This Week in the Market – 28 July 2020

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In this week’s Market News:- Latest coronavirus information
– Are you ready to Veg in this Winter
– Rapid roller doors being installed this week

Market News

Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Thank you to the vast majority of Market users who are doing the right thing by wearing face masks, regularly washing their hands and social distancing.
A reminder that you must seek prior approval from the MMA if you believe you are exempt from wearing a face mask under the new laws (e.g. medical condition).
You can find a list of frequently asked questions regarding the use of face masks at the Market online by clicking here.

To get everyone into the Market as quickly as possible each morning, we ask that you let the team on the entry gates do the job they have been tasked with, without getting into debates and arguing. Unless you have a pre-approved exemption, you must be wearing your face covering and be ready to have your temperature taken as you approach the entry gate. Temperature screening will only be undertaken as per the manufacturer’s instructions, which includes, forehead, behind the ear, or under the armpit.

Detailed information regarding the impacts on Market operations can be found on our website at

Disposal of PPE

Every person in the Market is required to wear PPE in the form of a face covering, and many others are taking the additional step of wearing disposable gloves.

Please be considerate when disposing of PPE, as incorrect disposal poses a risk to others.

It is not acceptable to discard gloves or face masks on the floor within the Market, in the car park, or in toilet bowls. Bins are located throughout the Market for your convenience; please use them.

Scheduled Power Outage

On Sunday 2 August various areas of the Melbourne Market will undergo a temporary power shutdown to allow for crucial maintenance works to be carried out on the inner ring power supply system.
Power supply will be cut for approximately 9 hours, from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm.
The following Market areas will be affected:

  • Buyers’ Walk (all tenancies)
  • Administration Building
  • All commercial businesses
  • Fruit & Vegetable Trading Floor
  • Flower Market (including Flower Market Café and APACK).
  • Diesel station
  • LPG stations
  • Recycling Transfer Centre
  • Loading West and recess loading dock
  • EFS buildings

During the shutdown, these areas will be without power supply, including cooling/refrigeration.
Warehouses on the outer ring will not be affected by this shutdown.

To minimise impacts on your business, we have provided a list of suggestions for you to consider. Click here to read more.

Shop Local to Veg in this Winter

The new “Shop Local to Veg in this Winter!” campaign is now live across Australia, promoting all the delicious winter vegetables found at your local greengrocer.

In Victoria, you’ll see and hear the campaign for yourself on metropolitan and regional radio stations, on social media and in-store as point-of-sale material at A Better Choice greengrocers. Check out the ‘Veg-in this Winter’ video that is currently being shown across social media platforms by clicking here.

A limited number of free point-of-sale merchandise is still available for A Better Choice retailers to pick up from Art and Style. If Art and Style trading hours don’t suit you, drop us an email and we can work out alternative arrangements to get you your free merchandise kit.

Are you ready to ‘Veg-in’ this winter?

Don’t forget, everyone in the Melbourne Market can get involved in this great campaign by trying a ‘Veg-in’ recipe for yourself.
We’re giving Melbourne Market users the chance to win a $100 visa card simply by cooking a delicious dinner.
All you have to do is try out one of the five new veg-in recipes for yourself at home, take a photo or video of your creation, and post it to either your business or personal Facebook or Instagram account.
One Instagram and Melbourne Market user, @dirtydougsessentials, has already given the Broccoli and Spinach Pasta a try, can you do better?
Remember to tag @abetterchoice, @melbournemarket and @freshstate so we can share your finished product.
Members of the A Better Choice team will judge the most delicious looking recipe to choose the winner.
Click below to decide which ‘Veg-in’ recipe you’ll cook.
Broccoli and Spinach Pasta
Potato Corn Chowder
Chinese Winter Soup
Cinnamon Baked Pears
Roasted Eggplant with Zucchini Salad and Tahini Yogurt

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
The Melbourne Market is working with ADA Australia to offer Market users access to a free COVID-19 specialised webinar – focusing on mental health during the pandemic.

Negative thinking?  Anger?  Isolation?  Substance use disorder?  Anxiety?  Depression?

The Mental Health: COVID-19 webinar can be viewed in your own time, and provides strategies to best understand and support ourselves, our fellow workers, and our families through these challenging times.

The webinar is limited to the first 40 registrations.
Please email, and include your name and contact details to gain access to this valuable webinar.

Rapid roller doors and concrete repair works

As part of the breezeway upgrade project, rapid roller doors will be installed at the Flower Market end of the Trading Floor (grower’s stands), this week on the 29th and 30th of July.
The project, which has also included the re-alignment of handrails, bollards and line marking, will significantly enhance safety for vehicles and pedestrians in this area.
The three large-scale rapid roller doors will be operational from Friday 31st July.
Please remember these new doors will now be in place, and you will be required to slow down as you approach to avoid collision.

Also, concrete repair works on the trading floor were finalised over the weekend, and the forklift highway that had been blocked behind customer service is now re-open to forklifts and electric vehicles.

Industry News

Flavorite consolidates for growth

Australia-based glasshouse grower Flavorite has announced the merger of its three business entities in conjunction with new capital investment.

Flavorite Hydroponic Tomatoes, Flavourwave and Flavorite Marketing will be combined into one business to be known as the Flavorite Group.
Read more on the Produce Plus website.

Shout out to those on the front line

The people on the front line of this pandemic are the nurses and doctors fighting the disease, but also the essential workers in retail and transport who are feeding Victorians and keeping things moving.
There have been many media reports this week of retail workers being abused simply for asking customers to follow the law and wear a face mask.
We give a shout out to all the greengrocers, retailers, and florists; from junior staff in their first jobs to business owners working long hours.
We thank you for your hard work.

Right now, get more at Toyota Material Handling.
You’ll enjoy huge savings on new floor stock of Toyota’s legendary 8FG 2.5 tonne forklifts. Plus you’ll get a chance to win a new Toyota Hilux SR5, valued at $62,625.*
Terms and conditions apply and offer ends 30th September.
For more information on this great deal please contact Brad White from Toyota Material Handling on 8795 2500.

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