This Week in the Market – 18 February 2020

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In this week’s Market News:

– Improving emergency evacuation procedures
– Expressions of interest now open in tenancy 51
– Wholesaler shows his presenting talents

Market News

Improving emergency evacuation procedures

For those in the Market on Wednesday morning last week, you would have heard the evacuation alarms ringing throughout the site. Unfortunately, the event last week, and another the week earlier, were both false alarms caused by a detector fault. These faulty detectors have both since been replaced. Still, as a result, the MMA is investigating a range of process and procedure improvements to reduce false evacuation alarms and subsequent whole site evacuations in the future.
We are,

  • expanding our replacement program of all ageing smoke detectors to minimise the occurrence of future detectors failing,
  • seeking approval from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) to enhance our fire alarm system to require two detectors to be triggered before progressing to an automatic evacuation. This includes implementing automated user warning systems that cascade out from the affected area,
  • ensuring the public address (PA) system is accessible during alarms to advise market users of updates and information as it becomes available. Currently, if an evacuation alarm is triggered the PA system is disabled; and,
  • investigating the introduction of automatic closure of entry boom gates, and turnstiles during an alarm that will prevent vehicles and pedestrians entering the site during an evacuation.

As we work through these process improvements, we are cancelling the emergency evacuation drill that was scheduled for this week until further notice.

The recent false alarms have been unfortunate, and we believe the measures we are rolling out will reduce false alarms in the future. However, we need the Market community to treat every evacuation alarm as a real threat and proceed to your designated evacuation point where the Fire Warden can update you of the status of the emergency and instruct you on what you need to do to stay safe.

Expressions of Interest now open for Tenancy 51

After the departure of Food Fella’s Cafe last month, Tenancy 51 has become available on the highly sought-after Buyers’ Walk.
The Melbourne Market has a vision for Tenancy 51 to operate as a wholesale fruit and vegetable trading store going forward and is now inviting expressions of interest in the space.
You can download an information pack and complete your online expression of interest form on the Melbourne Market website.
To be considered, you must complete the official online expression of interest form before Monday 9 March.

Wholesaler shows his presenting talents in new videos

Thanh Truong from Aus Asia Produce is one of our wholesalers at the Melbourne Market, but it would seem he also has enormous talent as a presenter, evidenced by his latest endeavour as the ‘Fruit Nerd’.
Thanh is the creator of the ‘Fruit Nerd’ social platform, which you can find on Instagram and YouTube. On his channels, Thanh delivers some thought-provoking and entertaining content while promoting the fresh produce industry.
His first full-length video on YouTube focuses on the little known jackfruit and asks ‘Will Jackfruit Replace Pork?
Make sure you jump online via the buttons below and check out his great work; with Thanh’s flair for presenting let’s hope we don’t lose him to a full-time TV gig anytime soon!

Are you doing any work outside the Market to promote or support the fresh produce industry?
Are you creating content on social media that’s a bit different in the world of fruit and veg?
We’d love to hear about it, send an email to 

Fruit Nerd - YouTube
Fruit Nerd – YouTube
Fruit Nerd - Instagram
Fruit Nerd – Instagram

Raffle tickets selling in the Market next week 

Even if you don’t attend on the day you can still contribute to the funds raised during the Melbourne Market Charity Golf Day by purchasing raffle tickets before the event.
Joe Amalfi of Fresh State/Brescia and Simone Baird from DEBRA Australia will be in the Market next week on Tuesday 25 February selling raffle tickets. There are some great prizes on offer including Helicopter rides and watches. Tickets are just $10 each, 3 for $20, 8 for $50 or 20 for $100.

Keen to play a round of golf?
There are still spots available. Don’t forget to register your golf team as places are filling fast!
Visit the Fresh State website to register your golf team today

Deep clean of the Buyers’ Walk

For five days from Monday 17 February between 1.00pm and 5.00pm, heavy-duty machinery will be operating on the Buyers’ Walk to undertake a deep clean of the area.
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 the week.
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.
Thanks for your tolerance during this period to provide a cleaner Market for everyone.

Drug and Alcohol policy applies to everyone

The Melbourne Market Drug and Alcohol Policy applies to every person on Market Land, including, business principals, salespeople, forklift drivers, office workers, retailers, warehouse staff, cleaners, MMA staff, contractors, visitors and anyone else at the Market, at any time of day.

You can read more about drug and alcohol testing on the Melbourne Market website.

Industry News

FSANZ to look at primary production food safety standard

A primary production and processing standard for high-risk horticulture is in the wings with growers invited to comment on the idea.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions to its proposal which is looking specifically at primary production and processing activities in three sectors:

  • leafy vegetables
  • melons
  • berries

Read more on the Good Fruit and Vegetables website.

Details of Indonesia – Australia trade agreement revealed

Tariffs on Australian fruit and vegetable exports, including carrots, potatoes and citrus to be reduced under the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).  Indonesia has joined Australia in ratifying the IA-CEPA, a move that will provide preferential access for more than 99 per cent of Australia’s agricultural goods imported by Indonesia.
Read more on the Produce Plus website.

Key Dates

  • Friday 13 March – Charity Golf Day

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