This Week in the Market – 25 October 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Join the Melbourne Market team for Movember!
– What’s in Season – help us showcase the Melbourne Market produce
– Funding available for the single-use plastic ban

Market News
Men’s Health Awareness Month –  Join the Melbourne Market Movember team!
Grow a Mo with the Melbourne Market team this Movember!

Whether it’s patchy, lopsided, itchy or epic – whatever Mo you grow this Movember, your face will raise funds and awareness for men’s health!

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects worldwide, including mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

To get involved, join our team here and start growing a glorious Mo and raising funds for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives. For those who can’t or don’t want to grow a moustache, there are many ways you can get involved to raise funds for a worthy cause.

Join the Melbourne Market Movember team!

What’s in Season – Help us showcase the Melbourne Market produce
You may have recently seen our What’s in Season videos on social media. 
Check out Paul from Gazzola with grower Christian Raffa providing all the info on asparagus season!
We love getting your expert advice on all things fruit and veg! If you have produce you would like to showcase in our What’s in Season series please contact us here.Follow us on our socials to see future What’s in Season videos!

Funding available for Victoria’s single-use plastic ban
The Victorian Government’s single-use plastic ban regulations will come into effect from 1 February 2023. The ban does not apply to plastic and polystyrene packaging used to transport and store fresh produce.

To adjust to the single-use plastics ban for businesses, Sustainability Victoria provides funding between $15,000 to $50,000 to eligible businesses through the Circular Economy Reuse Pilots Fund to help you comply with the upcoming single-use plastics ban.

Funding applications are open until October 31 2022.
Apply for the Circular Economy Reuse Pilots Fund here

Everyday Gourmet final segment
Did you catch the final segment in our 10-part series of the Melbourne Market on Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield?
Find out the best way to cook mushrooms with Justine and Thanh as they discuss the wide varieties available at the market.
Watch all 10 segments here!

If your parking permit only allows access on Tuesday, and you would like to come to the market on an alternative adjacent day, you will not be charged for parking; however, your regular parking bay may not be available, so please speak to a Market Relations Officer on arrival for parking instructions.

The weekly newsletter will be distributed on Wednesday
next week, after the Melbourne Cup public holiday.

National Mushroom Day
Congratulations to Fruits of Envy and Queens Harvest, who have won themselves a goodies hamper valued at $200!We loved seeing their excellent mushroom displays posted online to celebrate National Mushroom Day 2022.

Coming Up
A better choice! have been working hard behind the scenes on our new campaign, launching in November.

This campaign will feature a personalised store endorsement from a celebrity chef – Can you guess who it will be?

Stay tuned for more, or contact Zac Egan.

Industry News
Flood-affected farmers to get $10,000 grants in Victoria

Victorian farmers affected by the recent floods will receive a one-off $10,000 payment to help re-establish their properties and businesses. The assistance was announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews as part of an initial $73.5 million package that will deliver grants to help farmers and business owners clean up their properties. The package also includes business mentoring, concessional loans and transport subsidies to help businesses re-establish themselves.

Click here to read more.

Australian avocados a smash hit in Asia

Hort Innovation head of trade Brei Montgomery said the three-month campaign’s digital content successfully branded Australian avocados as a premium commodity to Asia-Pacific consumers.

The avocado industry also plans to showcase its produce at the upcoming Asia Fruit Logistica in Bangkok next month, taking the opportunity to develop new business.

Click here to read more.

Melbourne Market Job Board and Community Notices

Do 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 board

Coolibah Herbs
Coolibah Herbs is a large and well-respected vegetable grower that has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Market Hand to join our team full-time (night shift – Sunday to Thursday between the hours of 7pm – 10pm (start) and 5am – 7am (finish time).

This role will provide the best possible service to our customers, packing and delivering orders around the market and working collaboratively to ensure deadlines are met.

You will be responsible for a range of tasks which include (but are not limited to):

Operating a forklift – including a valid forklift license with a minimum of two years of experience
Picking and packing orders  
Assisting customers
Adhering to OH&S policies and procedures
Daily communication with management 
Maintaining a clean and tidy workplace

Please apply here if you meet the above criteria and would like to work in a friendly team environment.

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