This Week in the Market – 2 October 2018

Edition 199: ‘A Better Choice’ – learn more at our info session
In this week’s Market News:

– A Better Choice information session for greengrocers on Thursday at 6:15am
– Fresh Five talks to Rick Mazaris
– Changes to heavy vehicle regulations

Market News

A Better Choice – info session this Thursday at 6:15am

Are you curious about A Better Choice?
The program which positions you, the greengrocer, as the expert in fresh produce and reminds consumers that their local greengrocer is A Better Choice for freshness, quality and service.
Membership to be part of A Better Choice is free, however it is not automatic, and retailers need to sign up to the program; so come along to the information session to find out all you need to know to get involved.
When: Thursday 4th October, 6:15 – 6:45am
Where: Food Fella’s Cafe
Who: All greengrocers or other Market businesses wanting to get involved
RSVP: Call 9258 6192 or click the button below.

Register for the information session
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The Fresh Five

This week we talk to Rick Mazaris.
1. Your role at the Melbourne Market: 
I work for Mazcorp 5 in sales. Our main lines are leafy veg; things like broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and cabbage.
2. If you could only take three fruits or vegetables with you to a desert island, which would you take:
Mangoes, watermelon and strawberries just because they all taste good.
3. When was the last time you bought flowers for someone (or had them bought for you):
Last week for my girlfriend, I always buy them from here at the Market, I get her a bunch every couple of weeks (Rick was spotted the very next day in the Flower Market buying a bunch from Halit Flowers!)
4. Tell us something that is on your ‘bucket list’:
I want to travel through Europe and sight-see.
5. What do you most enjoy about working at the Melbourne Market:
Definitely the atmosphere and the people around us.

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Industry News

Government Business Education Network

The Government Business Education Network (GBEN) is offering a free event for start-ups, innovators and small business owners. Participants will hear one-minute pitches from government and other agencies on what they can do to help expand and develop your business. There will also be experts on hand to answer questions about grants and business programs.
Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Uni Hill Conference Centre, 30 Graduate Drive, Bundoora
Learn more on the GBEN event webpage

Changes to heavy vehicle regulations

Changes to Chain of Responsibility laws came into effect on 1 October 2018. Under the new laws, participants in the heavy vehicle supply chain, must reduce risks related to the safety of transport tasks.
The VFF has published a set of common questions and answers about the changes to Australian heavy vehicle regulations including your responsibilities and obligations. Click here to read in full.

Providore event

Are you a providore within the City of Whittlesea? You can attend a free local suppliers event and hear about:

  • How to improve your ability to do business with local government
  • Economic Development opportunities within the region
  • How to improve your sustainability credentials and practices

Representatives from City of Whittlesea Procurement, Economic Development and Sustainability teams will also present information and resources on these topics.
The event aims to teach you what simple steps you can take to make your business more sustainable and more attractive to potential customers. Click here to learn more and book your place.

Free Australia-China business programme

North Link and Melbourne’s North Food Group are presenting a unique and free-of-charge Australia-China business programme opportunity.
The China Opportunity Seminar Program includes :

  • Master Chinese business etiquette and culture
  • Exporting: Getting Goods to China
  • Case Study: Foreign Business Successes and Failures in China
  • E-Commerce in China
  • Travel opportunity to China

For more information download the seminar program or register here.

Four fruit-packed refreshers – perfect as the weather starts to warm up

Key Dates

Tuesday 2 October – Market trading hours trial begins (Market open at 3:30am, 5 days per week)

Sunday 7 October – Daylight saving begins at 2:00am, move clocks one hour forward

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