This Week in the Market – 19 July 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Celebrity Chef Justine Schofield visits the Melbourne Market
– COVID Update
– That’s a wrap on holiday promotion    

Market News  
Celebrity Chef Justine Schofield visits the Melbourne Market
Celebrity Chef Justine Schofield knows good produce, so she jumped at the opportunity to visit the Melbourne Market and document her experiences on Channel 10’s Everyday Gourmet.
 
Our very own ‘Fruit Nerd’, Thanh Troung, hosts Justine at the market as part of a 10-segment series for the popular TV cooking show, where Justine will be taking in the sights, sounds and flavours of the market while learning about the critical role the Melbourne Market plays in the fresh produce supply chain.  
 
Last Wednesday, the first episode went to air at 4pm on Channel 10, which focussed on sustainability and the wide variety of produce at the market.
Missed last Wednesday’s episode? Don’t worry; you can catch up by watching the below video.
 
Be sure to keep an eye out on our social media channels to find out when the next episode will air.  
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Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield
at the Melbourne Market
   

COVID Update
The Victorian Government has provided more advice on how people can protect themselves, their families and businesses this winter.

Changes to pandemic orders and public health recommendations
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, changes to public health recommendations came into effect at 11:59 pm Tuesday, 12 July; these include:
Mask-wearing in indoor and crowded settings is now strongly recommended across Victoria, and the MMA strongly recommends mask-wearing in all indoor areas of the Melbourne Market
The Minister for Health is requesting that employers consider working from home arrangements most appropriate for their workplace and employees based on individual requirements.
The period when someone is considered a recently confirmed case (and therefore exempt from testing and isolation/quarantine requirements) has been revised to four weeks, down from 12 weeks.

Protecting the fresh produce supply chain
With the fresh produce industry already facing significant challenges, we encourage all market users to follow COVIDSafe practices. If not to protect your own health and your family’s health, then to reduce infection rates, allowing more people to continue to work to keep businesses open and operational. 
     

Creating a more inclusive Melbourne Market 
As previously communicated, the Melbourne Market Authority is launching a new market-wide initiative to look at our culture to create a more inclusive and respectful Melbourne Market for everyone, where people are proud to work and trade.

We invite you to participate in this future vision of the Melbourne Market. We’re looking for a range of people, from business principals to employees, sellers and buyers alike, to volunteer to join a working group that will lead this cultural change with the MMA. Our working group members will come together for an hour once every 8-10 weeks to share advice and perspectives and test ideas to develop the strategy. Ultimately, we want your input in setting the goals and objectives that will create a more inclusive Melbourne Market.

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved in this important project, please email submissions@melbournemarket.com.au    
 

Win a Holiday promotion – That’s a wrap!



The Win A Holiday campaign has now concluded! Thank you to all the fantastic Victorian retailers who participated and were excited about our promotion.

Congratulations to the Rod’s Fruit and Veg team and their lucky customer, the week 9 winner of a $500 Webjet Voucher!
The $2,500 Major Prize will be drawn on Wednesday, 3 August, in conjunction with the Retailer of the Year award.

Zac recently visited Greavesy’s Fruit n Veg in Terang to meet their $500 voucher winner. The local paper covered the story and highlighted the importance of supporting the local community by shopping at your local fruit and veg shop. Check out the article here.  

Retailer of the Year

Victoria was the top performing state in the Retailer of the Year campaign, with Victorian Fruit and Veg shops receiving more nominations than any other state.

The Victorian Retailer of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, 3 August, and we can’t wait to see who takes the top spot.  

Zespri TV Giveaway
We love all of the amazing Zespri Sungold Kiwifruit displays at our retail stores and the excitement this is generating around kiwi fruit season.

Shoutout to the Leaf Store, Hawthorn, and Tom’s Marketplace for their fabulous displays!

Don’t forget that by sharing your display on social media with the hashtag #shopforsungold, retailers can be in the running to win one of 4 x 75inch Samsung TVs! To organise a Zespri display for your store, contact Zac today.

   
THINK SAFETY
STICK TO THE SPEED LIMIT

Random speed checks are completed by the MMA at various locations and times around the site. Market users found travelling above the speed limit will be issued with an infringement.    

Industry News  
GoMicro zooms in on food waste


Assessing ripeness and spoilage with a mobile phone could be the future in fighting food waste.

GoMicro has developed phone attachable magnifier designed for accurately assessing the level of ripeness or spoilage of fresh foods when combined with its Spotcheck aapp. Click here to find out more.   

Women & Leadership Australia professional development scholarships

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is offering professional development scholarships for women across all areas of the farming and agriculture sector.

Scholarships of $1,000 – $5,000 per person are available and applications close 9 September 2022. Click here to find out more.     

Melbourne Market Job Board and Community Notices  

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.   

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Meadow Hills Marketing – Forklift Driver
Meadow Hills Marketing is seeking a Forklift Driver/Order Picker required for Sunday Night to Thursday Night, hours are 12am to 7am 12 (hours may vary depending on demand).
Duties include preparing and packing orders and completing deliveries in the market.
Forklift license required
Contact Phil 0419531960 or visit Stand 440
 
Fresh X Produce – Casual Delivery Driver
Fresh X Produce is seeking two delivery drivers who are responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of fresh fruit and vegetables to the customers and maintaining daily delivery records.
Applicants must have a current full Australian driver license with a good driving record, the ability to lift 15-20kg boxes and previous experience in loading/unloading and logistics.
If this sounds like something for you, please email your resume to: info@freshxproduce.com.au
     
Ask the MMA If you’ve got a question for the MMA email it to: submissions@melbournemarket.com.au.    

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