This Week In The Market – 30 April 2019

Edition 225: Make the most of social media
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In this week’s Market News:

– A Better Choice making an impact on social media
– Children in the Market wrap up
– Hort Connections free breakfast

Market News

A Better Choice making an impact on social media

Did you know that by sharing or linking A Better Choice social media posts to your store’s own Facebook or Instagram pages, you can engage with your audience while further creating awareness around the A Better Choice brand?

Our members who are getting involved with A Better Choice social media are seeing some fantastic results.
“We have doubled our Facebook followers since joining the A Better Choice program, just by engaging and sharing social media posts.”
Kelly – Big Watermelon

Have you checked out some of the great content on the A Better Choice social media channels?
The content is not only interesting and engaging, but it is a source you can use for your benefit!


Children in the Market

People often say working at the Melbourne Market is like being part of one big family. It certainly felt like that during the school holidays when we held our regular “Children in the Market” days.
All children in attendance received some delicious fruit for a healthy snack as well as a MarketFresh School colouring and activity book.
Thanks to everyone for making sure all our visiting children were kept safe during their time at the Market.

Full site emergency evacuation drill

On Wednesday 1 May at 11:00 am, we will be conducting a full site emergency evacuation drill.
The drill will evacuate all tenants on Market land, including all administration building tenants, Buyers’ walk tenants, warehouse tenants, visitors, and subcontractors on site.
Upon hearing the site evacuation tones, everyone will need to follow site evacuation procedures and follow the directions of Market Relations Officers.
The drill should take approximately 20 minutes.
We look forward to your participation.

Hort Connections Free Breakfast

Thinking of going along to Hort Connections, the industry’s joint conference and trade show?
Then make sure you attend the AUSVEG free breakfast at the Market, on Thursday 16 April, where you can register on-site for the conference at a discounted price.
Where: Food Fellas Cafe, Store 51
When: Thursday 16 May
Time: 7:00 am – 8:00 am
AUSVEG will deliver a brief presentation about Hort Connections followed by a free breakfast and the opportunity to sign up to the conference.

Access card renewals

Unpaid access card renewal invoices are now overdue.
Business principals are advised to pay your access card renewal invoice in full, if you have not done so already, to avoid restricted access to the Market and disruption to your business.

Payment methods

  1. Visit the Customer Service Centre between 4:00 am and 11:00 am and pay via cash, credit card or debit card.
  2. Pay online via the MMA website at
  3. Pay over the phone via credit card by phoning 03 9258 6123.
  4. Pay via BPAY – look for the BPAY details on the bottom of your invoice.

Industry News

Food Recalls and Traceability: from Paddock to Plate

Melbourne’s North Food Group and Macpherson Kelley are inviting Melbourne Market users to a presentation that will focus on Food Recalls and Traceability.

About the event
Food safety is a critical issue and one that regulators treat very seriously. The session will highlight:

– the key requirements for food-related recalls – what you need to know to comply
– the steps of the recall process – dealing with regulators and your customers
– examples of recalls done well
– examples of recalls done badly
– practical tips and tricks for being prepared to help your recall run smoothly.

Click here to find out more and register.

First National Banana Day

An entire calendar day will now be dedicated to Australian bananas following a successful initiative developed by Hort Innovation and Australian Bananas.
1 May will be a day of celebration and promotion of bananas as Hort Innovation plans a media event at ‘The Big Banana’ in Coffs Harbour.
Read more at Produce Plus.

South Morang Farmers & Makers Market

The City of Whittlesea is launching the South Morang Farmers & Makers Market on Saturday 18 May.
Located only a short walk from South Morang Station and Plenty Valley Westfield, the market will showcase quality produce and handmade goods from across the Northern region.

Key Dates

Sunday 12 May – Mother’s Day

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