This Week in the Market – 30 November 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– My MMA Portal Now Live
– Vaccination & Access Card Update
– Christmas Trading Hours

Market News
My MMA Portal Now Live

Don’t forget the new My MMA Portal is live and ready for you to utilise.  

The portal has been thoughtfully designed to provide your business with a single digital platform to view your business and glycol account details and interactions with the MMA. The portal currently includes the following services:

Business account information
Management of invoices and payments 
Management of access cards
Management of repairs, infringements and incidents
Real-time glycol consumption

To take advantage of the portal’s benefits you must create an account by nominating a business representative and confirming business details. Amanda Flannery is happy to assist with account set-up and answering any questions you may have. Please feel free to reach out to Amanda:
Phone: 0428 910 182

Vaccination & Access Cards Update
As per Government mandates, the deadline for authorised workers to be double vaccinated passed last Friday, 26 November. This means that all workers at the Melbourne Market must now be fully vaccinated to enter the site (unless a valid exemption applies).

Government enforcement officers have already attended the market several times to check the vaccination status of employees of several businesses, and this will continue into the foreseeable future. 

All visitors to the Melbourne Market are subject to the same rules and will not be able to sign in at gate 1 and enter the site without proof of vaccination. 

Access card checks are helping ensure the Melbourne Market is a safe and fair place to conduct businesses, and these checks will continue on a random basis until the end of the year. Again, we thank you for your patience as we continue these checks.

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 in the lead up to and after the public holidays, the market will offer extended trading hours on some days during the Christmas – New Year period.

Thursday 23 December – 3:30am – 7:30am, regular trading
Friday 24 December – 2:00am – 7:30am, – extended trading hours
Saturday 25 December – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Monday 27 December – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Tuesday 28 December – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Wednesday 29 December – 2:00am – 7:30am, – extended trading hours
Thursday 30 December – 3:30am – 7:30am, regular trading hours
Friday 31 December – 2:00am – 7:30am, – extended trading hours
Saturday 1 January – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Monday 3 January – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Tuesday 4 January – 3:30am – 7:30am, regular trading hours
Buyers will have access to the Melbourne Market on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 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. 

Youth Sports Initiative Winners presentations
Over the past two weeks, we have had the pleasure of helping grow tomorrows champions. A better choice! has presented several of the Youth Sports Initiative winners with a sporting sponsorship to the value of $500.

The campaign has supported a range of different sporting clubs across Victoria from local lifesaving nippers programs, youth basketball, little athletics, tennis, roller derby, soccer, football, netball clubs, golfers and more. The sporting clubs awarded with the sponsorships have reported they are using the much-needed funds to support operations, provide shading, and purchase new equipment. 

Participating A better choice! retailers have welcomed the opportunity to find another way to be part of the local community, recognising and supporting local sporting clubs.

To date, the following Victorian A better choice! retailers have presented sponsorships:

Alexandra Fruit & Veg presented to Alexandra Rebels Football & Netball
La Manna Fresh presented to Moonee Valley Knights Soccer Club
Monty Fresh presented to Diamond Creek Tennis Club
Sculli Bros presented to Wildcats Basketball Team
Wattle Park Greengrocer presented to Whitehorse Colts Palaminos Netball club
Henry Mercato Bayside presented to Seaford Little Athletics Club 

With more sponsorships to be handed over in the coming weeks, the campaign really has shown again that shopping at your local independent retailer really is a better choice.

Men’s Health Awareness Month
November is a time of year to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and men’s suicide; made more prevalent in the last decade with the Movember movement. 

To finish our month of focussing on men’s health, we wanted to share 5 things to know and do when it comes to your health and the health of other men in your life. 

Stay Connected – Spend time with people who make you feel good
Talk, more – You don’t need to be an expert, rather just be there for someone, listening 
Know the numbers – At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer
Get to know what’s normal for your testicles – Check them regularly and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right
Move more – Add more activity to your day and do more of what makes you feel good

For more information on men’s health issues, visit Movember.

Industry News
Helping Victorian agribusinesses access new markets

The Victorian Government is backing Victorian agricultural food producers to grow exports, build domestic market capability and respond to supply chain risks. Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas visited Kyvalley Dairy in North Geelong, the first of 15 recipients awarded funding under the $5.3 million second tranche of the Food to Market program. Read more on Victorian Farmer.

Victorian government helps with worker accommodation, transport and support services

The Victorian state government is backing more safe accommodation, transport and support services to help the agriculture industry as it manages seasonal workforce challenges. Agriculture minister Mary-Anne Thomas has provided more than $400,000 to the Cobram and District Fruit Growers’ Association to support its seasonal workforce.Read more on Good Fruit and Vegetable

Australian vegetable exports resilient, despite ongoing challenges
Despite rising freight costs, a rapid increase in farm input costs, difficulties with international shipping as well as labor shortages, Australian vegetable grower-exporters have demonstrated resilience and hard work to ensure high-quality vegetables continue to make their way onto consumer tables around the world in 2021.Read more on Fresh Plaza. 

Melbourne Market Job Board

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. 

Scicluna’s is hiring! 
Come and join one of Melbourne’s most respected and growing food merchants and work for a company that cares about its people!
We are now hiring customer focussed full-time Delivery Drivers to deliver fresh produce to the hospitality industry, Pick Packers to work night shift and a Chef/Cook to join our production kitchen.
We are also seeking a Business Development Manager with experience in the food industry to help grow our Wholesale business, a Retail Advisor to help improve store performance and a Night Manager based in Dandenong South to oversee our order preparation and deliveries and focus on improving processes.
Other vacancies include an Assistant Retail Store Manager and a Storeperson in Mentone.
For more information on these or other roles or to apply, please visit

Job available at Market and Grower Supplies, Tenancy 118
We require a forklift driver for delivery. 2:30am start and 9am finish but can be flexible.
For more information, please contact Shane 0408 395 651.
View full online job board

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