This Week in the Market – 6 June 2023

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In this week’s Market News:

– World Environment Day
– Children in the Market
– Horticulture Awards for Excellence 2023

Market News

World Environment Day

Yesterday, Monday 5 June was World Environment Day, which focuses on eliminating waste and creating a sustainable future for all, both of which are extremely important to the Melbourne Market and our community. Through world-class facilities and environmentally friendly initiatives, the Melbourne Market is a leader in sustainability.

The Market hosts the largest rooftop solar panel system in Greater North-Eastern Victoria. The 2.4mega-watt system offsets 1,772,838kg of carbon emissions, the equivalent of planting 34,381 trees every year.

Last financial year approximately 10 million litres of potable water was saved and 98% of waste was recycled thanks to the generosity of market users and their commitment to recycling.

Our partnerships with Foodbank and Fareshare not only contribute to reducing food waste but help support Victorians doing it tough.

A key priority for the future will be to explore clean electrolysis-derived Hydrogen energy to further offset carbon emissions at the Market.

World Environment Day reminds us there are things each and every one of us can do to reduce our carbon footprint. Want to know the 10 actions to start with? Check out these recommendations from the United Nations on how you can make a difference:

Children in the Market

Children in the Market will be back these upcoming school holidays, on Tuesday, 4 and Wednesday, 5 July.

Children must be pre-registered before the event and accompanied by their parent or guardian. Please complete the registration form here, print it, and return it to Customer Service.

*Please note: All submitted forms will be automatically approved unless you are notified otherwise.

Horticulture Awards for Excellence 2023

Good luck to all those from our Market community who are nominated in this year’s Horticulture Awards for Excellence. The awards, which will take place during Wednesday night’s Gala Ball at Hort Connections, acknowledge and highlight Australasia’s industry-leading growers and industry members with a focus on their exceptional innovation and contribution to the industry over the past 12 months.

We wish the following Market community members the best of luck:

Adam & Chris Schreurs – Schreurs & Sons: Syngenta Grower of the Year
Colleen Dangerfield – VFS Exports: Hort Innovation Exporter of the Year & Boomaroo Nurseries Women in Horticulture
Frank Frappa – Premier Fresh Australia: Hort Innovation Exporter of the Year
Angela Ruffo – Tripod Farmers Group: Boomaroo Nurseries Women in Horticulture

Market Advisory Committee Meetings

The Market Advisory Committees will be meeting on Tuesday, 13 June and Wednesday, 14 June. 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.

Zespri Partnership Announcement

A better choice! have once again teamed up with Zespri to promote their Sungold Kiwifruit, and this year retail stores can win a share of $5,000 in prizes! Entry is simple:

1. Set up a Zespri display with the provided POS materials
2. Snap a photo and post it to Instagram or Facebook
3. Use the hashtag #shopforsungold so we can see!

Three stores with the best displays will each receive a major prize and 10 additional prize-winning stores will be selected at random!

Contact Zac for more information.

New A better choice! billboard

Starting this week, you’ll be seeing new A better choice! advertisements across Melbourne.Over the next month, A better choice! will be running billboard advertising across five high-traffic locations, including The Bolte Bridge and the Western Ring Road.

These billboards will be viewed over a million times by Melbournians, all driving home the simple message – shop at your local fruit and veg shop!

Restraints Deadline 30 June

A reminder, to comply with WorkSafe Victoria advice, 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.

WorkSafe expects all market-approved vehicles to be fitted with appropriate restraints by 30 June 2023 and have advised they will be visiting the Melbourne Market to check compliance. For any queries regarding the restraint requirement, please contact WorkSafe Victoria on 1800 136 089.

Industry News

Australian garlic variety could be used to combat Covid and the flu

According to new medical research, an Australian garlic variety could reduce Covid and flu-related infections. One particular variety found near Mildura in regional Victoria’s been tested by The Peter Doherty Institute, looking into the properties of the popular cooking ingredient. They discovered this specific Australian-grown variety has up to 99.9% efficacy against Covid-19 and the influenza virus.

Click here to read more.

Melons Australia sets lofty goals for bigger bite of Asian market

The Australian melon industry is eyeing off some ambitious market expansion goals including taking its export share from 8 per cent to 20pc over the next five years in south-east Asia markets.

The plan is to seize new opportunities in emerging markets in South Korea, Vietnam and India.

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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