This Week in the Market edition 179 – 15 May 2018

In today’s Market news, find out on Friday how to gain Cert 2 or Cert 3 in Greengrocery, free electrical equipment testing and tagging on Wednesday, an artisanal agriculture and premium food program and vegetable exports on the rise.

Market News

Deep clean starting today

For four days from today, heavy duty machinery will be operating in the Market to undertake a deep clean of the floors.

Cleaning will start at the southern end (Store 156) of the Buyers’ Walk on Tuesday and be in operation from 9:30am to 11:30am each day; progressively making their way towards the northern end of the Buyers’ Walk over four days.

Cleaning of the trading floor will take place in the afternoons during the same period.

The equipment used is loud and does emit diesel fumes. This may cause discomfort for staff occupying offices on Level 1.

All roller doors will be open during the works to minimise fumes. We appreciate your tolerance during this period to provide a cleaner Market for everyone.

If you have any further queries in relation the deep clean, please contact the Help Desk on 0437 006 459.

Certificate 2 and 3 in Greengrocery information session

Come along to an information session where you can learn about the benefits of gaining a qualification in Greengrocery.

You could qualify for great government subsidies and even earn on the job, so both you and your employer benefit!

When: Friday 18 May, 6:00am to 6:30am

Where: Level 1 in the Buyers’ Walk above the Customer Service Centre

Register your attendance at by Thursday 17 May.

Watch the video here and you can contact Fotina Babalis from Melbourne Polytechnic directly on 0403 605 332.

Free electrical equipment inspections tomorrow

All electrical equipment used within the common areas of the trading floor needs to be regularly inspected, tested and tagged by an authorised person.

The MMA will be providing this service FREE for all Market store and stand holders on Wednesday 16 May post trade.

There are two options available:

1. Leave any electrical items to be tested in common areas of the trading floor including at front of store tenancies or on trading stands at the conclusion of trade.

2. Bring your electrical items outside the rear of the Customer Service Centre anytime between 7:00am to 8:00am where ElectroSafe will be testing electrical items.
Examples of electrical equipment for testing and tagging include EFTPOS and cash registers, laptops, extension leads, electric vehicle charges, phone charges, other electrical items used within stand and licensed areas such as radios or heaters.

What happens if my item fails the electrical test?

Any equipment that fails the electrical testing will be physically isolated (plug cut off) to make sure the equipment cannot be used until repaired.

The Market Business is responsible for repairing or replacing the failed equipment.

I don’t want my items tested and tagged.

If you don’t want your items tested and tagged, pack them away at the end of trade into your store tenancy or take them away with you at the end of trade.

For further information, contact the Melbourne Market Help Desk on 9258 6149 or email

Convenience store sells a winner

Market Express Convenience is your handy stop for everything from drinks and snacks, stationary, phone accessories and more.

The store is also a Tattersalls outlet and was recently fortunate enough to sell a winning lottery ticket!

Store owner Sam said he was thrilled to have sold his first Division One winning ticket last month.

Congratulations to the lucky winner!

Industry News

Artisanal agriculture and premium food program

The Victorian Government launched a $2 million artisanal agriculture and premium food program earlier this month which is designed to help grow Victoria’s high-value and emerging artisanal agriculture and premium food industry.The program will include an Industry Development Plan for the artisanal agriculture and premium food sector in Victoria, a grants program to support business growth, and biosecurity and industry support services tailored to the needs of the sector.

Throughout June and July, there will be a series of forums with premium food producers and industry groups to survey the sector’s needs and identify key opportunities for business growth, industry development and increased connectivity to services.

Learn more about it here.

Demand strong for Aussie veg

Total fresh vegetable exports have increased 61 per cent in value over the past five years at an average growth rate of 10 per cent per year.

AUSVEG national manager Export Development Michael Coote said the Australian vegetable industry was well placed to meet its goal of 40 per cent growth to AUD$315 million in fresh vegetable exports by 2020.

Australia’s vegetable exports grew two per cent to AUD$252 million in 2017, with its top markets being Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Click here to read the story in full.

Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit point of sale available

Don’t forget to collect Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit point of sale kits 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

Electrical inspection

  • Wednesday 16 May

Greengrocery training program information session

  • Friday 18 May

For all enquiries call 03 9258 6100

7AM - 3PM, MON - FRI