This Week In The Market – 25 May 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Serious Forklift Incident
– Solar Undercover Parking Canopies update
– Market Advisory Committee Meetings – 1st & 2nd June

Market News

Serious Forklift Incident

Last week, a serious incident occurred in the market between a pedestrian and a forklift. The pedestrian was struck by a two-tonne forklift and thrown a distance.
The pedestrian involved in the incident was treated in hospital and thankfully will be ok, but it could have been much worse.

The safety of all market users is our number one priority. While forklifts are essential for work at the market, when they are not being used safely, they have the potential to cause serious injury and even death.

Parking Bay Relocations

The construction of the undercover parking solar canopies are well underway. After the last few weeks of preparation works, it is now time to begin putting the upright columns in place for the first canopies.

This is an exciting project for the market community, but large-scale construction of this size is not without some disruptions.

As of Monday night/Tuesday morning (24th/25th May), the first group of parking bays will be temporarily relocated. The first relocation will be in place until the 6th July 2021.

Click the following link to view the pdf with all parking allocations: View the PDF here. 

The MMA will keep up-to-date information on the market website regarding the construction project, including any parking relocations to minimise disruption to businesses ➡️

If you have any questions about the parking relocation or the undercover parking project, please contact customer service.

Market Advisory Committee Meetings

The next market advisory committee meetings are running over the three days from the 31st May to 2nd of June. You can ask your advisory committee members to raise questions or ideas with the MMA.

31 May – Wholesalers advisory
1 June – Flower advisory
2 June – Retailers advisory and Growers advisory

Advisory committees work with the Melbourne Market Authority to advise on matters relating to Market operations and the fresh produce industry, and committee members are a great source of information and advice for Market users. To find out who all the members of the advisory committees are, please visit the MMA website. 

2021 Marketer of the Year Award (MOYA) Finalists Announced!

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) and Produce Plus Magazine have announced this year’s finalists, and we couldn’t be happier to share that A better choice! has been chosen!

Now in its tenth year, the premier award for marketing excellence in the Australasian fresh produce and floral industries attracted an impressive range of entries from all points of the value chain, with the MOYA judges having their work cut out to select five finalists.

The 2021 MOYA finalists are:

  • The LaManna Premier Group Cutri Fruit Global Team for the ‘Saturn Peach by Galaxy Fruits’ campaign
  • Anna Tu from Hort Innovation for the ‘Australian Cherries Brand’ campaign
  • Fresh Markets Australia for the ‘A better choice!’ – Shop & Win campaign
  • Buy West Eat Best Marketing Team for the ‘Good choice, WA’ campaign
  • Luke Couch from Nutrafruit for the ‘No Ordinary Plum’ campaign

The five finalists will showcase their campaigns on the trade show floor at Hort Connections in Brisbane on Tuesday 8 June from 3:30pm.

The winner of the 2021 PMA-Produce Plus Marketer of the Year Award will be announced at the Hort Connections Gala Dinner the following evening (9 June).

Well done to all top 5 finalists, and good luck!

Victorian Shop & Win Winner Announced!

Victoria has claimed another winner for the Shop & Win campaign. Congratulations to Sarah Wright, who won the Weber Family Q BBQ! All fruit and veg stores have to do is tell customers about the competition and how to enter. It really is that easy for customers to win amazing prizes. Congratulation also goes to The Happy Apple Greengrocer for being nominated as Sarah’s preferred local fruit & veg store. A new winner is announced each week, so there is still time for more Victorian winners!

For more information on the competition, visit

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

M80 Ring Road – Sydney Road to Edgars Road Closure

The Hume Freeway to M80 Ring Road Greensborough-bound ramp will be closed each night between 10pm and 5am on Monday 24 May, Tuesday 25 May and Wednesday 26 May. While the ramp is closed, work will be done to remove and to replace traffic barriers. Refer to detour map. You can find out more about all upcoming road closures by clicking here

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

The Market will be closed on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, Monday 14th of June. If your parking permit only allows access on a day that falls on one of the public holidays, 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, please note, your regular bay may not be available. Please see a Market Relations Officer on arrival for instruction.

Industry News

Proposed increase in export fees & charges – Public consultation period closes 10 June 2021

On 14 May 2021, the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) released an Industry Advisory Notice for public consultation relating to its intention to increase the fees and charges for horticultural exporters, as a stepped return to full cost recovery by 2023-24 for its regulatory activities.

To find out more about the proposed increases and how you can express your thoughts and concerns for how these increases will impact your business, visit the AUSVEG website.

Melbourne Market Job Board

The Harvest Store Plenty Valley – Fruit & Veg Shop Floor Assistant 
The Harvest Store Plenty Valley seeks an enthusiastic Fruit & Veg Shop Floor Assistant who is passionate and will enjoy working part of a team-first company.

Tasks for this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Store preparation, which includes merchandising, cutting & wrapping.
  • Providing a high level of customer service by greeting our customers with a smile and helping them with their selections.
  • Quality control, which involves stock management by stringently ensuring stock, is rotated and kept fresh.

If this position sounds of interest to you, please view the complete job description here or e-mail for more information.

Scicluna’s – Fruiterer, Greengrocer or Chef
Scicluna’s are seeking enthusiastic full-time Fruit and Vegetable Professionals to join their lively team. You will either work in one of our retail stores in Sorrento, Mentone and the newly renovated Tooronga Village store, or at our Dandenong South warehouse as a Driver or a Picker.

As a Retail Fruit and Vegetable Team Member, you will create and maintain fruit and vegetable displays of the highest quality and ensure customer expectations are exceeded. At our warehouse, you will either pick and pack customer orders with the utmost care and precision or deliver fresh produce to our customers in the hospitality industry whilst providing exceptional customer care.

Excellent product knowledge and strong experience in a relevant industry and/or role are essential.

Please email your application to or refer to job vacancies at

Gwynne’s Vegin Out – Pick packer/ Delivery driver
Gwynne’s Vegin Out currently have a Monday to Friday casual position available for a pick packer/delivery driver. Hours are 1.30 am to between 6am and 9am. The position consists of Packing fruit and vegetable orders from invoices at the Epping Market and delivering to Melbourne CBD and surrounding suburbs.

Essential for this position:

  • Manual or heavy vehicle license.
  • Good English reading and writing skills.
  • Good knowledge of Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs.
  • Working at a fast pace.

Please send resume to

FruitBiz – Order Picker/Driver 
Looking for a worker to pack orders and deliver outside of the market.
Requirements for the position include:

  • Early starts
  • Must have a manual license

If you’re interested please call Domenic on 0412 325 379

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.
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