The new Melbourne Markets at Epping opened its doors to trade on Monday 31st August. The new purpose built wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market is now located in Melbourne’s North, replacing the old location in West Melbourne.
One of six central markets in Australia, the Market hosts over 4,000 grower, wholesaler and retail businesses. Close to 3,000 wholesalers, growers, buyers and transport operators went through the gates on the first day. Over 4,000 individual fruit and vegetable buyers representing independent greengrocers, supermarkets, restaurants and food processors source their produce direct from the market.
The move to Epping will enable the Market to better serve local, interstate and international buyers of fresh produce. The new facility is close to Melbourne Airport and major transport routes and will help horticulture growers and exporters supply produce to international markets.
Chairman of the MMA Steve McArthur said it was great to see the Market in action.
“There were a lot of happy faces today and a general sense of achievement from the Market Community,” he said.
“The Market Community have worked hard in the lead up to this day, and it’s a real credit to the industry to see how it has all come together this morning” Mr McArthur said.
The warehousing component is one of the largest industrial developments in Australia. The 70-hectare site has 120,000 square metres of warehousing space, a significant increase on the 33,000 metres square available at the West Melbourne site.
The Market is not open to the public however tours are available. To arrange a tour through the Melbourne Markets Authority, please contact 03 9258 6100 or email email@example.com. Alternately, private visits can be arranged through wholesalers. Contact them directly to arrange a private visit.