This Week In The Market – 16 March 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– International women’s day event wrap-up
– All Advisory Committee Meeting
– Farewell Bryan

Market News
LaManna International Women’s Day Event Wrap-up
 Last Wednesday, 10th March, the Melbourne Market was proud to sponsor Fresh Start – Women in Produce, an International Women’s Day event hosted by LaManna Premier Group. The event celebrated women in the produce industry, with the key feature being an open-panel discussion from industry-leading professionals. The panel shared their insights on; breaking the barriers of the industry; gender balance and gender diversity; and attracting female talent to horticulture.

Showing how gender diversity helps businesses grow was one of the key challenges the panelists spoke about. Jo Minton-Connell from LaManna Premier Group, commented, “It has been proven that the most successful businesses have diversity all the way up to their senior-level leadership and management teams, so it’s a really important part of successful businesses”.

Craig Taylor, from Coles, also commented, “You need diversity in your workforce because you need different perspectives across the boardroom; you need to reflect the communities that you work in.”

The panelists’ passionate approach left everyone who attended the event with new insights, understanding, and appreciation.


All Advisory Committee Meeting

An all group advisory committee dinner took place last Tuesday, 9th March, with members from the wholesalers, growers, retailers and flower advisory committees, along with MMA board and management, in attendance. MMA CEO, Mark Maskiell, presented some insights from the recent satisfaction survey and answered questions from the group. The dinner was a great opportunity for leaders from all areas of the market community to come together to discuss the issues that matter most.

A Better Choice! Retailer of the year awards!
The national ‘Shop and Win’ campaign officially kicked off on Monday, 8th of March, and now it’s your chance to be in the running for the A Better Choice! Retailer of the Year award.

Each customer that enters brings you one step closer to winning, so be sure to mention the Shop & Win promotion to every customer that comes through your door.

Regular updates will be provided from A Better Choice! and the winner will be announced later in the year.

Retailer of the year winners are calculated on the number of nominations a store receives through in-store and online nominations. To find out more on how you can get involved with the campaign have a read of last weeks 
A Better Choice! e-mail.

Farewell Bryan!

This week the market community bids farewell to Market Operations Manager Bryan Coyne, who is retiring after a long and successful career. 

Bryan started at the Melbourne Market in September 2016 and quickly became known for his calm demeanour and ability to build repour with market users. Bryan’s last day in the market will be this Friday, where afterwards he begins retired life to embark on more travel, fishing, playing golf and generally putting his feet up. 
We thank Bryan for his hard work and commitment over the past three and a half years and wish him all the best in the future. Efren Callos, who many market users will already know as a team leader, will take on the role of Acting Operations Manager. 

Easter Trading Hours
The Market will be closed on public holidays during the Easter period as follows:

Thursday 1 April – regular trading hours
Friday 2 April, Good Friday – market closed
Saturday 3 April, Easter Saturday – Flower Market to remain open
Monday 5 April, Easter Monday – market closed
Tuesday 6 April – regular trading hours

If your parking permit only allows access on a day that falls on one of the public holidays, and you would like to come to the Market on an alternative adjacent day, you will not be charged for parking and can enter the Market. However please note, your regular bay may not be available. Please see a Market Relations Officer on arrival for instruction.

COVID Update
There have been no changes to COVID rules or restrictions at the Market in the past week.

Market users are reminded to: 
•    Carry your facemask at all times and ensure you wear it when you are unable to maintain social distancing. 
•    Remain at least 1.5 metres from other Market users wherever possible
•    Wash and sanitise hands regularly

Market Relations Officers will continue to issue warnings and suspensions to market users who do not follow social distancing rules.

Should COVID risk factors in Victoria change, or social distancing in the market is not adequately followed, restrictions, including the wearing of face masks, may be re-implemented to keep the market community safe and businesses operational.

Melbourne Market Power Outage
On Sunday 28 March, warehouses 1 to 9 at the Melbourne Market will undergo a temporary power shutdown to perform crucial maintenance work on the outer ring power supply.

Power will be cut to all market warehouses for approximately 6.5 hours, from 7:00 am – 1:30 pm.

During the shutdown, warehouses will be without power, including cooling/refrigeration. The Melbourne Market apologises for any inconvenience. If you would like more information about the upcoming power outage please click here.

Children In The Market Cancelled
The ‘Children in the Market’ program will not go ahead during the upcoming school holidays. We look forward to welcoming children back into the market for our special school holiday events when COVID risk is reduced later in the year.

M80 Ring Road – Sydney Road to Edgars Road Closure
The M80 Ring Road will be closed between Sydney Road and Edgars Road from 9pm to 5am on Monday 22 March. However, access to the Hume Freeway from the M80 Ring Road, Greensborough-bound will be maintained. The Hume Freeway southbound lanes will also be closed between Cooper Street and the M80 during this time. Detours will be available via Edgars Road and Mahoneys Road. Refer to the detour map for recommended detours. You can find out more about upcoming road closures by clicking here.

Industry News
Is your soil healthy? Top tips for growers


Healthy soil is productive, sustainable and profitable. But what exactly does ‘soil health’ mean for vegetable growers? The below soil wealth ICP fact sheet discusses how a soil health status or soil condition can provide insights into a soil’s capacity to fulfil all soil functions.

It also outlines how soil organic matter can indicate the physical, chemical and biological benefits associated with soil health. Click here to download the fact sheet.

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