This Week in the Market – 19 April 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Children in the Market
– Foodbank Donations
– TDDA Drug & Alcohol Awareness Workshop

Market News
Children in the Market Success

After a long two years, it was great to see so many children back in the market!

Thank you to everyone for your vigilance and prioritising safety while we welcomed 38 children into the market over the two days. The children enjoyed seeing familiar faces and some new ones whilst taking in the magnitude of the market. The market community is known for their generosity and this event was no different, with many market users making the kids feel especially welcomed with special treats. From buggy rides to exotic fruit lessons with the Fruit Nerd, the children were thoroughly entertained and had a blast!

We are already looking forward to the next Children in the Market event during the June school
holidays!







Foodbank Donations

Through their network of 551 charity partners across the State, Foodbank was able to provide 1.3 million meals a month to Victorians in need during 2021. However, as life starts to open again after Covid, many people are still seeking help.

With a vision of healthy food for all, Foodbank rely on the food and grocery sector, including farmers, growers and retailers, to donate fresh produce to redistribute to those in need.

The team from Foodbank have a pop-up stand on the Buyer’s Walk in front of Customer Service on a regular basis to answer any questions you have about donating produce, please stop by to chat with the team to learn more about how market businesses can support Victorians in need.

TDDA Drug & Alcohol Awareness Workshop


The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) will be conducting a 3.5-hour comprehensive workshop designed to provide managers and supervisors with the right tools to successfully identify and deal with situations arising from drug and alcohol use/abuse in the workplace.

Who should attend this training workshop?
All managers, team leaders and supervisors who have a responsibility for the safety of persons in the workplace.

Where: MMA Admin Building
Room: Conference Room
When: Friday, 13th May 2022
Time: Arrival from 8:30am for a 9am start
Duration: 3.5 hours
Provided: Morning tea
Cost: 20% discount offer for market tenants who book by Friday, 6th May
$220 (RRP $275)

Click here for more information.

Melbourne Market Open Day
The MMA will be hosting a Melbourne Market Open Day on Thursday, 5 May 5am – 8am. The Open Day is an exciting opportunity for those working in the hospitality, fresh produce and flower industries to come and experience everything the Melbourne Market has to offer.

From 5am onwards, you can expect to see members of the general public on a market tour, learning how they can access the widest range of fresh produce and cut flowers in Victoria.

If someone within your network would like to see the market, we have allocated spaces for those within the market community, simply forward this link and have them complete the registration form.



New Campaign – Win a Holiday!



A better choice! is excited to announce our next big campaign, which is designed to reward customers who choose to shop at independent fruit and veg shops with holiday vouchers. From May, those who shop local can enter by scanning a QR code in-store, with a weekly winner randomly drawn over 10 weeks. Entrants will also nominate their participating store, resulting in 1 point per entry towards the Retailer of the Year Award.

What can retailers do?
Display the collateral sent to you in high-traffic areas of the store where customers can easily see and scan the QR codes. Take pictures and share stories to the A better choice! national audience to gain more exposure for your store.

If you want to be one of the first stores to be merchandised and help your customers get in the draw, click here to register.

Win $1000 for your retail store

To celebrate the chestnut season in Australia, Chestnuts Australia are giving retailers the opportunity to win $1,000 for their store! 

More information here.
To be involved with this promotion, please contact Zac.

A better choice! Display Stand

The Victorian A better choice! team has recently purchased a branded display stand that can be used for a range of activations including;

In-store food tasting
Launching seasonal produce
Events, exhibitions, and roadshows
Other in-person marketing activities

Tom’s Marketplace recently used the display stand to showcase seasonal produce and give free fruit to kids!

Email Zac today to organise the stand for your store!




Designed by leading architects Peddle Thorp and Bruce Henderson Interiors, Mantra Epping opened its doors in May 2019. The two-wing hotel, featuring 214 rooms including one & two bedroom interconnecting apartments is a new-build $80 million development in Melbourne’s northern growth corridor positioned to service the needs of the local business enterprise. Mantra Epping has successfully redefined the level of design and guest services for the Mantra brand and is recognised as the benchmark for new hotel developments. 

The hotel offers state of the art conferencing facilities for up to 500 delegates, together with a range of unique food and beverage offerings. Republic Tavern, the microbrewery on site with a capacity to host 300 guests has quickly become a popular hangout for the locals and hotel patrons alike, offering an extensive range of home brewed beer, gin and vodka.

The hotel has remained operational throughout the pandemic, providing accommodation to frontline medical staff and Australian Deference Force medical units who were supporting the Aged Care sector, providing them with a clean, comfortable & safe “home away from home” experience.

We also joined an initiative of the Victorian Government, assisting in providing a safe & secure accommodation program for fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents over past 12 months. This initiative assisted us in keeping the community safe and monitoring compliance for fully vaccinated travellers returning home. During this period, we were able to retain every single member of our hotel team and employ another 250 members from the aviation & hospitality industry at large, who otherwise would have been unemployed.

We will be reopening our doors to the public on Tuesday 19th April 2022 offering a full buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at Republic Tavern and overnight accommodation.
Click on the link below and use the promo code MARKET2022 to get a 20% discount on your room rate.

This is an advertisement. To find out how you can advertise here, contact us at marketing@melbournemarket.com.auBook Now – get 20% off

Industry News
Golden Grove Nursery optimising efficiency with smart technology


Golden Grove Nursery at Torbanlea, Queensland, has reimagined its entire business operation by utilising smart technology.

Including installing new innovative irrigation control systems, remote camera monitors, new environmental measuring devices and redesigning growing media for horticultural tree stock.Click here to find out more. 

New ripening products gain a foothold in Australia

Fresh produce facilities had only one choice for ethylene application, and it wasn’t the one most ripeners in many parts of the world were using.

Phil Cummins, a fruit ripening expert and Greg Akins, CEO of U.S. company Catalytic Generators quickly understood that a partnership between them could help Australian ripeners have a safer, easier and less expensive method of ethylene application.
Click here to find out more. 

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email submissions@melbournemarket.com.au 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

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If you’ve got a question for the MMA email it to: submissions@melbournemarket.com.au.
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