This Week in the Market – Edition 81

10 May 2016

In today’s This Week in the Market we introduce our new training partner, watch the latest Market forum online and pick up your free copy of Produce Plus. 


Market News

The changing the retail landscape

On Monday 2 May, the Melbourne Market Authority hosted Tristan Kitchener for a free Market business forum on the changing retail landscape of fresh produce in Australia. 

The presentation providing some thought provoking information on emerging trends of retail including the impact of the major chains on the independents and the wholesale industry. 

The presentation concludes with key learnings and tips for both producers and retailers to compete against the majors. 

For those who weren’t able to make it, the presentation is available to view here on the MMA website as well as a summary table of the key recommendations for retailers and producers. 


Introducing our new training partner – Melbourne Polytechnic

The Melbourne Market Authority has nominated Melbourne Polytechnic as the preferred training provider for the Market. 

The partnership will provide training and education to the Market community to enable growth and profitability in the fresh produce industry. 

Training offered will include forklift and materials handling, warehousing, occupational health and safety, food and produce handling, logistics, brand and visual merchandising, customer service, small business management and supply chain management. 

We look forward to rolling out a suite of training programs to the Market community over the coming months.

For further information, contact Fotina Babalis, manager Industry and Community Engagement at Melbourne Polytechnic on 0403 605 332. 

Emergency management at the Melbourne Market – free training session

To assist in creating a safe working environment, the MMA is offering a free training session on the emergency management procedures at the Market. 

The course will provide information on: 

  • location of emergency assembly areas
  • warden structures and cover some basic responsibilities
  • raising the alarm in an emergency
  • evacuating safely in the event of a fire or hazardous materials emergency
  • the type of fire equipment.

This session is open to all and light refreshments will be provided. 

When: Wednesday 11 May
Where: Melbourne Market conference room, ground floor, administration building
Time: 9:00am to 10:30am

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Industry News 

Latest issue of Produce Plus is out now!

The Winter 2016 issue of Produce Plus is hot off the press and includes a spotlight on the Melbourne Market. 

Pick up your free copy from the Melbourne Market Express Convenience store located opposite the Customer Service Centre and the heritage mural today (limited number of copies available).


Budget update

Last week, the Government released the 2016-17 Federal Budget. AUSVEG released some key points of relevance for the agriculture industry including impacts on small business, company tax rates and funding for country of origin labeling compliance. View the report in full here

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Key dates

Emergency management free training

Wednesday 11 May, 2016

Queens Birthday public holiday

Monday 13 June, 2016 – Market closed


For all enquiries call 03 9258 6100

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