This Week In The Market – 11 August 2020

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In this week’s Market News:

– Latest coronavirus information
– Deep Cleaning on the Buyers’ Walk
– Three weeks left to ‘Veg-in this Winter’ 

Market News

Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Over the last week, there has been a significant amount of communications sent out to Melbourne Market users regarding the impacts of stage 4 restrictions.

All of our previous communications are kept on the news section of our website. 

Below is a list of recent subjects covered in our COVID updates.
Please click the links below to view communications relating to these topics.  

Creating a COVID Safe Plan
– Work Permit System
Update on the Melbourne Flower Market
Proper use of Market access cards
How to reduce instances of ‘close contact’

We all have a part to play to ensure the Melbourne Market remains operational, and we must work together to do everything we can to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. 

The most important thing’s to remember are:

– Wear your face mask at all times
– Remain at least 1.5 metres from others wherever possible
– Regularly wash and sanitise your hands 
– If you are tested for COVID, do not attend the Market until a negative result is confirmed
– If you are unwell, do not attend the Market 

Detailed information regarding the impacts on Market operations can be found on our website at

Disposal of PPE
Please be considerate when disposing of PPE such as face masks and gloves, as incorrect disposal poses a risk to others.

It is not acceptable to discard gloves or face masks on the floor within the Market, in the car park, or in toilet bowls. Bins are located throughout the Market for your convenience; please use them. 

Cleaning Buyers Walk
For five days from Monday 17 August between 1.00pm and 5.00pm, heavy-duty machinery will be operating on the Buyers’ Walk to undertake a deep clean of the area.

This cleaning is part of the normal schedule of deep cleaning, unrelated to COVID. 

Cleaning will commence at the northern end (Store 1) on Monday and progressively make its way towards the southern end of the Buyers’ Walk over five days.

The equipment is loud and does emit diesel fumes. This may cause discomfort for staff occupying the offices on Level 1 when the machinery is operating in the vicinity.

All roller doors will be opened during the works. 

If you have any further queries in relation to the deep clean, please contact the Help Desk on 0437 006 459.

Shop Local to Veg in this Winter

There are three weeks left of the “Shop Local to Veg in this Winter!” campaign, and free point of sale material is still available for A Better Choice retailers to pick up from Art & Style.

In Victoria, you would have seen and heard the campaign on metropolitan and regional radio stations, and on social media.  
In these last few weeks of the campaign, the Victorian social media messaging has been adjusted to reflect lockdown restrictions. New content focuses on reminding people that there is no shortage of food at the local greengrocer, with a great selection to choose from. 

Have you ‘Veged-in’ this winter?

Don’t forget, there are only three weeks for Melbourne Market users to be in the running for a $100 visa card voucher by trying a ‘Veg-in’ recipe for yourself.

All you have to do is try out one of the five new veg-in recipes for yourself at home, take a photo or video of your creation, and post it to either your business or personal Facebook or Instagram account.

Remember to tag @abetterchoice, @melbournemarket and @freshstate so we can share your finished product.
Members of the A Better Choice team will judge the most delicious looking recipe to choose the winner. 

Click below to decide which ‘Veg-in’ recipe you’ll cook. 

Broccoli and Spinach Pasta
Potato Corn Chowder
Chinese Winter Soup
Cinnamon Baked Pears
Roasted Eggplant with Zucchini Salad and Tahini Yogurt

A Better Choice feedback
Do you have feedback or questions about the A Better Choice program?
We’d love to hear from you, send an email to

The Melbourne Market is working with ADA Australia to offer Market users access to a free COVID-19 specialised webinar – focusing on mental health during the pandemic.

Negative thinking?  Anger?  Isolation?  Substance use disorder?  Anxiety?  Depression?

The Mental Health: COVID-19 webinar can be viewed in your own time, and provides strategies to best understand and support ourselves, our fellow workers, and our families through these challenging times.

The webinar is limited to the first 40 registrations.

Please email, and include your name and contact details to gain access to this valuable webinar. 

Industry News
Crisis management in the fresh produce sector
Recent incidents involving food safety and food tampering in the fresh produce sector have raised the need to address the preparedness of businesses to address, manage, and survive such events.

PMA A-NZ is holding an online seminar which will prepare businesses to effectively navigate crisis management from 10am to 12noon (AEST) on Thursday 13 August.

Cost: PMA A-NZ Members (free), non-members: $80 + GST.
Click here to find out more.
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