This Week in the Market – edition 193 – 21 August 2018

In this week’s Market News:

Market News

The Fresh Five

This week we talk to Joel Guy.
1. Your role at the Melbourne Market: I’m a category manager in Sales for Flavorite Marketing. We’re not only wholesalers, we’re farmers too, Flavorite has the biggest glasshouse in the southern hemisphere located in Warrigal.  I’ve worked in the Market for 22 years, which is close to my whole working life.
2. If you could only take three fruits or vegetables with you to a desert island, which would you take: Easy, my lines, which would be blueberries, pineapples and passionfruit.
3. When was the last time you bought flowers for someone:  For my lovely partner, about a month ago. I got them here at the Market from Mr Fresh.
4. Tell us something that is on your ‘bucket list’: Win Tattslotto, we’ve just gone a bought a Powerball ticket for tonight so fingers crossed! A more realistic one would be to travel through Europe.
5. What do you most enjoy about working at the Melbourne Market: I guess spending time with all these lovable chaps (pointing to Flavorite colleagues watching on and having a giggle). I’m a people person so I enjoy the large amount of diversity of people we have around us here at the Market.

Full site emergency evacuation drill

On Wednesday 22nd August at 10am, we will be conducting a full site emergency evacuation drill.
This drill will evacuate all tenants on Market land, including all administration building tenants, Buyers’ walk tenants, visitors, and subcontractors on site.
Upon hearing the site evacuation tones everyone will need to follow site evacuation procedures and follow the directions of Market Relations Officers.
The drill should take approximately 20 minutes.

Industry News

VegDoctor encourages growers to innovate

Global vegetable and fruit innovation is more than cauliflower rice, broccoli lattes and vegetable burgers. That was the message from the VegDoctor, Hazel MacTavish-West, at the recent VegInnovations workshops held across Australia. Winning a 2017 Churchill Scholarship, Dr MacTavish-West toured the world earlier this year, visiting farms, supermarkets and processors to identify emerging trends that could benefit Australia’s vegetable and fruit growers. In the past month, she toured Australia, sharing that knowledge at six veginnovations workshops, attended by 120 people, one of which was held at the Melbourne Market. Click here to read moreabout the opportunities in product innovation that were discussed during the workshops.

‘Readycado’: Sensor alerts avo lovers when fruit is ready to eat

Avocado squeeze tests might soon be a thing of the past with the launch of a new, sensor-driven technology designed to detect if the fruit is perfectly ripe. The Avocado Firmness Decision Aid Tool, nicknamed ‘Readycado’, was recently revealed at Queensland’s annual agricultural show, Ekka. When applied to an avocado, a pressure sensor attached to your thumb triggers green LED lights on the tool’s display, showing if the avocado is the perfect level of ripeness for a salad, through to a more ripe and softer avo for a guacamole dish. Click the link to read more about the device whose developer believes will become commonplace in shops within the next three to five years.

Not rare roast beef, it’s a smoked watermelon!
Watch the video to see how it’s made.

Key Dates

Wednesday 22 August       Full site emergency evacuation drill

Thursday 30 August          Market 3rd Birthday celebrations

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