This Week In The Market – 27 January 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Tenancy 105, last week to submit expression of interest
– Warehouse 5 & 6 parking and delivery
– New jobs advertised on Melbourne Market job board

Market News
Tenancy 105 – Expression of Interest, last week to submit!

Expressions of Interest for tenancy 105 are due to close on Monday 1 February. The MMA has received formal expressions of interests from several businesses. If you are interested in this space, make sure to complete the online form this week. 

As previously communicated, Moon Bean Cafe has been exploring alternate locations within the market to relocate their cafe. Should Moon Bean Cafe move to a new location within the market, tenancy 105 would become available on the highly sought-after Buyers’ Walk.

In this scenario, the Melbourne Market has a vision for Tenancy 105 to be converted and to operate as a wholesale fruit and vegetable trading store and is now inviting expressions of interest in the space. 
You can download an information pack and complete your online expression of interest form now on the Melbourne Market website.

COVID and impacts on Market Operations
There have been no changes to COVID rules or restrictions at the Market in the past week.
Market users are reminded to:

– Carry your facemask at all times and ensure you wear it when you are unable to maintain social distancing. 
– Remain at least 1.5 metres from other Market users wherever possible
– Wash and sanitise hands regularly

Market Relations Officers will continue to issue warnings and suspensions to market users who do not follow social distancing rules.

Detailed information regarding COVID operational changes at the Market can be found at

Warehouse 5 & 6 parking and delivery

There are some important things to remember when parking or making deliveries to and from Warehouses 5 & 6. 
– Only road/passenger vehicles are permitted down the sides and behind the warehouses.
– Trucks or any unloading down the sides or behind the warehouses is not allowed. This is to allow emergency vehicle access.
– Any unloading must be conducted from the truck unloading bays located at the front of the warehouses.

– Each warehouse unit in buildings 5 & 6 is allocated one passenger vehicle parking bay.
– Each passenger vehicle bay is numbered, so they are easy to find.
– Make sure your parking permit is clearly on display. All vehicles must display a parking permit while within the Market.
– Parking permits are transferrable from one vehicle to another.

For further information review the diagrams below or speak to a Market Relations Officer. 

Valentine’s Day 2021
Give Fresh Flowers. Can you even Valentine without them?

This year’s Valentine’s Day campaign is designed to drive people to ‘Do it Right’ and give fresh flowers.
A play on words has been used and implies that flowers are essential; there is no point doing Valentine’s Day without them.
The campaign includes:
– Four different point-of-sale posters in A2 size ($1 charity donation per poster)
– Radio ad campaign
– A targeted social media campaign with ads on Instagram and Facebook
The point-of-sale posters will be available for collection in the Flower Market on Thursday 28th January or from Customer Service. As well as florists, greengrocers who sell flowers are encouraged to pick up some point of sale material for your retail store.

 Office space available 

Prime office space is available to lease in the main administration building at the Melbourne Market.
The spaces are close to the Gate 1 main entrance and have glass frontage.
This unique location gives exposure to both the internal market community as well as having public access. 
Do you know a business who’s offering would appeal to market users? With access to the market community and the ability for public access, the space offers a unique opportunity for the right tenant.
Spaces available range from 74 m2 – 150 m2, with the rent approximately $260 – $300/m2 per annum. 
The spaces also have shared kitchen and amenities, secure access pass entry and visitor car parking. 
Give us a call to discuss the possibilities on 9258 6100 or email 

 YUCK Ice Cream


Join us, Yuck Ice Cream, on Thursday 28th January from 3 am – 8 am on the Buyers’ Walk

Come along and try our delicious raw vegetable ice cream.
Five flavours to choose from all consisting of two veggies each. 
(Your customers and diners will love It!)

Everybody loves ice cream, and raw veggies never tasted so good!  
Contact: Jimmy Dioguardi

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2021 will not go ahead in March.

With the high-risk and uncertain nature of running large scale events in a COVID-19 climate, Flowers Victoria has advised that a decision has been made to not proceed with the scheduled dates, 24-28 March 2021, for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. 
 Is your business ready for a hot, covid-affected summer?  
A message from The Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action

2020 was a tough year, full of changes, and many businesses focussed on surviving and adapting. As we head into the hottest part of the summer, it’s a good time to consider whether your business is ready for hot weather, bushfire smoke, and other disruptions, and how these might interact with a ‘Covid-safe summer’. The Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action is undertaking a research project that will feed into the Victorian Government’s Regional Adaptation Strategy for Melbourne. We are looking at how businesses are adapting to climate-related risks and impacts. 

Do you have 5 minutes to answer this survey about how your business could be affected, and what would help you prepare?  The survey will be open until Wednesday 3 February and will feed into an online workshop/webinar later on Thursday 18 February. To find out more:

Industry News
Vic vegetable growers shine a light on their pest bird problems

Gazzola Farms say they are literally beaming up their bird problems.The family-owned business grows lettuce, celery and Asian greens on 200 hectares at Boneo on the Mornington Peninsula where birds, particularly wood ducks, are a constant threat to crops.Farm manager Dean Gazzola said when traditional methods such as scare guns couldn’t budge the birds they started looking for a more innovative solution.

Click here to read more on the Good Fruits and Vegetables website. New IoT technology grants for Victorian farmersVictorian farmers can apply for a new round of State Government grants to help them invest in Internet of Things (IoT) technology designed to make farming easier and more accurate.
Applications close at 5pm (AEDT) Friday 29 January.
Click here to learn 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

Retail Store Assistant – La Manna Fresh Brunswick 
We currently have a position vacant for a fulltime experienced retail store assistant.
The applicant will need to be:
– Available for work 5 days per week from 5am to 2pm with alternating days from Monday to Sunday.
– Reliable, honest and punctual
– Experience in working in a fruit & veg store, stocking shelves, rotating stock, customer service and cleaningReferences preferred

Please contact Anthony Patti 0416 024 614 or  Joe Patti 0419 362 521

Store Person – NWA Mushroom 
We currently have a Monday – Friday casual position available for a store and delivery person
(Starting from 12am to 7am or 8am).
The role will be predominantly delivery based in the Market. Other responsibilities include warehouse duties outside the Market, assist a store manager with receiving, packing, palletising and moving mushrooms to and from the store in the Market.
Storage Service and Wholesale – casual award rates and conditions apply

Our ideal candidate:
– A driver’s licence and Forklift license (essential)
– A sound understanding of work procedures and practices in the Market
– A friendly attitude, good presentation and good customer skills
– Reliable and punctual to work
– Good time management as well as being able to work autonomously 

Please contact 0477 141 162 or 0450 530 556 if you are interested in this role.

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