This Week in the Market – 27 October 2020

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In this week’s Market News:

– Changes to Market COVID rules
– Warehousing EOI closes Friday
– Radio stars talk about why they love the local greengrocer

Market News
Changes to Market COVID restrictions
In line with the Victorian Government’s announcements yesterday, as of 11.59 pm Tuesday 27 October, Market cafes and retail businesses will be able to commence in-store dining and trading. 

Market cafes will be open for seated indoor service. There are limits on the number of patrons allowed at any one time with rules stating there will be a cap of 10 persons per indoor space, subject to density requirements (1 per 4m2). MMA management will speak with market cafes over the next 24 hours to support their re-opening for in-person dining with a COVIDSafe plan in place.
All retail will re-open across Melbourne, which means Melbourne Market commercial businesses will be open to in-person trade with a COVIDSafe plan in place. 

There have been no changes announced to the rules surrounding car-pooling, so at this stage, the 1 person per buggy/electric vehicle rule will remain until further notice. 

Market users are reminded that they must continue to follow remaining COVID rules at all times. Detailed information regarding current COVID restrictions at the Market can be found at

Remember you must continue to wear an approved face covering at all times while on-site at the Market unless one of the reasons below applies. 
Further information about face-covering rules, including an in-depth list of frequently asked questions, can be found on the DHHS website at,

Warehousing EOI closes on Friday

This is the final week for businesses to submit their expression of interest for the potential release of a further 44,000 m2 of on-site warehousing, office / commercial spaces and showroom opportunities at the Melbourne Market site.
These new developments are planned to sit across six separate facilities located on the northern and eastern Market boundaries. With sufficient interest, it is planned that the developments could be completed and ready for leasing and occupation by March 2022.  

Expressions of interest for the new warehousing and commercial office opportunities are open to existing tenants, market business’ and other allied business’ until 30 October 2020

To find out more, including downloading an information pack and submitting your expression of interest, visit your interest in warehousing and commercial opportunities

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday – Market closed

The Market will be closed on Tuesday 3 November for the Melbourne Cup public holiday. 

If your parking permit only allows access on a day that falls on a public holiday, 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, your regular bay may not be available. Please see a Market Relations Officer on arrival for instruction.
Radio stars talk about why they love the local greengrocer 

The latest A better choice! campaign, ‘Spring Fresh’ continues to gain traction with consumers particularly with a number of live radio reads on Melbourne stations.

Last week, Monty and Bec from the 3PM Pick-Up, chatted about why people love shopping at their local greengrocer and even had some great cash giveaways. 

Listen to the radio banter via the links below:
Live read 1
Live read 2

There is still a limited amount of free point-of-sale merchandise for retailers to collect, but you’ll have to get in quick. Pick up yours from Gate 1, Art & Style, or the Customer Service Centre. 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

Get involved in social media

Do you sell a particular produce line that has just come into season? A new product you’d like to promote? Is a field full of fruit or veg about to be picked? The MMA would love to hear from you. 

We’re always looking for more content to share on our social media channels, and there are no better voices to represent the industry than the greengrocers, growers and wholesalers of the Melbourne Market. 
Please contact if you would like to feature in our social media content or feel free tag us in your own Facebook and Instagram posts for re-sharing.

Industry News
Aerial drop of sterile Qld fruit flies proves a winner

Aerial releases of sterile fruit flies are proving effective in the fight against the fruit pest. Sterile fruit flies have been released from a plane during a pilot program, every week over an eight-month period in Hillston, NSW and Cobram, Victoria.

Read more on the Good Fruit and Vegetables website. Woolworths sued for $1.3 million by woman who slipped on grapeA woman who slipped on a grape at Woolworths is suing the supermarket giant for $1.3 million. 
The woman claims Woolworths should have known that its stores would be busier than normal in the lead up to Christmas, and as a result should have been cleaning the store more regularly, she has claimed the supermarket failed to use non-slip matting on the floor of the fruit and vegetable section. Read more on

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