This Week in the Market – 4 November 2020

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In this week’s Market News:

– Victorian growers require COVIDSafe Plan
– Essential safety and tenancy inspections across the site
– Social media influencers spread the word

Market News
Changes to Market COVID restrictions
Market cafes are now open for seated indoor service. There are limits on the number of patrons allowed at any one time with rules stating that due to the size of our cafes, there is a limit of 10 patrons for dine-in service.

The 1 person per buggy/electric vehicle rule will remain until further notice. 

Jan from ‘c the market’ will recommence her market tours this week with a maximum of six participants at any time. Jan and tour participants will undertake temperature screening before entry and will strictly adhere to COVID rules at all times. Tour groups will only be made up of people from within the industry visiting for business purposes, or those touring the market before signing up as new access cardholders. 

Market users are reminded that they must continue to follow remaining COVID rules at all times. Detailed information regarding current COVID restrictions at the Market can be found at

Remember you must continue to correctly wear an approved face covering at all times while on-site at the Market.

Victorian Growers require COVIDSafe Plan

Horticulture businesses in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria have been determined ‘high risk’, and are now required to develop a Seasonal Horticultural Workers High Risk COVIDSafe Plan.All employers (farm businesses/hosts) and labour-hire providers of seasonal workers in the horticulture industry (relating to picking, packing and harvesting of fruit and vegetables, excluding nuts, wine grapes and olives) are required to develop Seasonal Horticulture Workers COVIDSafe Plan.
Read more via the AUSVEG webiste.

Essential safety and tenancy inspections across the site

To ensure continued high levels of safety at the Melbourne Market, ESM (Essential Safety Measures) and tenancy inspections will be carried out across the entire site during November.  
The inspections will occur at all leased premises (excluding ESR warehouses) and will cover three different elements taking approximately 15 minutes in total.
1. A general inspection of the tenancy to assess the overall condition
2. A fire safety inspection, where fire extinguishers will be tested and tagged and smoke detectors tested to make sure they are operational.
3. A door safety inspection, to ensure exit and entry doors can easily open and close without getting stuck or jammed, hinges are tight, and sliding doors are attached to rails. 

A specific and detailed COVIDSafe plan has been created and will be followed by the contractors carrying out these inspections.
The following measures are included in the COVIDSafe Plan:
– All personnel will be temperature screened before entering the site;
– Face coverings will be worn at all times;
– Social distancing measures in place, ensuring only one contractor enters the Premises at a time;
– Utilising hand sanitiser and/or wearing gloves; and
– Common surfaces which may have been handled by the contractors will be cleaned by a cleaner immediately afterwards (door handles, fire extinguisher, external switchboard doors, handrails etc.)

Businesses do not need to prepare for the ESM and tenancy inspections. 
Business Principals will receive further communication with the scheduled date and time that the ESM and tenancy inspection will be completed. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk on (03) 9258 6149.

Social media influencers spread the word

During the latest ‘Spring Fresh‘ campaign, A better choice! has been using social media influencers to spread the message that, when it comes to fresh fruit and veg, the local greengrocer is ‘a better choice’. 

Masterchef favourite, Callum Haan, boasts a huge 99,000 social media followers, and during the campaign, Callum’s followers have seen him share a number of recipes created exclusively for the Spring Fresh campaign. Callum has also shared with his followers the reasons he buys from the local greengrocer. 

Television and radio presenter Yumi Styles has not only been talking about the benefits of the local greengrocer during her radio show, the 3 PM Pick-up, with Bec Judd, but she also cooked one of the Spring Fresh recipes live on Instagram for her 33,000 followers. 

As the weather begins to warm up and the backyard BBQs across Melbourne start firing up, consumers continue to hear through A better choice! advertising, that if you want the best in quality and service, get to the local greengrocer! A Better Choice feedback
Do you have feedback or questions about the A Better Choice program?
We’d love to hear from you, send an email to

Focus on Men’s Health during November

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. 

Did you know, across the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for largely preventable reasons? Which means that it doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

During November, we will be sharing videos focussing on men’s health, from personal stories, through to advice on how to improve your own physical and mental health. 

Below, Kearnan Myall opens up about his mental health struggles, while working in a highly competitive, masculine environment. Ex-professional rugby player Kearnan Myall opens up about his own mental health challenges both on and off the pitch.

Industry News
Traceability trial a “game changer” for industry

A $200,000 trial of traceability technology for citrus exports has seen more than 400,000kg of premium fruit traced and verified from Mildura orchards through to international retail markets.

Using ‘digital fingerprint’ labelling and blockchain technology the fruit was scanned at over 50 retail and wholesale locations.
Click here to read more on the Good Fruit and Vegetable website.

RMIT fruit & vegetable insights survey

RMIT is calling for senior business managers, packaging technologists, marketers, designers, food safety people, and/or production personnel from the fruit and vegetable/packaging sector to take part in an online survey, to discuss the industry understanding of consumer relationships with packaging and how it can/cannot be designed as a way to mitigate food loss/food waste.
Click here
 to learn more and complete the survey. 

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