This Week In The Market – 9 November 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– COVID Safety Update
– Fresho has arrived at the Melbourne Market 
– Christmas Trading Hours

Market News
COVID Safety Update
As life gets back to normal and we begin doing the things we love most again, it is still important to follow COVIDSafe rules at the Melbourne Market to protect our community and businesses. 

Face masks mandatory indoors
Wearing your face mask indoors is still mandatory.
As well as protecting your health, wearing a fitted face mask significantly reduces your risk of being suspended from the market in the event of a COVID exposure. As per the DHS’s Contact Assessment and Management Matrix, if you come in contact with a COVID positive case and are not wearing a face mask, you will be subject to a minimum seven-day quarantine, even if you are double vaccinated.

It is not mandatory to wear your face mask outside; however, the MMA strongly recommend keeping your mask on in both indoor and outdoor locations to limit your risk of transmission and/or quarantine in the event of COVID exposure. 

Penalties and suspensions will continue to be issued for those observed not wearing a face mask while indoors. 

Vaccination reminder
As Authorised Workers, all Melbourne Market access cardholders and contractors must be double vaccinated by 26 November. Any person who has currently only had a single vaccination dose should ensure they receive their second dose before 26 November for continued access to the site. 

Access Card Pop-Up Stand


Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through the access card audit, upon entry at gate 1. Thank you also to everyone who has visited the pop up stand outside Customer Service to have their access card reskinned to display vaccination status. This has been a tremendous help to streamline the entry process. If you haven’t already, we ask that you visit the stand between 4am – 8am by 25 November, where upon sighting your vaccination evidence, your access card will be re-printed with a symbol identifying your vaccination evidence has been previously sighted.  

Fresho has arrived at the Melbourne Market

We’re excited to announce Fresho is now accessible for buyers and sellers at the Melbourne Market for easier and faster pre-ordering and invoicing. Fresho, Australia’s largest digital wholesale platform, gives you the power and convenience to fully manage pre-ordering and invoicing simply online, from any device, anywhere and anytime. 

Watch how it works below. 

Simplify processes, reduce errors and save time. Plus, Fresho takes care of all the setup. 
Want to learn more and sign up? Email or just text “learn more” to  0477 326 564.

A better choice! Youth Sports Initiative 
Winners of the A better choice!, Youth Sports Initiative have been announced. Thank you to everyone who got behind the campaign and made it such a success.

Below is a list of the major prize winners in Victoria. These winning clubs/teams/individuals will receive a $500 sponsorship! There are also 20 runners up prizes ($30 sports voucher) to be awarded.

Winners from around the country will be able to decide how they spend their prize money as communities are able to reunite and connect through sport.


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. 

Men’s Health Awareness Month 

November is a time of year to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and men’s suicide; made more prevalent in the last decade with the Movember movement. 

It’s not always easy to reach out when things get tough, but we know that meaningful conversations early on can reduce the risk of suicide. Use ALEC to help you navigate a conversation with a friend who might be doing it tough.
– ASK how they are feeling
– LISTEN give them your full attention
– ENCOURAGE ACTION help them focus on simple things that might improve how they feel
– CHECK IN with a follow up conversation via phone call or FaceTime

Below is a video of men who have had suicidal thoughts, but were able to work through it. If you or anybody you know needs to connect to a support service, please visit

Industry News
Cracks in food system driven by year-round hunger for fresh produce begin to show

Big changes in the agriculture sector, including a ruling that farm workers must be paid the minimum wage, look set to have a huge impact on our food production systems. Read more on The Guardian

Short and medium-term opportunities for vegetable exports to Taiwan
Australian produce has a competitive advantage in Taiwan, thanks to Australia’s reputation for safe, high-quality food and ability to offer counter-seasonal supply. The value of Australian vegetable exports to Taiwan has increased 21% in 2020–21 relative to 2019–20. This is due to growing demand for premium vegetable products and short-term domestic supply constraints.Read more on Fresh Plaza.

The new facility boosting Victoria’s fruit and vegetable export potential in China
The Victorian Government has launched a new state-of-the-art trade facility in China, looking to help the state’s fruit and vegetable companies to grow their global sales and reach new opportunities through in-market support.
With the guidance of the Greater China Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office (VGTI), agribusinesses can conduct training sessions, buyer testing/product sampling and use the facility for commercial discussions and outreach. 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. 

Scicluna’s is hiring!
Come and join one of Melbourne’s most respected and growing food merchants and work for a company that cares about its people!

We are now hiring a Business Development Manager with experience in the food industry, to help grow our Wholesale business and a Night Manager based in Dandenong South to oversee our order preparation and deliveries and focus on improving processes.

We are also seeking customer focussed full-time Delivery Drivers to deliver fresh produce to the hospitality industry and a Chef/Cook to join our production kitchen.
Other vacancies include an Assistant Retail Store Manager and a Storeperson in Mentone.
For more information on these or other roles or to apply, please visit

Forklift Operator/Labourer – Perfection Fresh
Our operation in Melbourne Markets is busy and vibrant, and every day is different. We’re looking for someone to support our team with arrivals, dispatch, order fulfilment and other general duties.
In this role you’ll be loading and unloading trucks, pulling together orders accurately to our quality standards, taking accurate records, and helping to keep our areas clean and safe.
You need a current forklift licence and driver’s licence, knowledge of warehousing /stores, excellent time management skills, and attention to detail. A demonstrated commitment to workplace health and safety is an absolute priority.
Get ready to work in a high-energy environment! If you’re interested in this job or know anyone who’s qualified, contact us straight away.
Call Brett Collins on 0400 877 018 or send an email to 

Available for a 7day roster.
Our Trucks are based at the Melbourne Market Epping and deliver to all major supermarket distribution centres around Metro & Reginal Victoria.

Drivers have a mix of local and regional opportunities -Wodonga / Shepparton, overnight runs Griffith / Hillston / Sydney. Night Shift & AM starts required.

Loaders must have cross dock knowledge and experience in a fast-paced work environment, make the job your own and for the right hardworking candidate opportunities are endless.The successful applicants will have excellent customer service, good presentation, 5 years experience and good driving history.

You will need to supply:
1. A current Drivers and or Forklift license
2. A current RTA print out
3. Current References

Apply to: or call 0448 020 839 for more information.

Market Hand/Clerical Officer – Coolibah Herbs
Coolibah Herbs is a large, and well respected, vegetable grower, that has an exciting opportunity for an experienced full-time Market Hand / Clerical Officer to join our team at the Melbourne Market, located in Epping.

About the role
The purpose of this role will be to provide the best possible service to our customers and assist with the day to day running of the office.

This role is based on 40 hours per week. NIGHT SHIFT and the office hours are for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 pm – 5 am unless required to cover other office staff which could be 9 pm – 5 am or 4.30 am to 9.30 am and the rest of the week is the Market Hand position (NIGHT SHIFT).For further information on this position, please visit the Melbourne Market Job Board. Market Hand – Forklift Driver – Coolibah HerbsCoolibah Herbs is a large, and well respected, vegetable grower, that has an exciting opportunity for an experienced full-time Market Hand – Forklift Driver to join our team at the Melbourne Market, located in Epping.

About the role
The purpose of this role will be to provide the best possible service to our customers, packing and delivering orders around the market and working collaboratively to ensure deadlines are met.

You must be available to work Sunday to Thursday between the hours of 7 pm -10 pm (start) and 5 am-7 am (finish time). For further information on this position, please visit the Melbourne Market Job BoardView full online job board

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