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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
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
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
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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Contents FRESH UPDATES
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
s e l ca s big gest p tips e l p ineap
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
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.
skin may be a different colour.
To download a copy, visit www.brisbanemarkets.com.au.
Rowan Little, General Manager,
Wholesaler Montague Fresh
Montague Fresh said that most apple varieties tasted quite tart
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"Whilst our population has
dramatically over the years," he said. "Our vision is that we are going to reignite a different group of consumers who maybe have gotten a bit disillusioned with
veterinary chemicals approved for use
the current apple offering and
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
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
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.
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
markets 10th BML annual report a milestone Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) recently released its 10th annual report, marking a decade since buying the Brisbane Markets. The report shows that despite the challenging economic climate over the FRESH PRODUCE FLOWERS MARKETING DISTRIBUTION MAINTENANCE WAREHOUSE REPRESENTATION QUALITY ACCESS CONTROL DEVELOPMENT CENTRAL MARKET HUB MARKET MANAGEMENT BUYERS WHOLESALERS TENANTS SELLING FLOORS LEASE WORLD-CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE BRISBANE MARKETS REGULATIONS REFURBISHMENT FRUIT TRAINING SUPPORT SERVICES PURPOSE-BUILT PROPERTY FRESH PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION FLOWERS MAINTENANCE WAREHOUSE REPRESENTATION QUALITY ACCESS CONTROL DEVELOPMENT CENTRAL MARKET BUYERS WHOLESALERS MARKETING DISTRIBUTION FRESH PRODUCE FLOWERS MARKET MANAGEMENT BUYERS WHOLESALERS TENANTS WAREHOUSE MAINTENANCE REPRESENTATION QUALITY ACCESS CONTROL CENTRAL MARKET HUB DEVELOPMENT SELLING FLOORS LEASE WORLD-CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE BRISBANE MARKETS FRUIT REGULATIONS REFURBISHMENT TRAINING PURPOSE-BUILT PROPERTY SUPPORT SERVICES DISTRIBUTION FLOWERS FRESH PRODUCE MAINTENANCE WAREHOUSE REPRESENTATION ACCESS CONTROL QUALITY DEVELOPMENT CENTRAL MARKET BUYERS WHOLESALERS FRESH PRODUCE FLOWERS MARKETING DISTRIBUTION MAINTENANCE WAREHOUSE REPRESENTATION QUALITY ACCESS CONTROL DEVELOPMENT CENTRAL MARKET HUB MARKET MANAGEMENT BUYERS WHOLESALERS TENANTS WORLD-CLASS SELLING FLOORS LEASE INFRASTRUCTURE BRISBANE MARKETS REGULATIONS REFURBISHMENT EXPORT PURPOSE-BUILT PROPERTY TRAINING SUPPORT SERVICES FRESH PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION FLOWERS MAINTENANCE WAREHOUSE REPRESENTATION QUALITY ACCESS CONTROL DEVELOPMENT CENTRAL MARKET BUYERS WHOLESALERS QUEENSLAND’S FRESH PRODUCE MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION HUB
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.
• More than 600,000 tonnes of fresh
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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
(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
Chapman and Bob Durance.
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.
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“This will ensure a strong business
Queensland grows more than one-third of the nation’s produce. Horticulture is Queensland’s second largest primary industry, worth more than $2 billion per year and employs about 25,000 people.
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.
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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.
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
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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.
It’s not the first time Mr Coco has worn
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.
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2012 m Mango King Sa cious Coco gives a pre with mango to a child cancer.
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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
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
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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.
The Australian Mango Industry
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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: email@example.com.
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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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.
blueberryâ€™s traditional home in New
The Australian Organic Market Report
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
Japanâ€™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
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
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
qld.gov.au 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 donâ€™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 â€œwhole of lifeâ€? 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).
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
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
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
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, Iâ€™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 Governmentâ€™s, Blueprint for the Bush. Check it out at www.bowengumlugrowers.com.au 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
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
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 www.brismark.com.au 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 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.brismark.com.au
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 www.brisbanemarkets.com.au/kids-education.
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
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 www.brisbanemarkets.com.au/ 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.
PUBLIC HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS DAY
BRISBANE PRODUCE MARKET GALA DINNER Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
26 December PUBLIC HOLIDAY - BOXING DAY
1 January PUBLIC HOLIDAY - NEW YEAR’S DAY
28 January PUBLIC HOLIDAY - AUSTRALIA DAY
6-8 February FRUIT LOGISTICA Berlin, Germany For more information contact: Contact: Alexandra Walker on 02 8005 3495 or email email@example.com More than 2,400 companies from across the entire fresh produce value chain will be present in a single location for this tradeshow.
Yvonne Klette on 07 3915 4222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
CHINCHILLA MELON FESTIVAL
awards and dancing the night away.
For more information contact:
Each year the Brisbane Produce
Jason Johnson at jason@ruralinsurance. net.au or Tania Thornton at email@example.com 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 www.brisbanemarkets.com.au.
For more information contact:
the winner of the coveted Fresh Tastes Retailer of the Year Award.
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 www.foodbank.com.au.
Pawlar May from Brisbane Community Aid selects capsicums at Food bank to help feed Brisbaneâ€™s underprivilege d.
*Source: Logistik Journal 2010
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