This Week In The Market – 19 October 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– COVIDSafe Plan – make sure yours is up to date
– Victoria’s COVID roadmap changes
– Vale Sam Taranto

Market News
COVIDSafe Plan 
As COVID-19 cases continue to emerge in Victoria, it is a timely reminder to ensure you have an up to date COVIDSafe plan in place. Everyone in your business should be familiar with your COVIDSafe Plan and it should be accessible at all times.

The MMA provided some guidance on how to complete your COVIDSafe Plan when the initiative was first announced. You can view this information by clicking here. WorkSafe has provided some documents for market businesses that provide guidance on creating a COVIDSafe plan.

Click the below links to access

COVIDSafe Plan Template
COVIDSafe Plan Example

For the market users who have not already done so, every business is required to have the Service Victoria QR Code system up and running. Registering takes only a minute! To register, click here

If you still have questions about any of the above, please visit the Business Victoria website or call Business Victoria on 13 22 15.

Victoria’s COVID roadmap changes
This Friday, Victoria is expected to hit our 70% double dose vaccination target and with that comes some much-needed lockdown relief. 

From Friday there will be no restrictions on reasons to leave home and the curfew will be lifted. There will be no travel limit, however, travel to regional Victoria will still be restricted. 

You can welcome 10 people into your home and social and recreational activities will again be able to operate, subject to density limits and only for those who are fully vaccinated. 

Please note that mask-wearing indoors and outdoors is still mandatory and this applies at the Melbourne Market. The updated roadmap can be found here

As well as the easing of these restrictions, it was announced yesterday that isolation for fully vaccinated close contacts will be reduced to seven days rather than 14 once lockdown lifts. The MMA will also be following these guidelines. 

The MMA has also been working through how the milestones in the roadmap will affect operations at the Melbourne Market in the weeks and months ahead, details of which can be viewed here

Vale Sam Taranto

The MMA and Market community offer condolences to the family of Sam Taranto, who passed away on Friday, 15 October. 

Sam was born on 8 October 1931, the same year his father opened their first fruit shop. Sam took over the business in 1956 and retired 50 years later! With the family tradition continuing, his son Michael has continued running the businesses since 2006.  

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised but Michael can be reached on 0418 120 947.

RIP, Sam

A better choice! Youth Sport Initiative  It’s your last chance to get involved in the A better choice! Youth Sport Initiative campaign. There are only 6-7 packs left to be collected from Customer Service so make sure to get in quick. Please register here

There has been a great response from greengrocers who are using this opportunity to build relationships with local clubs, encouraging them to apply for sponsorship through the program to stop the influx of donation requests throughout the year.  

For those involved in the campaign, A better choice! have put together a social media pack that you can easily share on your own social media channels. Click here to access the assets and get sharing!   

Industry News
Strawberry prices could rise as farmers reduce crops amid COVID-19 labour shortage

Farmers are slashing the size of strawberry crops or not planting at all out of fear fruit will rot on the ground amid a picker shortage that is expected to jack up prices at the supermarket.

Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 have meant a massive shortfall in farm labour, usually made up of working holidaymakers or backpackers.

Read more on The ABC

Hinkler AgTech forum presenters say each farm needs tailored connectivity plan

Sitting on the beach with a beer while the farm runs itself.That was one futuristic vision shared of how a fully interconnected farm would work, at the Hinkler AgTech On-farm Connectivity Growers Forum in Bundaberg on October 14.Read more on Good Fruit & Vegetables

World still fails to eat enough fruit and veg

The Global Alliance to Promote Fruit and Vegetable Consumption 5 a Day (AIAM5) marked the ninth edition of its World Fruit and Vegetables Day on 15 October, but said it remained concerned about a lack of institutional support for its healthy eating message.Under the slogan ‘Fruits and Vegetables for Healthier and Sustainable Food Systems’, this year’s campaign coincided with the UN FAO’s International Year of Fruits and Vegetables.
Read more on Produce Plus

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email 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. 

Tulip Garden
We are looking for a worker to join our team. Must be strong and reliable. Working approximately 20 hours a week, working three markets; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. 

Please send applications to Damian Galle 0418312944  

Fruit & Veg Buyer Required        
We are looking for a fruit and veg buyer for Wholefood Merchants located in Ferntree Gully.
We currently have our orders delivered to store twice a week. We have a truck that could be used on other days when needed, to collect produce and take back returns.
We sell mostly organic, some biodynamic and conventional when other options are not available.
Your skills are required to place orders, collect merchandise when needed, find alternatives suppliers if issues with orders, substitute with conventional as required and deal with poor produce and returns.
Light rigid truck license required and a forklift license.
Unsociable hours, very early mornings up to 4 days per week.
Contact Shaun 0411 749155 full online job board

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