This Week in the Market – 14 November 2023

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In this week’s Market News:

– Men’s Health Month
– Happy Diwali
– White Ribbon Day

Market News

Men’s Health Month – Removing the stigma around men’s mental health

Men are just as likely as anyone to struggle with their mental health but less likely to get the help they need.

Talking about mental health can feel intimidating at first – for you and your friend or partner. But there are some things you can do to help the conversation go smoothly and put your mate at ease.

  1. Normalise their experience by sharing yours
  2. Get informed about mental health
  3. Reach out to your friend for help
  4. Encourage your friend to think of mental health just like anything else that needs fixing

For more information or to seek support, click here.

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, buyers will have access to the Melbourne Market on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Tuesday 26th December, to collect pre-arranged produce orders only. 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.

Upcoming advisory committee meetings

The four Market Advisory Committees are scheduled to meet on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th of November. In the lead-up to these meetings, you can ask your advisory committee members to raise questions or ideas with the MMA.

Advisory committees work with the Melbourne Market Authority to advise on Market operations and the fresh produce industry matters. Committee members are a great source of information and advice for Market users. To find out who the members of the advisory committees are, please visit the MMA website.

Happy Diwali!

Often referred to as the festival of lights, Diwali is a five-day celebration that represents the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and wisdom over ignorance. Diwali is celebrated around the world by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, Sindhis, and others who just enjoy the spirit of the honored tradition. Those who celebrate the holiday light lamps called diyas, enjoy traditional Diwali sweets, and exchange happy Diwali wishes and greetings with loved ones.

While the five-day festival began on Friday, November 10, celebrations peaked on Sunday, coinciding with the end of the year’s darkest day.

There are still Diwali celebrations happening around Melbourne over the coming weeks for those who would like to take part:

  • Diwali at Dandenong Market: Dandenong, November 19 (11am to 3pm)
  • Diwali Delights: Festival of Lights Celebrations!: Kensington, November 25 (2pm to 6pm)
  • Multicultural Festival Connecting Communities Together: Sunbury, November 25 (1pm to 6.30pm)
  • Festival of Lights – Melbourne Diwali Fireworks 2023: Footscray, November 25 (4pm to 9pm)

Wishing our Melbourne Market community a joyful Diwali!

Aussie Apples are giving you a chance to win a share of $5000!

A better choice! have partnered with Aussie Apples to help promote Aussie Apples in your store. Sampling sessions are being held, and merchandise is being provided to stores to help promote Aussie Apples.

Just for participating, your store will go in the draw to win 1 of 5 $1000 Visa debit cards. Find out how you can enter by clicking the image.

If you would like to participate in the promotion, please email

Australian Macadamias are giving you the chance to win a $1000 visa gift card.

Australian Macadamias have partnered with A better choice! to help encourage Aussie shoppers to purchase more Macadamias. A better choice! merchandisers have been visiting stores to provide merchandise and POS collateral with posters and recipe cards to encourage more shoppers to choose Australian Macadamias in-store.

Winners will be announced on 30 November. Click the image for full terms and conditions.

This Friday, 17 November, is White Ribbon Day. White Ribbon Australia is a global social movement working to stop men’s violence against women. White Ribbon Day aims to call on all men to make women’s safety a men’s issue. To challenge the status quo, learn more or make a commitment to creating change.Becoming an ally to women starts with knowing what to do when something doesn’t seem right.

Lead by example, call out when you see sexist behaviour and learn how you can support the women around you by downloading the White Ribbon Australia STOP kit here.

To speak with someone immediately or to seek support, please get in touch with any of the following counselling services:

  • 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732
  • Men’s Referral Service – 1300 766 491
  • Mensline Australia – 1300 789 978
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Kids Help Line – 1800 551 800
  • Elder Abuse Help Line – 1800 353 374
  • Financial Counselling Australia – 1800 007 007
  • Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
  • 13 Yarn – 13 92 76
  • Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467

Industry News

Australian Science Tackles Citrus Virus

Scientists are developing a vaccine-like solution to arm Australian citrus growers with an effective way to combat citrus tristeza virus (CTV), a significant challenge for the Australian citrus industry.

Click here to read 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.

Great Australian Mushroom Co

Part-time Bookkeeper, Monday – Friday, 6:00am starts.

For further information, please contact Wes 0433 889 929 or Jeremy 0433 759 833.

View full online job board

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