for the sector’s future. And as 2022 begins, The Weekly Times has named some of Australian horticulture’s most influential figures. Click here to find out more. 

Mango popularity remains high despite slow season

In spite of this season’s light crop, mangoes grown by Peter and Julie Tucker -outside of Mundubbera, in the North Burnett region-  have been selling out quicker than ever. Tucker said the Kensington Pride variety, also known as Bowen mangoes, tended to be temperamental when it came to consistency.Click here to find out more. 

Campaign should encourage Australians to eat more veggies
Ausveg, the peak body representing the nation’s vegetable and potato growers, wants to secure federal funds for a major new national campaign to address the trend of declining vegetable consumption. The average Australian currently consumes some 13 kilograms fewer vegetables per year than 20 years ago. Click here to find out more. 

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.
Looking for a new role? Check out the online job board via the button below. View full online job board

LaManna Premier Group – Employment opportunities  
We are seeking capable, motivated and skilled Pickers/Warehouse Assistants to join our team!
If you’re keen to explore fresh opportunities, send your resume to

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