This Week in the Market – 14 June 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Traffic Changes Postponed
– Heartkids Hero Day – Save the Date
– Hort Connections

Market News
Traffic Changes Postponed

The MMA is always looking to ensure the market is as safe and logistically efficient for market users as possible. The trial traffic changes at Buyers’ Walk exits B and D, and proposed one-way traffic on the trading floor will be postponed until further notice.

We are currently working with market stakeholders and traffic management experts to devise the most effective solution to improve safety as well as logistical efficiency in these two areas.

If you have any questions, please speak to a Market Relations Officer. We thank you for your support as it’s up to all of us to ensure safety is at the forefront of everything we do.

Heartkids Hero Day – Save the Date!

Save the date for HeartKids Hero Day at the Market!
Wednesday, June 29 | 5am – 7.30am

We are only three weeks away from the next Children in the Market event, including HeartKids Hero Day on Wednesday, June 29 which will include entertainment such as celebrity guests, superhero appearances, a magician, a handball competition, breakfast, auctions and raffles; all to raise funds for a worthy cause.

Please ensure children are pre-registered before the event and accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times. To register please complete the registration form here and print and return to Customer Service. 

Hort Connections
Last week members of the MMA team, Fresh State, and other central markets attended the annual Hort Connections conference in Brisbane.

Hort Connections is Australia and New Zealand’s premier horticulture conference bringing together over 3,000 professionals from across the fresh produce industry.

Australia’s Fresh Produce Markets, which includes all the central markets and their respective chambers, were major event sponsors of the conference with a massive display in the centre of the trade show. With our colourful and vibrant array of fresh produce, the Fresh Produce Markets stand was a focal point of the event and promoted the critical role central markets play in the horticulture supply chain.

Pictured above: Members of the A better choice! teams from central markets all around Australia

Vale Joseph Goegan
The MMA and Market community offer condolences to the family of Joseph “Hydro Joe” Goegan, who recently passed away after a short battle with cancer.

Joseph was a veteran of the Melbourne Market, with over 40 years in the industry. Born and raised in Werribee, he spent most of his years on the hydroponic lettuce farm after meeting his wife, Teresa in Italy while on vacation.

Joe leaves behind his son Michael, daughters Bernadette and Veronica and four grandchildren.

His funeral will be held at St Andrews in Werribee, Tuesday 21 June.
Rest in Peace, Joseph.

United Petroleum Service Stations
In previous weeks it was noted the United petroleum service stations located within the market were out of order. United have rectified the issue and the service stations are in working order.

Additionally, United have a special offer for the market community.

We are overwhelmed by the support of the Melbourne Market community, with many taking advantage of the super low prices available at United Pump on site at the Market.

To say thanks, we are giving you more ways to save! For a limited time, sign up for a United Fuel Card and receive an extra 5 cents off per litre, off the already super low prices, for the next 5 months.  
Available for new business customer only, that open a United Fuel Card account prior to the end of July.

To find out more about this great offer, scan the QR code below or call United Petroleum on 1300 383 587. Hurry this exclusive offer ends 31 July.

The United Petroleum service station located at Gate 2, offers Hi-Flo Diesel and Ad-Blue. Open for your convenience, 24 hours. We accept EFT-POS, all major Credit Cards and United Fuel Cards.


Are you Australia’s Favourite Fruit and Veg Shop?

You may begin to notice temporary signs on the front and inside some wholesale stores within the market.

These signs are designed to create engagement and awareness for the A better choice! promotion and the Retailer of the Year award.

If retailers have any questions about the program, they can scan the QR code to learn more and get in contact with Zac.

Win a Holiday promotion!
We are into week 5 of the promotion and currently have over 110 stores activated!

Congratulations to Watts Fresh, Mt Eliza Village Fruits, Big Watermelon and Lucke’s Fresh Food market who have all had store winners so far.

There is still 6 weeks worth of prizes including the major $2,500 prize to be won. Please contact Zac to be involved in this campaign.

And remember, every scan that your store receives is another nomination for the Retailer of the Year award.

Upcoming Events
Melbourne’s North Food Group Webinar – Thursday, 16 June
Emergency Response Training – Friday, 24 June
Heartkids Hero Day – Wednesday, 29 June

Industry News
Hort Connections 2022 – a tremendous success

Delegates attended the conference in-person at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6-8 June to explore the theme of “Growing Together”, which highlighted the importance of every sector of the horticulture industry uniting to build a stronger more resilient food system to feed local and international consumers.Click here to find out more. 

Lettuce prices skyrocketing in Australia

Due to the devastating flooding in Queensland and NSW, supply in fresh produce has been sporadic — especially for leafy greens.

The peak body for Australian vegetable producers, AUSVEG, says between 2006 and 2016 costs – and most likely prices – more than doubled. Click here to find out more. 

Melbourne Market Job Board

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

Start a new career or progress it with Scicluna’s! 
Join one of Melbourne’s most respected and growing food merchants and work for a company that cares about its people!

Store Manager, Mentone.  
Take a step up or across!  Come and head up our beautiful store which includes Groceries, Fresh Produce, Deli and Café!
Deli Manager, Mentone.
Deli Supervisor, Tooronga (Glen Iris)
Pick Packers (with Fresh Produce knowledge) (Night shift) Dandenong South

For more information or to apply, please visit the careers page on the website or email for further information.
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