Farm Guide VIC : 2014-15
WholesaleMarkets 57 Melbourne Market The role of the Melbourne Wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower Market is to ensure the people of Victoria have access to the best in produce from across Australia and around the world. In 2015 the Market moves to a new home in Epping situated in Melbourne’s north. Purpose built on 70 hectares the new location will ensure Victoria’s fresh economy continues to prosper. With close proximity to Melbourne’s freeways, advanced technology and modern warehousing capabilities the Market offers a fresh approach. Contracts have been finalised to build around 72,000 square metres of dedicated warehousing space at the Melbourne Market new site. The new facilities will be fully integrated with the market’s trading areas, providing tenants with purpose-built insulation, sunken loading bays and extended hardstand areas, capable of handling the high volume of vehicles using the markets daily. More than 7,000 people are registered to use the facility including growers, wholesalers and retail buyers. Steve Tsakoumakis, Director of Sales and Marketing at grower and wholesaler Kapiris Bros says “The Melbourne Market move will offer a great opportunity to improve and gain efficiencies throughout all associated business, we at Kapiris Bros believe that the move to the Epping facilities will have a positive impact and provide benefits such as attracting key talent to the fresh produce industry and provide an attractive and desirable working environment. These benefits will ensure the ongoing viability and relevance of the Melbourne Market as an essential link in the distribution channel for fresh produce throughout Australia.” A third generation family run business, Kapiris Bros fresh produce moves from the company’s farms through distribution facilities and centres 365 days a year. Market traders will also have access to packaging material, equipment hire, cafes, and potentially a newsagency on site. To ease the traffic congestion many wholesalers and growers face at the market’s current West Melbourne site, the new complex has been designed with optimal efficiency in mind. A forklift superhighway surrounds the perimeter of the E shaped building, with dedicated crossing lanes across the central trade floor and the aptly named Buyers Walk, where the market’s largest wholesalers will have their stores. Neither forklifts nor trucks will be permitted on the floor of the Buyers Walk with wholesalers loading stock and dispatching large orders via doors at the rear of their stands. MARKETFRESH SCHOOLS PROGRAM Are your children eating enough fresh To arrange a visit to your school contact the MMA on 9258 6100 fruit and veg?