This Week in the Market edition 158 – 21 November 2017

In today’s This Week in the Market, a reminder about completing the Market satisfaction survey, a charity auction this week, Mango Point of Sale kits available and Australian stone fruit gains entry to China.

Market News

Market satisfaction survey reminder

The Market community should have received an invitation to participate in an online Market satisfaction survey last week.

It will only take about 5 minutes to complete and once finished, you’ll go into the draw to win a $100 gift card.

If you didn’t receive it and would like to participate, email the MMA here.

The survey and competition close on 27 November 2017 at 3:00pm so hurry!

Dig deep for charity auction on Thursday

Come along to V.F.S. Produce at Store 40 on Thursday morning for the Bid for Kids Charity Summer Fruit Auction which aims to raise $100,000 for HeartKids.

A delicious pallet of mixed premium stone fruit donated by Stephen Fanous and Tony Siciliano will be auctioned off.

It’s hoped the money raised will help fund 12 months of essential support for children and families contending with congenital and childhood heart disease.

A complimentary breakfast will commence from 3:30am followed by the auction at 5:15am.

LED project update

All light fittings have now been replaced in the bathrooms in the Market.

Work will commence under the mezzanine on the ground floor in the Buyers’ Walk and is expected to be completed at the end of this week.

The rest of the upgrade to the Buyers’ is expected to be by the end of this month.

Safety in the Market

Forklift operators

The real reason for workplace safety isn’t at work at all. It’s about enabling everyone to return home to their families at the end of their shift unharmed, as we all expect.If you are a forklift operator or driver you must carry the appropriate licence at all times.Wearing a seatbelt while operating a forklift is mandatory at the Melbourne Market.All forklifts and electric vehicles must be registered with VicRoads and the MMA on Market land.

Industry News

Free Mango Point of Sale kits

To celebrate the arrival of mango season, Horticulture Innovation Australia has provided some great Mango Point of Sale kits for Melbourne Market retailers.

They’re available for FREE from the Melbourne Market heritage truck in front of the Customer Service Centre.

Each kit contains:

  • Colourful posters for in-store displays
  • Buntings
  • Concertinas

Hurry though – stocks are limited!

Australian stone fruit gains access to China

In good news for Australian stone fruit growers, a protocol was signed between China and Australia recently allowing the exportation of plums, peaches and apricots from Australia to China.

The new protocol has provided the pathway for substantial trade of these fruits between Australia and China to occur and allows Australian growers to be able to compete on favourable terms with other southern hemisphere suppliers to China.

Read more here.

On-site forklift refresher training this week

On-site forklift refresher training will be delivered at the Melbourne Market in 3-hour blocks over a 2-day period for a total of 6 hours tomorrow and Thursday.

Training Dates:

  • 22 November 2017
  • 23 November 2017

Time:                           8.00am to 11.00am
Cost:                            $125.00 (includes GST) 

For further information please call Melbourne Polytechnic on 03 9269 8615 or email

Nominations open for the Northern Business Awards

The City of Whittlesea is looking to nominate two local outstanding businesses and a Young Business Achiever for the 2018 Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAA) to be held in March.For more information visit the NBAA website and for a copy of the nomination form, contact the Economic Development team on 9217 2278 or email

Key Dates

Forklift refresher training

  • 22 November 2017
  • 23 November 2017

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