This Week in the Market – 25 August 2020

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In this week’s Market News:

– Market wholesaler competing in new reality TV show
– Certificate III in Greengrocery revamped
– Mediterranean Fruit Fly Outbreak

Market News
Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
In the interests of health and safety, all lease and licence holders should submit a copy of their COVIDSafe Plan to the MMA, which will be kept in a central repository to ensure timely COVID responses. If you haven’t already, please email a copy of your COVIDSafe Plan to

The majority of Market users continue to follow COVID restrictions, thank you. However, there have been many instances where people have deliberately broken COVID rules. To ensure the safety, and continued operation of the Melbourne Market, the MMA have so far issued eight suspensions and over 150 official warnings relating to COVID breaches.  

This crisis is not over; make sure you continue to do the right thing.

Detailed information regarding the impacts on Market operations can be found on our website at

 Thanh Truong completing in new reality TV show

In some exciting news, the Melbourne Market’s very own, Thanh Truong from Aus Asia Produce, will be starring in Channel 7’s new cooking reality show, Plate of Origin!

Thanh, known as the ‘Fruit Nerd’, is part of team Vietnam, and will be serving up an array of Vietnamese inspired dishes to Australia’s three favourite celebrity chefs, Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and Manu Feildel. 

Thanh’s passion for the fruit and veg industry will no doubt shine through on what is sure to be Australia’s new favourite cooking show. 
We can’t wait to see the dishes Thanh whips up, which will feature beautiful fresh produce, “There is so much more to Vietnamese cuisine than Pho and spring rolls,” says Thanh.

Plate of Origin starts this Sunday, 30 August, at 7 pm, on Channel 7; be sure to put it in your diaries.
Best of luck Thanh, the whole Melbourne Market community will be cheering you on!

To keep up to date with Thanh’s journey, you can follow the social media pages below.
Plate of Origin Facebook page
Plate of Origin Instagram
Fruit Nerd Instagram

Certificate III in Greengrocery revamped!

Melbourne Polytechnic has listened to feedback and have revised the Certificate III in Greengrocery course to better suit the needs of the industry. 

The course has been updated to allow for a large proportion of the content to be delivered via online learning.
There will still be some face-to-face interaction, with structured support from your teacher every fortnight, and some in-store education sessions throughout the course duration. 

The course focuses on all the key areas needed for a successful career in the greengrocer industry, including fresh produce product knowledge, retail finance skills, marketing and more.

There is a range of funding options available for individual students, as well as funding options for businesses to support their staff to undertake the course. 

The next course intake will begin soon, so don’t delay. If you would like to find out more, email
Tell me more about the Certificate III in Greengrocery

Winter campaign comes to an end

The end of Winter is in sight, which means there is just one week left of the ‘Veg-in this Winter’ marketing campaign.
The campaign, which ran throughout Australia, got some great results across social media and radio, with plenty of free merchandise for our A Better Choice greengrocers. 
It’s going to be a cold week in Victoria to see out the end of Winter, so why not take the opportunity to give a ‘veg-in’ recipe a try for yourself from the list below. And remember to upload your results on social media!

Broccoli and Spinach Pasta
Potato Corn Chowder
Chinese Winter Soup
Cinnamon Baked Pears
Roasted Eggplant with Zucchini Salad and Tahini Yogurt

The ‘Veg-in this Winter’ campaign may be coming to an end, but be assured, the next exciting A Better Choice marketing campaign is in the works, designed to drive customers to shop at their local greengrocer.
We can’t wait to share the details of the next campaign with you soon. 

A Better Choice feedback
Do you have feedback or questions about the A Better Choice program?
We’d love to hear from you, send an email to

Mediterranean Fruit Fly Outbreak

Agriculture Victoria is asking for monitoring to occur around the presence of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF), after outbreaks were declared in areas of South Australia in May 2020.  

MFF is a significant horticultural pest that attacks a wide range of fruits and fruiting vegetables, decreasing production and making fruit inedible.
Host fruits sourced from, grown or packed in, or travelling through an MFF outbreak area, including transfer via the Pooraka Market, are prohibited entry into Victoria unless treated and certified via Plant Health Certificate, Plant Health Assurance Certificate or Permit issued by Agriculture Victoria.

If you suspect an MFF infestation or for more information, please refer to Moving Plants and Plant Products on the Agriculture Victoria website, call Agriculture Victoria on 136 186 or email

Flower Market Trolleys

Trolleys are now available for use, free of charge, in the Flower Market.
The green handheld trolleys can be found inside the Market for use by florists and flower buyers. Previously these trolleys were owned by Green Machine and available for hire, the MMA has purchased the trolleys to be able to offer for complimentary use.

Each trolley has a unique identification number, and we ask that when you have finished using a trolley, please return it to where you collected it from, for others to use.  

Industry News
CSIRO joins Fruit and Veg Consortium

The CSIRO has thrown is support behind the newly launched Fruit & Vegetable Consortium.

Announced in April this year, the group now boasts 130 supporter organisations, the Melbourne Market being one of them, as it heads towards completing its vegetable business case this month. 

Read more on the Good Fruits and Vegetables website

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?

Email for the position to be placed on our new online job board. Jobs will be posted in the weekly newsletter and on the Melbourne Market website.

Office Manager – Big Valley Produce
Description: Duties include debtor receipts, data entry, daily banking, creditor payments and R&D levies.
Attending to emails on a daily basis, payroll including STP, month end procedures which include company superannuation, BAS, and payroll tax.
Start time: 2.30am
Please forward resume to or contact Frank Bugge 0414 695 427 or Connie Said 0406 750 250.

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