This Week In The Market – 20 December 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Congratulations to the 2022 40-Year Gold Card Inductees
– Santa’s coming to town for flood-affected growers this Christmas
– Advisory Committee Overview
Market News

This will be the last edition of This week in the Market for 2022.
Look out for your weekly updates to resume in mid-January 2023.

If you have any questions or need updates during the Christmas New Year period, please call the MMA office on 9258 6188.2022, 40-Year Gold Card InducteesAs 2022 draws to a close, we want to celebrate our 40-year gold card inductees from the last 12 months.
This video features all our community members who have reached the amazing milestone this year – with some great flashback photos too!
On behalf of everyone at the Melbourne Market, congratulations to our newest 40-year gold card inductees.
Thank you for your dedication and service to our industry.

If you are approaching 40 years in the market or have already reached the milestone, we’d love to hear from you. Download and complete the 40-year service award form from the website. 

Santa’s coming to town for flood-affected growers this Christmas

The MMA, Fresh State and A better choice! have kicked off the fundraiser with a combined $30,000 for flood-affected fruit and vegetable growers this festive season – but we need your help too!

The Melbourne Market donation page is live. Funds donated to GIVIT will provide immediate relief items such as food, groceries, clothing, petrol, hardware and housing to help growers recover from the devastating flooding. Click here to donate via GIVIT now

A core part of GIVIT’s philosophy is to help those directly affected by the floods and the wider local community, so where possible, donated funds are spent at local retailers, who employ local people, providing opportunity and lifeblood to small towns.  
Funds will be distributed to growers in the following high-impact flood areas, which represent some of the most essential Victorian growing regions.

For those that don’t get a chance to donate online, Santa will be visiting the Market this Thursday, 22 December, to spread some festive cheer and collect donations from the market community.

Score some fantastic prizes – complete the Melbourne Market Satisfaction Survey today!
The Melbourne Market Satisfaction Survey is now open. It’s your chance to let us know what’s working, what can be improved, and how we can assist your business.

This anonymous survey takes just 7-10 minutes to complete. We use the data collected to help inform our decision-making and improve the operations, facilities and opportunities at the Melbourne Market. 

All valid access cardholders who complete the survey will go into the draw to win one of three amazing prizes. **T&Cs apply. 

1st prize: Hisense 55″ 4K UHD LED Smart TV (valued at $695)
2nd prize: Eufy RoboVac (valued at $299)
3rd prize: Sennheiser HD Over-Ear Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (valued at $149) 

As a bonus, the first 75 people to complete the survey will receive a $15 voucher to use at participating Market cafes.

Click here to complete the survey now

Please note:
Each person can only complete the survey once.
You must enter your Market access card number to be in the running for all prizes.
This survey is anonymous, and any details taken for the incentive prize draw are not linked to the responses provided in the survey. 

Advisory Committee meetings held earlier this month
At the beginning of December the Wholesalers, Growers and Retailers Advisory Committees met with the MMA to provide advice and discuss matters relating to Market operations and the fresh produce industry.

Key themes discussed by the groups during December included the cleaning of the site, improving the culture of the Market, gate 1 traffic management, a new Melbourne Market mobile phone app, an overview of the recent A better choice! campaigns and more.

Speaking to your advisory committee members is an effective way to raise key issues with the MMA. 

For a full list of Advisory Committee members and to view minutes from previous meetings, visit the MMA website.

Lunar New Year 2023
2023 is the year of the Rabbit, and to celebrate, the Market is welcoming back the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne to perform the traditional lion dance and blessings on Tuesday, 24 January 2023.

To ensure every business that wishes to receive a blessing on the day is included in the schedule, please email the MMA at better choice! 

Magazine has arrived

Perfectly timed to get into Christmas shoppers’ hands, the A better choice! magazine has arrived!

Celebrating all things fruit and veg, including recipes and stories about Aussie growers, this magazine will be free for shoppers to collect at their local fruit and veg shop.

Over the next couple of days, the magazine will be available throughout the market and sent directly to A better choice! retail members to display in-store.

For any questions about the magazine, please contact Zac.

Support local strawberry growers and take part in the Victorian Strawberries promotion!

Retail stores have loved seeing our partnership with Victorian Strawberries in action over the past few weeks!

As part of this promotion, customers have the chance to win a luxury escape in the Yarra Valley, including a hot air balloon ride and strawberry picking experience, as well as one of five $200 vouchers to spend at a local A better choice! fruit and veg shop.
Click here for more information and terms and conditions.

Retailers can win too!
By posting about this promotion on social media, retailers will also have the chance to win a $200 gourmet hamper for their store:

Take a photo or video including Victorian Strawberries
Post to the store’s Instagram or Facebook
Use the hashtag #ilovevicstrawberries and tag @vicstrawberries and @abetterchoiceaus

Christmas Trading Hours
The Melbourne Market, including the Flower Market, will be closed on public holidays during the Christmas – New Year period.

To accommodate buying demand, buyers will have access to the Melbourne Market on Monday, 26 and Tuesday, 27 December, to collect pre-arranged produce orders only. It is important to remember the Buyers’ Walk, Trading Floor, and Flower Market will be closed, as these are not mandatory trading days. Some wholesalers and warehouse tenants may allow access to their premises for buyers who have made individual arrangements to collect produce. “The final day for Market donations to food charity FareShare in 2022 will be Tuesday, 20 December. We will resume collections on Tuesday, 3 January 2023.

We’d like to thank the Market community who have generously supported us in 2022 and helped us cook thousands of hearty meals.””The last day for Market donations to food charity Foodbank in 2022 will be Friday, 16 December and we look forward to returning to the Market on Monday, 9 January 2023.

We’d like to extend a warm thanks to the Market community who generously supported us in 2022.”

 Industry NewsFacing searing heat, NT mango growers trial new ways to harvest fruitPicking mangoes in the Northern Territory is hard work.With the harvest season in the build-up to the wet season, workers have to battle searing heat, high humidity and sticky sap from the fruit that can burn their skin.After years of trials, the world’s first robotic mango harvester is nearing commercialisation, according to researcher professor Kerry Walsh from Central Queensland University.

Click here to read more.Melbourne Market Job Board and Community NoticesDo 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. View full online job boardScicluna’sWe are currently hiring full-time Delivery Van Drivers (morning shift) and Pick Packers (nightshift) based in Dandenong South – Experience in a similar role or industry is strongly preferred.

We are also seeking Experienced Retail Assistants to join our Sorrento store on a part-time or full-time basis.

For more information or to apply, please visit or email Country Stores2008 Refrigerated Renault Trafic Van
2L turbo Diesel Automatic
EV300 Iceman chiller
Long wheel Base : fits 2 full pallets
One owner/driver since new. Full service records
In great order with new tyres & front nudge-bar

For enquiries, please contact Graham on 0417 033 098Ocean Herbs & VegsItems for sale:
Toyota Forklift
2014 Refrigerated Renault Trafic Van
Long wheel Base
Rear parking sensors 
Refrigeration installed by Transfreeze
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Fits 2 Chep Pallets lengthways
Always Serviced 
1 Driver 

For enquiries, please contact John on 0419310324Ask the MMAIf you’ve got a question for the MMA email it to: us
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