This Week in the Market – 26 April 2022

Edition 354 View this email in your browser
In this week’s Market News:

– Melbourne Market Open Day
– TDDA Drug & Alcohol Awareness Workshop
– National Banana Day Competition

Market News
Melbourne Market Open Day

The MMA will be hosting a Melbourne Market Open Day on Thursday, 5 May 5am – 8am. The Open Day is an exciting opportunity for those working in the hospitality, fresh produce and flower industries to come and experience everything the Melbourne Market has to offer.

From 5am onwards, you can expect to see members of the general public on a market tour, learning how they can access the widest range of fresh produce and cut flowers in Victoria.

If someone within your network would like to see the market, we have allocated spaces for those within the market community, simply forward this link and have them complete the registration form.

TDDA Drug & Alcohol Awareness Workshop

The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) will be conducting a 3.5-hour comprehensive workshop designed to provide managers and supervisors with the right tools to successfully identify and deal with situations arising from drug and alcohol use/abuse in the workplace.

Who should attend this training workshop?
All managers, team leaders and supervisors who have a responsibility for the safety of persons in the workplace.

Where: MMA Admin Building
Room: Conference Room
When: Friday, 13th May 2022
Time: Arrival from 8:30am for a 9am start
Duration: 3.5 hours
Provided: Morning tea
Cost: 20% discount offer for market tenants who book by Friday, 6th May
$220 (RRP $275)

Click here for more information.

National Banana Day

Many people love bananas! There are over five million banana’s consumed by Australians every day.

To celebrate National Banana Day on Sunday, 1 May, LaManna Premier Group are on the hunt to find the secret ingredient in Australia’s best banana smoothie. We love peanut butter, honey, and mangoes mixed into our banana smoothies – what is your secret ingredient?

Follow the link to enter your secret ingredient and go into the draw to win one of five Nutribullets, Visa Cards and Banana Boxes!

Entries open April 1st and close May 1st 2022. Prizes will be drawn at random on the 10th of May, refer to the T&C’s on the website. All entries must be 18 years or older.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email

New Campaign – Win a Holiday!

A better choice! is excited to announce our next big campaign, which is designed to reward customers who choose to shop at independent fruit and veg shops with holiday vouchers. From May, those who shop local can enter by scanning a QR code in-store, with a weekly winner randomly drawn over 10 weeks. Entrants will also nominate their participating store, resulting in 1 point per entry towards the Retailer of the Year Award.

What can retailers do?
Display the collateral sent to you in high-traffic areas of the store where customers can easily see and scan the QR codes. Take pictures and share stories to the A better choice! national audience to gain more exposure for your store.

If you want to be one of the first stores to be merchandised and help your customers get in the draw, click here to register.

Win $1000 for your retail store

To celebrate the chestnut season in Australia, Chestnuts Australia are giving retailers the opportunity to win $1,000 for their store! 
More information here.
To be involved with this promotion, please contact Zac.

A better choice! Display Stand

The Victorian A better choice! team has recently purchased a branded display stand that can be used for a range of activations including;

In-store food tasting
Launching seasonal produce
Events, exhibitions, and roadshows
Other in-person marketing activities
Email Zac today to organise the stand for your store!


Designated roadways have been set out to ensure pedestrian and market user safety. Forklift drivers must stick to these roadways and allow pedestrians at crosswalks to cross safely.

Industry News
Horticulture traineeship program launched by Victorian government to train more workers on farm

The Victorian Government will spend $600,000 on a pilot program to allow workers to undertake traineeships in horticulture or agriculture while working on farms.

The program will be trialled at three sites across regional Victoria and the industry hopes the program will show people there are more career opportunities in horticulture than picking fruit
Click here to find out more. 

Sponsorship deal helps leading Australian event, Hort Connections reach more industry members

A collaboration between Fresh Markets Australia (FMA) and the Central Markets Association of Australia (CMAA), Australia’s Fresh Produce Markets has signed on as the trade show sponsor for the event, taking place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 6-8 June.Click here to find out more. 

Melbourne Market Job Board

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

Northside Fruit & Veg – Fresh Produce Buyer
Due to our rapid expansion, Northside Fruit & Veg is seeking a passionate and energetic Fresh Produce Buyer for the night shift role. This is a critical and autonomous role with the majority of time spent in the market.

Reporting to the Director, the Fresh Produce Buyer is responsible for:

Daily purchasing of produce
Communicating market updates, trends and fluctuations to the team.

Ideally, the successful applicant will have:
Strong understanding of fresh produce including varieties, quality and produce seasonality 
Strong negotiating skills.

Experience is not necessary but a love and passion for produce is a must.Interested applicants should send their CV to Kim,

Ask the MMA
If you’ve got a question for the MMA email it to:

Follow us
Copyright © 2022 Melbourne Market Authority, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are on the Melbourne Market Authority distribution list.

Our mailing address is:
*Box 1, 55 Produce Drive, Epping, VIC, 3076*

update subscription preferences 

For all enquiries call 03 9258 6100

7AM - 3PM, MON - FRI