This Week in the Market – 10th May 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Melbourne Market Open Day
– Traffic Barriers to Improve Safety
– Certificate III in Greengrocery

Market News
Melbourne Market Industry Open Day Success

The inaugural Melbourne Market Industry Open Day welcomed 64 excited visitors to experience all the market has to offer.

Thank you to everyone who offered their time, samples, and gifts. You all certainly made their morning! The attendees were blown away by the size and scale of the market as well as the extensive and specialty ranges of produce and fresh-cut flowers available.

A Q&A session held after the personalised market tour saw many visitors signing up for an access card to the market. The Open Day had a positive impact on visitors and has created significant interest in attending the market.

Plans are underway for the next Open Day, if you would like to be involved, please get in touch with Zac.

Traffic Barriers to Improve Safety

To improve vehicle safety the MMA have engaged Impact Traffic Engineering to assist with designing a safer traffic management plan within the market.

From Monday, May 23 traffic barriers will be in placed on the East Side of the crossover exits between the Buyer’s Walk and undercover carpark canopies. This initiative is to prevent forklifts from cutting through parking bays by forcing them to turn left or right and to stick to the designated forklift highways. These two points have seen several incidents and near misses recently.

The barriers will begin as a trial for three months and MRO’s will be stationed at both points with traffic wands to assist drivers in adjusting to the new directional change.

We encourage Business Principals to brief all staff, especially forklift drivers on the change to ensure everyone is aware of the traffic barrier trial.

Please see the images below for further clarification. 

Win a Holiday! Campaign

The first stores have been activated with our new campaign, which will see $5000 worth of holiday vouchers awarded to Victoria consumers alone.

All A better choice! members have now received email communication with information about the campaign.

You can expect Zac to drop in-store from this week onwards.

To be one of the stores activated with this campaign, please contact Zac.

Retailer of the Year Award
A better choice! are once again running the Retailer of the Year, Peoples Choice Award for 2022!Every competition entry counts as a nomination towards your store, so be sure to mention ‘Win a Holiday’ to every customer that comes through the door, for your chance to win!

Certificate III in Greengrocery
The MMA is providing funding for another four people to complete the Certificate III in Greengrocery, commencing at the end of the month.  
Completing a qualification helps to keep staff engaged with initiative and enthusiasm to help run your business. You can also get a government wage subsidy of up to $7,000 per quarter. 
Get in contact with Theresa Hunt today on 9258 6191 to secure your spot.

Be quick, this opportunity won’t last.

Upcoming Events
TDDA Drug & Alcohol Awareness Workshop – Friday, 13 May 8.30am – 12pm
Hort Connections – Monday 6 June – Wednesday, 8 June | Brisbane Convention Centre

Industry News
New study suggests blueberries have cognitive benefits

The equivalent of a half-cup of fresh blueberries per day, consumed as freeze-dried blueberry powder, was found to help middle-aged individuals against cognitive decline when implemented early in at-risk individuals.Click here to find out more. 

Australian cherries a hit in Vietnam and Malaysia

Consumers in Vietnam and Malaysia clamoured for gift boxes of Australian cherries in the lead up to Lunar New Year 2022.

The targeted campaign that sold close to 4000 boxes was implemented by Taste Australia – a joint initiative led by Hort Innovation with Australian growers and Austrade – and five leading importers across the two South-East Asian nations.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. 
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Meadow Hills Marketing – Forklift Driver
Seeking a forklift driver for 5 nights a week 12am – 7am experience preferred but not essential, training will be provided.

Call Phil 0418 531 960 or David 0419 892 684

FruitBiz – Order Picker and Driver
Duties include picking and packing fruit and vegetable orders around the warehouse and delivering orders to our clients.

Casual role 3-4 days per week. 5am starts to approximately 1pm finish time.

The ideal candidate must have a registered manual drivers license and be physically fit to pack fruit and vegetable produce. 

Call Mick on 0412 325 379

Butler Market Gardens – Market Manager Support
We are looking to appoint an additional person to support our Market Manager with the day-to-day operations of our market stand, including:

Preparing and packing orders.
Using a forklift to ensure stock is available for customers on the market floor.
Completing deliveries in the Market.
Maintaining a clean work environment by keeping shelves, stock floor area and the cashier desk neat.
Ensuring all sales are accounted for and processed.
Ensuring products are always presented in a professional manner.

Must have relevant experience in similar market environment, forklift licence and access card.

Call or email James Donovan 0419 740 698 |

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