This Week in the Market – 17 May 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Traffic Barriers to Improve Safety
– Mobile Phone Safety
– Safety System Testing

Market News
Traffic Barriers to Improve Safety

To improve vehicle safety the MMA have engaged Impact Traffic Engineering to assist with designing a safer traffic management plan within the market.

From Monday, May 23 traffic barriers will be in place on the East Side of the crossover exits between the Buyer’s Walk and undercover carpark canopies. This initiative is to prevent forklifts from cutting through parking bays by forcing them to turn left or right and to stick to the designated forklift highways. These two locations have seen several incidents and near misses recently.

The barriers will begin as a trial for three months and MRO’s will be stationed at both points with traffic wands to assist drivers in adjusting to the new directional change.

We encourage Business Principals to brief all staff, especially forklift drivers on the change to ensure everyone is aware of the traffic barrier trial.

Please see the images and video below for further clarification. 


Distractions are dangerous. Use of a mobile or similar handheld device while operating a forklift or other Market-specific vehicle is prohibited, this includes scrolling though social media and sending SMS’s, not just voice calls.

Safety System Testing
Annual testing of critical safety systems is being be carried out over the coming weeks.
Testing will occur during times where there are minimal people onsite to reduce disruption; however, some tenants on the Buyers’ Walk and in warehouses may be effected for a brief period.
Saturday, May 21 – 9:30am to 4pm
Fire alarm/Sprinkler system testing
Buyers’ Walk, Trading Floor and Warehouse 5 and 6.
Testing and noise will last for approximately 30 minutes per sprinkler installation bank (unless issues are found).
Thursday, May 26 – 12pm to 3pm.
Fire Indicator Panels and Emergency Warning Intercommunication System
Administration Building, Buyers Walk, Flower Market and Warehouses 5 and 6
Emergency warning tones will be played through speakers in each zoned area. Buyers’ Walk testing to be completed after 2pm to minimise disruption to level 1 offices.

Win a Holiday! Campaign
Our campaign is in full swing with the first 40 stores now activated!

To create engagement for this campaign we encourage you to share the promotion through your social media channels. Make sure you tag @abetterchoiceaus on Facebook and Instagram.

See some inspiration from our 2021 Victorian Retailer of the Year – Alexandra Fruit and Veg here.

To be one of the next stores activated with this campaign, please contact Zac.

And remember, every scan that your store receives is another nomination for the Retailer of the Year award.

Retailer of the Year Award
A better choice! are once again running the Retailer of the Year, People’s Choice Award for 2022!

The award is a great chance to drive media attention towards your store on a state and even national scale. 

Every competition entry counts as a nomination towards your store, so be sure to mention ‘Win a Holiday’ to every customer that comes through the door, for your chance to win!

Upcoming Events
Hort Connections – Monday 6 June – Wednesday, 8 June | Brisbane Convention Centre

Industry News
Kissabel season kicks off in Southern Hemisphere

The harvest of Kissabel® apples in Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa ended in recent weeks with very positive results.

One of the most enthusiastic reports comes from Australia, where the program is at its most advanced stage.Click here to find out more. 

How independent grocers and fresh produce central markets navigated COVID supply chain disruptions

COVID-19 disruptions to the fresh produce supply chain have reinforced the necessity and benefits of the central markets systems.

While supermarkets struggled to keep fruit and vegetables on shelves during the various lockdown periods, a vast majority of independent greengrocers remained stocked and servicing customers due to buying from wholesale markets. Click here to find out more. 

Melbourne Market Job Board

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

LaManna Premier Group
We are seeking capable, enthusiastic and skilled Forklift Operators/ Storepersons to join our team at the Melbourne Epping Market!
If you’re keen to explore this fresh opportunity, send your resume to
Tripod Farmers – Assistant Sales Manager
We are a commercial Salad Company looking for a motivated and reliable Assistant Sales Manager.
Position will be full time, and consist of only night shift work.
Duties will include, but may not be limited to:

Computer based Customer Service and Sales
Assist with management of picking and delivery team at market
Daily balancing of accounts
Communicating with dispatch regarding product
Assist with managing Customer relationships
Assist with stocktakes
Order picking for Melbourne Market when required.

The right applicant will be reliable and work well in a team environment.
Previous sales management experience will be highly regarded.
Please send applications to
Bring your passion for food and customer service and start a new career or progress it with Scicluna’s! 

Delivery Drivers. Dandenong South.
Training provided.  Pay review and performance bonus after 3 months.  Start and finish early. 
Grocery Manager and Experienced Grocery Assistants, Mentone. 
Deli Manager and Deli 2IC, Mentone.
Café Supervisor and Part time Barista, Mentone
Deli Supervisor, Tooronga (Glen Iris)Pick Packers with Fresh Produce knowledge (Night shift) Dandenong South
Business Development Manager – Wholesale, Dandenong South

Come and join one of Melbourne’s most respected and growing food merchants and work for a company that cares about its people!
For more information or to apply, please visit our new look website or email.

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