This Week In The Market – 6 December 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Coming Together for Flood-affected Growers this Christmas
– Market Advisory Committee Meetings
– Market Operations
Market News
Coming together for flood-affected growers this Christmas

With the Melbourne Market Cherry Auction being postponed until 2023, the MMA, Fresh State and A better choice! will still come together to support and raise money for flood-affected growers this festive season.

The MMA, Fresh State and A better choice! are kicking off the fundraiser with a combined $30,000 donation to the growers who are fundamental to our fresh produce supply chain.

The recent floods saw numerous rural towns and communities in Victoria’s north and northeast completely inundated, with more than 120,000 hectares of crops being lost and approximately 12,000 farming properties damaged in the devastating floods.

There are several ways you can get involved and donate, firstly through a dedicated fundraiser page on Givit (coming soon…) and secondly on Thursday, 22 December, from 4am when Santa himself visits the Market shaking donation tins.

Market Advisory Committee Meetings
The Market advisory committees will hold meetings today and tomorrow. You can ask your advisory committee members to raise questions or ideas with the MMA. 

Advisory committees work with the Melbourne Market Authority to advise on matters relating to Market operations and the fresh produce industry. Committee members are a great source of information and advice for Market users. To find out who the members of the advisory committees are, please visit the MMA website.

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, buyers will have access to the Melbourne Market on Monday, 26 and Tuesday, 27 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. 

“The final day for Market donations to food charity FareShare in 2022 will be Tuesday, 20 December. We will resume collections on Tuesday, 3 January 2023.

We’d like to thank the Market community who have generously supported us in 2022 and helped us cook thousands of hearty meals.””The last day for Market donations to food charity Foodbank in 2022 will be Friday, 16 December and we look forward to returning to the Market on Monday, 9 January 2023.

We’d like to extend a warm thanks to the Market community who generously supported us in 2022.”

Market Satisfaction Survey

This week the MMA will distribute the Market Satisfaction Survey to get feedback and insights on how we’re going, what’s working, what can be improved and how we can assist your business.

The survey is completely anonymous, and upon completion, you will receive a separate link to go into the draw for some amazing prizes.

Keep an eye out in your inbox and via SMS and make sure to share your thoughts and complete the survey.Market OperationsTrading Floor
A reminder the Trading Floor must be fully cleared at the end of trade. This means no pallets or desks to be left behind. Any pallets left on Trading Floor after 9:30am will be taken to the nearest pallet collection station and disposal penalties will apply.

Buyers’ Walk
A reminder that no produce is to be left at the front or rear of stores on the Buyers’ Walk. Items being left are currently interfering with the cleaning program.

Toilet Doors
A reminder that entry doors to female toilet blocks should not be “chocked” open by market users at any stage, this is to ensure the safety and privacy of all market users.

Victorian Strawberry Promotion

A better choice! have partnered with Victorian Strawberries to celebrate this Victorian Strawberry season, and both retailers and consumers have a chance to win!

To be in the draw to win 1 of 5 Gourmet Hampers valued at $200, retailers can simply:Take a photo or video including Victorian StrawberriesPost to your store’s Instagram or Facebook accountUse the hashtag #ilovevicstrawberries and tag @vicstrawberries and @abetterchoiceausAs part of this promotion, consumers who shop in your store will also have a chance to win a luxury escape in the Yarra Valley, with a hot air balloon ride and strawberry farm picking experience for two.
 To be activated with this campaign, please get in touch with Zac or simply share the link below to your social channels so your customers have a chance of winning.

Julie Goodwin Campaign
A better choice! have loved seeing Masterchef royalty Julie Goodwin activated in their stores.
To hear more about this campaign, contact Zac.

2XU Wellness Run for Beyond Blue

On Sunday, the local A better choice! team supplied fruit at the 2XU Wellness Run to over 8,500 runners in St Kilda!

The event raised over $400,000 for Beyond Blue, and the fun runners loved the fruit to keep refuelled after their run, providing great exposure for the A better choice! brand locally.

A huge thank you to Premier Fresh Australia, Market City Fruits and City Fresh Wholesalers, who helped get the delicious fruit to our fun runners on the day.

Buyers’ Walk Floor Deep Clean
From Monday, 12 December to Tuesday, 20 December between 11am and 4pm, heavy-duty machinery will be operating on the Buyer’s Walk to undertake a deep clean of the area.

The schedule of the works will run as follows:

Tenancy 1-27 – Monday, 12 December
Tenancy 29-51 – Tuesday, 13 December
Tenancy 53-69 – Wednesday, 14 December
Tenancy 71-85 – Thursday, 15 December
Tenancy 87-103 – Friday, 16 December
Tenancy 107-127 – Monday, 19 December
Tenancy 129-155 – Tuesday, 20 December

When the area in front of your tenancy is due to be cleaned, please ensure you remove all items including any equipment and/or product from the area.

Food Hamper Drive Success
The Melbourne Market was proud to support the Foodbank Drive Thru on Sunday with over 1000 boxes of fresh produce and pantry items distributed to Victorians doing it tough this Christmas season.

Want to know more about how your business can support Foodbank Victoria? Contact Fresh Produce Food Sourcing Coordinator, Declan Foott on 0468 607 070.

Secure extra STAND SPACE this Christmas
Would you like more stand space over the busy festive period?
The MMA has a limited number of Fruit & Veg stands available now. With only a few weeks to go before Christmas, get in touch with the Property Team today.
Phone: 03 9258 6140

LPG Safety Instruction Refresher

On Tuesday, 13 December, from 6am, an Origin Energy representative will be onsite to provide a refresher on best practices for forklift cylinder refilling.

Lindsay will provide a step-by-step guide on how to refill, safety precautions, first aid and what to do in an emergency.

Be sure to make Lindsay feel welcome when you see him at the North LPG station.

Industry News
New banana varieties set to provide Aussie consumers with greater choice in the future
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) is looking forward to Australian consumers having a greater choice in their eating experience with bananas.

Consumer research as part of a project from Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has identified four new varieties of the Goldfinger banana with the potential to satisfy both consumer and grower needs

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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Mildura Fresh Marketing
Mildura Fresh Marketing is seeking reliable Fresh Produce Packers to join our team.

You will be packing and grading produce according to supermarket specifications.

Strong attention to detail
Capable of lifting up to 10kg
6AM starts: Monday to Saturday.
Hours vary depending on demand.

If you are interested, please ring Phil on 0400 202 668. Alternatively send your resume to

Tripod Farmers
Tripod Farmers is looking for a motivated Admin/Sales Personnel to join our fast-paced team.The position will be full-time, and will report directly to the Sales Manager daily. Duties will include, but may not be limited to:

Computer-based Customer Service and Sales
Daily balancing of accounts
Communicating with dispatch regarding product
Customer Liaison
Assist with stocktakes
Order picking for Melbourne Market when required.

Previous sales experience will be highly regarded. To apply, please send applications to

The Fruit Box
The Fruit Box has an opportunity for an experienced, passionate and results-driven Fruit and Veg Buyer to oversee VIC, SA and WA market buying daily, including planning, purchasing & stock management.

Ideally, you will have:

Previous experience in a similar role
Experience building and maintaining strong working relationships
Excellent communication skills
Strong work ethic
Strong time Management & critical thinking
Experience in purchasing, materials management, inventory management

To apply, please send your resume with a cover letter to or call Andrew on 0414 498 903

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