This Week in the Market – 4 October 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Children in the Market fun
– Melbourne Market industry open day this Thursday
– Drug and alcohol testing continues
Market News
Children in the Market

It was great to see so many children in the market last week for our school holiday event!

Children enjoyed seeing the market in action, and many got their faces painted with colourful designs. Kids could also participate in our market quiz and colouring competition to win 1 of 3, $50 gift vouchers. 

Well done to everyone who entered; we received lots of colourful creations and great quiz entries. 
Our winners are:

Market Quiz – Claude and Nette (combined entry), Mumford’s
Fruit colouring competition – Grace and Georgia (combined entry), Kelly Bros.  
Flower colouring competition – Ruby Siantis, FreshMax
Check out our winning colouring entries below – parents can pick up voucher prizes from customer service from this Wednesday.


Thank you to everyone for your vigilance and prioritising safety while we welcomed 43 children into the market over the two days.
We are already looking forward to the next Children in the Market event; keep an eye out for the dates later this year!

Melbourne Market Industry Open Day – This Thursday

The MMA will host the next Melbourne Market Industry Open Day this Thursday, 6 October.

From 5 am onwards, we will be welcoming approximately 60 guests on market tours, learning how they can access the widest range of fresh produce and cut flowers in Victoria – If you see the tour group please give us a wave and say hello!

One of our biggest priorities in the market is safety. Please remain vigilant, especially at pedestrian crossings. We appreciate your patience as we conduct these tours.

Drug and alcohol testing continues at the Melbourne Market

The Melbourne Market is a drug and alcohol-free site, and we regularly conduct random drug and alcohol testing. 

Our drug and alcohol testing program has been in place for almost three years and remains part of our ongoing commitment to providing a safe work environment. 

Due to the random nature of the testing, some market users may have been tested multiple times over the past three years, while others may have yet to be tested. 

When market users follow instructions and receive a negative test result, the whole process from start to finish takes just 8 minutes to complete, having minimal impact on your morning. 

We will continue to conduct random testing on-site to ensure a safe work environment, so you should expect that you will be tested at some stage in the future.

When you are randomly selected for drug and alcohol testing, we ask that you cooperate and follow the instructions of the tester to make the process streamlined, quick and easy for all involved. 

Getting fresh produce to Tasmania
Did you know that each week, over 50 shipping containers of fresh produce leave the Melbourne Market for Tasmania?

With no central market in Tasmania the MMA Board and Management recently visited the state to strengthen our connections with local greengrocers and to better understand freight and biosecurity challenges.

Watch the three-part series below to hear from Nick, head buyer for Hill Street Grocer, and see how the produce is sourced directly from the market, shipped across the Bass Strait, and into the expertly curated Hill Street Grocer stores.

You can watch the three-part series here!

New member announcement – Monet’s Grocer!
Welcome to the team at Monet’s Grocer who have recently come on board as A better choice! members!

Monet’s Grocer is the project behind Ronnie and Amy Monet, who collectively have over 40 years of cooking, hospitality, and food retail experience.

Monet’s Grocer is thoughtfully curated with premium fruits and vegetables, as well as an extensive range of gourmet grocery lines.

Make sure to stop in and say hi to Ronnie and Amy next time you’re in Bentleigh, and check out their amazing store!

Retailer shoutout – Foreman’s Fine Food Merchant

We loved seeing this display for mid-week meals utilising the A better choice! recipe cards at Foreman’s Fine Food Merchant this week.

The recipe was also featured on a 
reel by Anglesea Fruitz, showcasing some awesome examples of how to get creative with recipe cards!

For any retailers looking for in-store recipe cards or POS please contact Zac.

Industry News
CGA secures export traceability project

Cherry Growers Australia (CGA) and Agriculture Victoria have announced a new cherry supply chain traceability pilot for on-farm traceability and high-value export markets.

The aim of the pilot is to build and protect exports by developing automated and integrated traceability systems that track the product journey from on-farm harvest through to the customer.

Click here to find out 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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Freshmax Wholesale
We have an exciting opportunity to join our dynamic team as a Full-Time Forklift Operator, Monday to Friday 11pm or 12am start. (with 1 Saturday working per month).

We are looking for an energetic, self-motivated candidate with a great “Can Do” attitude and willingness to learn and grow. Reporting to the Operations Manager your main duties will include but not limited to:

Ensuring all deliveries are completed on time
Completing required paperwork for dispatch
Unloading and loading trucks
Manage stock movements – Receival and Dispatch of stock
Stock replenishment and stacking pallets correctly.
Checking orders and raising discrepancies.
Basic warehouse duties General cleaning & housekeeping duties as required.
Other warehouse duties as assigned by the manager.

Have prior experience working in a busy warehouse environment (advantageous).
Must hold a valid forklift license (mandatory)A good understanding of HACCP requirements will be beneficial and adherence to company procedures
Previous experience working in a fresh produce production environment (fruit and vegetable) would be highly desirable

Click here for further information or to apply for this role.

Join one of Melbourne’s most respected and growing food merchants and work for a company that cares about its people!

Delivery Driver – Dandenong South Click here for more info or to apply
Pick Packers – Nightshift – Dandenong South Click here for more info or to apply 
Retail Storeperson – Mentone Click here for more info or to applyGrocery Assistants and Junior Retail Assistants – Sorrento Click here for more info or to apply
Part Time Retail Assistant – Tooronga Click here for more info or to apply

For more information or to apply, please visit or email for further information.

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