This Week in the Market – 15 October 2019

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In this week’s Market News:

– Drug and alcohol testing to commence in the Melbourne Market
– Victorian A Better Choice campaign in development
– Support men’s health, join our Melbourne Market Mo’s team

Market News

Drug and alcohol testing to commence in the Melbourne Market

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 can influence their fitness for work and can be a contributing factor in workplace incidents and injuries.

All persons entering the Melbourne Market site, must at all times, be fit for duty.
Market Operating Rules make clear that a person on Market Land must not have a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.00%, or be under the influence of prohibited drugs.

To support this stand on safety, the MMA will be engaging in random drug and alcohol testing in the Market, using a third-party testing provider.

Any persons who return a non-negative drug or alcohol test result will not be permitted to remain on Market Land and may also be subject to disciplinary action per the Market Operating Rules, including but not limited to being suspended from the Market.  Any suspended persons will not be able to return to the Market until a negative test result is provided.

We understand you may have questions regarding drug and alcohol testing; a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found on the MMA website. Please read through this document where you will find detailed information regarding drug and alcohol testing in the Market. Click here to access the Melbourne Market drug and alcohol testing FAQs.

Members of the MMA management team will make themselves available to answer any questions you may have. A consultation desk will be set up beside the Customer Service Centre between 5:30 am – 7:00 am on Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Monday 28th of October. Any business principal or employee can have their questions answered on a confidential basis during these consultation periods.

We all have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for ourselves, our fellow employees and every Market user, and we ask for your support on this vital safety issue.

Are you concerned about your drinking or drug use?

There are many organisations that offer drug and alcohol-related support services.
Direct Line – 1800 888 236
DirectLine provides a confidential 24-hour telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone in Victoria wishing to discuss alcohol or drug-related issues.
A comprehensive list of other drug and alcohol support services can be found on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website at

The Victorian A Better Choice marketing campaign to kick off soon

A Better Choice is about to ramp up with Fresh State and the MMA working together to develop a dedicated Victorian marketing campaign to make the program the best it can be.

Some Australian states have recently started to drive the A Better Choice brand in their own local markets.

Check out the video below to see what the Western Australian Market team have put together, featuring the A Better Choice brand and key messages on the local Channel 7 program, Fresh TV.
Watch the whole episode or go to times, 0.59, 4:40, and 7:11 to see some key highlights featuring the A Better Choice brand.

We look forward to creating our own targeted promotions in Victoria very soon, so watch this space..!

Warehouse 7 almost full

Warehouse 7 is almost full! There are now only two of the 28 warehouse spaces still available. Construction of Warehouse 7 kicked off a few weeks ago with completion due by April 2020.
Get in before these last two spaces are snapped up, contact today!

Support Men’s Health – Join our Melbourne Market Mo’s team

Men are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. They’re dying too young. Much before their time.

This Movember, the Melbourne Market, is raising awareness around men’s health issues for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives, and we need your help.

Grow your own mo’, and you can raise funds, start conversations, and make a big impact on men’s health.

Each week during Movember, we will be focusing on a different men’s health issue while we watch all the market moustaches progress.

The event is supporting a serious issue, but we can all get involved in some fun, particularly at the conclusion of the month where we will judge the best moustaches at a Market-wide fundraising BBQ.

Stay tuned for more details but in the meantime click here to set up your profile and join the Melbourne Market Mo’s team

What sort of moustache will you grow?
Check out this Movember promotional video

Is your business ready for the Victorian bag ban?

The Victorian Government will implement a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags as of 1 November 2019.

This new law will apply to all retailers – including supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stores, restaurants, cafes, markets, food outlets, and many more. The ban includes single-use plastic bags, including those made from compostable, degradable and biodegradable plastics.

Retailers can download several resources to assist with the transition.

Fact sheet for businesses – provides essential information about the ban and tips for businesses and plastic bag suppliers
Store sign – It is recommended that all retailers download and print this double-sided sign to display in your store, to inform customers about the ban.

Further detailed information about the ban, including resources in other languages, can be found at

Industry News

Try for 5

Tryfor5 is an annual campaign powered by Nutrition Australia, encouraging Australians to increase their vegetable consumption to the recommended five serves per day. The campaign is running this week during National Nutrition Week (13 – 19 October) with this year’s theme about ’embracing your veg waste’.
You can find out more by visiting and keep an eye out on social media for some great tips to share with consumers about reducing produce waste, including some great giveaways.

Key Dates

  • Drug and Alcohol consultation desk – Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th & Monday 28th October
  • Fire Warden Training – Monday 28th October

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