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CEO comment BML’s Results Released Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) recently announced its results for the 2011/12 financial year. The result was an overall net profit after tax which is a significant improvement on


Our state of the art commercial

are ideally placed to be the region’s

demonstration kitchen in the Fresh

food bowl in some 10-20 years time.

Centre, which secured a five star rating by the Brisbane City Council, was officially opened this year. The facility has been well received.

At the same time, Australia’s ability to compete as an exporter continues to be eroded, and Australia’s areas of competitive advantage continue to

History Room


from the devastating floods in January

The Brisbane Markets History Room

Furthermore, the ongoing strength

2011 (see story page 8).

located in the Fresh Centre also had

of the Australian dollar is feeding the

its official opening in 2012. The display,

ongoing proliferation of imported frozen

funded by BML with the support from

alternatives to fresh produce.

the 2010/11 figures as the site recovered

Year in Review In this, the final edition of Fresh Source

wholesaler organisation Brismark, has

for 2012, we review the year that was.

been a great success in showcasing the

2012 saw BML enter its 10th year of

history of the Markets from its inception

ownership since acquiring the Markets

until today utilising donated photographs,

from the Government in 2002. Much

film and memorabilia. It is open to the

has been achieved in the 10 years, but

general public from 8.00am to 3.00pm on

this year particularly has been a year of

business days.

accolades and awards for BML, winning both international and domestic awards

Board of Directors

The recent announcement that Gourmet Food Holdings, the owner of the iconic Australian brand, Rosella, has been put into voluntary administration should be of real concern for the Australian food production industry and the Federal Government. This latest announcement follows a

for some of the infrastructure works

This year also saw changes to the Brisbane

string of similar announcements over

undertaken as part of our Master Plan for

Markets Limited Board of Directors with

recent years. The significant and ongoing

the site (see story page 12).

Simon George and Bruce Hatcher joining

reduction in Australia’s food processing

the BML Board during 2012. We thank

capacity will cause ongoing issues for the

the departing directors, Don Jackson and

fresh produce industry, given the decline

Peter Betros for their service to BML and

in the demand for domestically produced

its shareholders over the past 10 years

fresh product destined for processing.

Our massive post flood recovery program of repairs and reinstatement also continued throughout the year. This work has also been recognised with the Queensland Construction Authority using the Brisbane Markets as its case study subject in a paper on disaster recovery

(see story page 6). Industry

Season’s Greetings On behalf of BML and Brismark, I wish

There has been further discussion in

everyone a safe and happy festive season,

the media recently regarding Australia’s

and after the challenging year that

Yet another record-breaking bid of $76,000

potential as an exporter of fresh produce.

we have had, above all, a healthy and

saw Sam Coco crowned the 2012 Mango

This topic has been a favourite of both

King (see story page 14) at the annual

federal and state Governments for some

prosperous 2013.

Mango Auction which raises money for

time. The theme is usually along the

children’s charities. Since its inception in

lines of highlighting the economic and

1998, the kind generosity of the Market

population growth of the countries to the

Buyers and Wholesalers has seen over

north of Australia, and the announcement

$800,000 raised for charities.

of an enthusiastic statement of how we

management in a crisis.

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FRESH FROM THE MARKETS A flood case study. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p6 Changes to BML Board. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p6 Shopping strip upgrade complete . . . . . . . . . . . . . p7 No plans to move just yet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p7 10th BML annual report a milestone. . . . . . . . . . . p8 Brisbane Markets at a glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p9 New team to help grow Queensland agriculture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p10 Horticulture IDG team members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p10 Isn’t she lovely. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p11 History room officially opens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p11

YEAR IN REVIEW FEATURE Accolades aplenty in a hard working year. . . . . . p12

MANGO AUCTION FEATURE Sam Coco sets a Mango King record. . . . . . . . . . . p14

Year of the Farmer funding fallout Although the 2012 Year of the Farmer is drawing to a close, organisers were forced some time ago to withdraw from hundreds of country shows due to a lack of funding. By September, a nine-vehicle roadshow which was scheduled to appear at more than 130 Year of the Farmer themed shows, was abruptly cancelled leaving some regional organisers out of pocket having spent hundreds of dollars on publicity for their events. Originally planned to visit 400 rural events across 58,000km, the roadshow actually travelled 160,000km and attended 300 shows before


it over-ran its budget.

Brismark board members re-elected. . . . . . . . . . . p16 Junior Executive Committee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p16 Brismark General Manager resigns. . . . . . . . . . . . . p17 Cherry wholesalers support campaign. . . . . . . . . p17

Year of the Farmer organisers have removed all online references to

FRESH INDUSTRY Reflecting on a big year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p18 Memorial scholarship on offer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p18 Best Bundy biannual ball. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p19 Protection against exotic plant pests . . . . . . . . . . . p19 Industry news bites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p20

FRESH MARKETS The refrigerant cost quandary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p22 Steps to be refrigerant ready . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p22 A case study in badly executed policy. . . . . . . . . . p23 Season end a start for new manager . . . . . . . . . . . p24 Managing sexual harassment in the workplace. p25

FRESH FOR KIDS Great report card for school visits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . p27 Ben’s our healthy role model. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p27

FRESH RETAILING Retailers of the Month winners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p28 Retailer of the Year backgrounder . . . . . . . . . . . . . p29 Community recognition for leading retailers . . . p29

FRESH EVENTS Claiming the date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p30 Holiday season trading hours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p30 Foodbank readying for Christmas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . p31

the finale for the year - the Innovation and Technology Expo.

Christmas waistline thoughts There are still ways you can indulge at Christmas time while keeping an eye on your waistline and supporting the industry at the same time. Load the Christmas table with fruit and vegetables, have a plentiful variety of colour and taste, and get the kids excited about cherries, stonefruit and mangoes before they reach for the rich puddings and custard. There’s a good reason why. Australian waistlines have grown 1.9cm over the past four years with another two million people groaning into the overweight or obese weight range. Two out of three Australian adults now have weight issues. The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011-12 Australian Health Survey shows we’re getting fatter even though we’re exercising more and drinking and smoking less. So what can you do? Serve up more fruit and veg!


W or ld’ s

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A Northern Territory gardener has been officially listed as producing the world’s largest pineapple. Christine McCallum, 61, made headlines last November after growing an 8.28kg pineapple that had a girth of 66cm and a length of 32cm. Ms McCallum will be listed in the 2013 Guinness World Records Prior to her efforts, the world’s largest pineapple was an 8.06kg fruit grown in Papua New Guinea.

Tarty red fleshed apples A tart tasting, red fleshed apple could be on retailers’ shelves

New regulations

by 2020.

Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) has updated its Markets Regulations document.

has joined a worldwide

With so many people working and doing business on the Brisbane Markets site

consortium to develop apples

daily it is important that there is a clear outline of BML’s rules and regulations to

with red flesh, even though the

ensure smooth operation of the site.

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Rowan Little, General Manager,

Wholesaler Montague Fresh

Montague Fresh said that most apple varieties tasted quite tart

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are looking for something different.”

markets A flood case study Brisbane Markets was used as a flood

advice for businesses should they ever be

recovery case study during Queensland

struck by a disaster:

Reconstruction Authority seminars for small and medium sized businesses on how to

• Plans are worthless unless you have the people to implement them. Ensure that

manage their way through a flood disaster.

your organisation has the leadership to

The Authority has taken an indepth look at how badly affected the 77ha Markets site was by the January 2011 flood and the resilience of the Markets’ community to

respond to the crisis. • Have adequate insurance • Maintain access to the financial resources required to reinstate your business

recover so quickly.


It examined how people were led through the crisis, the extent of the damage and

• Negotiate with suppliers, banks, and

looked at the need for preparation for

landlords etc. to give you some space to

future flood events.

handle the crisis at hand.

Opinion was sourced from Brisbane

• See if government funding/support is available to assist.

Markets on the most practical piece of

Changes to BML Board Brisbane Markets Limited (BML)

applauded for bringing sound advocacy and

shareholders have seen a change to its

transparency while in the role.

Board at the November Annual General Meeting, with two directors stepping down and one new face coming on after 10 years of stability.

Former Brismark Board appointee Peter Betros was thanked for his close to 10 years of service, with Mr Joseph calling it a privilege and an honour to have served

Mr Bruce Hatcher is the new independent

with someone with so much industry

director, replacing retiring director

insight, particularly from the retailing

Don Jackson, who has been on the board


since 2002.

The new board consists of: Tony Joseph

Mr Hatcher, a former managing partner of

(chair), Noel Greenhalgh, Tony Kelly,

accountancy firm BDO, is an experienced

Bruce Hatcher, Peter Tighe, Simon George,

company director and sits on a range of

Michael Ahern AO and Andrew Young.

boards including Queensland Rugby League and the Queensland Academy of Sport. BML Chairman Tony Joseph welcomed Mr Hatcher, saying it had been important to find someone with the business knowledge and expertise to replace Mr Jackson, who he


Shopping strip upgrade complete

Work being finalised on the new café structure at the entry to Brisbane Markets.

Brisbane Markets Limited is applying

These works will complement the

open café featuring a new covered

the finishing touches to an extensive

new footpaths and outdoor dining

outdoor dining area. This area will

upgrade project at the Brisbane

areas with fixed umbrellas offering

also provide safer pedestrian access

Markets Commercial Centre which

customers shade and shelter.

into and out of the Markets.

has seen this busy shopping strip

The redesigned parking layout and

BML has sought expressions of

along Sherwood Road becoming a

a one-way system also increases

interest from experienced café

much more inviting retail destination.

pedestrian and vehicle traffic safety

operators to fitout and operate this

The final works include painting, sealing

and traffic flow.

prominently located café premises.

the new footpaths, and installing new

Refurbishment of the former

For more information, contact

under and over awning lighting to

Commonwealth Bank and Markets

Brisbane Markets Limited Property

improve lighting levels and increase the

Café site, near the Brisbane Markets

Manager, Tricia Williams,

visibility of the Centre at night.

entry, has made way for a larger, more

on (07) 3915 4200.

No plans to move just yet It could be many, many years before

Limited (BML) Boards needed to

of their financial commitment to such

Brisbane Markets moves from its

know if such offers were feasible and

a project.

Rocklea site despite talks with nearby

what was being offered.

The interested Local Governments

The stumbling block is cost. To

and both the former and current

local councils. Brisbane Markets received a number of invitations from council groups outside the Brisbane City Council area straight after the January 2011 flood to offer flood-free land for

construct the required infrastructure that is currently across some 70ha of land, and which hosts more than 600,000 tonnes of produce annually,

State Governments confirmed that they would not be willing to assist with any significant financial support or incentives to assist with any relocation.

the economic and employment hub

would cost in excess of an indicative

which the Markets creates.

$350-$400 million.

The offers were taken seriously.

BML asked the various local and the

to consider the potential of a massive

The Brismark and Brisbane Markets

State Governments for an indication

hike in rental rates.

Should such a proposal have gone ahead, tenants would also have had



past 12 months, the organisation made a profit and was able to maintain its dividends to shareholders. The ongoing need to progress flood reinstatement work and shoulder some of the burden of increasing costs in areas, such as Renewable Energy Charges to

the ongoing growth and development of

assist tenants in recovering from the

the Brisbane Markets,” Mr Joseph said.

2011 flood, put the organisation under significant pressure.

“BML is in a strong position, but we do remain in a consolidation phase as we

The group posted a net profit after tax of

put the flood behind us and capitalise

$4.336 million, a significant improvement

on the growth we have achieved through

on the 2010/11 loss of $3.4 million as

the redevelopment works we have

the site recovered from the devastating


January 2011 flood.

Over the past financial year, development

The results reflect numerous positive

has included completion of the Northern

outcomes, however, the bottom line

Warehouse, refurbishment of the Fresh

operating result was still well down on

Centre, completion of the Western Access

where the organisation was before the

Corridor and gatehouse, new public


car parking, major earth works at South

Chairman Tony Joseph called the annual report’s release a milestone, with the past

Gate West and plans were drawn up for refurbishment of the Commercial Centre.

12 months again showing that industry

The site has won international and local

ownership is the most effective way of

accolades for its development and its CEO

managing the future.

won a national accolade for leadership.

“Despite the challenge of flood recovery

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Brisbane Markets at a glance Take a look at some of the progress

• 53 primary wholesalers operate

• The total lettable area of the site is

Brisbane Markets has made in the

at the site as well as an additional

132,103m2 (excluding land leases)

2011/12 financial year. Here is an

90 support businesses.


overview, at a glance: • Brisbane Markets occupies 77 hectares at Rocklea, 11km south-west of the Brisbane CBD. • It incorporates the Brisbane Produce Market (selling floors),

• 261 leases are in place. • Up to 3,500 people work or do

more than 120,000m2 of which

a daily basis.

more than 80,000m2 is temperature

• In excess of 7,000 growers supply produce for sale at the Brisbane

Gate West (commercial offices


MarketPlace (retail markets), Flower

buildings with a lettable area of

business at the Brisbane Markets on

South Gate East and South and warehousing), Brisbane

• 26 warehouses and 5 selling floor

• The site comprises 38 buildings

controlled; • Commercial offices with a total lettable area of 4,907m2; and • Brisbane Markets Commercial

Market, Commercial Centre and the

including multi-tenanted selling

Centre, which houses a post

northern warehousing areas.

floors, multi-tenanted warehouses

office, chemist, convenience store,

and sole occupancy warehouses,

seafood outlet, fast food outlets,

fruit and vegetables pass through

together with commercial and retail

stationer, barber and aquarium

the Brisbane Markets each year.



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New team to help grow Queensland agriculture Brisbane Markets CEO Andrew Young

Government was committed to the goal of

has been appointed to the Horticulture

doubling food production in Queensland

Industry Development Group

by 2040.

Development Group

(Horticulture IDG) to examine the future

(Horticulture IDG) is

prosperity of the Queensland horticulture

comprised of: independent


chair Selwyn Snell, industry

The group has been established by new

members Andrew Young, John Bunker, Geoff Chivers, David De Paoli, Ian Groves, Matthew Hood, Jamie Jurgens, Alex Livingstone, Doug Phillips, Marie Piccone, Ray Hook, Gavin Scurr, Ros Smerdon, Carl Walker and Ex Officio Members John

“By bringing together industry teams such as the Horticulture IDG we are laying the groundwork for a more productive future

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, John McVeigh. Mr Young said the committee would identify obstacles such as red tape and opportunities for industry growth.

in Queensland,” Mr McVeigh said. “The Horticulture IDG will also oversee the delivery of the $500,000 Horticulture Workforce Plan election commitment.” “The membership includes industry leaders and successful horticulture

He said it would also help develop and

business people who understand the

implement programs and policies to

issues and challenges for this sector,”

grow the industry and guide research and

he said.

Chapman and Bob Durance.

development investment.

The committee is appointed

In announcing the group’s formation,

approach to growing the horticulture

Minister McVeigh said the State


for a two year term.


“This will ensure a strong business

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Isn’t she lovely…..

History room officially opens

Isn’t she beautiful? Brisbane Markets

Brisbane Markets officially opened the doors of a purpose-built history

received international recognition with

collection room in October, unveiling the story of almost 150 years of

this radiating photo of Brisbane Markets

wholesaling fresh fruit and vegetables in Brisbane.

tenant Julie Christensen, of Flowerlovers, entitled “A Beautiful Brisbane Rose”. The image, taken by photographer Ann-Louise Buck, was one of twelve photos chosen for the World Union of Wholesaler Markets (WUWM) 2013

The room of photographs, memorabilia, film and stories is just a shadow of the research undertaken by a Brisbane Markets History Task Force over the past two and a half years. About 50 former workers, industry characters and history donors attended the morning event in the Fresh Centre in October. The room has been designed to keep the display fresh and inspiring

calendar. It is the second year in a row a Brisbane

through interchangeable photographs and memorabilia.

Markets photograph has been selected

The history room is free to enter and will be open to the public from 8am to

for the WUWM international calendar.

3pm on business days.



A year in review

Accolades aplenty in a hard working year

The past 12 months has again shown that

the January 2011 flood, and the massive

industry ownership is the most effective

amount of work to repair and reinstate

way of managing the Brisbane Markets

the site continued well into 2012

future. BML has entered its 10th year of ownership since acquiring the site from the Queensland Government in 2002.

PERFORMANCE • BML posted a net profit after tax of $4.336 million, a significant improvement on the 2010/11 figure as

2012 has brought us some surprising

the site recovered from the devastating


January 2011 flood.

This feature takes a look at the year that was and celebrates the milestones that have made the Brisbane Markets community so successful.

ACCOLADES • BML received an international accolade by winning the bronze award for “2012 Excellence in New Market

It was a united effort which saw the

Infrastructure” from the World Union

Markets up and running so quickly after

of Wholesale Markets. • CEO Andrew Young received the nation’s top fruit and vegetable wholesaling honour, the Australian Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries Meritorious Service Award.

was ration kitchen rkets demonst The Brisbane Ma ed five star vet co a d an l opening m. given an officia s Eat Safe progra ne City Council’ rating by Brisba




The refurbished Fresh Centre won the “Excellence in Sustainable Building” award at the Queensland Master Builders Association Brisbane 2012 Housing & Construction Awards.


ant became the Brisbane Rugby League’s Ben Hann thy eating ambassador heal ols scho et Produce Mark s Kids in the Kitchen ram’ prog the by and dropped Show (Ekka) to cook up ane Brisb l Roya the session at s. some treat Sam Coco returned after a 10 year hiatus to make the highest bid on a mango tray in the Brisbane Markets Mango Auction’s 15 year history, paying $76,000 to be crowned the king for the fifth time. Photo cour tesy Tobias Garnham Photography.

MARKET HAPPENINGS • Clayfield Markets Fresh, owned by Carlo and Susan Lorenti, became the Brisbane Produce Market

Good Food and Wine Expo.

ets Association of Australia BML and the Central Mark ces – the AUSVEG displayed at two conferen Produce Marketing Convention, in Hobart, and the in Melbourne, promoting Association Conference, Central Market System role and importance of the ns. table industry supply chai within the fruit and vege

Fresh Tastes Retailer of the Year • The introduction of government

– an honour the business also

• Brisbane Markets sponsored

carbon reduction initiatives has

the Bundaberg District Growers

seen BML’s Renewable Energy

Association, Bowen Gumlu

Charges increase from $2,000

District Growers Association

an update and has been drawing

a month in late 2010 to about

and the Queensland Strawberry

thousands more people to its

$72,000 a month from January

Growers gala dinners. site.

2012. This charge exists in addition

earned in 2005 and 2010. • Brisbane Markets website received

to the Carbon Tax introduced

• BML welcomed Simon George

from 1 July 2012.

to the board of directors in late March and Bruce Hatcher at


the November annual general

• Brisbane MarketPlace, the

meeting. Longstanding directors,

department that heads BML’s retail

Peter Betros and Don Jackson

markets at Rocklea and Eagle Farm,

retired after 10 years on the board.

held a trade display at the Brisbane

• Chinchilla children were given a melon healthy message with the staging of Brisbane Produce Market children’s program presentations in Chinchilla to support the Australian Melon Industry Association.

MARKET VISITORS • Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (BFVG) executive team visited the Brismark Board for industry talks. • A range of industry groups took up the offer to tour the Brisbane Markets including the Australian Cherry Promotions and Marketing Committee, Monash University, University of Queensland, Young Gatton Growers and Young Australian Banana Growers and Business Educators’ Association of Queensland.

The Queensland Governme nt elections brought the Markets numerous visits from politicians, including (from left) the newly elected Premier Campbell Newman and Member for Yeerongpi lly Carl Judge. Minister for Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh also visited.

DEVELOPMENT • Finalisation of the Commercial Centre/Fresh Centre car park works which includes an undercover walkway from the main entrance. • Exterior refurbishment of the Commercial Centre. • Progression of civil works on the South Gate West site as part of a flood mitigation strategy. ry Room was officially The Brisbane Markets Histo John Green and J Allen’s opened. Pictured from left, from the Committee of ories mem e Jeff Muter shar Direction days.

• The site was upgraded in conjunction with insurance claim reinstatement works including transferring from analogue to digital CCTV, a new master lock system, replacement and upgrade of dock levellers to hydraulic units, and upgrades of fire indicator panels and electrical distribution boards.

wholesaling 2012 MANGO AUCTION




Sam Coco sets a Mango King record The 2012 Mango Auction is proudly sponsored by the Brisbane Markets major mango marketers: Alfred E. Chave Pty Ltd BG Brisbane Favco Qld Pty Ltd GNL Produce H.E. Heather & Co.

No one could have foreseen the lengths

In addition to the auction, twenty-eight

that Sam Coco, of Annerley’s Sam Coco

greengrocers got into the spirit vying

Trading, would have gone to be the 2012

for the title of “Queensland’s Kindest

Brisbane Markets Mango King.


After a suspense-filled bidding war, with

Customers were encouraged to

Mr Coco neck-a-neck with Oasis Juice

purchase a $2 mango sticker and place

Bar’s George Trattos, he pushed his final

them on a mango tree banner hanging

bid to $76,000 – the highest amount in

in their stores.

the auction’s 15 year history.

Fresh Sensations Carindale was a clear

The incredible stoush helped the

winner with their tree a sea of orange

Brisbane Markets community raise more

dots, with hardly a leaf in sight. They

than $126,000 for children’s charities

alone raised $2,500 which added to the

Redkite and Life Education Queensland

fantastic donation to the charities.

through the main auction and other

J.H. Leavy & Co.

fundraising activities.

LaManna Group

It’s not the first time Mr Coco has worn

Montague Fresh

the crown having been Mango King four

R.W. Pascoe Pty Ltd Romeo’s Marketing Pty Ltd

Since 1998, the Brisbane Produce Market’s mango auction has generated

times previously from 1998 to 2001. Straight after the ceremony, Sam visited

more than $800,000 for charity. The tray of mangoes from this year’s auction was donated by Pine Creek Mangoes in the Northern Territory.

some of the children with cancer at the Royal Brisbane Children’s Hospital, handing out the precious fruit. Photos courtesy Tobias Garnham Photography

MANGO 2 1 0 2 N O I T C U A

Life Education d’s Queenslan old Healthy Har among t ou d oo st the crowd.

Brisbane Broncos cheerleaders show off an auctio n item for sale.

Membe rs of the m edia scramb led to broadc ast the event.

Fresh Sensation’s Harry and Chris Nicolou, South East Queensland’s Kindest Greengrocers.

More as money w zling om a siz fr d e is ra . e u barbec

2012 m Mango King Sa cious Coco gives a pre with mango to a child cancer.

Celebrity ey er Haesl auctione ite New a R y Wh just Cush, of g once” in o “g lls the 76,000 $ e Farm, ca th before . seconds finalised bid was

wholesaling Junior Executive Committee Brismark’s Junior Executive Committee has expanded. The committee is an active group of younger wholesalers who offer a hands-on approach in the operations of the Queensland Chamber of Fruit

Brismark board members re-elected

and Vegetable Industries, also known as

The wholesaler service organisation

Daniel De Luca, of Costa Farms; Shane

Brismark recently held its 2012 annual

Brismark. Three new nominees were admitted: Parfitt, of Simon George & Sons; and

general meeting.

Joseph Spoto, of United Lettuce.

The 2012/13 Board remains the

They join fellow wholesalers:

same after all existing directors were

Mark Bauer, of Gollagher Bros


Brett Cullen, of GNL Produce

Back row (from left) Mark Moore (M&D Vegetable Specialists); Deputy Chairman Tony Joseph,

Brady Davidson, of M&D Vegetable Specialists

(Alfred E Chave); Chairman Gary Lower

Chris Deveney, of Favco Qld

(J Allen); Brismark/Brisbane Markets

Cameron Kedwell, of Pershouse Produce

Limited CEO Andrew Young; Mark Murphy (United Lettuce);

Fraser Lind, of Lind & Sons

Brismark General Manager Ian Main.

Charlie Mailli, of BG Brisbane

Front row (from left) Secretary

Vince Mailli, of BG Brisbane

Peter Tighe (J H Leavy & Co); Mark Clarke (Favco Qld); Noel Greenhalgh (RW Pascoe); Stephen Edwards (Murray Bros);

Mark Moore, of M&D Vegetable Specialists (Brismark Board representative);

Drew Armstrong (Armstrong Bros).

Paul O’Toole, of O’Toole’s Produce

Absent: Anthony Gribben (BG Brisbane)

Tim O’Toole, of O’Toole’s Produce

and Hamish Montague (Montague Fresh

Mike Sommerville, of HE Heather & Co



Australia’s harmonised Workplace Health and Safety laws require an increased focus on the safe operation of forklifts. Brisbane Markets Limited is gearing up to provide mandatory forklift training in 2013.


Cherry wholesalers Brismark General Manager resigns support Queensland Brismark General Manager Ian Main has resigned after more than a decade with the wholesaler service organisation. campaign Brisbane Markets wholesalers will be making sure there are plenty of cherries on the Christmas table this year through their work with Cherry Growers Australia to promote the tasty, healthy treats. Cherry Growers Australia has provided $5,000 and Brisbane Market wholesalers

Mr Main was an integral part of the ongoing success of the Credit Service, the successful implementation of the pallet control system and the progression of a number of other significant projects in advancing the interests of Brismark and its members. More recently, he has been at the front line in Brismark’s recovery from the 2011 floods, and the impact of the harsh economic conditions which existed throughout 2011 and into 2012.

have matched the funds to stir up

Newly appointed General Manager Gail Woods will commence

publicity to kick off the 2012 season.

later this month.

Cherry media kits are being distributed and independent greengrocers are decking their stores out in point of sale materials to encourage consumers to get in on the cherry action. Wholesalers taking part in the campaign are Alfred E Chave, Favco (Qld), H E Heather & Co, Holman Fresh, Keith Lind, Montague Fresh, Murray Bros, Quality Fruits, Romeos Marketing, Ross & Co and RW Pascoe.

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Association (AMIA) is moving into Brisbane Markets’ Fresh Centre, on its ground floor. Its staff members have long been regular visitors to the trading floor during mango season and provide support at the annual Brisbane Markets Mango Auction each year.

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Reflecting on a big year BY PETER HOCKINGS, BUNDABERG FRUIT AND VEGETABLE GROWERS The Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable

A commitment to constructive, positive

Growers (BFVG) team has been working

relationships with industry bodies is

hard throughout 2012 to promote a

an important goal of BFVG and this

healthy diet and lifestyle supporting

became evident when the Horticulture

events such as the City to Coast Bike

Australia Limited (HAL) board chose to

Ride, Jenny Craig Ring Road Run, and Bundy in Bloom parade. We have also partnered with AustSafe Super to present Bundaberg’s first Rural Race Day. Community awareness events such as

visit Bundaberg to discover first-hand the fastest growing and most productive region for horticultural produce. It was during this trip that HAL directors commended growers for their ground breaking and proactive approach to

these showcase the diverse range of

producing some of Australia’s best

fresh fruits and vegetables the region

quality fruit and vegetables.

provides and builds consumer awareness in supporting our dynamic horticulture industry by purchasing locally grown produce.

Having the HAL Board and Executive in Bundaberg was a great opportunity. As a team we highlighted the industry from the ground up.

BFVG provides a strong voice for

In the process we met tremendous

members’ interests and this has also been

people, made new friends and discussed

achieved during 2012 through seminars,

many positive steps to take our industry

workshops and specialist events.

into the future.

Memorial scholarship on offer Students are being encouraged to pursue a career in

Fruits Group and a former BFVG director. He died this year

production horticulture through a new scholarship at

after a long illness.

the Central Queensland University CQU, in memory of Bundaberg fruit and vegetable identity Edwin Tesch. The wholesaling group, Premier Fruits Group has joined with the Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers to

BFVG Executive Officer Peter Hockings said it was a fitting way to recognise Mr Tesch’s significant contribution to the industry.

establish the scholarship in Mr Tesch’s name.

Applications for the scholarship are open until 4 January,

Mr Tesch was the Bundaberg Farms Manager for Premier

2013, and are available through CQU.


Best Bundy biannual ball

Protection against exotic plant pests

Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers

A manual being distributed to growers and farm managers in

(BFVG) biannual ball was a who’s who of

Bundaberg’s diverse horticultural industry is adding protection

the Queensland horticulture industry

against exotic plant pests.

with close to 450 people in attendance.

Working in partnership, Plant Health Australia and the Bundaberg Fruit

Brisbane Produce Market sponsored

and Vegetable Growers Co-operative (BFVG) have produced a Biosecurity

the event held at the Bundaberg Civic

Induction Manual for Bundaberg Horticultural Farms.

Centre with many of its wholesalers using the night of entertainment to catch up with growers in a relaxed atmosphere. Topping the entertainment billing was a performance by comedian and author Anh Do. The evening’s MC was amateur comedian and Good Fruit Vegetables magazine editor Ashley Walmsley. Gold Coast-based band Magic Carpet

It is a simple training manual for new workers. It is helping growers and farm managers implement biosecurity best practice on their property, protecting not just their own livelihood, but that of their industry and their community. The manual was developed with funding from the Australian Government’s “Engaging in Biosecurity” initiative and “Caring for our Country” program. For more information contact Peter Hockings via email:

Ride provided excellent music which got even the most reluctant up on their feet. BFVG Executive Officer, Peter Hockings said renowned Queensland chef, David Pugh, worked with local Bundaberg catering firm Creative Catering to present a dinner menu showing off the best Bundaberg had to offer. Local grower George Green was presented with an Honorary Life Membership to BFVG.

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The Moraitis Wholesaling team (from left) Marcus McGlashan, Todd Moraitis, Vanessa Kelly and James O’Shea party at the BFVG biannual ball.


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Industry news bites With something always happening in our industry, the following are some fast and furious news bites to keep you updated as 2012 draws to a close:

Queensland the largest organic state Queensland has the highest value of

Blueberries move to Queensland A pioneering harvest of blueberries in southern Queensland has just been completed; a long way from the

organic production in Australia and the largest area of certified organic land. This is according to the latest biennial research by the Biological Farmers of Australia funded by Horticulture Australia Limited.

blueberry’s traditional home in New

The Australian Organic Market Report

South Wales.

2012 is a benchmark for the $1.27 billion

Ridley Bell, from the Australian Blueberry Growers Association, said the move

organic sector, from meat and vegetables to grain and cosmetics.

north was about extending the growing

The Report shows Queensland has the

season and reducing the need for pest

highest organic value of farm gate sales at

control in the industry which has a farm

$139 million followed by New South Wales

gate value of about $30 million.

($103 million) and Victoria ($85 million).

Banana farms in Dole sale

Choosing a Kensington Pride

Dole Food Company Inc has sold

A Kensington Pride Marketing Taskforce

its world-wide packaged foods and

was formed in September as a way of

Asia fresh produce businesses for

unifying producers to promote the

approximately $1.69 billion in cash to

mango variety Kensington Pride, also

Japan’s Itochu Corporation.

known as the Bowen mango.

The deal included the sale of its banana

The taskforce is made up of growers,

farms in north Queensland.

wholesalers and vertically integrated

Itochu will have exclusive rights to


the Dole trademark on packaged food

Its long term objective is to raise

products worldwide and on fresh

consumer awareness of the superior

produce in Asia, Australia and

flavour of the Kensington Pride mango

New Zealand.

via marketing and to drive sales for retailers, wholesalers and growers.

30-year agriculture plan

Foreign register welcomed All foreign ownership of Australian

The State Government sought

farms will be tracked by a national

feedback on a new 30-year plan for

register to give a full picture of where

Queensland’s agricultural sector.

and what foreign companies are buying

However, submissions closed on 7

Australian farms.

December, which gave just two and half weeks from its release to make comment.

Minister Julia Gillard said Australian

hectares of Queensland fruit orchards

agriculture had a rare opportunity to

at a discount of more than 50%.

meet the growing demand in Asia for food.

production’ was about building a shared vision for the future growth of primary production. The strategy aims to double the value of food production by 2040.

Singapore-based Duxton Asset Management has bought more than 800

John McVeigh said consultation on A 2040 vision to double the value of

Queensland fruit orchards discounted

In making the announcement, Prime

Queensland Agriculture Minister ‘Queensland’s Agriculture Strategy:


However, she said the agricultural sector must be “Asia-ready”, which would require a profound change in the way Australian rural businesses deal with Asia and the supply chain.

The sale was from receivers of failed managed investment scheme Rewards Group and listed land owner Ark Fund. Three separate farms at Mareeba, in the state’s north, Childers, near Bundaberg and Kumbia, near the Sunshine Coast, were purchased

Days later, Ms Gillard released the

for about $5 million, reports The

‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White

Australian Financial Review.

He said there are challenges

Paper that encourages 25 national

ahead, including global economic

objectives to prepare Australia for the

uncertainty and increasing costs.

rise of Asia in the 21st Century.

For more information, visit www.daff.

The document has been met with mixed

alone were bought for more than or call 13 25 23.

reviews by the horticulture sector.

$9 million in 2007 and 2008.

Backpacker visa hike threatens workforce

Growcom makes a profit

New citrus boss

Hundreds of growers could face

Growcom has declared an operating profit of $25,108 for 2012.

a potential loss of their seasonal

Although slightly down from the

workforce as backpackers may not be

2011 result of $29,001, Chairman

able to afford increasingly expensive

John Bishop said the result marked

working holiday visas.

the third year of positive operational

AUSVEG says the Federal Government has made a decision to raise the cost of the visas by nearly 30%.

results for the company.

Documents filed with the Australian Securities Exchange show the properties in Mareeba and Kumbia

Citrus Australia appointed a new Director, Ben Cant who joins the Board charged with guiding the activities of citrus’ peak body. Meanwhile, industry stalwart Kevin Parr retired as a Director at Citrus Australia’s Annual General Meeting.

markets Re fri ge ra nt Fe at ur e The refrigerant cost quandary Just about everyone involved in the

Hydrocarbons, such as propane and

production and distribution of fresh

butane, can also be used but because

fruit and vegetables has a major

of their high flammability there are

investment in refrigeration equipment.

restrictions on the size of the charge

By now, most will realise that they are

permitted in various applications.

in a quandary. Not only has the cost of

Another approach is to split the

electricity gone up again but the price of

refrigeration system. Significantly smaller

refrigerant has risen so dramatically that

charges of refrigerant can be used to cool a

a major leak could cause a devastating

liquid such as glycol which then does much

financial blow to a business.

of the work previously done by the gas. The problem with all of these

How should they respond?

alternatives is the upfront cost.

Refrigeration specialists are talking about natural refrigerants that don’t attract the Carbon Levy. Ammonia has been used for many years however it is highly toxic and gas leaks can be a serious problem.

At best, various amounts of retrofitting will be required. In some instances the most cost effective way to proceed would be the installation of a whole new system. However, the next Federal election may bring with it a new regime which

Some supermarkets are trying carbon

could completely change the cost/

dioxide however these systems run

benefit balance of any such capital

at extremely high pressure.

expenditure, hence the quandary.

Steps to be refrigerant ready There are some positive steps that all affected businesses can take now to find savings with their cost of refrigerants: 1. Protect your existing investment in refrigerant. Work with your refrigeration specialist to identify and fix all leaks and potential leak sites. Put in place a proper maintenance system. Consider installing leak detection alarms and charge retention facilities. 2. Look at all refrigeration repairs as an opportunity to improve the efficiency and security of your system.

Get out of the like for like replacement way of thinking. When you do review your refrigeration investment make sure you consider the “whole of life� cost. This means taking into account both the initial cost and the operating costs. Substantial savings in electricity usage are possible with modern refrigeration design. If a higher initial investment leads to reduced operating costs, it may be the better long term solution. This will in turn have implications for the method of financing the expenditure.


A case study in badly executed public policy BY BRISMARK GENERAL MANAGER IAN MAIN Everyone knew well in advance that on 1 July 2012 the carbon tax would come into effect. It was talked about by our politicians and widely reported in the media. Economists and accountants had done the figures and there was no shortage of forecasts on how much our power bills and other costs would be affected. The person in the street may not have

Why the increase? I tried to get to the bottom of the additional increase. The supplier that published the schedule said that because the levy was charged at the point of importation, they had additional financing costs until they sold the gas.

been happy but they generally knew

They said that they had to increase

what to expect.

security to guard against theft. They

Contrast this with the Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Refrigerant Levy. None or confusing information In May I was ringing my counterparts in different states and no one could tell me anything. Most hadn’t heard of it and if they had they had no idea of how it would affect the price of refrigerant. Even those working in the refrigeration industry couldn’t help. It wasn’t until 6 June 2012 that a lone refrigerant supplier released a schedule showing the “list price” of refrigerant after the introduction of the new levy.

R404A. Prior to the levy, the list price was $92.88 per kg. The new price was $377.71 per kg, an increase of $284.83 per kg even though the levy was $74.98 per kg leaving an unexplained increase of $209.85.

result of the Carbon Tax. However, they didn’t seem concerned about the price increases in Queensland as long as they hadn’t been falsely ascribed to the Tax. Poor policy execution

study in badly executed public

which had a compounding effect.

policy. Its introduction was poorly

As a qualified accountant I felt that their explanation did not stack up. New light

communicated and its impact misunderstood, even by the politicians. It has generated cost increases

Shortly after this encounter, I

that are many times the amount of

attended a workshop run by

the Levy. It has created windfalls

the refrigeration industry body

for some while its costs fall most

Australian Institute of Refrigeration,

heavily on those with the least

Airconditioning and Heating (AIRAH).

bargaining power.

It threw a little light on the subject when they discussed the price increase and said, “contractors and major end users pay a lot less (list price less 40% or more). Small even more”.

refrigerant in the Brisbane Markets is

in the cost of refrigerant was the

supply chain added their margin

schedule showed increases that were

For example, the most commonly used

claiming that their massive increase

The HFC Carbon Levy is a case

enterprises can pay list price or

the levy.

South Australia was prosecuted for

also said that each business in the

But the confusion didn’t end there. The grossly inflated beyond the amount of

I found out that a small business in

A pricing injustice Seeing this as a major injustice, I wanted to know what the authorities were going to do. I rang the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Carbon Price Hotline.

Season end a start for new manager BY SARAH SIMPSON, BOWEN GUMLU GROWERS ASSOCIATION Hello! My name is Sarah and I am the

Recently the BGGA launched its new

new Industry Development Manager

interactive website.

at Bowen Gumlu Growers Association (BGGA).

The website provides a range of services and initiatives. It aims to help to link

I grew up on the family dairy farm in

food production with food consumption

Corryong, in the Snowy Mountains,

addressing the health benefits of fresh

and received my Degree of Animal

produce, its availability locally and

Science and Management (Hons) at

community awareness.

the University of Melbourne. I was later employed at the University in the Department of Land and Environment as a Research Assistant. In recent months, I’ve moved to Bowen to be with my parents, who have retired to the beautiful Whitsundays. I applied for the job with BGGA, was successful, and the rest is history. This growing season in the Bowen Gumlu region has seen crops producing better than last year.

The website was funded by the Queensland Government’s, Blueprint for the Bush. Check it out at A project which we are excited to be involved in is the Reef Guardian program which is run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Authority. To date there are already Reef Guardian Schools, Councils, Fishers, Farmers and Graziers identified. Growers in the region are keen to participate in the

Tomato and capsicum production in

initiative with a pilot program for Reef

the region has been mixed. In the early

Guardians Horticulture beginning early

part of the growing season, due to a

next year.

rain event and a cold winter, production was down. However, by the end of the season, growers have seen better than average returns The loss of key chemicals dimethoate and fenthion remains an area of concern for growers. Currently, a Systems Approach for the Bowen Gumlu region has been submitted to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and we are hopeful that it is approved in time for next growing season.

Bowen Gumlu Growers Association would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year.


Managing sexual harassment in the workplace BY SAL TRUJILLO, BRISBANE MARKETS LIMITED HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER With Christmas parties and the

• Unnecessary touching, patting,

is expected by management and

silly season now in full swing, have

hugging, kissing, or brushing

staff, in the best interests of the

you considered the possibility of

against a person’s body;


potential sexual harassment claims? Defining Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is any form of verbal or physical sexual attention

• Sending of inappropriate information via any method

Companies need to provide all

of communication (email, text

employees with relevant sexual

messages, photos, letters or faxes).

harassment training on a regular

that is unwelcome. It is conduct of

Sexual harassment can take place

a sexual nature which can be an

during work hours; in the workplace

unsolicited act of physical intimacy;

itself; or in any work-related context

or an unsolicited demand or request

including business trips and work

for sexual favours; or any other

functions (such as Christmas parties).

unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature in relation to the other person.

To successfully manage the risk of sexual harassment in the workplace,

It is important to understand that

companies need to develop and

sexual harassment does not need

implement the following:

to be repeated or ongoing to be against the law. Sexual Harassment may include one or more of the following: • Comments of a sexual nature; • Sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes;

3. Training and Development -

1. Sexual Harassment Policy - Such policy needs to outline the company’s commitment against sexual harassment, the role of

basis outlining current procedures to avoid and manage any potential claims. New staff members must be inducted upon commencement and be given a copy of the sexual harassment policy. 4. Organisation Culture - Create and foster a safe and pleasant workplace culture where people are treated with dignity and respect. This can be achieved by

workers, managers and business

recruiting managers with people

leaders as well as steps in

management experience,

reporting any potential incidents.

supporting the company’s

2. Code of Conduct - The intention of the Code is to provide a basis by which employees act in a proper and responsible manner, which

complaints investigation procedure, regularly reviewing sexual harassment policy and acting on inappropriate behaviour in a timely manner. Sexual harassment is a real risk to all organisations with potential claims having large financial and operational business implications. Let’s make this Christmas season one free of any trouble, enjoy, with sensibility and care. Merry Christmas to all our readers.

The quality of Brismark’s operation is not just in the produce There’s more to a quality operation at the Brisbane Produce Market than just quality produce. Brismark, representing Queensland wholesalers, provides a range of services ensuring members can offer growers and buyers the highest level of reliability and professionalism. Brismark’s services include the Brismark Credit Service, Bad Debt Reserves, Debt Recovery Services, training, recruitment and industry representation. These services performed by Brismark’s dedicated team benefit not just wholesalers, but help maintain a secure, stable and efficient industry for everyone. Check if your wholesaler is a Brismark member. Find out more at or phone the free Market Hotline on 1800 631 002.

Level 2, Fresh Centre, 385 Sherwood Road, Rocklea | PO Box 70, Brisbane Markets 4106 Tel: (07) 3915 4222 | Fax: (07) 3915 4224 | FREECALL 1800 631 002 |



Great report card for school visits After a big 2012 school year, Brisbane Produce Market’s Kids’ Education program has received a shining report card to make Brisbane Markets wholesalers, who fund the program, as proud as fruit punch. More than 120 schools were visited, each receiving healthy eating presentations that have garnered positive feedback from both teachers and parents. Additional classes were held in Chinchilla as part of a burgeoning regional program to give country kids the opportunity to also hear the healthy eating message. Some of the feedback has included: “My son brought home a goodie bag from your recent visit to his school. Everyone loves a gift... kids included, as he was very impressed with the lunch pack ice cooker, as was I. Aside from enjoying the freebies, I was very impressed that you are visiting schools to encourage healthy eating. Our kids are sponges and the reminders that they bring home are helpful in keeping us parents on track when it comes to continually providing good food for our kids. The recipes look fun ... so thank you for your timely visit. Well done!” Parent (feedback via email) “Great presentation – wonderful use of humour! Presenter was extremely accommodating with regards to adapting content to match learning goals being taught. Loved the purple carrots!” Year 2 teacher, Moreton Bay Boys’ College

Ben’s our healthy role model Rugby league front man and father of four Ben Hannant continues to share his passion for healthy eating with thousands of Queensland school children as part of his role as Healthy Kids Ambassador for Brisbane Market’s Kids Education Program. He has been popping into local schools, posing for photos with his

Rugby leagu e front man Ben Hannan healthy role t is a model.

family at greengrocer Clayfield Markets Fresh and cooking up treats in the Brisbane Markets kitchen as part of his role to get more people chomping on fresh produce. Ben is also running a footy clinic in 2013 for the school who is winner of the Fresh Factor video competition, a fun way for schools to showcase in a 30 to 60 second video on “How can I get more fruit and veggies in my day?” Schools can register for the 2013 Education Program for free by visiting the website

retailing July Palmwoods greengrocer first monthly winner Palmwoods fruit and veg shop Brady’s Fruit, located about two hours north of Brisbane, was the July winner of 2012 Brisbane Produce Market Retailer of the Month award. The monthly accolade recognises excellence in fruit and vegetable retailing.

the first award for the year. Mr Pearce had been working in the store for 26 years before previous owner and namesake, Bob Brady, sold to the Pearce family over eight years ago. Colin, Sandra and their sons all work in the

Owners Colin and Sandra Pearce were excited

store, bringing different skills to the business

to be rewarded for their hard work, winning

which is proving to be a successful formula.

August & October Double celebration for newest greengrocers It may be one of the newest greengrocers in

Fresh Sensations Carindale officially opened

Brisbane but Fresh Sensations of Carindale

in March of this year in the shopping centre’s

Shopping Centre is celebrating winning the

new food precinct development.

Brisbane Produce Market Retailer of the Month for August and again in October. Even though this store is new, the families behind the Fresh Sensations group, which also

The store showcases its premium selections of fresh fruit and veg, deli and gourmet grocery lines in over 400m2 of floor space.

includes Capalaba and Chermside, have been

Owned by the Nicolaou and Mousikos

operating as successful greengrocers for over

families, eldest son Nick Nicolaou helps

20 years.

manage the Carindale store.

September Aratula store popular with locals and travellers Aratula Fresh Fruit & Veg, on the Cunningham

rest break and stock up on fresh goodies to

Highway in the township of Aratula, has

nourish them on their trip.

taken out the Retailer of the Month award for September 2012. Recognised as one South East Queensland’s most prominent regional markets, the store

Shoppers are warmly greeted by owners Mark and Christina Vogler who put the success down to his team of 11 staff, including

attracts a strong following of local customers

daughters, Crystal and Mikaela, together with

as well as highway travellers who stop for a

long term workers, sisters Janelle and Michelle.


Retailer of the Year backgrounder The Brisbane Produce Market

improve their business, and sees one

The Retailer of the Year, chosen from

Retailer of the Month award is more

retailer a month singled out as a top

around 100 competing stores, will

than midway through its competition


be announced at the 2013 Brisbane

and greengrocers throughout South East Queensland are gaining valuable feedback on their stores. The annual competition involves greengrocers registering each year to receive seminars, to have an opportunity to run in-store competitions, buy items in bulk and gain support with their merchandise. However, the real star of the competition is a mystery shopping system that provides confidential feedback which they can use to

The Brisbane Produce Market greengrocers are shopped in the categories of: • Produce quality, • Store appearance, presentation and staff,

Produce Market Gala Dinner on Friday, 1 March. Visit greengrocers/store-locator/ to find a registered Brisbane Produce Market Retailer Development participant nearest you.

• Communication, product information and merchandising, • Product purchase and service, • Miscellaneous (staff questions and general satisfaction rating).

Community recognition for leading retailers Two stores participating in Brisbane Produce Market’s Retailer Development Program continued to impress their community with additional accolades going their way. Current Retailer of the Year winners Carlo and Susan Lorenti, of Clayfield Markets Fresh, were presented with the 2012 Life Education Queensland Corporate Business Award at a Children’s Day Awards Luncheon in Brisbane.

Carlo and Susan Lorenti, of Clayfield Markets Fresh, honoured by Life Education Queensland.

The Lorentis have taken out the Brisbane Markets Mango King/Queen award five times, raising thousands of dollars for children’s charities, including Life Education Queensland. Meanwhile, Suncoast Fresh, another store in the Brisbane Markets program, has won the Sunshine Coast Excellence in business award for the category of food and beverage production for the second year in a row. Owner Graeme Twine is a former chef who supplies fresh produce to restaurants and eateries, as well as buying for Belmondos Fresh Food in Noosaville. He said the win has topped off a big year, having been featured in a cooking show viewed in Singapore and recently being requested to cook at the 2013 Noosa Food and Wine Festival to showcase the fresh produce bought at the Brisbane Markets.

Suncoast Fresh owner Graeme Twine.



25 December

1 March


BRISBANE PRODUCE MARKET GALA DINNER Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre






6-8 February FRUIT LOGISTICA Berlin, Germany For more information contact: Contact: Alexandra Walker on 02 8005 3495 or email More than 2,400 companies from across the entire fresh produce value chain will be present in a single location for this tradeshow.

17-20 February

Yvonne Klette on 07 3915 4222 or email Annual celebration for the Brisbane Markets community who are wined, dined, entertained and witness the naming of the Brisbane Produce Market’s Retailer of the Year award.

Claiming the date Brisbane Produce Markets has announced Friday, 1 March as the date for its 2013 annual gala dinner, to be held at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. It’s the biggest social night on the Brisbane Markets calendar and includes dinner, entertainment,


awards and dancing the night away.

For more information contact:

Each year the Brisbane Produce

Jason Johnson at jason@ruralinsurance. or Tania Thornton at Biannual festival for Chinchilla with street parade, crazy melon competitions, social events and melon field day.

Market uses the event to announce

Holiday season trading hours Brisbane Produce Market will be closed to buyers and the public on the public holidays during the festive season. For further information on fresh produce deliveries and purchases, please contact your wholesaler or check trading hours on line at

For more information contact:

the winner of the coveted Fresh Tastes Retailer of the Year Award.


Season’s Greetings

from us all at the Brisbane Markets

Foodbank readying for Christmas Brisbane Produce Market wholesalers will

of collecting from the Colmslie-based

be stepping up their donations leading

warehouse and distributing the food to

up to Christmas to aid Foodbank at a time

those in need.

when its warehouse traditionally requires the most donations. Foodbank is feeding over 65,000 people in need, per week, in Queensland and the number is growing daily.

Growers receive a tax deduction if they forward any of their surplus crop to the organisation. To make a donation, contact Foodbank on 07 3395 8422,

Over 300 charities are registered with


Foodbank Queensland and have the job

or visit

Pawlar May from Brisbane Community Aid selects capsicums at Food bank to help feed Brisbane’s underprivilege d.

*Source: Logistik Journal 2010

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