This Week in the Market – 7 December 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– 40-year celebration wall official launch 
– Tell us what you think in the market survey
– Vale Phillip Taranto

Market News
40-year celebration wall official launch

The MMA is very excited to officially launch our 40-year celebration wall, which further recognises the life-long contribution of our gold cardholders.

The wall is filled with the names of all those who have hit the 40-year milestone in a bold display of colours, next to store 51 on the Buyers’ Walk. It has been designed so names can be added each year as market users reach the significant milestone.

Next Thursday, 16 December, the MMA will be hosting a launch event. Now that COVID restrictions have eased, it is a great opportunity to celebrate those who have reached this significant milestone over the past year and to catch up with the Market community. MMA CEO, Mark Maskiell and Chairperson, Peter Tuohey will be in attendance to present some of the recent recipients with their 40-year service certificate. 

We hope to see you there! 
When: Thursday, 16 December 7am
Where: 40-year celebration wall, next to store 51 on the Buyers’ Walk

Tell us what you think in the market survey


Every year the MMA 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 data collected is used to improve the operations, facilities and opportunities for businesses at the Melbourne Market.

Look out for a text message with a link to the survey which will be sent later this week. The first 75 market users to complete the survey will receive a $15 voucher to use at participating market cafes! 

Vale Phillip Taranto 

The MMA and Market community offer condolences to the family of Phillip Taranto, who passed away last week.
Phillip, pictured here with his daughter, was a 40-year gold card member involved with multiple businesses within the industry over his career. Funeral to be held at St Monica’s in Moonee Ponds, Monday 13 December, 11.30am.
Rest in Peace, Phillip.  

Drug and Alchohol Testing onsite

The MMA is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all Market users.

When individuals are affected by drugs or alcohol, it can influence their fitness for work and can be a contributing factor in workplace incidents and injuries.

All persons entering the Melbourne Market site, must at all times, be fit for duty.
Market Operating Rules make clear that a person on Market Land must not have a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.00%, or be under the influence of prohibited drugs.

A reminder that random drug and alcohol testing occurs in the Market via a third-party testing provider to help ensure a safe working environment.

Any persons who return a non-negative drug or alcohol test result will not be permitted to remain on Market Land and may also be subject to disciplinary action per the Market Operating Rules, including but not limited to being suspended from the Market. 

Click here to access the Melbourne Market drug and alcohol testing FAQs.

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 in the lead up to and after the public holidays, the market will offer extended trading hours on some days during the Christmas – New Year period.

Thursday 23 December – 3:30am – 7:30am, regular trading
Friday 24 December – 2:00am – 7:30am, – extended trading hours
Saturday 25 December – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Monday 27 December – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Tuesday 28 December – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Wednesday 29 December – 2:00am – 7:30am, – extended trading hours
Thursday 30 December – 3:30am – 7:30am, regular trading hours
Friday 31 December – 2:00am – 7:30am, – extended trading hours
Saturday 1 January – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Monday 3 January – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Tuesday 4 January – 3:30am – 7:30am, regular trading hours
Buyers will have access to the Melbourne Market on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 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. 

Youth Sports Initiative Winners presentations
Over the last week, A better choice! has had the pleasure of joining even more greengrocers as they presented more Youth Sports Initiative winners with a sporting sponsorship to the value of $500.

Thanks to Henrys Mercato for supporting Seaford Little Athletics and Sciclunas Sorrento for supporting Junior Golfer, Gracie Larsen.


Participating A better choice! retailers have welcomed the opportunity to find another way to be part of the local community, recognising and supporting local sporting clubs.

The campaign has supported a range of different sporting clubs across Victoria from local lifesaving nippers programs, youth basketball, little athletics, tennis, roller derby, soccer, football, netball clubs, golfers and more. The sporting clubs awarded with the sponsorships have reported they are using the much-needed funds to support operations, provide shading, and purchase new equipment. Certificate III Greengrocery program 
The next Certificate III in Greengrocery course is due to commence in late January 2022. There is still time to sign up staff and this round of students will be the last group able to take advantage of generous government funding. 

The Certificate is a great opportunity to upskill and reward staff with a nationally recognised qualification. The MMA still have scholarships available for those wanting to undertake the upcoming course and there is also government funding (up to $28,000 per year) available to businesses with team members enrolled in the course.

With the next course starting soon, now is a great time to register and upskill your staff. For expressions of interest please contact Theresa Hunt, Marketing Specialist, Melbourne Market Authority.
Phone: (03) 9258 6191

A message from FareShare 

The final day for Market donations to food charity FareShare in 2021 will be 23 December. We will resume collections from our bay at the back of Store 6 (northern end) on 3 January 2022.

We’d like to thank the Market community who have generously supported us in 2021 and helped us cook thousands of hearty meals. Demand for meals remains high, so any assistance with your surplus or end-of-life produce can be used to help people in need.

FareShare wishes you all a safe and enjoyable holiday break. See you in the New Year.

A message from Food Bank 

The last day for Market donations in 2021 will be 17 December and we look forward to returning to the Market on 10 January 2022.

We’d like to extend a warm thanks to the Market community who generously supported us in 2021.

We wish you all a safe and enjoyable break and see you in the New Year!

Industry News
Australian carrots continue to be a popular vegetable at home and abroad

Australian carrot growers grew enough of the vegetable to fill 330 Olympic-sized swimming pools, with 335,000 tonnes produced nationwide, according to Australia’s peak vegetable body. Read more on Fresh Plaza

Help shape the future of biosecurity in Victoria
Victorians are being called on to take the lead in strengthening their state’s biosecurity system by nominating to join Victoria’s Biosecurity Reference Group.

The Biosecurity Reference Group is being established as part of a Victorian Government $28 million change program to strengthen Victoria’s biosecurity system and better protect Victoria’s economy, environment and people from biosecurity threats such as exotic pests and diseases.Read more on Star Mail.  

Prices of watermelons and chillies to rise after torrential rains
Australians will probably pay a premium for popular summer produce, including watermelons and chillies as widespread storms have destroyed crops across Queensland. The deluge has made harvest difficult in some regions, with parts of Bundaberg receiving record-breaking totals in the past two weeks. The rains have saturated growers’ properties.Read more on Fresh Plaza

Melbourne Market Job Board

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. Hot House Produce is hiring!Hot House Produce is seeking an experienced Pick Packer/Forklift Driver.  Approx 30 hours per week and generous remuneration for the right candidate. Please email resumes to
For further information please contact Brenton on 0408 546 500.

Work with Ten Farms Pty Ltd 
Position – Temporary Store Administration Clerk ( 3 Months)
Hours –     Monday – Friday 3am-8am
We are looking for an enthusiastic person to fill this position for three months.

Job Requirements:

Supporting our wholesale team
Data entry of stock received and sold
Helping with stock control
Customer service
Debtor reporting
Handling/balancing, cash/banking
General office duties
Collecting mail
Keeping workspace clean and sanitised 

Please email your interest and resume to full online job board

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