This Week in the Market – Edition 80

3 May 2016

In today’s This Week in the Market come along to the free Market business forum this morning, read about updates for unpaid access card accounts and forklift route maintenance.  

Market Event

Reminder – Come along to our Free Forum – The Changing Retail Landscape – Today at 8.30am

Presenter Tristan Kitchener is an ex-retailer and a subject matter expert in grocery retailing and consumer trends. He will provide insight into the likely future state and opportunities for growth by growers, wholesalers and retailers.

View full details here

When: 8:30am (concluding at 9:15am) Tuesday 3 May 2016
Where: Melbourne Market Conference Centre, Administration Building ground floor.

Market News

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 of 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


Site Maintenance – grinding of forklift routes for a smoother ride

Over the past weeks, concrete grinding has occurred on the main, covered forklift route that runs North to South through the centre of the trading stands (T2).

These works reduce the bumps in the forklift route, minimising the risk of accidents and loss of produce.

The second stage of this work is to remove the final bump that occurs at the end of the covered section of the route where the concrete meets the asphalt. This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of June. In the interim, please continue to approach this section with caution. 

Access card renewals – cards deactivate for unpaid accounts

As you are aware, all access cards to the Market now have a common expiry date of 30 April. All Market businesses were issued with an invoice for access card renewals due on 15 April 2016. 

The MMA is now deactivating all cards associated with unpaid accounts.

To reactivate your card you are required to pay your outstanding account immediately. Contact the Melbourne Market Customer Service Centre Monday to Friday 4:00am to 11:00am Monday to Friday on 9258 6123 or visit them in person.


Industry News 


AUSVEG VIC Awards for Excellence Winners

The Awards for Excellence, which were held on Friday 22 April, showcased the dedication to high quality produce, innovation and leadership within Victoria.

2016 AUSVEG VIC Awards for Excellence winners:

  • Andrew Bulmer – Grower of the Year (proudly sponsored by E.E. Muir and Sons)
  • Daniel Maher – Young Grower of the Year
  • Robert Lamattina – Rising Star of the Year
  • Jill Briggs – Industry Impact
  • Glenn Favero – Community Stewardship
  • Chris Millis – Environmental Award (proudly sponsored by Werribee South Farm Supplies)
  • E. E. Muir and Sons – Innovation Partner (proudly sponsored by Mode Logistics)
  • Schreurs and Sons – Innovative Marketing
  • Emma Germano – Women in Horticulture (proudly sponsored by Boomaroo)
  • Dolf de Boer – Researcher of the Year

All winners at the AUSVEG VIC Awards for Excellence are now in the running for the National Awards for Excellence, to be held during the 2016 National Horticulture Convention on the Gold Coast on 25 June.

Congratulations to all award winners!

Quick Tip

Did you know all Market Relations Officers are trained in first aid?

If you can’t find a Market Relations Officer and need first aid call security on 0408 334 555.

Remember, in an emergency call 000.



Key dates

The Changing Retail Landscape – Market forum

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Mother’s Day

Sunday 8 May, 2016

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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