This Week in the Market – 13 September 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Fine Food Expo Success
– Melbourne Market Industry Open Day
– Children in the Market
Market News
Upcoming Public Holidays

The Melbourne Market will be closed on the two upcoming public holidays, Thursday 22nd September (Memorial Day for Queen Elizabeth II) and Friday 23rd September (AFL Grand Final eve).

If your parking permit only allows access on Thursday or Friday, and you would like to come to the market on an alternative adjacent day, you will not be charged for parking; however, your regular parking bay may not be available, so please speak to a Market Relations Officer on arrival for parking instructions.

With a four-day break in trade, the MMA understand that there may be a need for some fruit and vegetable buyers to pick up stock over this period. 

Buyers will be able to enter the market to collect any pre-orders on the public holidays. The Buyers’ Walk and trading floors will be closed, so individual arrangements must be made between buyers and sellers for any produce pick-ups.

Fine Food Expo Success

Last week the Melbourne Market participated in the Fine Food Australia event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

As one of the biggest food trade events in the Southern Hemisphere and with tens of thousands in attendance over four massive days, it was an excellent opportunity to showcase all the Melbourne Market has to offer to caterers, restaurants, manufacturers, education, health, packaging and many interstate and international visitors.

Tastings of fresh produce ran daily and were a major drawcard for the stand. Thank you to Laura from Rosanna Fine Produce, who expertly sliced, diced and educated everyone on the best fresh produce in Victoria.

We received many enquiries about accessing the market, either directly or buying through provedores, with many signing up to attend the next Industry Open Day on Thursday, 6 October.

A special thank you to the following businesses in the Melbourne Market who supported the event and supplied produce:

Barkers Fresh Produce
Kapris Bros.
LaManna Premier Group
Produce of Virginia
Latorre’s Fresh Produce
Perfection Fresh
All Aussie Farmers
Grown Florist

Melbourne Market Industry Open Day
The MMA will host the next Melbourne Market Industry Open Day on Thursday, 6 October, from 5am – 8am.

The Open Day is an exciting opportunity for those working in the hospitality, fresh produce and flower industries to come and experience everything the Melbourne Market offers.

If you think people within your networks would be interested in visiting the market during our Open Day please forward this link and have them complete the registration form.

Register now for Children in the Market

The Children in the Market event is back on Tuesday, 27 and Wednesday, 28 September. Join us for a fun morning filled with many activities!

Children must be pre-registered before the event and accompanied by their parent or guardian. Please complete the registration form here, print it, and return it to customer service. 

As well as ensuring children enjoy their time at the market our biggest priority is safety. We ask all market users to be especially vigilant and be conscious that children will be onsite over these two days. 

*Please note: All submitted forms will be automatically approved unless you are notified otherwise.

Have you heard about Melbourne Market’s Great Big Feast? You won’t want to miss this exciting event – watch the video to learn more.

Click here to secure your table now!

Tune in for the next episode of Everyday Gourmet
Last week Justine and Thanh spiced things up on Everyday Gourmet going through the vast variety of chillies on offer at the Melbourne Market!

1 in 10 Padron chillies are extremely hot! Luckily Thanh escaped with one of the sweet ones when Justine put him to the test 🌶️

Keep an eye on our social media channels to see when the next episode of Everyday Gourmet will air!

Spring Recipe Cards

Zac will be out the front of customer service this Thursday, 15 September, with new Spring Recipe Cards for A better choice! retail members, they can be a great addition to your new spring produce displays.

Please stop by to collect your recipe cards, and chat about A better choice! or contact Zacto organise collection another way.

Retail Store Profile
Check out this week’s store profile featuring Connie from Dirito’s Quality Fruits in Elsternwick, and learn why they only stock the best quality fruits available!

Watch Connie’s story here

Industry News
Lift off for drone pollination trial

Autonomous drones could be an effective tool in pollinating tomatoes and strawberries in protected-cropping environments.

Delivered by the grower-owned Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) – with support from Singaporean technology service provider Polybee, Western Sydney University and Australian grower Perfection Fresh – the A$1.3m research project aims to improve production efficiency.
Click here to find out more. 

Melbourne Market Job Board and Community Notices

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. View full online job board

Great Australian Mushroom Co
The Great Australian Mushroom Co. is seeking a casual general hand to start immediately. Duties will include pick packing & delivering orders.
Forklift license preferred. If you are interested in this position, please ring Jeremy on 0433 759 833 or visit us at Store 90.

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