This Week in the Market – 16 August 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Covid Update: Vaccination Hub Final Day
– Celebrity Chef Justine Schofield at the Market
– Free Business Mentoring Clinics

Market News
Covid Update – Vaccination Hub Final Day
It’s your last chance to get your booster at the market. DPV Health will be back onsite to offer COVID-19 vaccinations for a final day and is available for all market users.

Vaccination hub details
When: Thursday 18 August, 7 am – 11 am.
Where: A private screened-off area within Art & Style retail store, next to Customer Service on the Buyers’ Walk. 
Vaccines available: Pfizer and Novavax vaccinations will be available for anyone requiring a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd vaccine dose; 4th vaccinations are available for anyone over 30.
Getting your vaccination: No booking is required; vaccinations will be administered via a walk-in service. You will need to bring your medicare card and a form of photo ID with you.Tune in for the next episode of Everyday GourmetLast weeks episode of Everyday Gourmet saw Justine learn how shopping at your local greengrocer supports many family businesses within the Market, some of which are multi-generational!

Showcasing his cooking skills with Justine, Thanh prepares a family favourite –
stir-fried water spinach, with the produce sourced directly from the Market.

Tune in today at 4pm on Channel 10 to see a glimpse into the fast and fresh, farm-to-plate process at the Market!

Be sure to watch our social media channels to find out when future episodes will air.

A WorkSafe Victoria requirement:
Eliminating the risk of ejection from Market Vehicles

Vehicles are essential to work at the Melbourne Market but can also be a significant safety risk.
WorkSafe Victoria has contacted the MMA about electric vehicle safety and, more specifically, preventing people from being ejected from market-approved vehicles. 
WorkSafe recommends the most effective way for businesses to eliminate the risk of ejection from market-approved vehicles is by fitting seatbelts for all occupants in all-electric vehicles, including forklifts, golf buggies, and Taylor Dunns, many of which do not currently have seatbelts.

Reasonable timeframes will be put in place for the installation of seat belts before infringements are issued, as WorkSafe expects seatbelts to be fitted and worn when operating all vehicles in the market.

Temporary Power Shutdown
On Sunday, 28 August, various areas of the Melbourne Market will undergo a temporary power shutdown that will affect some premises. The shutdown allows crucial maintenance works to be carried out on the inner ring power supply system.

The power supply will be cut for approximately eight and a half hours, from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

The following Market areas will be affected:

– F&V Building
– Trading Stand
– Admin Building
– Diesel Station LPG Station – North & South
– Waste Transfer Station
– Loading West/ North/ South
– General House Services – Lighting and Power

During the shutdown, premises will be without power supply, including cooling/refrigeration.
Warehouses on the outer ring will not be affected by this shutdown. 

Free Monthly Business Mentoring Clinics
The City of Whittlesea in conjunction with the Small Business Mentoring Service (SMBS), is offering business mentoring sessions to support businesses situated within the City of Whittlesea.

Small Business Clinics provide general business information and can assist in areas of management skills, finances, marketing, employing staff, growing new markets and much more.

SBMS have a range of multilingual interpreters, so if you would like mentoring in your preferred language put that in your request and SBMS will try and accommodate. To book a free mentoring session, please contact the team at

Vale Cresenzo ‘Peter’ Savoia

The MMA and Market community offer condolences to the family of Cresenzo ‘Peter’ Savoia, a valued employee of Latorre’s Fruit & Vegetable Wholesalers and a veteran of the Melbourne Market, with almost 50 years in the industry.

Rest in Peace, Peter.

Bardee Food Waste Management Solution

The MMA continues to source innovative solutions to improve organic waste solutions in the market while ensuring costs do not affect businesses.

Bardee is a fast-growing company helping to make agriculture more sustainable, by diverting food waste from landfill and using it to create fertilisers. And it makes a real difference because every tonne of food waste diverted from landfill creates 1,900kg of CO2 offsets!

Bardee is now partnering with the Melbourne Market, collecting organic waste and turning it into protein products that can then be used as fertilisers, which are then available for purchase by Melbourne Market growers at a discounted price.

To learn more about how you can purchase Bardee fertilisers and complete the sustainability circle please contact Hannah Johnston.

2022 Retailer of the Year, People’s Choice Award – Arnold’s Fruit Market
To celebrate our amazing fruit and veg shops, you’ll start to see many store profiles like Arnold’s Fruit Market below. Keep an eye out on the A better choice! social media channels for the weekly fruit and veg shop sharing their story.
Learn more about Arnolds Fruit Market, our Victorian Retailer of the Year, People’s Choice Award winner for 2022

A better choice! Media Exposure
A better choice! has received some positive local and national media exposure on the back of our recent Retailer of the Year, People’s Choice Awards, including:

Victorian State Winner, Arnolds Fruit Market on 7 News
National Winner, Adelaide Fresh Fruiterers on the Today Show Channel 9
Articles in various other outlets including The Border Mail and Inside FMCG

Win a $500 Gold Class Voucher for your store!
To help us improve things moving forward, We want to hear your thoughts on the recent Win a Holiday campaign.

By simply answering the survey, you’ll go into the draw to win a $500 Gold Class cinema voucher for you and your team!

Zespri Sungold Kiwifruit Promotion

Congratulations to Dean Lamb and the team at Watt’s Fresh Kyneton, who were selected by Zespri as one of the winners for their best display competition! The Watt’s Fresh team will be taking home a 75-inch Samsung TV!

A second 75-inch Samsung TV has also been won by Freshcorp Fruit Market, located in Hornsby, NSW.

We still have a very limited quantity of Zespri POS materials remaining, including signage, display bins, plush toys and spoons.

To activate your store or for more information, contact Zac and let’s win 2 x more Samsung TVs here in Victoria!


Industry News
Cross-brand benefits for Australian macadamias

Cross-brand collaborations involving Yonsei Dairy and Drop Top have increased awareness of Australian macadamias in South Korea, reaching over 500,000 people.

Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) ran two social media giveaways with Yonsei Dairy, giving consumers the chance to win prize packs containing Australian macadamias and bottles of macadamia chocolate milk.Click here to find out more. 

Visas available to Australian potato growers

For Australian potato growers, there are three common visas that can be used to recruit workers, including the Working Holiday Maker (WHM), Pacific Australian Labour Mobility (PALM) Scheme and the Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement (HILA). Each of these visas covers different skill levels, occupations, time frames, participating countries and costs.

Click here for a breakdown of each visa and its requirements.

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

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!

Chef/Cook – Dandenong South Click here for more info or to apply
Produce Assistant – Part time – Tooronga  Click here for more info or to apply
Deli Assistant – Tooronga Click here for more info or to apply
Produce Manager – Mentone Click here for more info or to apply
Deli Supervisor – Tooronga  Click here for more info or to apply
Delivery Drivers – Dandenong South  Click here for more info or to apply
Pick Packers (with Fresh Produce knowledge) (Night shift) Dandenong South Click here for more info or to apply

For more information or to apply, please visit or email for further information.

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