This Week in the Market – 18 August 2020

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In this week’s Market News:

– Latest coronavirus information
– Certificate III in Greengrocery revamped
– Boosting flower sales with Spring campaign
Market News
Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

By now, all businesses permitted to operate during stage 4 restrictions, which includes all businesses operating and trading at the Melbourne Market, should have their COVIDSafe Plan in place.

In the interests of health and safety, all lease and licence holders should submit a copy of their COVIDSafe Plan to the MMA, which will be kept in a central repository to ensure timely COVID responses.

COVIDSafe Plans were due to the MMA yesterday, on Monday 17 August. If you haven’t already, please email a copy of your COVIDSafe Plan to

It is critical that all individuals and business that operate from the Melbourne Market strictly adhere to COVID restrictions.

The Department of Health and Human Services, as well as WorkSafe Victoria, are monitoring Melbourne Market operations and have the power to restrict or significantly alter operations in the Market if they believe COVID safety measures are not being adhered to. 

The most important things to remember are:Wear your face mask at all timesRemain at least 1.5 metres from others wherever possibleRegularly wash and sanitise your hands If you are tested for COVID, do not attend the Market until a negative result is confirmedIf you are unwell, do not attend the Market Detailed information regarding the impacts on Market operations can be found on our website at

Certificate III in Greengrocery revamped!

There has never been a better time to enhance your knowledge and employability, by gaining a formal qualification. 

Melbourne Polytechnic has listened to feedback and have revised the Certificate III in Greengrocery course to better suit the needs of the industry. 
The course has 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. 

The course focuses on:
– Fresh produce product knowledge
– Hygiene, food safety and quality control
– Retail finance skills
– Sales advice
– Customer service
– Teamwork
– Workplace safety
– Marketing your business
– Basic floristry knowledge and display

There is a range of funding options available for individual students, as well as funding options for businesses to support their staff to undertake the course. 

If you would like to find out more, email

Have you ‘Veged-in’ this winter?
There are only two weeks left of winter, which means there are only two weeks left for Melbourne Market users to be in the running for a $100 visa card voucher by cooking up a ‘Veg-in’ recipe.

All you have to do is try out one of the five new veg-in recipes for yourself, take a photo or video of your creation, and post it to either your business or personal Facebook or Instagram account.

Jan from ‘c the market’, has temporarily suspended her Market tours due to COVID, but she still got involved in this great campaign and cooked up the Potato and Corn Chowder – looks delicious Jan! 

Remember to tag @abetterchoice, @melbournemarket and @freshstateltd so we can share your finished product.

Members of the A Better Choice team will judge the most delicious looking recipe to choose the winner. 

Click below to decide which ‘Veg-in’ recipe you’ll cook. 
Broccoli and Spinach Pasta
Potato Corn Chowder
Chinese Winter Soup
Cinnamon Baked Pears
Roasted Eggplant with Zucchini Salad and Tahini Yogurt

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

Boosting Flower Sales with Spring Campaign
With stage 4 restrictions in place, many flower retailers are relying on phone and online delivery options.

A Spring marketing campaign is being rolled out by the MMA in conjunction with Flowers Vic, to support the flower industry.

The campaign goes live on social media today and aims to keep flowers at the forefront of customers mind.    
The campaign tagline is: “When you can’t say it in person, let us help you”. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram for the heart-felt ads. 

The Melbourne Market is working with ADA Australia to offer Market users access to a free COVID-19 specialised webinar – focusing on mental health during the pandemic.

The Mental Health: COVID-19 webinar can be viewed in your own time, and provides strategies to best understand and support ourselves, our fellow workers, and our families through these challenging times.
The webinar is limited to the first 40 registrations.

Please email, and include your name and contact details to gain access to this valuable webinar. 

Deep Cleaning of Buyers Walk
Deep cleaning on the Buyers’ Walk began yesterday and will continue each day until the end of the week, between 1.00pm and 5.00pm.
This cleaning is part of the normal schedule of deep cleaning, unrelated to COVID. 

Cleaning commenced at the northern end (Store 1) on Monday and will progressively make its way towards the southern end of the Buyers’ Walk over five days.

The equipment is loud and does emit diesel fumes. This may cause discomfort for staff occupying the offices on Level 1 when the machinery is operating in the vicinity. All roller doors will be opened during the works. 

If you have any further queries in relation to the deep clean, please contact the Help Desk on 0437 006 459.Industry News

Looming cherry season could be a whopper

It may still be a few months off yet but the Australian cherry season is shaping up to be a bumper crop, nudged along by favourable winter growing conditions. Read more on the Good Fruit and Vegetable website

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