This Week in the Market, Edition 101 – 27 September 2016

In today’s This Week in the Market, what you need to know about the children in the Market trial, a final reminder for the Market trading hours survey and sign up for Market Wi-Fi. Plus – we announce the winner of the Market joke competition. 


Market News


Children in the Market trial – today and tomorrow

This morning you may notice some children in the Market, these children have been pre-registered with the MMA to come along to the Market as part of a two day trial. 

Please be aware of children as you move around the Market and take extra care when operating vehicles. 

About the trial

Children under 15 years of age are not permitted in the Market in the interests of their safety. However the MMA recognises for some families, providing children exposure to the Market is part of the education process to ensure they’re equipped to one day manage the family business.
As a result, the MMA has relaxed this rule on two days only during the September school holidays, today and tomorrow. 

The details: 

  • All children entering the Market must be pre-registered and approved by the MMA.
  • The trial will be limited to the first 100 registered children.
  • Employees must have the approval of their business nominee prior to submitting their form to the MMA.

Please note, any unregistered children found on site will need to be immediately removed by the responsible adult. A breach of the conditions of the trial or Market Operating Rules will incur penalties for the Access Card holder and their employer. 

Any breaches in the trial will result in the immediate cessation of the trial. 

To register your child for the tomorrow’s trial you must submit your form to the MMA no later than midday today, Tuesday 27 September.


Market trading hours survey – don’t miss out!

Are you a business principal or nominee? Has your business completed their Market trading hours survey? 

The survey period has been extended until close of business today 27 September.

If you haven’t received your survey link via SMS, contact the MMA on 9258 6100. 


Melbourne Market Wi-Fi Packages

The Melbourne Market free Wi-Fi trial is ending this week! If you still require Wi-Fi in the Market, the MMA has great data packages available.

It’s simple, to secure Wi-Fi for your business simply: 

  1. Download and complete the Wi-Fi application form.
  2. Choose the package that best suits your business needs.
  3. Return the form to the MMA with your payment and your account will be created.

Wi-Fi is available within the main fruit and vegetable trading floor and buyers’ walk, the flower market, parking areas and warehouses 5 and 6.  

For further information contact the MMA on 9258 6100 or email


Facilities management have moved

Image result for we have movedThe Market Facilities Management team have moved! 

Previously located in Warehouse 6, they are now located on the ground floor of the Melbourne Market Administration Building. 

Enter via the door behind the Gate One control room. 

To contact the facilities management team, call the Help Desk on 0427 836 211.


Industry News


Chemincal MRL and Micro Testing Workshop

A chemical MRL and microbial testing workshop for QA Managers will be held at Melbourne Markets on Wednesday 12 October.
This half-day workshop will provide the latest information on what you and your growers should be testing your fresh produce for, and how often, to meet the latest requirements of food safety audits and major retailers.
Register your QA Manager to make sure they are up to date on food safety testing requirements.
Fresh Produce Testing for Food Safety
WHEN: Wednesday, 12 October 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
WHERE: Melbourne Markets Conference Centre – 315 Cooper St, Epping
REGISTER: Now via Eventbrite here.

  • Understanding the purpose of testing for food safety
  • Identifying the key chemical and microbial tests needed
  • Designing a testing program for your produce types and your suppliers
  • Interpreting test results and what to do if there is a problem
  • Tools to help understand food safety risk analysis in fresh produce, including theGuidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety

This is a Professional Development Event conducted by the Fresh Produce Safety Centre (PMA-ANZ/University of Sydney). It is specifically designed to help QA Managers in fresh produce businesses access and correctly use the latest information on testing requirements.


Winner of the joke competition

In last week’s edition we asked you to send us your best fruit or vegetable related joke to go in the draw to win a gift card. 

The winning entry was from Craig Cannavo of Flavours Fruit & Veg Supply with the following joke: 

Q: What did the green grape say to the purple grape?
A: Breathe dammit, BREATHE! 

Congratulations Craig!


Key Dates

Forklift and electric vehicle storage renumbering

  • October

Children in the Market – Trial

  • Tuesday 27 September
  • Wednesday 28 September

Grand Final Eve Public Holiday – Market Closed

  • 30 September 2016

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday – Market Closed

  • 1 November 2016

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