This Week in the Market – 12 December 2023

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In this week’s Market News:

– Tell us what you think in the Market Satisfaction Survey
– Vale Attilio Peluso
– MarketSafe – See Something, Say Something

Market News

Melbourne Market Satisfaction Survey

Did you know major prizes are up for grabs when you complete the Melbourne Market Satisfaction Survey?

With a prize pool of $1500, you could take home some great prizes, like a Weber Q BBQ, a Nespresso coffee machine or a Nintendo Switch!

The survey, which takes only 10 minutes to complete, is your chance to tell us what you think and share feedback on what you find effective, areas for improvement, ideas for the future, and how the MMA can support market users and businesses. Everyone’s input is essential as the data gathered plays a role in shaping the future and enhancing the operations, facilities, and opportunities at the Melbourne Market.

As a bonus, the first 75 people to complete the survey will receive a $15 voucher to spend at participating Market cafes.

Click the survey button below, and make sure to share your thoughts.

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Please note: Each person can only complete the survey once.
This survey is anonymous, and any details taken for the incentive prize draw are not linked to the responses provided in the survey. 

Vale Attilio Peluso

The MMA and Melbourne Market community offer our deepest condolences to the Peluso family on the passing of Attilio Peluso, owner of Attilio’s Fruit Market and a much-loved member of our market community.

Funeral details
A funeral will be held for Attilio on Friday, 15 December, 11:00 am at St Leonards Catholic Church, 349 Springvale Road, Road, Glen Waverly.

Buyers’ Walk Floor Deep Clean 

From Monday, 18 December to Friday, 22 December, between 11am and 4pm, heavy-duty machinery will be operating on the Buyer’s Walk to undertake a deep clean of the area.

The schedule of the works will run as follows:

Tenancy 1-27 – Monday, 18 December
Tenancy 29-62 – Tuesday, 19 December
Tenancy 64-92 – Wednesday, 20 December
Tenancy 92-127 – Thursday, 21 December
Tenancy 129-156 – Friday, 22 December

When the area in front of your tenancy is due to be cleaned, please ensure you remove all items, including any equipment and/or products, from the area.

Casual charges for the use of extra stands

To help ensure a fair trading environment, please remember that fees will apply for the use of a stand on the F&V trading floor if it is not covered by your quarterly licence fees. You will be charged the casual daily rate for using a stand outside of your licence for any of the following reasons:

  • Produce overflow
  • Orders or pallets on a nearby stand
  • Parking forklift on a nearby stand

Where possible, an MRO will notify you on the floor when a casual charge is being applied to your account; however, the MMA also conducts regular audits of stand usage via CCTV and may apply charges to your account for casual stand usage.The MMA will be conducting these audits to maintain a fair and equitable trading environment for the majority of stand holders who are operating within their licenced area.

Win a $500 Tiny Tom credit with Flavorite!

Flavorite has partnered with A better choice! to help promote their smallest creation yet, the Tiny Toms! To be in the draw to win, simply purchase some Tiny Tom’s from Flavorite, and contact Zac from A better choice! to have your store merchandised.

A better choice! have partnered with Luv Produce to celebrate a plastic-free future!

LUV Produce want to collaborate with forward-thinking grocers ready to prioritise plastic-free packaging. They know that this product resonates with the market. Current retailers have seen orders of Luv Produce lines increase up to 50% in a short space of time.

Luv Produce offers competitive pricing, has stand-out merchandising, and will work together with retailers on a custom marketing strategy to ensure you both win.

Email Paul at to get started.

Christmas Trading Hours 

The Melbourne Market, including the Flower Market, will be closed on public holidays during the Christmas – New Year period.

To accommodate buying demand during the busy festive season, buyers will be able to access the site to collect orders that have been pre-arranged. It is important to remember the Buyers’ Walk, Trading Floor, and Flower Market will be closed, as these are not mandatory trading days. Some wholesalers, growers and warehouse tenants may allow access to their premises for buyers who have made individual arrangements to collect produce.

Thank you to everyone for donating to FareShare and Foodbank over the past 12 months. Both companies will be closed briefly over the Christmas and New Year period, as below.

FareShare: The final day for market donations to food charity FareShare in 2023 will be Wednesday, 20 December. Collections will resume on Tuesday, 2 January 2024.

Foodbank: The final day for market donations to food charity Foodbank in 2023 will be Friday, 15 December. Collections will resume on Monday, 8 January 2024.

Industry News

Australian vegetable biosecurity boost

Australia’s vegetable industry is set to receive a new level of protection against exotic pests through a unique A$10m levy-funded collaborative biosecurity strategy.

The Hort Innovation investment on behalf of growers will build the vegetable industry’s resilience to exotic pest threats through the creation of an industry-led biosecurity program that will strengthen pest surveillance, preparedness and management efforts.

Click here to read more.

Melbourne Market Job Board and Community Notices

Affordable Foods Wholesalers – Pick, pack, delivery driver

About the role:

  • Commence work at 4:00 am
  • Responsible for delivering fresh produce to Melbourne’s restaurants and cafes
  • Accurate picking and packing of customer orders with a keen eye for detail is crucial
  • Maintain daily delivery records and work a minimum of 25 hours per week
  • Possession of a current full Australian driver’s license with a commendable driving record
  • Possess a forklift license. Demonstrate a strong work ethic and meticulous attention to detail

If you find this role appealing, kindly submit your resume to the following email address: or call Sam on 0487 13 13 41

Latorres Fruit & Vegetable Wholesalers – Administration Accounts Receivable and Payables

Permanent Part-time Position: Minimum 20 hours – to 25 hours Monday to Friday

For further information please email Mark Grillo or call Mark on 0400 520 578.

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
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