This Week in the Market – 29 November 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Christmas Trading Hours
– Men’s Health Month
– Last chance to volunteer for Foodbank
Market News
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, buyers will have access to the Melbourne Market on Monday, 26 and Tuesday, 27 December, to collect pre-arranged produce orders only. 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 and warehouse tenants may allow access to their premises for buyers who have made individual arrangements to collect produce. 

Men’s Health Month
SpeakEasy and have POWERFUL conversations.

You may have noticed over the past four weeks, we have touched on subjects from mental health to testicular and prostate cancer for Men’s Health Month this November. 

Around 10.8 million men globally are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Globally, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men. And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 69% of all suicides.

Talking about mental health can feel intimidating for most men. The Movember SpeakEasy workshops are designed with men in mind but are valuable for everyone. They build skills that foster better social connections, helping friends and family to support each other.

If you’d like to learn more about Movember SpeakEasy or book a session, please speak up! Drop them a line at

Want more info?
Download the Movember SpeakEasy booklet.
Need a quick summary? Download this one-page SpeakEasy guide.
Want a full program overview? Download their Communications Toolkit.

If you are worried about someone or need immediate support, visit the Support page.

Changes Waste Charges
The Melbourne Market has a world-leading recycling rate and a long-held commitment to environmental sustainability.

Our waste and recycling system is designed to encourage businesses to sort and separate their waste. When businesses separate waste, it not only helps the environment but also saves money.

Commencing Monday, 5 December, charges will change for all general and organic waste. 
New charges reflect industry movements in waste disposal costs and legislation.

General Waste: $0.50 per kg
Organics (CLEAN ONLY, first 100kgs No Charge per day) $0.20 per kg after the first 100kg on the same day
Cardboard (CLEAN ONLY): No Charge
Polystyrene (CLEAN ONLY): No Charge
Soft Plastics (CLEAN ONLY): No Charge

Previously, charges were applied after the first 40kg of organic waste taken to the waste transfer station per day; charges will now only apply after the first 100kg of organic waste, giving market users an extra 60kg of free organic waste disposal per day.

Clean waste is defined as no packaging, including wrapping, plastics, paper or rubber bands. If the waste is not ‘clean’, it will be charged at general waste costs. It is essential that waste is separated effectively and delivered to the Waste Transfer Station in a clean form.

If you require specific support with your waste, please visit the Quayclean team at the Waste Transfer Station for assistance.

Let us know if you’re going to lend a hand

Be sure to email the MMA to let us know if you would like to lend a hand with Foodbank Victoria’s next food hamper drive this Sunday, 4 December, between 11am – 3pm, in the Melbourne Market visitor car park.

Anyone from the Market (and family members over 16 years old) can volunteer their time to help pack cars with over 1000 boxes containing non-perishable items and fresh produce sourced directly from the market to those in need.

The MMA will be providing a delicious BBQ lunch to all volunteers. 

A similar food hamper drive was run from the market in July earlier this year. Click here to watch Seven News coverage of the initiative.

Celebrate Victorian Strawberry Season

A better choice! are excited to announce they have partnered with Victorian Strawberries to celebrate the Victorian Strawberry season.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for 10 A better choice! member stores to have Victorian Strawberry in-store tasting demonstrations this December. Staff and strawberries will be provided by A better choice! for your convenience.

To express your interest today, contact Zac.

Julie Goodwin Campaign
Retailers have loved seeing the rollout of the new Julie Goodwin campaign collateral over the last week.

A better choice! retailers can expect to receive a personalised video advertisement for their store and in-store collateral to match.

If you would like to find out more about this campaign, contact Zac.

Price Schedule 2023
On 1 January each year, general market fees increase which includes access cards and parking fees.

In 2023 fees will increase by 2.5 per cent.

Click here to view the updated schedule of fees that will come into effect as of 1 January 2023.

Safety System Testing
Saturday, 3 December – 8am to 1pm
Fire alarm/Sprinkler system testing
Testing and noise will last approximately 30 minutes per sprinkler installation bank (unless issues are found).

Testing will occur when minimal people are onsite to reduce disruption; however, some tenants in the Flower Market, Buyers’ Walk and warehouses may be affected for a brief period.


Industry News
University of Queensland scientists cracking avocado genome

In a world first, University of Queensland scientists have completed mapping the genome of the avocado.

“This means we can now through new research identify opportunities for Australian growers to improve on-farm productivity and sustainability including driving efficiencies across time, labour and land,” Dr Nath said.

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. View full online job board

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