This Week in the Market – 9 August 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– A WorkSafe Victoria Requirement
– Covid Update – Vaccination Hub Final Day
– Notice of Disruptive Works    

Market News  
A WorkSafe Victoria requirement:
Eliminating the risk of ejection from Market Vehicles

Vehicles are essential to work at the Melbourne Market but can also be a significant safety risk.
WorkSafe Victoria has contacted the MMA about electric vehicle safety and, more specifically, preventing people from being ejected from market-approved vehicles. 
WorkSafe recommends the most effective way for businesses to eliminate the risk of ejection from market-approved vehicles is by fitting seatbelts for all occupants in all-electric vehicles, including forklifts, golf buggies, and Taylor Dunns, many of which do not currently have seatbelts.

Reasonable timeframes will be put in place for the installation of seat belts before infringements are issued, as WorkSafe expects seatbelts to be fitted and worn when operating all vehicles in the market.    
Covid Update – Vaccination Hub Final Day
It was great to see many people take up the opportunity to get vaccinated last week. DPV Health will be back onsite to offer COVID-19 vaccinations for one more day and is available for all market users.

Vaccination hub details
When: Thursday 18 August, 7 am – 11 am.
Where: A private screened-off area within Art & Style retail store, next to Customer Service on the Buyers’ Walk. 
Vaccines available: Pfizer and Novavax vaccinations will be available for anyone requiring a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd vaccine dose; 4th vaccinations are available for anyone over 30.
Getting your vaccination: No booking is required; vaccinations will be administered via a walk-in service. You will need to bring your medicare card and a form of photo ID with you.    


Tune in for the next episode of Everyday Gourmet

Did you see the previous episode of Everyday Gourmet last Thursday? Justine was buzzing to see the variety of high-quality potatoes flowing through the market,
her favourite vegetable!

Tune in this Thursday at 4pm on Channel 10 to see Fruit Nerd Thanh show Justine the exotic lines the market has to offer, followed by a dish cooked with produce sourced directly from the market.

Be sure to watch our social media channels to find out when future episodes will air.

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Temporary Power Shutdown
On Sunday, 28 August, various areas of the Melbourne Market will undergo a temporary power shutdown that will affect some premises. The shutdown allows crucial maintenance works to be carried out on the inner ring power supply system.

The power supply will be cut for approximately eight and a half hours, from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

The following Market areas will be affected:

F&V Building
Trading Stand
Admin Building
Diesel Station 
LPG Station – North & South
Waste Transfer Station
Loading West/ North/ South
General House Services – Lighting and Power

During the shutdown, premises will be without power supply, including cooling/refrigeration.
Warehouses on the outer ring will not be affected by this shutdown.     

Roller Door Installation
On Tuesday, 9 August from 10am the existing Rapid Roller Door between Buyer’s Walk stores 149-153 (near JJ’s cafe) will be replaced. Access will be barricaded and through traffic redirected to an alternate route.


Ongoing Painting Works Buyer’s Walk Toilet Blocks
Commencing Wednesday, 10 August through to Wednesday, 31 August ongoing painting works will be undertaken in the toilets on both levels of the Buyer’s Walk. 

One toilet block will be closed at a time, however, the adjacent Unisex toilets will be available during these times.    

Buyer’s Walk Floor Deep Clean
From Monday, 8 August to Tuesday, 16 August between 12:00pm and 4:00pm, 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, 8 August
Tenancy 29-49 – Tuesday, 9 August
Tenancy 53-69 – Wednesday, 10 August
Tenancy 71-85 – Thursday, 11 August
Tenancy 87-103 – Friday, 12 August
Tenancy 107-127 – Monday, 15 August
Tenancy 129-155 – Tuesday, 16 August

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.    

2022 Retailer of the Year, People’s Choice Award – Arnold Fruit Market
Huge congratulations to Arnolds Fruit Market, Wodonga, who took out the Victorian Retailer of the Year People’s Choice Award, and came in 3rd place nationally for the prestigious award!

Arnold’s is an icon of the Albury-Wodonga border, with a history dating back as far as 1892 as fruiterers, wholesalers and grocers of the region.


Watch the moment celebrity chef Callum Hann presented Arnold’s with their award, as well as other retailers who took out top spots around Australia  

Congratulations to the 150 retail stores in Victoria, which received almost 6,000 customer nominations in total, outperforming all other states.

See our top 10 stores here:

Arnolds Fruit Market, Wodonga – 829 Nominations
Rod’s Fruit and Veg, South Melbourne Market – 407 Nominations
Queen’s Harvest, Queen Vic Market – 358 Nominations
Greavesy’s Fruit n Veg, Terang – 329 Nominations
Lucke’s Fresh Food Market, Bairnsdale – 243 Nominations
Watts Fresh, Kyneton – 242 Nominations
The Cranbourne Market, Cranbourne – 205 Nominations
The Happy Apple Greengrocer, Seddon – 177 Nominations
Henrys Mercato, Waverley Gardens – 160 Nominations
Sculli Bros, Greensborough – 160 Nominations

Thank you to all retailers who participated in the recent A better choice! promotion, and stay tuned for more media and press on the Retailer of the Year award and A better choice! in coming weeks.    

Market Community Safety Tip with Ross from Ferrinda Fresh    

Warehouse 6.4 Availability

A leasing opportunity has become available in warehouse 6.4 at the Melbourne Market. The premises is 285m2 and includes a separate cooling room and racking.
To find out more about this opportunity, please contact:
Harry Georgiou
0434 411 242    

Australian Business Growth Fund (ABGF) (Melbourne’s North Food Group) – 10.45am, Tuesday, 9 August at La Trobe University Bundoora.
Register here.    

Industry News  
Pink and White strawberries unveiled

The new varieties have been developed through a partnership between Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) and Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF QLD). Dubbed Pink and White, the novelty varieties were unveiled at the BerryQuest International event on the Gold Coast today (26 July). True to its name, the White offering has a distinct white interior. On the outside, it is white with pale pink blush and red seeds. Click here to find out more.   

New supply chain service for Australian exporters

Australian exporters of perishable produce will have access to real-time information on supply chains and logistics under the new service established by the Australian Government.

“One of the biggest ongoing challenges for exporters is getting their produce to international customers,” Mr Farrell said. “This new supply chain service kicking into gear from 1 August 2022 will give Australian exporters the real-time information and insights they need to navigate complex global supply chains.” Click here to find out more.     

Melbourne Market Job Board and Community Notices  

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