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MAGAZINE OF BRISBANE MARKETS LIMITED
TMAS 16 CHERRY CHRIS Cherry season is upon us
A YEAR IN REV
A rewarding year for BML
YOUR SOURCE OF FRESH INFORMATION FOR THE FRUIT AND VEGETABLE INDUSTRY
CEO comment BML’s Results Released Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) recently announced its results for the 2012/13 financial year. The result was an overall net profit after
This year saw Brisbane Markets launch
He was a strong advocate for industry
its online Training HUB, moving all of its
based ownership of the Markets and a
papers based inductions to electronic.
passionate supporter of BML.
This has provided the ability to take inductions 24/7 anywhere, anytime.
Mike played an extremely important role in helping to guide the Board, offering
tax of $9.912 million. The operating result,
Our state-of-the-art commercial
strategic advice and insights, working to
net of the impact of revaluations, was a
demonstration kitchen in the Fresh
give the company profile and recognition
net operating profit after tax of $7.267
Centre, which secured a five star rating
and being a mentor.
million. These are record results for the
by the Brisbane City Council in 2012,
company and a significant improvement
continued to grow from strength-to-
on the previous financial year.
strength with a recent FoodWorks
Year in Review
exhibition held in the facility.
In this, the final edition of Fresh Source
2013 saw BML enter into a Platinum
for 2013, we review the year that was. The
Partnership with Diabetes Queensland.
company maintained its ongoing focus
This partnership saw Brisbane Markets
The Federal Government’s support
on site upgrading with major projects
donate almost $40,000 to Diabetes
for the recently announce Voluntary
progressed in relation to road works, fire
Queensland as a result of funds raised at
Retail Code of Conduct should signal a
this 2013 Mango Auction.
preparedness on the part of the Federal
detection upgrading, the replacement of electricity meters and electrical distribution board upgrading. Stage 1 of a major project to replace and raise a number of flood affected switchboards is underway, with this project to be ongoing well into 2014. A number of major projects also progressed.
He has been a tremendously valued contributor and dedicated member of the BML Board. I thank Mike for all his contributions over the years. Mandatory Horticulture Code of Conduct
Government to move to fix the broken and discredited Mandatory Horticulture
Next year the Rocklea based Brisbane
Code of Conduct. If there ever was an
Markets site turns 50!
argument to remove existing Federal
BML will be hosting a number of events
Government red tape, the Horticulture
throughout the year to celebrate this
Code of Conduct is it – poorly written,
unworkable and costly to implement.
the Commercial Centre with a new
Board of Directors
outdoor dining area established in
This year also saw changes to the Brisbane
On behalf of BML and Brismark, I wish
Markets Limited Board of Directors.
everyone a safe and happy festive
Work continued on the upgrade of
addition to improvements in car parking and traffic flow. South Gate West civil works were completed with the installation of all services infrastructure. We also laid the groundwork for a number of projects to be progressed
The Hon Mike Ahern announced his retirement effective from the close of the company’s November Annual General
season, and after the challenging year that we have had, above all, a healthy and prosperous 2014.
Meeting and saw Stuart Lummis joining the Board (see page 12).
in 2014 with emergency lighting, early
Mike was appointed as an Industry
warning detection systems and a major
Director in 2002, prior to the acquisition
switchboard replacement project due to
of the Brisbane Markets from the State
commence in the New Year.
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Contents FRESH UPDATES
FRESH FROM THE MARKETS Changes to BML’s board members. . . . . . . . . . . . . p6 New Brisbane Markets board member welcomed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p6 Solid performance in 2012/13 financial year. . . . . p7 About Brisbane Markets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p7 Call to repeal unworkable horticulture code. . . . p8 Ag Minister hears of cracks in Code. . . . . . . . . . . . p9 Meet our new partner – Diabetes Queensland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p10 A fruity start to the relationship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p11 Take the symptoms seriously. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p11
MANGO AUCTION FEATURE A king’s ransom for a tray of mangoes. . . . . . . . . . p12
updates Markets’ shopping centre upgrade The Brisbane Markets shopping strip, known as the Commercial Centre, on Sherwood Road, is a hive of activity downstairs and up. The shopping area was refurbished this year with outdoor eateries, new lighting and even a new flow for traffic ensuring safer pedestrian access. The work is now concentrating on the upstairs offices and the roof. An elevator has been installed and the 49-year-old building’s first level and roof is having an overhaul to spruce up the level of office accommodation that will be offered to tenants. The work should be completed in early 2014.
FRESH WHOLESALING We wish you a very Cherry Christmas. . . . . . . . . . p16 A fruity Christmas surprise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p16 FreshTest program a ‘clean’ approach . . . . . . . . . . p17
FRESH EXPORT Australia must look to Asia for export. . . . . . . . . . p18 Who is the AHEA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p18 Hong Kong Trade Commissioner briefing. . . . . . p19 Second Trade and Market Access Forum . . . . . . . p19
One of the entries to the Commercial Centre’s level one where refurbishment works are underway.
FRESH INDUSTRY A focus on trade and market access. . . . . . . . . . . . p20 Bundaberg told to “Get Ready” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p20 Finalised Systems Approach called ICA-48. . . . . . p21 Industry news bites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p22
FRESH BUSINESS Asset protection a serious consideration. . . . . . . p24 Managing safety in your workplace. . . . . . . . . . . . p25
Safe work week celebrations Safe Work Week 2013 was celebrated in October with Brisbane Markets tenants and visitors taking part in a range of competitions, safety demonstrations and promotions. It was a statewide event aimed at encouraging all working Queenslanders to get involved in health and safety practices in their workplace and become better educated on the issue.
FRESH FOR KIDS Great report card for school visits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . p27
FRESH RETAILING Retailers of the Month winners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p28 How capsicums coloured our winter . . . . . . . . . . p29
The event was great timing, consolidating much of the information that has been presented in workshops and bulletins leading up to the week with work health and safety a Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) priority. A number of forklift drivers were given LPG refresher training from gas supplier, Origin, while others learned how to keep safe on site through reading flyers and TV safety reminders at the Site Service Centre and
FRESH EVENTS What’s in the calendar?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p30 Holiday season trading hours.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p30 Foodbank readying for Christmas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . p30
the BML/Brismark reception. Competition winners were: Forklift Safety Competition – Dan Green, H E Heather Safety Quiz Competition – Steve Nicholas, Alfred E Chave Tenant Initiatives Competition – Fresh Produce Group (FPG), Favco and Gollagher Bros
Emotional reunion for Market dad Brisbane Markets employee Damon Bruun will be one of the happiest men on the planet this Christmas after a mercy dash to the Philippines helped unite him with his missing wife and young family caught in Typhoon Haiyan. His search for his family, listed missing for more than six days was an emotional one, with the last words heard from his four-year-old boy, Hayden, before all contact was lost: “Daddy I’m scared”. David Bruun with his family back on Australian soil after a heart rendering search for them in the typhoon devastated Philippines.
The Australian media, including Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, documented his flight to Manila, the wait to find transport and his eventual reunion with wife Maria and children Keesha, eight, Hayden and one-year-old Carter.
Mr Bruun’s Brisbane Markets colleagues rallied around him to provide additional leave and funds to make the mercy dash. His family has been living in the Philippines while they try to save money for a permanent move to Australia.
A tasty expo for FoodWorks Brisbane Market’s Fresh Centre training rooms and its five-star Market Kitchen were transformed into a busy food and equipment hub in November with the staging of the FoodWorks Queensland Fresh Food Expo. The event attracted 30 FoodWorks suppliers and more than 100
Guess who is turning 50? No one likes missing a 50th celebration, so get your pens out now and mark Friday, 7 March 2014 in your diary for the Brisbane Produce
visitors who watched demonstrations, sampled foods, signed up for special buys and rubbed shoulders with other franchisees. It’s the first retail expo of its type held in the Fresh Centre and not the last, with another FoodWorks event expected in 2014.
Market 2014 annual gala dinner Most in the Markets community know this to be a fun night where they can raise their glasses and enjoy an evening out. However, the 2014 event will offer even more to celebrate, being 50 years since the Brisbane based markets moved to the Rocklea site. While the anniversary date will be in August, the celebrations will last all year with the first major event acknowledging Brisbane Markets past, its growth and its present. There is even more to celebrate at this year’s gala dinner. Each year the Brisbane Produce Market uses the event to announce the winner of the coveted Fresh Tastes Retailer of the Year Award.
Part of the Fresh Centre foyer is transformed for the FoodWorks Queensland Fresh Food Expo.
markets Changes to BML’s board members
g BML board Former long servin er Queensland member and form hael Ahern AO, Premier The Hon Mic ctorship at the dire his red reti o wh company’s general meeting. November annual
Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) has paid
“Mr Ahern has fulfilled his role admirably as
tribute to long serving board member and
an industry appointed independent director
former Queensland Premier The Hon Michael
and has been able to provide a diverse range
Ahern AO, who retired his directorship at the
of viewpoints with respect to the strategic
company’s November annual general meeting.
direction of the business.
BML Chairman Tony Joseph thanked
“He was a strong advocate of BML’s entry
Mr Ahern who he called a “guiding light” to
into the contestable energy market and
his fellow board members.
also made significant contributions to the
Mr Ahern was appointed as an Industry
establishment of an exporter’s forum in the
Director on 6 June 2002, prior to the
earlier years of ownership to which he was
acquisition of the Brisbane Markets from
the State Government. He became a strong advocate for industry based ownership of the Markets and a passionate supporter of BML. Mr Joseph paid tribute to Mr Ahern saying his vast experience as the former Queensland Premier and Treasurer, Minister
Mr Joseph said it was not an understatement to say that Mr Ahern has been a “tremendously valuable contributor and dedicated member of the BML Board”. In reply, Mr Ahern paid tribute to chairman
for Industry, Small Business and Technology
Tony Joseph, his fellow directors and a ‘great’
and Minister for Primary Industries provided
CEO, who have shown enormous leadership
BML with extensive contacts at all levels, and
through the global financial crisis and the
on both sides of the government.
devastation of the 2011 flood.
“He played an extremely important role in
“It has been a privilege to be here,” Mr Ahern
helping to guide the Board in its formative
told the meeting. “I can still see changes
years and has acted as a mentor and elder
coming for this City Market which has
statesman in the Boardroom,” Mr Joseph said.
become a Market City”.
New Brisbane Markets Board Member welcomed Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) has
with 15 years as a non-executive director on
welcomed a new board member at the
November Annual General Meeting with the appointment of Stuart Lummis to take up the independent director’s role.
He has extensive experience in both large publicly listed groups in addition to notfor-profit organisations. He is currently the
He will join BML Chairman Tony Joseph
Director for Building, Planning, Facilities and
and fellow directors Bruce Hatcher, Simon
Property with a not for profit organisation.
George, Noel Greenhalgh, Tony Kelly, Peter Tighe and BML CEO Andrew Young in guiding the BML’s operations and growth.
Mr Lummis holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Diploma in Project and Construction Management in addition to Post Graduate
Mr Lummis brings to the board more than
Diplomas in both Accounting and from the
30 years’ experience as a senior executive
New Brisbane Marke ts Limited Board Member Stuart Lum mis.
Solid performance in 2012/13 financial year Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) went
the effects of a number of external
performed strongly and delivered a
back to basics to deliver services and
influences which have been a drag
solid result, reflecting the company’s
consolidate its position in the 2012/13
on the economy and business
robust business strategy, ongoing
financial year, achieving a net profit
confidence,” Mr Joseph said.
commitment to progressing
“Such a recovery must be commended,
development and back-to-basics focus
This is more than double last year’s
particularly in a year where the focus
on service delivery to our tenants and
$4.336 million result.
was to ramp up services to our tenants.
stakeholders,” Mr Young said.
BML Chairman Tony Joseph said it
“The BML Board believes that
“BML rarely boasts about the work it
was in strong contrast to the 2010/11
providing the best facilities and
financial year where BML made a
services possible to our tenants
$3.344 million loss as a direct result of
provides them with an environment in
the January 2011 flood and a decline in
which they can perform at their most
productive capacity, strengthening
after tax of $9.912 million.
“It is a credit to the company that its ongoing prudent decision making
undertakes on a day-to-day basis to keep this 24-hour, seven-day-a-week operation running like clockwork. Yet the BML Board and my management
both their businesses and our industry
team take our mission of operating a
as a whole.”
world-class marketing and distribution
and sound investment strategies
Brisbane Markets Limited (BML)
have played a big part in softening
CEO Andrew Young said BML
About Brisbane Markets More than 4,000 people do business at the Brisbane Markets daily, using the fresh produce from up to 7,000 Australian growers. More than 600,000 tonnes worth of fresh produce worth more than $1 billion enters the Brisbane Markets annually. The Brisbane Markets comprises more than 37 buildings with over 250 leases and tenancy agreements in place. The overall site has approximately 157,699 square metres of lettable area and is also home to a thriving commercial centre that services the The 77ha Brisbane Markets, located at Rocklea.
markets What is the Horticulture Code of Conduct? The Horticulture Code is an unworkable mandatory industry code that was imposed on fruit and vegetable wholesalers in 2007. Without support or endorsement by wholesalers, and with warnings that it was unworkable, it has bound the industry sector with red tape, additional costs and worse still, made wholesalers anti-competitive against their rivals. Supermarkets and exporters are not covered by the Code.
What is the Retail Code? The major retailers recently signed off their support for a draft voluntary Retail Code of Conduct, which has subsequently been endorsed by the Federal Government. The major retailers were instrumental in drafting the
Call to repeal unworkable horticulture code Australia’s fresh produce wholesalers
“This, in turn, reduces their ability to offer
are demanding the repeal of the
consumers competitive prices.
anticompetitive and costly mandatory
“Our message is simple,” he said. “We
Horticulture Code of Conduct.
simply want the same treatment as the retail
The Australian Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries is making the call in the wake of news that the retail chains
code and they have agreed
have been successful in having Federal
to its provisions.
Government support for a voluntary code, which the retail chains assisted drafting.
chains in being afforded the opportunity to develop a new voluntary code.” Mr Young said he wanted a code which the wholesale sector has been a party to drafting and which had been endorsed by the wholesaling sector’s representative organisation, the Australian Chamber.
Australian Chamber spokesman and
“This is not a big ask!” he said.
Brisbane Markets CEO Andrew Young said
Who is the Australian Chamber?
wholesalers within the Central Market
Central Markets are located in Sydney,
system are smarting at the inequities of the
Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and
Federal Government’s approach with repeal
Newcastle and are the main mechanism
of the mandatory horticulture code the
by which independent greengrocers and
only way to make things right.
foodservice businesses source their
“The Central Market system is operating under a Mandatory Code which wholesalers did not draft and which the government was told was unworkable,” Mr Young said. “Greengrocers, provedores, restaurateurs and smaller retailers who source their fresh produce from a Central Market must endure this
supplies of fresh produce. The Australian Chamber represents 430 Market wholesaling businesses, with a combined turnover in excess of $7 billion annually. Central Market wholesalers are asking the Federal Government to facilitate an industry based approach to the development of a new Horticulture Code of Conduct which
anti-competitive code as additional costs
promotes good commercial practice, but
and red tape continue to place a burden
which is workable, flexible and cost effective
on their bottom line.
in how it is implemented.
Ag Minister hears of cracks in Code Recently appointed Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce dropped into the Brisbane Markets in November to press the flesh with wholesalers. The former senator, who was raised on sheep-and-cattle farm and who has lived in regional NSW and Queensland most of his life was keen to hear the issues affecting the Central Markets. His meeting with Brismark board members soon turned to our industry’s hottest topics – the mandatory Horticulture Code of Conduct, an unworkable piece of legislation that was imposed on fruit and vegetable wholesalers in 2007.
From left, Brismark chairma n Gary Lower welcomed Federal Agricult ure Minister Barnaby Joyce during a Mar kets’ visit.
Mr Joyce heard fact after fact of how the inequities of the Horticulture Code have hurt the industry before he offered his advice: Lobby, lobby, lobby to get what the industry wants.
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markets Meet our new partner – Diabetes Queensland Brisbane Markets Limited and Brismark have established a Platinum Partnership with Diabetes Queensland to promote understanding, communication, collaboration and cooperation in the months ahead. With such a close alignment between Diabetes Queensland’s and Brisbane
Queensland’s Healthy Shopping website for the advice and tools to get you started. Diabetes Queensland is making the switch to healthy eating easy, not just for people with diabetes but for everyone!
Market’s objectives to promote healthy
With so many products being sold
eating, it was a natural ‘fit’ between the
as high-this or low-that, Diabetes
Queensland believes in arming
Who is Diabetes Queensland? Diabetes Queensland helps thousands of people live well with diabetes by providing much needed information and support.
consumers with the information needed to make smarter choices is essential. The food you put into your trolley goes into your body, so making the right choices in the supermarket is a big part of living a healthier life.
Around 300,000 people in Queensland are currently diagnosed with diabetes. Each day, an extra 62 people are diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. That’s an extra 22,000 people needing its support every year. Are you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?
Healthy Shopping is a one-stop online information centre containing all you need to know about nutrition, planning a healthy grocery shop and understanding food labels. There is even free advice from dietitians, tips to planning the perfect pantry and a guide to physical activity and living well.
Many Australians are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. While family history and genetics play a role, your lifestyle can also have a significant effect on whether you develop type 2 diabetes. Taking the pain out of healthy shopping
On the site you’ll even see the organisation bust some of the popular food myths and test your knowledge with fun, interactive quizzes. Healthy Shopping is a small and practical way we can help people shop smarter
If your family is ready to embrace
and healthier. Visit the website at www.
a healthier lifestyle, visit Diabetes
DID YOU KNOW?
You can assess your risk of developing diabetes by completing a short online screening tool: Visit www.diabetesqueensland.org.au/healthy-living/who-is-at-risk/ assess-your-risk
A fruity start to the relationship
Regular visitors to this year’s Brisbane
It was the start of a new relationship
healthy eating message into the
Markets Mango Auction would have
between the Markets community and
Brisbane Produce Market’s Kids Go
seen some new faces in the crowd
the busy Queensland based charity.
Fresh and Healthy kids program.
stirring up the bidders and staffing an
Over the next two years, watch out for
information table designed to check
at least two “Are you at risk?” Diabetes
our Brisbane Markets community risk
Days being held on the Brisbane
factors for developing diabetes.
Produce Market trading floor.
Diabetes Queensland joined Life
There will be quick and easy tests
Education Queensland as the
along with information on healthy
recipients of this year’s Mango
There will also be plenty of cross promotion, and along the way, loads of encouragement for people to eat up their fresh fruit and vegetables.
eating and lifestyles.
Auction proceeds with more than
The Diabetes Queensland experts
$68,500 being divided between them.
will weave a stronger, more targeted
Take the symptoms seriously The symptoms of diabetes are often not taken seriously. They are subtle
general wear and tear. Getting people diagnosed
and include tiredness, feeling lethargic,
early remains a key priority for
feeling thirsty and blurred vision.
These symptoms are often put down
Find out more at
to normal daily stresses, age, or
Diabetes Queensland’s CEO Michelle Trute samples a mango at the 2013 Brisbane Markets Mango Auction.
The Nicolaou family from Fresh Sensations Carindale celebrate their Brisbane Produce Market Retailer of the Year win.
Former wholesaler Ern Wood (left), of J E Tipper stands with BML Chairman Tony Joseph on behalf of the Brisbane Markets long service community members, who received awards for 40+ years service at the Brisbane Markets annual gala diner.
Paul Joseph, of Alfred E Chave, sorts through more than 55 tonnes of fresh produce donated by wholesalers and sent to the Bundaberg region to assist after ex-tropical cyclone Oscar wreaked its devastation in January.
Footballer Ben Hannant launched the Brisbane Produce Market Healthy Lunchboxes book, now sold at greengrocers around South East Queensland.
AUSVEG CEO Richard Mulcahy (left) speaks with Brisbane Markets CEO Andrew Young during the launch of a Federal Government National Food Plan workshop, held at Brisbane Markets.
2013 Mango Kings, Carlo Lorenti, of Clayfield Markets Fresh, and Harry Nicolaou, of Fresh Sensations Carindale, paid $42,000 for the symbolic first tray of mangoes at the annual Brisbane Markets Mango Auction.
“Yassou!” The Channel 7 news and weather team helped turn the Brisbane Markets Trading Floor into a Greek party to welcome in the Paniyiri Greek Festival in mid May.
Visitors to the Brisbane Markets History Room explore its memorable and memories. The room drew visitors and requests for speakers at Probus and Rotary Clubs throughout the year, all eager to learn more and tell their Markets’ stories.
From left, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors Tony Sheean and Warren Stackman talk about safety issues on the Brisbane Markets site. 2013 became a year to focus on safety, with tough government regulations an incentive to keep safety top of mind.
Brisbane Market Stationers, Packaging, Tape and Supplies return more than 40 pallets of stock to their warehouse after itself evacuated its Brisbane Markets Commercial Centre shop front after ex-tropical cyclone Oswald landed with force on Brisbane.
A year in review
Rewarding year for Brisbane Markets community Another immensely rewarding 12
• The former bottle shop, in the
• Establishment of two new
months has passed by the Brisbane
Commercial Centre, was gutted
committees: Brisbane Markets
Markets, with the outcome from this
and its footprint increased from
Tenants’ Advisory Committee,
year’s efforts something to be proud of.
120m2 to 206m2, extending the
and the Brisbane Markets Safety
previously recessed shopfront to
This feature takes a look at the year that was and celebrates the milestones that have made the Brisbane Markets community so successful: PERFORMANCE
be in line with other Commercial Centre tenancies. • The former Commonwealth Bank building was demolished to make way for a wider entrance to the
OPERATIONAL • BML completed 3,516 maintenance jobs and asphalted more than 20,000m2 of roadways.
• BML posted a net profit after tax of
Brisbane Markets, new parking
• Introduction of a Markets intranet
$9.912 million in the 2012/13 year.
areas, a safer pedestrian access
information service, known as the
way, covered outdoor dining area
Tenant HUB, improving access to
and an extended cafe footprint.
maintenance requests, training,
ACCOLADES • The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame announced BML the
• Completion of the South Gate
forms and general information. • Introduction of online training
winner of the 2013 Queensland
West site as part of a flood
Business History Award – an
mitigation strategy, involving
courses, available 24-hours-a-day,
acknowledgement to reward
raising the height of the land with
businesses that cherish, protect,
building platforms, construction
forklift induction courses, and
value and share their corporate
of a new roadway connecting to
general and buyer induction
South Gate East and Sherwood
DEVELOPMENT • Completion of the Commercial Centre refurbishment/upgrade project. Works included new
Road, retaining walls and building pads. MARKET HAPPENINGS • BML welcomed Stuart Lummis
• Replacement of all electricity meters in selling floor tenancies (Buildings A, B, C, D and E) with digital meters installed. • Introduction of an automatic boom
concrete footpath, creating
to the board of directors at the
covered outdoor dining areas,
November annual general meeting
gate exiting system at key access
toilet refurbishment, and light-
but farewelled former Queensland
points around the site.
emitting diode (LED) lighting,
Premier and BML board member
improved traffic flow and
Michael Ahern AO who retired his
bin corrals for central waste
2 0 1 3 Mango Auction
THE KING OF FRUIT Thank you very much
MEET THE SPONSORS The 2013 Mango Auction was sponsored by the Brisbane Markets major mango marketers:
Alfred E Chave Pty Ltd Don Alroe & Sons Favco Qld Pty Ltd
A king’s ransom for a tray of mangoes Carlo Lorenti, of Clayfield Markets
It raised $2,270 towards a total of
Fresh, and Harry Nicolaou, from Fresh
$10,100 for both charities across all 34
Sensations Carindale, together bid a
participating stores. Mr Nicolaou’s
king’s ransom to be crowned at the 2013
store, Fresh Sensations Carindale, was
Brisbane Markets Mango Auction in
hot on its heels and in second place.
The new Mango Kings bought the
H E Heather & Co
$42,000, with the funds donated to
symbolic first tray of mangoes for
J H Leavy & Co
Diabetes Queensland and Life Education
On stage with the smiling greengrocers, Mr Lorenti in a cape and Mr Nicolaou
R W Pascoe Pty Ltd
in a crown, Mr Lorenti said, “It’s been
Romeo’s Marketing Pty Ltd
harder than normal in retailing, so
The Australian Mango Industry Association also supported the annual Brisbane Markets Limited event.
together we thought up a way to come up with the money that wasn’t going to
More than $68,500 was raised by the Brisbane Markets community in total. It was Mr Nicolaou’s first time sitting on the winner’s thrown. However, Mr Lorenti is no stranger to charity work having been crowned Mango King six times since 2006. The highly competitive auction was held in the heart of the Brisbane Produce Market trading area, with Haesley Cush as auctioneer.
put too much of a hole in our pockets
Although this fundraising is serious
but still help two great causes.”
work, it’s still about having a good
Also announced at the early morning event in Rocklea was Clayfield Markets Fresh as ‘South East Queensland’s Kindest Greengrocer’ – the top shop
time. This year’s theme was ‘The King of Fruit’, so it was fitting that an Elvis impersonator and Las Vegas Showgirls took to the stage to entertain the crowd.
in the AOK (Act of Kindness) in-store
Since 2002, Brisbane Markets Limited
has raised more than $770,000 for Queensland charities by staging the annual event. The tray of mangoes from this year’s auction was donated by Arnhem Packhouse in the Northern Territory.
Dressed in his cape, Carlo Lorenti of Clayfield Markets Fresh, and wearing his crown, Harry Nicolaou from Fresh Sensations Carindale are congratulated by the Las Vegas Showgirls after paying a king’s ransom for the tray.
The $42,000 tray of mangoes, donated by Arnhem Packhouse in the Northern Territory.
The King, Elvis, gets cosy with the King of Fruits.
“Thank you…thank you very much”. Brismark’s Stephen Hunt shows he knows his Elvis moves when collecting money for the charity barbecue.
Australian Mango Industry Association’s Trevor Dunmall shows the quality of this season’s mangoes to a feathery mango lover.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh (left) shares a joke with BML Director Bruce Hatcher.
Celebrity auctioneer Haesley Cush, of Ray White New Farm, works up the crowd to dig deep to take home the tray.
Rugby league player Ben Hannant (left) chats with celebrity news reader MC Bill McDonald during the event.
Brisbane Markets buyers discuss a bid during the heat of the auction.
The first symbolic tray of mangoes arrives on a Toyota Material Handling forklift.
wholesaling We wish you a very Cherry Christmas
A fruity Christmas surprise
The cherry season is upon us and
With Christmas just around the corner,
Brisbane Produce Market has joined
Brisbane Produce Market has again
forces once again with Cherry Growers
spread the fruity, sweet gifts of the
Australia to run a very cherry campaign.
season to more than 3,000 special and
Activities began in late November, with
cooking shows, radio advertising, social
Brisbane Markets Limited and Brismark
media activities and cherry samples
staff members handed out fruit and
send to major media identities across
joined in the fun of the 4KQ Variety
South East Queensland.
Special Children’s Christmas Party,
Keep an eye out for some advertising in the Courier Mail and Brisbane News’
held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Christmas gift guides. If you are in the
Wholesalers from throughout the
Brisbane CBD, head to Alchemy Bar and
Brisbane Produce Market donated
Restaurant for a very cherry Soufflé,
carton after carton of festive fruit for
thanks to restaurateurs Brad and Ange
the event, doing their bit to help make
Jolly who have placed it on their menu
the one day of the year a special one for
kids who are terminally ill, intellectually
Wholesalers who have contributed to
handicapped or physically impaired.
the cheery cherry marketing campaign to make it happen include Carter and Spencer Group, Favco Queensland, Keith Lind, Montague Fresh (Qld), Murray Bros, Ross & Co Fruit and Vegetables and RW Pascoe. The campaign is encouraging people to pick up some sweet and juicy cherries from their local greengrocer. For more information about cherries or
Brismark’s Puji Astuti (left) hands a mango hedgehog to a hungry child at the special children’s Christmas party.
to find some delicious cherry recipes visit www.brisbanemarkets.com.au or www.australiancherries.com.au
Brisbane Markets Vanessa Kennedy with some fruity goodne ss to hand to the special kids.
FreshTest program a ‘clean’ approach BY BRISMARK GENERAL MANAGER GAIL WOODS The Australian Chamber of Fruit &
Testing costs have been minimised
This is enforced under strict
Vegetable Industries established
through high volumes being tested,
guidelines. The data is useful in
FreshTest Australia in December 2001,
a streamlined laboratory reporting
providing factual information about
in direct response to the number of
process and simplified program
the safety of Australia’s fruit and
requests from industry to manage
vegetables and is useful in promoting
and collate the results from all the
In the event of a breach of the MRL,
and protecting the viability of the
Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) and
the business requesting the test will
Microbial testing of produce.
be advised as soon as possible.
The overall compliance rates are
These tests were being conducted
If it is the wholesaler, then they must
pleasing and comparable to the rest
as part of the verification of various
contact their grower immediately. In
of the world. The big difference is
Quality Assurance and Food Safety
some instances, the grower is also
that FreshTest brings together the
contacted directly — this will be
growing and wholesaling sectors
advised at the time.
of horticulture to solve the few
around the world as a provider
The grower, wholesaler or both
problems that are found.
of ‘clean, green’ produce, a more
parties must investigate and identify
The FreshTest program results prove
extensive database of information
the cause of the breach.
that we do indeed have the best fruit
A corrective action must be put in place
and produce in the world.
While Australia was recognised
was required to protect that image in the future, especially as consumer awareness and demand for ‘clean’
to prevent a recurrence of the breach and another sample tested to show that
food was increasing.
the problem has been rectified.
FreshTest soon became the largest,
In this way the market applies
most comprehensive testing program
pressure to ensure that causes of
in Australian horticulture for
violations are addressed.
wholesalers and growers.
Brismark administers the program on
How does FreshTest work?
behalf of The Australian Chamber.
Samples are sent to NATA (National
The data collected by FreshTest can be
Association of Testing Authorities)
made available to other parties only
accredited laboratories to be
as far as the collective test results are
tested for either chemical residues,
concerned (i.e. no individual names or
microbial contamination or both.
contact details are revealed).
DID YOU KNOW?
The FreshTest program: • is owned and managed by industry • is a national program covering all states and central markets • is the overall lowest cost option for produce testing in Australia today
• handles the largest number and variety of produce samples in Australia today, testing over 55,000 samples across 240 products since 2001 • is the only program to regularly test for microbial contamination on a large scale
FreshTest is the largest, mos t comprehensive testing prog ram in Australian horticulture for wholesalers and growers.
• compliance rates are: chemical samples – 95.9% microbial samples – 96.5% heavy metal samples – 98.1%
export Australia must look to Asia for export Australian Horticulture Exporters
what the future food needs and
regions such as Middle East,
Association (AHEA) Executive
preferences are in Asia to adapt
Pacific Islands and Europe are also
Director Michelle Christoe said
production, sell produce and
export must be part of Australia’s
capitalise on the Asian opportunity,”
strategy and we should be looking
Ms Christoe said.
to Asia as our prime market.
Market access restrictions are wide and vary according to the
“By 2050, world demand for
product and range from quarantine
Ms Christoe’s comments follow the
agrifood products is projected to
release of the ‘What Asia Wants’
access for many fruits to high tariff
increase by 75%.
restrictions into potentially high
“Demand for food in Asia is likely to
double between 2007 and 2050 with
“The new government has
Economics and Sciences (ABARES).
China accounting for almost half.”
committed to conclude key free
The report maps long term trends
Ms Christoe said Australia exported
trade agreements and spending $15
in food consumption across China,
60% of its farm products; out of
million to assist small business with
India, Japan and South Korea,
which 90 fresh fruit and vegetable
market access restrictions and cut
as well as other South Eastern
products were exported to more
red tape,” Ms Christoe said.
nations: Indonesia, Malaysia,
than 60 countries - worth $672 million in 2012/13.
“AHEA is working with the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand,
report on food consumption trends in Asia from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resources
Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. “As a nation we need to understand
Agriculture Minister and government
The largest destinations are Hong
departments on behalf of
Kong, Japan, USA and Singapore;
horticulture to ensure some of these
although many other countries and
monies end up in horticulture.”
Who is the Australian Horticultural Exporters Association? The Australian Horticultural Exporters Association (AHEA) is an independent and autonomous association of Australian horticultural exporter organisations. Its goal is to act on behalf of the horticultural industry as a peak body, provide leadership, support Australian Horticulture exports and influence decisions affecting the industry. For more information, www.ahea.com.au.
Hong Kong Trade Commissioner briefing
Second Trade and Market Access Forum Growers, marketers and wholesalers
AHEA’s Executive Director, said
moving into horticulture export,
a second workshop would be
or already riding the roller coaster
held on 12 February 2014 for
Hong Kong Trade Commissioner during a
of red tape and legislation to move
interested exporters, with changes
visit to discuss opportunities and market
fruit and vegetables out of the
to her organisation’s charter also
access to Hong Kong.
country are being called to a forum
welcoming importers to take part.
in the New Year.
Representatives from Austrade,
Queensland Commissioner for Hong
It will be hot on the heels of a
the Federal Office of Transport
Kong was accompanied by Edith
Trade and Market Access Forum,
Security, Federal Department of
Gomez, Senior Trade Officer, Food and
organised in October and arranged
Agribusiness, Trade and Investment
by the Australian Horticultural
Queensland for a briefing, held in the
Exporters Association (AHEA)
Brisbane Markets exporters have met with the Queensland Government’s
Angela To, Trade and Investment
Brisbane Markets Limited boardroom. The meeting’s key message was to consider doing business in Hong Kong, a growing market that is hungry for fresh produce but be sure to visit and understand the market first. Ms To said there were well developed
Agriculture and Queensland’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry departments joined AHEA Deputy Chairman Joe Saina in discussing
The event drew up to 30 exporters,
the access and legislative issues
transporters and government
officials to the Brisbane Markets’ Fresh Centre training rooms for a half day workshop. Organiser Michelle Christoe,
Anyone requiring more information can contact Michelle Christoe on MichelleC@ahea.com. au or 0413 200 404.
consumer tastes and expectations that needed to be understood to be successful in this part of Asia and many more markets opening up that are currently untapped. Brisbane Markets Limited’s chairman Tony Joseph and CEO Andrew Young met with Ms To at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong in September.
From left, Edith Gomez, from Trade and Investment Queensland, BML Chairman Tony Joseph and Angela To, Trade and Investment Queensland Commissioner for Hong Kong chat after a Hong Kong trade briefing session.
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industry A focus on trade and market access Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Grower’s
• Even though the world seeks our
(BFVG) Executive Officer, Peter Hockings
products, Australian industries need
has welcomed the focus from both
to market ourselves better.
levels of government trade and market access throughout the year.
“It is also important to remember that some markets require commitment and
Mr Hockings said the topic was always
solid business relationships, not just the
on his agenda, for both domestic and
ability to provide the quality and volume of produce the market desires,”
international markets. In addition, BFVG had conducted
Mr Hockings said.
additional advocacy and representation
For export markets, particularly Asian
since early in the year to protect its
markets, a commitment and solid
members’ interests after the disastrous
relationship can be crucial.
January floods, including co-hosting a Trade and Market Access Forum in August. Mr Hockings said key messages were
“Loyalty’ to a marketplace and having access to a diversity of markets can prove extremely beneficial,” he said.
reinforced back to industry that should be heeded: • Horticulture needs better scientific data in relation to biosecurity to succeed in future trade negotiations; • Horticulture needs to be more united at the international level, even unite with other industries; and
BFVG’s Executive Director Peter Hockings keeps market access for Bundy produce top of mind.
Bundaberg told to “Get Ready” Bundaberg growers are being targeted as part of a
crews were forced to conduct one of the largest
community campaign to remind Wide Bay residents what
evacuations in Australian history, work which could have
to do if they are hit by tornados or flooding again with the
been dramatically reduced if basic preparations were
start of 2014 soon upon them.
in place and residents heeded the advice of emergency
Queensland Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister
Jack Dempsey has launched a Get Ready program as a
He said one of the first steps in developing an emergency
way of ensuring Queenslanders remain safe and secure.
plan was for residents to make contact with their local
There is particular focus on Bundaberg after it suffered a
council and familiarise themselves with their local risks.
disastrous start to 2013 with storm and tempest damaging the region. Mr Dempsey said that during the floods, emergency
For further information and tips on how to Get Ready and to register for your own personalised step-by-step plan visit www.qld.gov.au/getready.
Finalised Systems Approach called ICA-48 BY SARAH SIMPSON, BOWEN GUMLU GROWERS ASSOCIATION During this season the weather in
This would not have been possible
There will be four RWDO positions
the Bowen and Gumlu region has
without a range of people, with
across Queensland, as well as
been good to crops, resulting in
a special mention to the local
a statewide coordinator, will all
good quality and quantity. However,
Queensland Department of
working collaboratively to deliver the
with prices low and remaining low
Agriculture, Fisheries (DAFF) and
plan statewide. These positions are
for the majority of the season, it was
Forestry Research Station and local
funded by DAFF.
a disappointing year for many.
Bowen and Gumlu growers whose
A silver lining was the finalisation of the Systems Approach for Bowen
support and dedication to the project were vital.
Mango season is now upon us with Gumlu and Bowen with growers now picking. There was good fruit setting
and Gumlu. This is now officially,
It is hoped that with time, ICA-48 can
on trees and so far good news has
ICA-48 Pre-Harvest Treatment and
be utilised as an option to maintain
followed, with good quality fruit
Postharvest Inspection of Tomato
export market pathways.
coming off the trees.
and Capsicum in the Bowen and Gumlu Region.
In late September, Bowen and Gumlu Growers Association (BGGA)
This is a regionally and seasonally
welcomed Bianca Fullarton to the
specific protocol, which was
position of Regional Workforce
accepted by all States and Territories
Development Officer (RWDO).
in Australia, except Western Australia.
This is a new position to help support the implementation of the
This marks the end of a long process
Queensland Production Horticulture
spanning some seven years, from
Workforce Development Plan 2013-15.
the start of the research project in Bowen to the official release of the protocol.
Locally this role will be addressing
Bianca Fullarton, Bowen and Gumluâ€™s Regional Workforce Development Officer.
regional issues, within the production horticulture industry, in order to attract new employees, retain and up-skill existing employees, with the overall goal of improving productivity and profitability.
The original R2E2 mango tree at Bowen Research Station where the Systems Approach research began.
Industry news bites
Growcom welcomes a new chairman Growcom has a new chairman with
With something always happening in our industry, the following are some fast and furious news bites to keep you updated as 2013 draws to a close:
blueberry grower, agricultural consultant and active member of the Australian Blueberry Growers Association, Jonathan Shaw taking up the position.
Innovative 1800 hotline for growers
New APAL boss Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL)
He replaces long time chairman John Bishop who has served his full terms under the constitution.
has welcomed former tobacco and
Fellow director John Brent has also stood
advertising industry head John Dollisson
down after serving his full term.
as its new chief executive.
Mr Shaw joins fellow board members
Mr Dollisson stepped into the role after
Derek Lightfoot (deputy chairman),
APAL managing director Jon Durham
a managing director of Tropical Pine;
retired in October after 20 years with the
Susan Allan, a Mundubbera fruit
a national basis to provide
grower; Matthew Hood, a Lockyer Valley
technical information and
APAL chairman John Lawrenson said Mr
address gaps in knowledge
Durham would leave behind big shoes
across the industry.
to fill and was confident Mr Dollisson,
It works like this: a hotline
who has more than 30 years experience
AUSVEG has launched a 1800 Agronomist hotline for vegetable growers, an industry-driven initiative which will be introduced on
provides vegetable growers with unparalleled access
in leading organisations, was up to the challenge.
vegetable grower; Colin Jeacocke, Gin Gin mango and dragon fruit grower; Les Williams, a Wamuran pineapple grower; Kent West, a Kalbar carrot and beetroot grower; and Lorelle McShane, a Dalbeg zucchini and squash grower.
to technical agronomy information, benefiting many vegetable growers across Australia by providing them with technical insights relevant to their circumstances. It’s free to vegetable levy payers, who simply call 1800 247 666. A range of information, from
‘InfoVeg’ in the palm of growers
pest control and identification
Vegetable growers are being offered a web-based app called ‘InfoVeg’, a new mobile and
of pest problems, weed
tablet friendly research database for vegetable growers.
control, nutrition, postharvest, seed/genetic selection and protection
The tool has been designed to put a wealth of vegetable-related research and development (R&D) in the palm of growers’ to help them bridge the gap between research and growing.
cropping through to on-farm
AUSVEG, Australia’s leading horticulture body representing 9,000 vegetable and potato
technical support is available.
growers, launched the app. Millions of dollars every year is invested in vegetable R&D projects, and InfoVeg will allow quicker and easier access to that information that will help growers stay informed and help put that research into practice. It is available on Apple, Windows or Android smartphones and tablets and has been designed to be portable so that growers can access the database when they’re out in the field. The research project has been funded through Horticulture Australia Limited using the National Vegetable Levy and matched funds from the Australian Government.
Melon industry fights climate change
The Moraitis Group recognised
The Australian Melon Association (AMA)
Foodbank Australia has recognised the
has joined the fight against climate change,
outstanding contribution of wholesaler
winning a major grant to reduce on-farm
The Moraitis Group to bring food and
greenhouse gas emissions.
hope to struggling Australians.
The Fruit Salad Project is led by the AMA and
Foodbank’s Innovation Award went to The
will bring together growers from the melon, blueberry and banana industries. The project, worth a total of $1.42 million, will investigate the role of soil amendments, including biochar and compost to increase soil carbon and reduce nitrous oxide emissions in melon, banana and blueberry enterprises.
Moraitis Group for being at the forefront of helping Foodbank to meet its goal of providing more fresh fruit and vegetables. The award was presented at the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Industry Leaders Forum Gala Dinner, held at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
Australian Melon Association Chairman Mark
Moraitis has opened up new donation
Daunt said the industry would be involved
channels and become the largest single
in on-farm trials supporting research of such
donor to Foodbank, providing 1.38
million kilograms last financial year.
Demonstration trials will be conducted on
Foodbank is the largest hunger relief
farm sites located in Cowra, New South Wales
organisation in Australia. Last year alone, it
and Bundaberg, Queensland.
provided enough food for 32 million meals.
Top Australian macadamia award Maroochy Research Facility’s Shane Mulo has received the most prestigious honour in the Australian macadamia industry – the 2013 Norman R. Greber Memorial Trophy. He received the accolade for his outstanding contribution to the industry. Mr Mulo’s pioneering work with the
Plan for doubling agriculture by 2040 released The Queensland Government has released its agricultural research, development and extension plan to support its election commitment of doubling agricultural production by 2040.
Australian macadamia industry began in 1997. He went on to develop a number of key industry initiatives that have helped
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh said his government had
to change the way Aussie
made agriculture a focus and one of the four pillars of the state’s economy.
macadamia growers farm
He said effective and targeted Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) would steer the next wave of productivity growth in Queensland agriculture in partnership with industry, universities and other research providers. Mr McVeigh said clever research and development could lead to lower production costs, better yields, greater sustainability, more efficient resource allocation and new market opportunities for Queensland producers. The RD & E plan is available at http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/research/strategy-and-direction/ research,-development-and-extension-plan
by providing them with the tools they need to improve their farm productivity and efficiency. Australian Macadamia Society CEO Jolyon Burnett said Mr Mulo’s impact on the industry has been nothing short of exceptional.
business Asset protection a serious consideration BY ANDREW MALINS – AFFINITY ACCOUNTING PLUS Are your assets protected? Due to a number of factors, asset
in the event of less common but more financially devastating consequences.
protection has become an increasingly
Insurance is not the only or even the
important issue for both business
most important means of protecting
owners and individuals.
your assets, it can eliminate particular
Increased litigation, tax office audits, relationship breakdowns, reliance on complex finance and bankruptcy law
risks but needs to be cost effective and from a reputable source so it’s there when you need it.
changes have all contributed to a need
It will never replace correct legal and
for us to protect our assets for the
corporate structures, estate plans (wills,
people you want to benefit from them.
powers of attorney), taxation plans,
When considering asset protection you should consider, your: • intangible business assets such as goodwill, trademarks, copyrights, etc • physical business assets such as equipment, vehicles
ownership and control. You need to take all aspects of your situation into account including your current and future plans to ensure you have the structure appropriate for your plans. A complete plan will address all the risks
• real estate assets
and utilise a combination of a number of
• financial assets such as investments,
strategies balanced with a cost/risk ratio
bank accounts, shares • personal assets such as jewellery, collectables • future income or earning capacity The major risks we face and which can be reduced to some extent include: • business failure or failure of those owing you money • litigation from employees, tax office, customers, public • major contract changes or loss • injury, illness or death • relationship or family disputes Few of us would drive around without house or car insurance because it is easy and common knowledge but most people do not have a plan to protect themselves
that you are comfortable with. If you are not feeling like all aspects of your finances are sufficiently protected then seek advice from your trusted advisor. Knowing your risk of financial catastrophe is controlled can help you pursue all your goals with far greater confidence.
Managing safety in your workplace BY SAL TRUJILLO, BRISBANE MARKETS LIMITED HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER Under current health and safety
• Involve employees, since safety
• Focus on continuous
legislation every Australian workplace
is the responsibility of everyone
improvement of current safety
must ensure the health and safety of its
in the workplace. Under current
systems already in place.
safety legislation employers
Such a general duty of care requires
must have processes in place to
employers to take reasonable practical
steps to ensure the safety and welfare of all people affected by the business.
• Keep safety records and review statistics to ascertain that safety
The Work Health and Safety Act 2011
issues have been dealt with
defines ‘reasonably practicable”. However,
employers should note that cost is rarely an excuse for not controlling a risk of injury particularly if the degree of harm is high. To manage health and safety in your workplace and to meet your duty of care you should consider the following: • Make use of any available advisory
According to the Health and Productivity Institute of Australia, there are benefits which can be achieved by implementing work health and safety in the workplace. For example, employers benefit
• If an accident occurs you must undertake an investigation to
through improved productivity, improved staff morale, reduced
identify the underlying cause
of any injury or illness. Such
reduced workplace injury and
information will allow you to take
workers compensation costs,
steps to eliminate or minimise
improved corporate image, as well
any identified risk of injury.
as improved employee relations.
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Great report card for school visits The Brisbane Produce Market’s Kids Go Fresh & Healthy school program has had a big year in 2013. With a new name and a fresh new logo, there have been 102 visits to primary schools and 25 local greengrocers in the newly decorated “fruit and veg” car. The program involves a free presentation where students learn how many fruit and vegetables they should eat a day, find out what fennel really tastes like and it dispels that age-old myth of whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable. In the second half of the year, the program created stronger links with the local retailers and tuckshop convenors, delivering the healthy eating message to hundreds of primary school children.
the RNA Rural Discovery Day, Moo Baa Munch and the Toowoomba Ag Show’s “Little Hands on the Farm”
Overall, more than 4,600 primary school students learnt
program, and the Tuckshop Masterclass to spread the word
how great it was to eat fruit and vegetables, and were
about healthy eating.
challenged to try new foods.
Bookings for 2014 school visits are now open and can be
The year, the Kids Go Fresh & Healthy team also attended
made at www.brisbanemarkets.com.au.
Some of the participants in this year’s Kids Go Fresh & Healthy program put pen to paper to say thanks:
“Thank you for giving us the bananas and the packs.” Jessica H
“Thank you for giving us fennel because now my Mum bought it!” Kai
“Thank you for letting me experience the vegetables and fruit.” Jemma
Kids Go Fresh & Healthy presenter, Jane Shea talking to students about vegetables.
Holland Park State School students taste testing fennel.
retailing the Brisbane Markets daily so we are confident
named Brisbane Produce Market Retailer of
our customers are getting the freshest, best
the Month for August 2013.
value produce available at the time,” said
The store is owned by George and Tsambica
Manettas, who also own and operate Earth
Earth Markets at Burleigh stocks a wide range
Markets at Robina, Carrara and Elanora.
of sliced meats, nuts, cut cheeses on-site and
Earth Markets is one of the largest chains
selected packaged goods.
of independently owned greengrocers on
“We work on providing an entire ‘foodie’
the Gold Coast and the Manettas family are
experience for our customers, from producing
fresh produce specialists with over 22 years experience. “My husband George selects and buys from
specialty recipe flyers with in-season produce as the hero and stocking any extras you need
Earth Markets at Stockland Burleigh was
Earth Markets, Burleigh Heads a winner
to create that dish,” said Mrs Manettas.
Aland’s Fruit & Veges’ country charm Aland’s Fruit & Veges was named Brisbane
our goods are varied and that our in-store
Produce Market Retailer of the Month for
promotions are appealing to our customers,”
and from surrounding regional areas like
promotion where customers receive 10% off
Sunshine Coast, Woodford, Dalby and even
their purchase if they save five receipts from
Toowoomba. “Our fit out and service is definitely ‘country charm’ but we work hard behind the scenes
their previous visits. “It is our combination of small town service
to make sure the produce we select at the
and product quality which I believe has
Brisbane Produce Market is top notch,
helped us secure the win,” Mr Aland said.
The store is running a popular receipt-based
Kilcoy and attracts customers both locally
This traditional fruit shop is based in
said owner David Aland.
Fresh Sensations, Capalaba Fresh Sensations, Capalaba was named
families jointly own and operate this award
Brisbane Produce Market Retailer of the Month
for October 2013. This popular Capalaba Central Shopping Centre greengrocer celebrates 20 years of operation this year and this is the fourth Retailer of the Month awarded to this store
A bonus for locals, who will often get a passionate family member assisting them on how to select, store and even prepare their fresh produce at home.
The store is also well known for its fully
With a large and loyal customer base reaching
stocked deli and gourmet grocery items to
out from Thorneside to Cleveland and down
assist the busy home cook by offering a one
to Victoria Point, the Nicolaou and Mousikos
stop shop of high end products.
How capsicums coloured our winter More than 30 greengrocers
The program had an additional bigger
Middle Park Fresh
participated in a Capsicum Pilot
bonus. It allowed Brisbane Markets
Promotion in August promoting the
to work closely with its industry
colorful vegetables in-store using a
partners in Bundaberg and Bowen
Perry’s Fruit Market
range of materials, along with some
and the Queensland Department of
great capsicum displays.
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
team facilitating the Horticulture
Simon’s Gourmet Gallery
Industry Development Group Supply
Superior Fruit of Graceville
Chains and Markets Working Group
The Standard Market Company James
The industry-led pilot was an opportunity to explore the buying and consumption habits of singles, couples and families.
Participating greengrocers who made
Some key findings:
the pilot possible were:
• 73% of the greengrocers said that the recipes were the most important information in the leaflet. • 71% of shoppers said that they
Westridge Fruit & Vegetables Wrights Bribie Fruit
Ashgrove Fresh Brady’s Fruit Burleigh Village Green Grocer Charlie’s Fruit Market
nutritional information when they
Clayfield Markets Fresh
shop at their local green grocer.
They usually look where the
Feast On Fruit
product is located.
Fresh Extremes Fruit Market Fresh Sensations Capalaba
reported increased sales of
Fresh Sensations Carindale
capsicum during August.
Fresh Sensations Chermside
suggested that future promotions by capsicum growers could include cooking demonstrations and ‘meet the grower’ days in their stores.
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• Unprompted, three greengrocers
Aland’s Fruit & Veges
at least sometimes look for
• 60% of greengrocers interviewed
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to Christmas to aid Foodbank at a time when its warehouse traditionally requires the most donations. Foodbank is feeding over 65,000 people in need, per week, in
About 58,000 visitors from 130 countries exhibit or go to learn more about fresh produce, including wholesalers, importers and exporters, producers, retail traders, packagers and transporters.
12 February TRADE AND MARKET EXPORTERS FORUM Training Rooms, Ground floor, The Fresh Centre, Brisbane Markets, QLD For more information contact: Michelle Christoe on 0413 200 404 or email MichelleC@ahea.com.au It is a free event to discuss new regulatory charges, airline security requirements, quarantine protocols and Federal Agriculture Department updates.
7 March BRISBANE PRODUCE MARKET GALA DINNER Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre For more information contact: Jane Shea on 07 3915 4200 or email email@example.com Annual celebration for the Brisbane Markets community who are wined, dined, entertained and witness the naming of the Brisbane Produce Marketâ€™s Retail of the Year award.
Queensland and the number is growing daily. Over 300 charities are registered with Foodbank Queensland and have the job of collecting from the Colmslie-based warehouse and distributing the food. 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.foodbank.com.au.
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.
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