This Week in the Market – 2 June 2020

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In this week’s Market News:- Easing of some COVID-19 Market restrictions
– Orlando Luciano funeral details
– Fight MND – Big Freeze 6

Market News

Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

As restrictions across Victoria begin to ease, the Melbourne Market has made amendments to our own COVID-19 operational restrictions.
As of yesterday:

  • Market cafes are now able to provide dine-in facilities for up to 20 seated patrons. Limits will be placed on entry to comply with the density requirements allowed within a single space – one customer per four square metres, with tables spaced at least 1.5m apart.
  • Buggy restrictions have been lifted, allowing drivers and passengers to travel together in electric vehicles at the Market.

Detailed information regarding the Coronavirus and its continuing impacts on Market operations can be found on our website at
Social distancing and good hygiene is still the best tool we have to stop the spread of the virus. When at the Market, you should remain at least 1.5 metres away from fellow Market users wherever possible, and make sure you are regularly washing your hands with soap and water.
The critical piece of advice for Market users is; if you are feeling unwell in any way, you should stay at home and seek medical advice. Do not attend the Market for work, or to purchase flowers or produce if you are feeling unwell in any way.

National exposure for A Better ChoiceIf you happened to miss last Sunday’s Weekend Today broadcast, and didn’t get the chance to see Lauren Phillips talking about why shopping at your local greengrocer is ‘a better choice’ then you’re in luck, as we’ve got the footage for you.
Weekend Today visited Scicluna’s in Mentone, where they filmed six separate weather segments.
During the live crosses, Lauren spoke about the benefits of shopping at your local greengrocer and told viewers to jump onto the A Better Choice website to locate their own local greengrocer.
Weekend Today is broadcast around the country to an audience of hundreds of thousands; some positive PR and great exposure for A Better Choice greengrocers all around Australia.
Weekend Today knows that shopping at your local greengrocer is ‘A Better Choice
A Better Choice feedback
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Fight MND – Big Freeze 6

The Melbourne Market will be supporting FightMND this year by selling the famous big freeze beanies at the Market.
Beanies will be arriving later this week in the lead up to this weekend’s virtual #FilltheG event.
Beanies will be displayed and sold outside the Customer Service Office on the Buyers’ Walk.
The beanies are $20 each with all profits going directly towards funding vital MND research to find effective treatments and a cure for MND.

FightMND is challenging Australians to fill the MCG virtually. Upload a photo wearing your beanie and use the tags @fightmnd and #FilltheG to fill a seat in the MCG and turn the ‘G blue with Big Freeze beanies.
We need your support to ‘beat the Beast’ that is MND as there are still no effective treatments or a cure for MND

Motor Neurone disease has not stopped, it is still here.We must keep fighting.

There is no postponing, there is no cancelling our fight.

MND does not stop and neither can we.

#BigFreeze6 @fightmnd

Live stream of funeral service for Orlando Luciano

As we communicated a few weeks ago, the Melbourne Market community were saddened by the death of much-loved Market figure Orlando Luciano.
You can read more about Orlando’s life in the fresh produce industry by clicking here.
With COVID-19 restrictions limiting the number of people able to attend funeral services, the family have organised for Orlando’s service to be live-streamed via YouTube.
The online service will begin at 10.30 am on Wednesday 3rd June, and anybody who would like to pay their respects is welcome to view the online service.
Click on the link below to access.

Queens Birthday Public Holiday

The Market will be closed on Monday 8 June for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday.
If your parking permit only allows access on a day that falls on a public holiday, and you would like to come to the Market on an alternative adjacent day, you will not be charged for parking and can enter the Market. However, your regular bay may not be available. Please see a Market Relations Officer on arrival for instruction.

Industry News

Organic produce in demand

The home-delivered fruit and vegetable box has been one of the economic winners during COVID-19 isolation.
In particular, the demand for organically grown produce has sky-rocketed.
On Sunday 24 May, ABC’s Landline program aired a segment discussing the ways COVID-19 has benefited some of Australia’s organic vegetables growers.
The segment outlined the advantages of the newly established Fruit and Vegetable Consortium, made up of 11 members including The Melbourne Market Authority, and other organisations with an interest in increasing vegetable and fruit consumption. Watch the clip below.

Click the image to watch ABC’s Landline segment which details the growth in demand for organic produce and how the newly established Fruit and Vegetable Consortium is trying to increase vegetable and fruit consumption.

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