This Week in the Market edition 177 – 1 May 2018

In today’s Market news, attend a Greengrocery training program information session, Mother’s Day campaign packs available, AUSVEG Awards for Excellence winners and access cards expire.

Market News

Greengrocery training program information session

There will be an information session about the Greengrocery training program this Friday 6 May from 6.00am to 6.30am on Level 1 in the Buyers’ Walk above the Customer Service Centre.

All Market users are invited to come along and find out who the program is aimed at, how much it costs, the government subsidies available, how long it takes and more.

Some say, ‘why would I invest in training my employees in case they leave’? Instead, think about what happens to your business if you don’t invest in training and they stay!

Mother’s Day campaign packs

Selling flowers this Mother’s Day? Make sure you get your hands on some point of sale material for one of the most significant flower buyers occasions.

Mother’s Day campaign packs – including posers and gift cards for a gold coin – are available in the Flower Market this morning from 4.30am.

AUSVEG Awards for Excellence

The best and brightest of Victoria’s vegetable growers, researchers and industry members were recognised and celebrated at the 2018 AUSVEG VIC and Wolfdene Industry Awards for Excellence last month.

Congratulations to the following Market users who received awards and recognition:

  • Michael Bogicevic, Coolibah Herbs – Grower of the Year (proudly sponsored by E.E. Muir & Sons).
  • Lisa Corrigan, Corrigans Produce Farms – Women in Horticulture (proudly sponsored by Boomaroo).
  • Schreurs & Sons – R&D Adoption Award (proudly sponsored by VegNET Victoria).

Access cards expire

Access cards have now expired and Market users who haven’t paid their access card fees will be declined access to the Market until full payment is received.

Thank you to all Market users who have paid their access card fees.

If you haven’t paid your access card fees, there are a few different payment methods available.

Payment methods

  1. Visit the Customer Service Centre between 4:00am and 11:00am and pay via cash, credit card or debit card*.
  2. Pay online via the MMA website at
  3. Pay over the phone via credit card by phoning 03 9258 6123.
  4. Pay via BPAY – look for the BPAY details on the bottom of your invoice.

Industry News

Country of Origin labelling reminder

A reminder businesses will be required to make changes to the country of origin labels on unpackaged fresh fruit and vegetables before they become mandatory on 1 July 2018.

The main change is that most imported, packaged foods are now required to have the country of origin statement placed in a clearly defined box on the label.

When the transition period ends on 1 July 2018, food entering Australia must be labelled according to the requirements of the Information Standard or penalties will apply.

For more information on the new rules visit here.

Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit point of sale available

To celebrate the beginning of the Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit season, point of sale kits are available for FREE from outside the Customer Service Centre.

The kits include posters, balloons, small display bins, wobblers and shelf strips.

Zespri Kiwifruit USB sticks with photography & images you can use on social media are also available.

Deliciously sweet and juicy, Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit are expected to be available from the end of April until October.

Key Dates

Greengrocery training program information session

  • Friday 6 May

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