This Week In The Market – 8 November 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Take action for Men’s Health this November
– Remembering Teisha Dower
– Getting to know your Advisory Committee members
Market News
Take action for Men’s Health this November

What’s Normal and What’s Not
Testicular cancer is the #1 cancer among young men. Yet 62% of those at risk don’t know how to check themselves.Watch the how-to video above to see how easy it is to check your ‘pear’ 🍐 and get to know what’s normal for you. That way, if anything changes, you can act on it!

In the unlikely event that you’re diagnosed with testicular cancer, it is highly treatable and curable when caught early.

For more information and resources, head to Movember’s Nuts & Bolts page.Join the Melbourne Market Movember team!

To get involved, join our team here and start growing a glorious Mo and raising funds for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives. For those who can’t or don’t want to grow a moustache, there are many ways you can get involved to raise funds for a worthy cause.

Remembering Teisha Dower

The MMA and Melbourne Market Community are mourning the sudden passing of MarketFresh Schools co-founder Teisha Dower.

Teisha, along with Carolyn Creed, developed the MarketFresh Schools Program over 40 years ago, designed to teach primary school children the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy balanced diet. The program also explains how fresh produce is grown, harvested and sold through the Melbourne Market supply chain. 

It is estimated that Teisha and Carolyn have delivered their interactive program, where children get to sample fresh Melbourne Market produce, to over 750,000 Victorian school children, partly funded through the MMA, and by generous produce donations from wholesalers and growers.

Teisha was known for her friendly smile, enthusiasm, and energy, and will be remembered for her valuable contribution to the fresh produce industry and the wider Victorian community. 

The family is honouring Teisha with a private funeral this week.
To celebrate Teisha’s life and her vibrant personality, those who knew her are wearing bright colours this Friday. We invite those who also wish to honour Teisha to join in. 
We offer sincere condolences to Teisha’s family, friends, and those who knew her. She will be sadly missed. Rest in Peace.

Getting to know your Advisory Committee Members
Graham Gee is the Chief Produce Buyer for The Happy Apple’s three flagship stores in Ascot Vale, Seddon and Newport. When he’s not in the Market sourcing the best quality produce, you can find him at home cooking up a storm for the family. From bruschetta to roughed-up roast potatoes, he has tips on everything! 

Watch the video above to find out more about Graham.

Speaking to your advisory committee members is an effective way to raise key issues with the MMA. You can visit Graham in the Market for any queries or suggestions you may have for the Advisory Committee.

For a full list of Advisory Committee members and to view minutes from previous meetings, visit the MMA website.

Quayclean Robotic Cleaning

Thanks to everyone who voted for their favourite name in our Instagram poll last week!

Meet Optimus Lime, our new robotic cleaner on Level 1 on the Buyers’ Walk.

Optimus Lime is programmed for specific routines, is battery-operated, self-charging, and uses eight times less water when compared with traditional cleaning machines. 

Keep an eye out for Optimus Lime and future innovative cleaning services provided by Quayclean.

What’s in Season – Help us showcase the Melbourne Market produce
You may have recently seen our What’s in Season videos on social media. 
Check out Natasha from Premier Fresh Australia providing all the info on R2E2 mangoes and a new way of cutting them!
We love getting your expert advice on all things fruit and veg! If you have produce you would like to showcase in our What’s in Season series please contact us here.

Follow us on our socials to see future What’s in Season videos!

New Campaign Announcement!

A better choice! is excited to announce Julie Goodwin as the official brand ambassador for the program over the next 12 months.

To celebrate this, we will launch a new campaign, where retail stores can expect to receive a personalised video endorsement from Julie, in-store Point-of-Sale collateral and YouTube advertising courtesy of A better choice!

Watch this space as we will begin to share some great campaign material!Citrus Australia visitYesterday, Claire from Citrus Australia toured the market with representatives from the Indian importing company, L’exotique.

They were introduced to wholesalers to understand Australian citrus export opportunities to continue providing premium quality fruits in Delhi and Dubai.

To find out more about what Citrus Australia do, head to their website.

Resources for Victoria’s single-use plastic ban

In anticipation of the upcoming single-use plastic ban, business information sessions are being held every Friday from 11am until February 2023. The sessions are designed for any business affected by the ban to ask questions, receive practical advice, and see what other businesses are doing. You can register for a session here.

Resources, including factsheets, posters, and postcards for businesses to use to understand their new obligations under the ban, can be downloaded here.

Industry News
Grants announced for secondary school agriculture pathway programs

Students attending schools in Broadford, Gippsland, Wyndham and Hobsons Bay will have pathways offered to them to gain skills for a career in agriculture at a secondary school level.

On a visit to Velisha Farms, Werribee South, Victorian education minister Natalie Hutchins announced grants will be awarded to 43 school pathway projects for secondary students to learn about the sector.

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. View full online job board

New World Australia Mushroom
We are seeking a store and delivery person for a casual Monday–Friday position (12am to 7am).
The role will be delivery based in the Market and warehouse duties outside the Market. Assisting a store manager with receiving, packing, palletising and moving mushrooms too and from the store in the Market.

Our ideal candidate:
– Driver’s licence and Forklift license is essential
– A sound understanding of work procedures and practices in the Market
– A friendly attitude, good presentation and good customer skills
– Reliable and punctual to work
– Good time management as well as being able to work autonomously

Please email if you are interested in this role.

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