This Week in the Market – 28 November 2023

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In this week’s Market News:

– Men’s Health Month
– Updated Site Induction Module
– Admin Office Availability

Market News

Men’s Health Month – Parenting and Mental Health

Parenting young children presents many challenges, particularly the effects it can have on mental health. For fathers working in the fresh produce industry, this can be compounded by the long, often overnight hours and stress of the job.

Family Man, by Movember, provides simple yet effective tools for mastering the art of parenting. The initiative aims to equip dads with the right tools to help them live healthier and happier lives, especially in tough times. You can read more about Family Man, including useful parenting tools for dads, by clicking here and making sure to check out the interactive video series below.

Updated Site Induction Module

A reminder that as part of the Melbourne Market’s ‘Stronger Together’ initiative, the Melbourne Market’s induction has been updated with a new module, Market Conduct.

All new market users are now undertaking this updated induction, and we are about to begin a program where all current market users will re-do the induction in line with the rollout of digital access cards.

In the meantime, we are encouraging all existing Market users to watch the module that discusses important topics, including the Market’s drug and alcohol policy and respectful behaviour within the Market.

We all want a Melbourne Market where everyone feels included, where people feel safe and are treated with respect. A place free of racism, sexism, discrimination, harassment, violence and bullying.

If you have feedback about the Stronger Together program or would like to confidentially discuss issues around racism, sexism, violence, or harassment in the Melbourne Market, please email

Christmas Trading Hours 

The Melbourne Market, including the Flower Market, will be closed on public holidays during the Christmas – New Year period.

To accommodate buying demand during the busy festive season, buyers will be able to access the site to collect orders that have been pre-arranged. It is important to remember the Buyers’ Walk, Trading Floor, and Flower Market will be closed, as these are not mandatory trading days. Some wholesalers, growers and warehouse tenants may allow access to their premises for buyers who have made individual arrangements to collect produce.

Admin Office Availability 

There is currently a unique opportunity to secure one of two available office tenancies in the main administration building. Admin Office G1 – 76.0 sq.m and Admin Office G3 – 102.0 sq.m.

The offices have access to large conference room facilities (for hire) and a kitchenette. Located at the Melbourne Market entrance, ample parking is available and 24-hour security is on site. Car spaces can be negotiated to accommodate business requirements.Please contact New Business Leasing Manager Mark Pellicano on 0418 345 033 for further information and to organise an inspection.

Upcoming advisory committee meetings

The four Market Advisory Committees are scheduled to meet on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th of November. In the lead-up to these meetings, you can ask your advisory committee members to raise questions or ideas with the MMA.

Advisory committees work with the Melbourne Market Authority to advise on Market operations and the fresh produce industry matters. Committee members are a great source of information and advice for Market users. To find out who the members of the advisory committees are, please visit the MMA website.

Aussie Apples are giving you a chance to win a share of $5000!

A better choice! have partnered with Aussie Apples to help promote Aussie Apples in your store. Sampling sessions are being held, and merchandise is being provided to stores to help promote Aussie Apples.

Just for participating, your store will go in the draw to win 1 of 5 $1000 Visa debit cards. Find out how you can enter by clicking the image.

If you would like to participate in the promotion, please email

Australian Macadamias are giving you the chance to win a $1000 visa gift card.

Australian Macadamias have partnered with A better choice! to help encourage Aussie shoppers to purchase more Macadamias. A better choice! merchandisers have been visiting stores to provide merchandise and POS collateral with posters and recipe cards to encourage more shoppers to choose Australian Macadamias in-store.

Winners will be announced on 30 November. Click the image for full terms and conditions.

Industry News

Australian stonefruit industry sees a turnaround

The Australian stonefruit industry, encompassing peaches and nectarines, is witnessing a significant revival this season, thanks to favourable weather conditions and expanding markets. Trevor Ranford, CEO of Summerfruit Australia, looks forward to a promising season ahead.

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.
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Ask the MMA

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

Hot House Produce – Pick Packer/Forklift Driver

Hot House Produce are seeking an experienced Pick Packer/Forklift Driver.
– Full-time
– Generous remuneration for the right candidate

Please email resumes to For further information please contact Brenton on 0408 546 500.

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