This Week in the Market – 15 September 2020

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In this week’s Market News:

– Make sure you’re wearing your mask correctly
– FareShare joins Melbourne Market Community
– Northern Health Foundation raffle

Market News

Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Mask wearing
While the number of new coronavirus cases is trending downward, we must still be vigilant in following COVID rules. Ensure you are wearing your mask correctly, it should be fitted over your nose and mouth at all times. 
We all know how to wear a face-covering correctly, and as such, MRO’s are issuing warnings and suspensions for those people not complying with correct mask-wearing. 

Permit system 
With the stage 4 restrictions extending past 14 September, businesses by now should have provided employees with updated permitted worker forms. The forms are the same as the previous version, but need to have the date range updated. 
You can download the permitted worker form template on the DHHS website

Roadmap for re-opening
The Victorian Government has released documents detailing the roadmap for re-opening by business type, there is one for businesses in Regional Victoria and one for businesses based in Metropolitan Melbourne

All Victorian businesses operating onsite, must have a COVID Safe Plan in place. Previously businesses in regional Victoria were only advised to have a COVID Safe Plan. Businesses with fewer than five employees are exempt from this requirement.The Business Victoria website and hotline (13 22 15) provide information on restrictions and support to help your business plan and respond to coronavirus. Detailed information regarding the impacts of COVID on Market operations can be found on our website at
Scholarships now available for Certificate III in Greengrocery
In support of the Certificate III in Greengrocery, the MMA is offering several scholarships for those wishing to undertake the course.
The MMA are offering five full-tuition scholarships (to the value of $1450 each) and ten partial-tuition scholarships (to the value of $725 each) for students enrolling in the course. 

Applications for the scholarship program are now open but will close in just 10 days on 25 September, so make sure you apply soon! Scholarship awardees will be selected based on a range of criteria, including their commitment to the greengrocery industry. To find out more, and to apply for a scholarship place, visit the Melbourne Polytechnic website

The course has recently been updated to allow for a large proportion of the content to be delivered via online learning.
There will still be some face-to-face interaction, with structured support from your teacher every fortnight, and some in-store education sessions throughout the course duration. 

If you would like to find out more about the Certificate III in Greengrocery, you can download a course flyer or email me more about the Certificate III in Greengrocery

Damoli joins Melbourne Market
The Melbourne Market welcomes our newest tenant, Damoli Forklift Services. 

Damoli offers a range of services to Melbourne Market users, including:
– Service and repair of forklifts and golf buggies 
– Hire of forklifts, golf buggies and other market equipment
– Training for individuals wanting to obtain their forklift licence
– Transport of forklifts between worksites
– Sales of forklifts

The team can be found at EFS 2, which is across from Loading Bay South.
Make sure to swing by, and say hello to our newest tenants.

FareShare joins Melbourne Market Community

Yesterday Fareshare began receiving vegetable donations from a new collection bay at the back of Store 6 at the northern end of the Market.  Fareshare will be transforming tonnes of rescued food from the Melbourne Market into cooked, nutritious meals for those going hungry.

FareShare CEO Marcus Godinho said rescuing vegetables still fit for human consumption was an important part of  FareShare’s mission and would help increase the number of meals its chefs and hundreds of volunteers could cook.

“Vegetables are critical to ensuring FareShare meals are nutritious,” Mr Godinho said. “Every one of our meals provides two-thirds of the daily recommended intake of vegetables and more than half of protein. Collections from the market will help us maintain our high nutritional standard of meals.”

All FareShare meals are given away free to frontline charities such as homeless shelters, soup vans, women’s refuges and community food banks.

The MMA encourages growers and wholesalers to donate to FareShare, and the other food recovery programs, Foodbank and the Melbourne Zoo, where you can. 

Vegetables required: Asian greens, asparagus, beans, brussel sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, corn, eggplant, garlic, ginger, leeks, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, silverbeet, snowpeas, spinach, squash, swedes, sweet potato, tomatoes, turnips, zucchini. 

Influencers promoting ‘a better choice!’
‘Spring Fresh’ is the next national marketing campaign coming to consumers this September!
Spring Fresh promotes a shopping occasion that places the community at heart and ‘shop local’ at the forefront.
The campaign will be heard on radio and seen on social media, with some prominent celebrity influencers promoting the brand.

Yumi Stynes

Yumi has a passion for fresh ingredients and is an active advocate for ‘a better choice!’. She has released multiple cookbooks which she states help celebrate one of the things she loves most about Australia: the incredible quality and accessibility of good produce and the fact that because it tastes so good, it is shamelessly easy to work with.
Yumi currently co-hosts KIIS FM’s 3 PM Pick-Up (with Bec Judd and Monty Diamond) and was formerly a presenter on TV for The Circle and on Channel V Australia.

Callum Hann
Fresh from the MasterChef kitchen, Callum Hann is a proud ambassador for ‘A better choice!’. Callum is the Director of Director Sprout and Dietary Hawk, author of Quick. Easy. Healthy, I’d Eat That and The Starter Kitchen, a presenter on SA Weekender.
“Produce is something that drives all of my recipes, and when you’re getting produce that is grown here it’s going to be at a good price, super fresh, super delicious, and you’re not only supporting local growers but also local independent retailers.”
Keep an eye out for the ‘Spring Fresh’ campaign beginning next week!
A Better Choice feedback
Do you have feedback or questions about the A Better Choice program?
We’d love to hear from you, send an email to

Northern Health Foundation – Major Raffle 2020
Our friends across the paddocks at the Northern Hospital are raising funds through their annual major raffle, but with hospital visitors restricted, selling raffle tickets is proving challenging.
You can support the local health service and be in the running to win a brand new car by purchasing a raffle ticket online. 

All proceeds raised will go towards the purchase of life-saving medical equipment for Northern Health Services.
Tickets are $20 each and prizes include:
1st Prize – Toyota Corolla Hatch Hybrid – RRP $30,393.40
2nd Prize – Helicopter Joy Flight for 4 People over Melbourne – RRP $4,500
3rd Prize – UPPABaby VISTA V2 Pram – RRP $2,099
4th Prize – 1 Night Accommodation in Penthouse Suite at Mantra Epping – RRP $750

If you purchase 5 tickets in one transaction you will go into a separate draw to win a $500 gift card. 
Click here to purchase a raffle ticket. 

Sell a book of Ten tickets for an extra chance to win! 
If you think you could sell a book of 10 tickets, Northern Health will send you a book and when you return it SOLD you will go into a draw for the chance to win $1,000 Gift Card.
Contact Matt on 8405 8816 or if you are interested in selling a book of raffle tickets. 

Industry News
Harvest to home COVID-19 Fresh Produce update
Harvest to Home is an interactive online dashboard that provides up-to-date retail information and consumer trend data.

In the dashboard’s latest COVID-19 fresh produce update, total grocery sales saw an increase from July driven by the Victoria lockdown and were 13.8 per cent higher than the same time year ago.
There was a change back to vegetables with longer storage life as the top-ranking growth contributors.
Read more on the AUSVEG website.

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our new online job board. Jobs will be posted in the weekly newsletter and on the Melbourne Market website.

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