This Week in the Market – 31 January 2023

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In this week’s Market News:

– Lunar New Year celebrations
– WorkSafe Victoria requirement
– Upcoming single-use plastic ban

Market News

Lunar New Year celebrations

What a fantastic morning of celebrations with the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne!

The Market was humming with drums, percussions, dancing and blessings. Check out the video below for highlights of the morning, including some great lettuce catches and a mango near-miss!

WorkSafe Victoria requirement

WorkSafe Victoria advised that all market-approved vehicles must have an appropriate restraint/s fitted. This requirement applies to all electric vehicles, such as golf buggies, Taylor Dunns and forklifts, regardless of the year of manufacture.

If your business owns any market-approved vehicles, you must contact your preferred service provider to organise appropriate restraints to be fitted to the vehicle.

Melbourne Market service providers are now informed of this WorkSafe requirement and can advise and fit an appropriate restraint/s to your electric vehicle.

WorkSafe expects that all market-approved vehicles will be fitted with appropriate restraints by 30 June 2023. For any queries regarding the restraint requirement, please contact WorkSafe Victoria on 1800 136 089.

In order to support Market businesses for this Worksafe matter, the MMA will reimburse the cost of the Electric Vehicle Examination Checklist Fee (up to $99) for the first 100 compliant checklists submitted – see below for requirements. Businesses will be required to pay for any restraint/s fitted to their vehicles.

There is no additional MMA registration fee if your vehicle is currently registered with both Vic Roads and MMA; additional registration fees will only apply if registration has expired.

If you have any questions on the reimbursement and MMA registration, please contact Customer Service on 03 9258 6123

Australia Day fundraiser for flood-affected growers

There is nothing quite like the smell of onions and sausages cooked on the BBQ to draw a crowd!

We went through 300 sausages and raised over $500 for flood-affected growers in Victoria.

The donation page is still live, and you can donate to those in need via the link below.

Click here to donate

Victoria’s single-use plastic ban

Commencing next Wednesday, 1 February single-use plastic drinking straws, cutlery, plates, drink stirrers, cotton bud sticks, and expanded polystyrene food service items and drink containers are banned from sale or supply in Victoria.

The ban does not apply to plastic and polystyrene packaging used to transport and store fresh produce.

How to comply with the ban – free resources are available:

Valentine’s Day

The retro ‘OG’ love note campaign will go live tomorrow and includes the following:

  • Radio advertising on Nova 100 and Smooth FM
  • Social media videos showcasing flowers being created with a love note
  • Social media vox pops
  • Vintage style posters for instore promotion

A2 campaign posters are available for collection from the Flower Market and Customer Service Centre, with limited stock available.

Keep an eye out on our social media channels for content and get involved!

  1. Use the hashtag – add #FlowerTheOG to all Valentine’s Day posts
  2. Share social media videos from the Melbourne Market Facebook or Instagram page on your socials
  3. Use “Give Flowers The OG Love Note” imagery on your socials
  4. Make your own fun posts with the “Give Flowers The OG Love Note” theme
  5. Remember to include and #nationalflowercentre in all your posts

For all enquiries, please contact Theresa on 9258 6191

Last chance to win with Victorian Strawberries!

Today is the final day for customers to win one of the following great prizes:

  • Luxury escape in the Yarra Valley, including a hot air balloon ride and strawberry picking experience and tour
  • 5 x $200 vouchers at local A better choice! fruit and veg shops

Retailers still have the chance to win a $200 gourmet hamper, simply:

  1. Take a photo or video including Victorian Strawberries
  2. Post to the store’s Instagram or Facebook
  3. Use the hashtag #ilovevicstrawberries and tag @vicstrawberries and @abetterchoiceaus

Click here for more information and terms and conditions.

Trading Floor stand availability

Are you or someone you know looking to grow your stand presence for 2023?

The Melbourne Market has stand availability on the Fruit and Vegetable Trading Floor.

This is a fantastic opportunity for any small to medium Victorian growers.

To register your interest, please fill out the Stand Enquiry form, and a property team member will be in contact with you.

Industry News

Australian lychee season extends

Consumers can expect to see more lychees on shelves for longer this year as cooler and wetter conditions result in a later harvest than usual.

Despite a bumper crop being picked, prices have stayed steady, meaning the delay is also good news for growers.

Click here to read more.

Pineapple ‘catastrophe’ leads to calls for help

A natural flowering event caused by 2022’s cool, wet winter means millions of pineapples will all fruit inconsistently in the coming weeks.

800,000 pineapples will be harvested from the Yeppoon based Valley Syndicate. The mass flowering event will mean they may be harder to locate after this harvest is complete.

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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Scicluna’s in Dandenong South is now hiring Delivery Van Drivers! This is a full-time, permanent position with early starts and early finishes 5 days per week, including Saturdays.

Click here to view the full job ad.

Check out our website or Indeed for more details and to apply today!

Premier Fresh Australia

We are seeking capable, motivated, and skilled Store Persons to join our team at the Melbourne Epping Market!

If you’re keen to explore fresh opportunities, send your resume to

Simon George & Sons

Part-time early morning shift data entry and customer service position available for Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 3am – 8am.

The selected candidate will be proficient in Microsoft Office applications, detail-oriented with a positive and proactive approach to work.
Previous use of the ‘Fresh’ system is highly regarded. However, full training will be provided.
Click here to view the full job ad.

To apply, please contact Robert on 0488 088 755

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