This Week in the Market – 26 November 2019

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In this week’s Market News:

- Movember wrap up and BBQ
- Melbourne’s North Food Group touring the Market
- Additional smoke detectors installed

Market News

Movember wrap up and BBQ

Join us this Friday at Loading North where we will be holding a BBQ in recognition of men’s health and raising funds for Movember.
Sausages in bread will be available from 5:30 am for a gold coin donation with money raised going towards the Movember men’s health movement.
We’d also like to see the final result of all those who grew their moustaches during Movember, so make sure to come along, grab a sausage and show off your mo!

Spot a bro who’s feeling low

This month we’re growing our mo’s and talking all things men’s health.
It can often be tricky spotting a friend who’s struggling but helping a friend can be easy when you know steps to let the conversation flow.

ASK
Start by mentioning anything different you’ve noticed. Maybe he’s spending more time at the bar, coming into work late, or missing social events.
“You’ve not quite seemed yourself recently. Are you okay?”
Trust your instinct. Remember, we often say “I’m fine” when we’re not. So if you think something’s wrong, don’t be afraid to ask twice.

LISTEN
Try to give him your full attention, without interruptions. Don’t feel you have to diagnose problems, offer solutions or give advice. Just let him know you’re all ears, judgement-free.
Follow-up questions are good too. They’ll help let him know you’re listening:
“That can’t be easy. How long have you felt that way?”

ENCOURAGE ACTION 
Help him focus on simple things that might improve his wellbeing: Is he getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and eating properly? Maybe there’s something that’s helped before?
Suggest he tells other people he trusts how he’s feeling. This will make things easier – for both of you. And if he’s felt low for more than two weeks, suggest he sees his doctor.

CHECK-IN
Suggest you catch-up up soon – in person if you can. If you can’t manage a meet-up, make time for a call, or drop him a message. This will show you care. Plus, you’ll get a feel for whether he’s feeling any better.

Tell us what you think

Every year the MMA distribute the Market satisfaction survey to get feedback and insights on how we’re going, what’s working, what can be improved and how we can assist your business. The data collected is used to improve the operations, facilities and opportunities for businesses at the Melbourne Market.
Keep an eye out on email and SMS this week where you will receive a link to complete the short survey. 
As a bonus, the first 65 people to complete the survey will receive a $15 voucher to use at participating Market cafes!

Tour group coming through the Market

This Thursday you may spot various groups of people being taken through the Market on tours. The delegates are all members of Melbourne’s North Food Group which is made up of food, beverage and fibre manufacturers and businesses across northern Melbourne.
The tour is an opportunity for people connected to the food manufacturing industry to see the Market first-hand.
If you would like to learn more about Melbourne’s North Food Group, or to become a member yourself, go to melbournesnorthfoodgroup.com.au

Christmas trading hours

After consultation with several wholesalers, and because Christmas day falls mid-week this year, trading hours will remain unchanged during the festive season with the Market closing only on the public holidays.

Monday 23 Dec – 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Tuesday 24 Dec - 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Wednesday 25 Dec - MARKET CLOSED
Thursday 26 Dec - MARKET CLOSED
Friday 27 Dec - 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Saturday 28 Dec – 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM (FLOWER MARKET ONLY)
Monday 30 Dec - 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Tuesday 31 Dec - 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Wednesday 1 Jan - MARKET CLOSED
Thursday 2 Jan - 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM

Additional smoke detectors installed

While not only being hazardous to your health, smoking in undesignated areas within the Market presents a food safety hazard.
When people smoke around produce, or incorrectly dispose of cigarette butts, there is a risk that fruit and vegetables can become contaminated.
For this reason, smoking is only permitted in designated areas around the Market.
To deter people from smoking in prohibited areas, smoke alarms are being installed in many common areas around the Market, including corridors and toilets.
We thank you for your cooperation on this issue.

Thinking of kicking the habit? Call the Quitline on 13 78 48 or visit www.quit.org.au

Recycling – your questions answered

Hear Merna answer some of the more trickier questions when it comes to disposing of waste at the satellite recycling stations.

A message from Foodbank Victoria

The last day for Market donations in 2019 will be Tuesday 17 December.
We look forward to returning to the Market on Monday 6 January 2020.
We’d like to extend a warm thanks to the Market community who generously supported us in 2019.
We wish you all a safe and enjoyable break and see you in the New Year!

Industry News

Hort Connections 2020 opens registration

Delegate registrations are now open for Hort Connections 2020, the business and networking destination for the Australian horticulture industry, which will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from 15-17 June 2020.
The event will explore the theme of “Sustaining the Future of Fresh,” bringing together thousands of attendees from the local and international horticulture supply chain to discuss on-farm and supply chain practices, review consumer behaviour and consumption trends, and focus on the future of sustainable fresh food production.
Click here to learn more about Hort Connections and to take advantage of early-bird rates.

Australian federal authorities probing alleged exploitation of Fijian villagers on Victorian farms

Australian authorities are investigating whether dozens of workers from small, remote Fijian villages may be victims of labour exploitation after allegedly being deceptively recruited to work on farms in north-west Victoria.
Click here to read more on ABC News

Key Dates

  • Movember Market-wide BBQ – Friday 29 November

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If you’ve got a question for the MMA email it to: submissions@melbournemarket.com.au.

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