This Week In The Market – 13 August 2019

Edition 238: Produce donations at the zoo
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In this week’s Market News:- Produce donations enjoyed at the zoo
– MMA Board and Management site visit
– Find out how the City of Whittlesea can help your business

Market News

Produce donations enjoyed at the Zoo

Check out these gorgeous photos of Melbourne Zoo Gorillas, taken last week, that show the animals enjoying vegetables generously donated by Melbourne Market businesses.
Did you know that the Melbourne Zoo welcomes donations from the Market to help feed zoo animals?
Generous produce donations allow the zoo to focus more of its resources on supporting important zoo-based education and conservation work.
Otana (eating pumpkin), Kimya (eating capsicum) and Kanzi (eating cucumber) are a Western Lowland Gorilla family. Western Lowland Gorillas are classified as Critically Endangered in the wild, making well-managed zoo-based conservation and breeding programs more important than ever. Threats gorillas face in the wild include habitat loss from logging and illegal mining.

Are you interested in donating produce to the zoo?
Colin Van Dyk (pictured) is the Melbourne Zoo’s Foodstores Manager, and you will generally find him at the Market between 6 am – 8 am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Colin is extremely grateful for all the donations he already receives from Market businesses but is always looking for additional support.
If you would like to get involved in donating produce to the Melbourne Zoo, please call Colin on 0400 893 843.

MMA Board and Management site visit

The MMA Board and management team recently travelled to the Gippsland region to visit two family-owned horticulture businesses.
The trip is part of the MMA’s commitment to continue to obtain a better understanding of the needs of our customer base and the challenges facing the industry.
The team visited 9Mile in Tynong, as well as Flavorite Hydroponics in Warragul. Both businesses provided interesting insights into their operations and facilities; we thank them for inviting us.
The board are keen to do more external site visits, if you are interested in hosting the MMA Board and management team for a tour, please email

Weekly words of wisdom

JB from Fresh Growers with some common sense forklift safety advice!
And don’t forget to put the annual white asparagus auction in your diaries! Thursday 29 August, 5 am.

Find out how the City of Whittlesea can help your business

The City of Whittlesea will be delivering a presentation to talk to Market users about how local government can support your business.
Come along to get connected with Council’s online jobs portal, where you can post vacancies to local jobseekers, and to meet Council’s business support officers.
When: Wednesday 21 August 2019, 7:00 am
Where: Conference Room, Ground Floor, Market Administration Building

Social media booming

Have you checked out all the A Better Choice social media channels?
With almost 110,000 followers across Facebook and Instagram, the key messages that buying fresh fruit and veg from your local greengrocer is a better choice is certainly getting out there to consumers.
You can check out the different social media channels for yourself by clicking below.


Melbourne Market is a drug and alcohol-free worksite

The MMA is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all Market users. When individuals are affected by drugs or alcohol, it impairs their judgement, and this is why, like many other industrial worksites around the country, the Melbourne Market is a drug and alcohol-free worksite.

This means, any person on Market Land must not have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) over 0.00%, or be under the influence of prohibited drugs at any time.

Our drug and alcohol policy is in place to ensure the safety of all Market users.

Industry News

Climate change threatens entire supply chain

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a report detailing the effects climate change could have on land and food security, which could impact all areas of the fresh produce supply chain.
The Special Report on Climate Change and Land highlighted the ways in which climate change can exacerbate land degradation and how climate change is affecting all four pillars of food security.
Read more on the Produce Plus website.

Key Dates

  • White Asparagus Auction – Thursday 29 August
  • Fresh State Gala Ball – Saturday 31 August
  • Grand Final Public Holiday – Friday 27 September

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