This Week in the Market – 12 November 2019

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In this week’s Market News:

– Movember focus – men’s suicide
– The Melbourne Market Lion’s Club needs your help
– Drug and Alcohol testing – know what to expect

Market News

The MMA and wider market community have been shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Paul Virgona, who was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning.
We offer our deepest sympathies to the Virgona family.

If these events have impacted you, or you are concerned about your own or someone else’s emotional wellbeing, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or

The World Festival of Magic

The Melbourne Market Lions Club has operated for 47 years, and during that period has raised over $10M which has been donated to countless worthy charities. This extraordinary fundraising figure has been achieved through the incredible generosity of the Melbourne Market community.
The World Festival of Magic is a program that has run for 25 years. It is a magic and dance show, held at the Melbourne Convention Centre for disadvantaged kids and their carers to attend, with last years event entertaining over 5,600 kids. Together with their partners, International Entertainment, the Melbourne Market Lions Club are seeking donations to pay for disadvantaged kids to attend this fantastic pre-Christmas event again this year.
All donations are 50% tax-deductible; you can read further details about the available tax deduction in the letter below.

The Melbourne Market Lions Club thanks you for your generous support.
World Festival of Magic – Lions Club Letter
World Festival of Magic – Donation Form

Suicide leading cause of death for 15-44 year old men

Harden up. Suck it up. Man up. We’ve been telling our men this for years, but is it healthy?
Suicide is now the leading cause of death for Australian men aged 15-44. And alarming new research suggests that some men choose to take their own life, rather than appear weak by asking for help.

Globally, every minute, a man dies by suicide, and in Australia, 75% of suicides are men.

‘Man Up’ is a three-part documentary series and social awareness campaign that aims to get to the bottom of the male suicide crisis, effect real social change and hopefully even save lives.

Watch the trailer below or click here to watch the whole documentary series.

If you think a friend or family member is going through a tough time, or if you need support yourself, there are a range of free services available.
Lifeline –  A 24/7 free telephone counselling service for all ages. Phone 13 11 14
MensLine – A professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men. Phone 1300 78 9978
beyondblue – beyondblue provides information and support so that everyone in Australia can achieve their best possible mental health
Kids Helpline – Kids Helpline is Australia’s national 24/7 telephone and online counselling and support service for young people aged between 5 and 25 years. Phone 1800 55 1800
headspace – Information, resources and services for mental health for young people aged 12-25

It’s not too late to join to support Men’s Health and join our Melbourne MArket Mo team. Start growing your mo today. Click here to set up your profile.

Trailer for documentary series, ‘Man Up’.

Drug and alcohol testing – know what to expect

As communicated in previous editions of the e-news, Market users will soon be subject to random drug and alcohol testing in the Market.

A short video has been created explaining what to expect if you are randomly selected for drug and alcohol testing, which you can view below. Drug and alcohol tests will be conducted inside a small mobile caravan, that will be brought to the Melbourne Market site. This is to respect the privacy and confidentiality of those being tested.
Tests with a negative result usually take about 8 minutes, allowing time for both administrative activities and the testing itself (which takes up to 5 minutes).

Watch this video to see what to expect if you are randomly selected for drug and alcohol testing

Full site emergency evacuation drill

On Monday 18 November at approximately 10:00 am, we will be conducting one of our twice-yearly full site emergency evacuation drills.
The drill will evacuate all tenants on Market land, including all administration building tenants, Buyers’ walk tenants, warehouse tenants, visitors, and subcontractors on site.
Upon hearing the site evacuation tones, everyone will need to follow site evacuation procedures and follow the directions of Market Relations Officers.
The drill should take approximately 15-20 minutes.
We look forward to your participation.

A Better Choice Marketing Guiding Committee meet

This month the A Better Choice National Marketing Guiding Committee met in Melbourne for an inaugural workshop. Members of the committee explored the strategic objectives for the program for the next 12 months and beyond, as well as touring the Melbourne Market.
The month of October has also seen further growth in A Better Choice social media channels with some impressive engagement numbers.
You can check out the A Better Choice social channels below.


A Better Choice Feedback

Do you have feedback or questions about the A Better Choice program and how it benefits the entire supply chain?
Feel free to send an email to

Big Valley Produce purchase new fleet of forklifts

Sponsored contentBig Valley Produce recently took delivery of eight new Toyota 32-8FG18 counter-balance forklifts from Toyota Material Handling representative Brad White. Brad and the team from Toyota would like to thank Vince Scarso for choosing and trusting Toyota Material Handling for their forklift needs.

If you’re after new or used forklifts, service or parts you can reach out to the friendly team at Toyota Material Handling. They offer the widest range of forklifts and battery-electric warehouse products available in Australia, ensuring that whatever your requirements they have a suitable material handling solution.

In addition to their range of forklifts and warehouse equipment, Toyota Material Handling Australia also distributes tow tractors, elevated work platforms, sweepers and scrubbers, Taylor-Dunn burden carriers, pallet racking and warehouse racking solutions.

Toyota Material Handling Australia
Factory 1, 205 Abbotts Road Dandenong South, VIC 3175
Freecall: 1800 425 438

Robinson’s Fresh Solutions celebrating their 50th anniversary

Industry News

AUSVEG and FreshChain commence Strategic Partnership

AUSVEG has commenced a strategic partnership with FreshChain Systems.
FreshChain, an Australian-owned and operated company, is a fully-integrated, blockchain-enabled, paddock-to-plate assurance system that verifies the food you eat.
FreshChain enables end-to-end food traceability, anti-counterfeit measures, and product freshness detection, all designed to support consumers, growers, manufacturers and retailers manage their fresh food categories.
For more information, click here.

Tomato’s original colour was orange, and now it’s making a superfood comeback

The orange, or golden tomato, is believed to be the first-ever tomato, exported from Mexico to the rest of the world around 500 years ago. These orange tomatoes may be a superfood that has impressive health benefits when eaten both raw or cooked.

Over the centuries, cross-breeding and consumer appeal turned the fruit from orange to red, but a Tasmanian horticulturalist has tracked down and imported over 30 varieties of the original tomato family. It is expected to take a couple of years before customers can purchase the orange tomato seeds but eventually, the seed should be available to mainland growers and seed suppliers.
Read more an ABC News.

Key Dates

  • Emergency evacuation drill – Monday 18 November
  • Robinson’s 50th Anniversary celebration – Tuesday 19 November

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