The Australian Chamber of Fruit & Vegetable Industries Limited
Set on a 70-hectare site in Epping in Melbourne’s North, the Melbourne Market provides the critical link between growers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors in the fresh produce and flower supply chain.
The traditional role of Melbourne’s wholesale market is to enable the people of Victoria to have daily access to the best in fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers from across Australia and around the world, but the Melbourne Market has grown into much more.
More than 5,000 businesses use the Melbourne Market precinct. Its success is due to leveraging the market’s modern state-of-the-art design and facilities to ensure it is a safe, clean and modern work environment while delivering a range of services to meet the needs of the fresh produce industry.
The site currently boasts 95,000 square metres of warehousing space, and with plans to build additional warehousing next year, this will grow to approximately 130,000 square metres, the largest warehousing precinct of any central market in Australia.
This significant warehousing capacity provides opportunities for businesses to integrate supply chain logistics within the market itself.
The market’s Epping location is in close proximity to Melbourne’s freeways, and allows for easy inbound delivery from farm to market and outbound delivery locally, interstate or overseas.
This location gives the market significant food handling and logistical advantages and provides traders with greater opportunities to export.
The Melbourne Market prides itself on its environmental credentials. A large recycling and waste sorting facility located on the site, and partnerships with food recovery programs and a waste-to-energy plant, contributes to an impressive 98% recycling rate. The Melbourne Market invests in sustainability projects, such as large-scale roof-top solar systems and rainwater harvesting systems, reducing the site’s environmental impact. These sustainability initiatives not only align with the site’s environmental objectives but have the potential to provide real commercial value to the businesses that use the market.
The Melbourne Market Authority continues to look for innovative ways to invest back into the site to enhance logistical efficiencies and add value for market users. With the site’s unique location, which provides plenty of room to grow, the Melbourne Market is equipped to respond to the rapidly changing role that central markets play as logistics and service hubs.
With the vast range of services and facilities in one location, businesses operating at the Melbourne Market can consolidate operations, reducing handling, transport and labour costs.
The Melbourne Market’s world-class design, along with warehousing, exporting and processing capabilities, make it an ideal facility for any business in the food industry.