This Week in the Market – 19 November 2019

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In this week’s Market News:

– Christmas trading hours
– Robinson’s Fresh Solutions celebrate 50 years
– Prostate cancer, early detection is key

Market News

Christmas trading hours

Christmas is just five weeks away!
After consultation with several wholesalers, and because Christmas day falls mid-week this year, trading hours will remain unchanged during the festive season with the Market closing only on the public holidays.

Monday 23 Dec – 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Tuesday 24 Dec – 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Wednesday 25 Dec – MARKET CLOSED
Thursday 26 Dec – MARKET CLOSED
Friday 27 Dec – 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Monday 30 Dec – 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Tuesday 31 Dec – 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Wednesday 1 Jan – MARKET CLOSED
Thursday 2 Jan – 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM

Robinson’s Fresh Solutions celebrate 50 years

In 1969 Eric Robinson saw a need for unloading and delivery services in the Market; with a single truck and a hand trolley he started unloading bananas and ‘Robinson’s’ was born.

Fifty years later, with Eric’s son Mark at the helm, the business has grown to become one of the largest and most trusted logistics and unloading companies in the Market.
Family is at the core of everything Robinson’s do, with the third generation of family members now involved in the running of the business, as well as a wider team of staff who are embraced as part of the Robinson extended family. The team pride themselves on being driven by their family values with a strong work ethic and a reputation for maintaining integrity, reliability and customer service.

Today, Robinson’s Fresh Solutions are marking their 50th anniversary just like you would expect them to celebrate any special family event, with a Market wide-celebration with food, reflection, and lots of fun.
The celebration is an opportunity for the family to stop and embrace the moment; it’s also a way of thanking the market community, their customers and the fresh produce industry as a whole, who have supported Robinson’s over their 50 years.
Head down to Loading Bay West any time from 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM this morning to enjoy the celebration.

Early detection is key

This month we’re growing our mo’s and talking all things men’s health.
Did you know prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in Australia? The difference between early detection and late detection can be life and death.

Who’s at risk?
Your risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, but that doesn’t mean it’s a disease that only affects old men. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Men who are of African or Caribbean descent, and men who have a family history (a brother or father with prostate cancer), are 2.5x more likely to get prostate cancer.

Here’s what you need to do and when
When you’re 50, you need to have a conversation with your doctor about PSA testing.
If you have a family history or if you’re of African or Caribbean descent, do it at 45

What’s a PSA test?
It’s a simple routine blood test. It’s used to determine the measurement of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) concentration in the blood; it is the primary method of testing for prostate cancer. You should be talking to your doctor about whether testing is right for you.So what do you need to do?
Go to the doctor.
Ask about PSA testing.
Catch prostate cancer early.

Click here to learn more about prostate cancer, including the signs and symptoms, and how early detection can save your life.

The World Festival of Magic

The Melbourne Market Lions Club has operated for 47 years, and during that period has raised over $10M which has been donated to countless worthy charities.
The World Festival of Magic is a program that has run for 25 years. It is a magic and dance show, held at the Melbourne Convention Centre for disadvantaged kids and their carers to attend, with last years event entertaining over 5,600 kids. The Melbourne Market Lions Club are seeking donations to pay for disadvantaged kids to attend this fantastic pre-Christmas event again this year.
All donations are 50% tax-deductible; you can read further details about the available tax deduction in the letter below.

The Melbourne Market Lions Club thanks you for your generous support.
World Festival of Magic – Lions Club Letter
World Festival of Magic – Donation Form

Drug and alcohol testing – know what to expect

As communicated in previous editions of the e-news, Market users will soon be subject to random drug and alcohol testing in the Market.

Watch this video to see what to expect if you are randomly selected for drug and alcohol testing

3 Point Motors X-Class Demonstrator Sale Event

3 Point Motors X-Class Demonstrator Sale Event.
Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 November 2019.
The X-Class – Your invitation to adventure. Join us at 3 Point Motors from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 November 2019 to discover great driveaway offers across our range of X-Class demonstrator models. All featuring low kilometres and exceptional value.
Click here to view their range or visit 3 Point Motors and test drive an X-Class today.

Weekly words of wisdom

Bruno has a really easy safety tip we can follow. Always make sure you’re wearing your safety vest!

Industry News

Vertical farming, micro-algae and bio-reactors — the new frontier of sustainable food

Eating pancakes made from bacterial flour and animals raised on unicellular photosynthetic micro-organisms might seem a little out there, but these ideas are currently being explored by scientists as part of a new approach to farming called controlled environmental agriculture (CEA).
And CEA, some agricultural researchers argue, could be the best way of reducing the environmental destruction associated with modern farming, which is both land and resource-intensive.  CEA represents a small but growing dimension of agriculture. It’s attracting huge investment, particularly in the United States where venture capitalists see gains to be made in a high-tech process known as vertical farming. Vertical farms look like a cross between a factory and a laboratory. Plants are grown indoors on trays, often stacked up to 30 tiers high.
Read more on the ABC News website.

Key Dates

  • Robinson’s 50th Anniversary celebration – Tuesday 19 November

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