This Week In The Market – 2 July 2019

Edition 233: A Better Choice at Hort Connections
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In this week’s Market News:- A Better Choice well received at Hort Connections
– Two Melbourne Market wholesalers take home industry awards
– Don’t forget to register for Children in the Market

Market News

A Better Choice gets great exposure at Hort Connections

Hort Connections, the industry’s annual conference and tradeshow was held in Melbourne this year and attracted over 3000 growers, industry members and representatives from throughout the fresh produce industry.
The CMAA (Central Markets Association of Australia) and FMA (Fresh Markets Australia) joint sponsored the trade show area of the conference during the three-day event, which was continually abuzz with delegates.
Our trade show space featured beautiful produce displays from several Melbourne Market wholesalers, with the delegates who visited the stand keen to learn more about the central markets and the A Better Choice program.

After the official opening of the tradeshow by Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes, Mark Maskiell, representing the CMAA, and Shane Schnitzler, representing FMA, discussed the benefits of the A Better Choice program which you can watch below.

The A Better Choice program received great exposure with delegates loving the complimentary reusable shopping bags they received to use at their local greengrocer.

Listen to Mark Maskiell from the MMA and Shane Schnitzler from Fresh State talk about the benefits of A Better Choice
Not a member of A Better Choice yet?
The industry is excited about this program, and you should be too.
Click the link below to have a member of our team visit your store to talk you through the details.
Find out more about ‘A Better Choice’

Children in the Market

Children in the Market is back these school holidays, giving everyone a chance to bring their kids into the Market to see Mum or Dad in action at work.
Children will be allowed to enter the Market on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 July; however, it is essential you register any children planning to attend by no later than Monday 8 July by handing in a completed registration form to the Customer Service Centre.
Click here to download a registration form.

Market award winners

Hort Connections concluded with a gala dinner at Crown Palladium where two members of our Market community have been recognised for their hard work and dedication.
Brett Collins from Perfection Fresh took home the Meritorious Service Award, and Micheal Granieri from Granieri’s Fresh Produce was awarded the Col Johnson Young Achievers Award.
Well done Brett and Michael, very deserving winners!

Melbourne Market is a drug and alcohol-free worksite

The MMA is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all Market users. When individuals are affected by drugs or alcohol, it impairs their judgement, and this is why, like many other industrial worksites around the country, the Melbourne Market is a drug and alcohol-free worksite.
This means, any person on Market Land must not have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) over 0.00%, or be under the influence of prohibited drugs at any time.
Our drug and alcohol policy is in place to ensure the safety of all Market users.

Industry News

Veggies are the new black

If Adam Liaw were in charge of marketing vegetables in Australia it would be done on one simple tagline: Vegetables are delicious.
The former Masterchef winner, television presenter, columnist and prolific recipe writer was frank and forthright about food trends in his address at Hort Connections 2019.
Read more of his thoughts on future food trends on the Good Fruit and Vegetables website.

Safety guidelines refreshed

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand (FPSC A-NZ) has launched a new set of safety guidelines, which it believes will improve consumer confidence in fresh produce.
MMA Chairman Peter Tuohey spoke at the launch and discussed how these new standards will offer world-class protection.
“These guidelines set out the procedures and steps to prevent or deal with contaminations and cover a comprehensive list of practices and potential hazards to assist growers, packers, transporters, wholesalers and retailers along the supply chain,”
Click here to read more about the new safety guidelines.

New report details scale, worth of Australian and New Zealand fresh produce supply

Produce Marketing Association Australia – New Zealand is aiming to paint a detailed picture of the fresh produce sector with the release of a new report.
The report examines the current economic profile of the fresh produce industry throughout Australia and New Zealand and identifies an array of consumer trends that it says will be impacting the future of the industry.
Click here to read more.

Key Dates

Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 10 July – Children in the Market

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