17 Nov 2017

2017 Market City Golf Day

The Market City Golf Day for 2017 was held on Friday 17th November at Glen Iris Golf Course with 17 teams participating for the Market City Classic Trophy.

This was the first golf day since Market City was purchased by an industry consortium from the government in 2016. A four ball ambrose event, the teams are competitive yet want to have fun. The event was sponsored by Perth Markets Ltd (the new owner of Market City), Toyota Materials Handling, Market West and Chep.

There were some great prizes on offer including a $30,000 forklift for a hole in one at the 12th hole, sponsored by Toyota Materials Handling. Other prizes were provided by Prosser Toyota, Market City Tavern, Kleenheat and Glen Iris.

Overall the winners were:

  • KGC Transport aka Golden Eagle 17
  • Quality Produce 2 aka Peas and Gravy
  • Aldi aka Albertruss Tomatoes

All in all a very successful day and we look forward to teeing up again with hopefully a few more teams next year to make it even more competitive.

01 Aug 2017

Fresh Produce Retailers compete for the 2017 Awards in Excellence

The 2017 Market City Retailer of the Year Awards were presented at the Market City Ball at the Crown Ballroom, Burswood on Friday evening 28th July.

This prestigious event has been running for 15 consecutive years and is an initiative of Market West and supported by Perth Markets Limited.

The awards are open to all retailers including independent retailers, small stores and supermarket chains.  Stores can nominate and compete in eight award categories.

Member Services Manager for Market West, Inci Humberstone said that this year’s pool of entries has been the largest in the award’s history.

“This year we have had 142 entries, with categories including independent metro and regional retailers all the way through to the national supermarkets. Each were independently judged by mystery shoppers assessed on criteria of quality, customer service, consumer information and shop presentation. This year we also introduced the Great Green Grocer of the Year award, recognizing excellence from within our independent retailer program members”.

The 2017 Market City Ball and Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards night was a great success with a record 540 guests, representing a broad cross section of the horticulture supply chain including retailers, wholesalers, transport companies, growers and industry sponsors.

“The finalists are all outstanding retailers and through their commitment to excellent customer service and quality fresh produce, thoroughly deserve their recognition. Congratulations to all the winners” said Rod McPherson, CEO of Market West.

Winners of the 2017 Fresh Produce Retailer Awards are listed below.

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Metropolitan Store
Napoli Mercato

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Regional Store
Geraldton Fruit & Vegetable Supply

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Best Small Store
BG’s Fruit & Veg Busselton

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Best Fresh Produce Section within a National Supermarket – Metropolitan
Coles Fremantle

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Best Fresh Produce Section within a National Supermarket – Regional
Woolworths Bunbury Plaza

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket – Metropolitan
Woodvale IGA

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket – Regional
Wonthella Supa IGA

Great Green Grocer Retailer of the Year 2017 Award
The Herdsman

Market West Meritorious Service Award 2017
Trish Skinner
President Market West, Vice Chairman, Perth Markets Limited, Director Fresh Markets Australia and General Manager Australian Produce Brokers

05 Jan 2017

FreshTest™ available in WA

We are pleased to inform you that we are re-launching FreshTest™ in WA.

FreshTest™ was developed by the wholesaling sector to reduce costs and co-ordinate the thousands of produce tests being conducted annually by the wholesalers for verification of their own food safety & QA systems.

The produce is sent to NATA Accredited laboratories for testing and the results sent back to FreshTest™ for distribution to the wholesalers and onto the growers. There is a system of investigation, corrective action and re-testing if a product returns an adverse detection.

Fresh Markets Australia (Australian Chamber) has negotiated very competitive pricing which we are able to pass on to our members and their growers, you can now save money and quickly and easily have your produce tested.

Pricing information for the most common tests along with further information on LORs and a test request form are available upon request.

If you have any questions or would like to send samples for testing please give me a call on 0416 276 437 or call our office on 9455 2742.

21 Nov 2016

Annual Charity Cherry Auction 2016

The Annual Market City Charity Cherry Auction was held on Friday 9th December and was very well attended with a record amount raised for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

There was a good atmosphere created generating a competitive bidding vibe.

Donations on the day on behalf of Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation totaled $107,959.70 with  Sam Napoli taking out the last box of cherries with a record bid of $55,000 crowning him the 2016 Cherry King.  Since the Cherry Auction began in 1992 the Market Community has raised just over $1,017,000.

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Ambassadors, Alexey and Clare also presented Frank Galati from the Galati Group with a plaque and photo collage in recognition of their past contributions of over $150,000.

An amazing combined total of $ 50,200 was raised for the first boxes by the following bidders;

John Ale, Tony Ale                                           $2,000

Shane Patching, SJ Fresh                               $2,500

Ahmad Birkawi, Mirrabooka Fresh              $4,000

Sam Napoli, Balcatta Fresh                           $4,200

John Ale, Tony Ale                                           $20,000

Rodney Dullard, Key Produce                       $4,000

Basil Gotsis, Fresh Provisions                       $4,000

Jordan Brindle, Canning Bridge IGA           $3,200

Nav Bhandari, Ranford Fresh                       $2,300

Shawn Offer, Fresh Provisions                     $2,000

Jannet Patching, SJ Fresh                             $2,000

Sam Napoli, Napoli Mercato                         $55,000

In addition, John Ale paid $1500 for a framed and signed West Coast Eagles AFL jumper and Tina Smith from Smiths who paid $250 for a Strawberry painting.

We also acknowledge Toyota Materials Handling for running the sausage sizzle and raising $815 in donations, WB Pit Stop for providing coffees and collecting $194.70 in donations, Peter Holmes our auctioneer, Richard Bloomfield for assisting and the Perth Markets Limited staff for providing their ongoing support for the event.

Thank you to our generous Market City community for supporting our charity partner, Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, and we look forward to continuing the tradition next year.

21 Nov 2016

Annual General Meeting

Our first AGM as Market West was held on the 25th October, the meeting was very well attended and very positive. Trish Skinner was returned as President and Rick Smith as Vice President.  We also welcomed two new committee members, Sebastian Galati from the Galati Group and Lloyd Williams from Mr Mushroom.  We would like to thank retiring committee members Steve Nunn of Quality Produce and Kevin Hoey from Allstates for their contributions over past years.

The members were informed that as a result of the Chamber led successful Industry bid to buy Market City and the resulting shares issued to the Chamber have strengthened the balance sheet net asset position by 228%.

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21 Nov 2016

Great Green Grocer

With the change of ownership of Market City, full responsibility of the Great Green Grocer campaign is now with Market West. We have developed a media plan, including an attractive deal with 7 West Media (TV, Yahoo, social media etc.) and revamped the Television Commercials will again be on your screens from November. Important strategic partnerships have been developed with WA Stonefruit and WA Citrus promoting seasonal ‘hero’ fruits and the best ways to enjoy them. Also look for the ‘Buy West East Best’ branded produce when shopping at your local Great Green Grocer.

29 Jul 2016

Fresh Produce Retailers compete for the 2016 Awards in Excellence

The 2016 Market City Retailer of the Year Awards were presented during the Market City Ball at Crown Casino, Burswood on Friday evening.

This prestigious event has been running for 14 consecutive years and is an initiative of Market West and supported by Perth Markets Limited.

The awards are open to all retailers including independent retailers, and Small Stores and supermarket chains. There are seven award categories which stores can nominate and compete in.

Member Services Manager for Market West, Inci Humberstone said that this year’s pool of entries has been one of the largest in the award’s history.

“This year we have had 108 entries, with categories including independent metro and regional retailers all the way through to the national supermarkets. Each were independently judged by mystery shoppers assessed on criteria of quality, customer service, consumer information and shop presentation.”

The 2016 retailer awards night was a great success with almost 500 guests, representing a broad cross section of the horticulture supply chain including retailers, wholesalers, transport companies growers and industry sponsors.

“The finalists are all outstanding retailers and through their commitment to excellent customer service and fresh produce, thoroughly deserve their recognition. Congratulations to all the winners” said Rod McPherson, CEO of Market West.

Winners of the 2016 Fresh Produce Retailer Awards are listed below.

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Metropolitan Store
Fresh Provisions – Mt Lawley

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Regional Store
Bunbury Farmers Market

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Best Small Store
Newy’s Vegie Patch

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Best Fresh Produce Section within a National Supermarket – Metropolitan
Woolworths Karrinyup

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Best Fresh Produce Section within a National Supermarket – Regional
Coles Eaton Fair

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket – Metropolitan
Stirling IGA

WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Award
Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket – Regional
Augusta IGA

Click here for the the gallery of photobooth images and photos of the night.

04 May 2016

SAVE THE DATE – Friday 22nd July 2016 Market City Ball and Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards

The 2016 Market City Ball and WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards will be held at the Crown Casino Perth on Friday the 22nd July.

2016 is an historical landmark in the evolution of Market City and the fresh produce industry pathway to the future. The ball will see some exciting initiatives and provide the industry with an opportunity to celebrate both the history of Market City and the new era in the fresh produce industry.

The ball continues to get bigger and better, thanks largely to the continued and increasing support of our sponsors. It is Market City fresh produce premier event for the year. Last year almost 500 retailers, wholesalers, producers and suppliers of fresh produce attended the Ball and Awards night.

Sponsorship Opportunity

We would like to provide you with an opportunity to again participate as a sponsor of this years event. We believe that these opportunities provide your company with the exposure and recognition within the broader Market City community and could provide a fantastic networking result.

This year, we have increased our investment in the event with unique and fabulous entertainment complementing the thrills and excitement of the award winners getting their well-deserved recognition. This years Ball promises to be a night of entertainment and excitement for all concerned.

Ticket/Table Purchases

Similarly, should you simply wish to purchase tickets or a table ($1,650 +GST), I suggest you contact Inci on
9455 2742 or email to book as soon as possible as the venue has limited capacity.

Please dont hesitate to contact Inci on 9455 2742 or email : inci@cfviwa.com.au if you require any further information on this or alternate sponsorship options.

We look forward to celebrating our industry achievements and its future with you on the night!

30 Mar 2016

2016 WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards – Nominations now closed

Nominations are now being sought for the 2016 WA Fresh Produce Retailer Of The Year Awards.
Finalists and Winners of these awards will be announced at The Market City Ball on Friday 22nd July 2016 at the Crown Casino Entertainment Complex.

The WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards are conducted by the Chamber of Fruit & Vegetable Industries in WA (CFVIWA) and Perth Markets Limited(PML). Now in their fourteenth year, the Awards match the best of WA’s top fresh fruit and vegetable retailers in a spirit of friendly yet competitive rivalry.

The Award categories are:

WA Fresh Produce Award – Metropolitan Store.
WA Fresh Produce Award – Regional Store
WA Fresh Produce Award for Small Store. (floor space less than 120m2).
Best Fresh Produce Section within a National Supermarket – Metropolitan.
Best Fresh Produce Section within a National Supermarket – Regional.
Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket – Metropolitan.
Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket – Regional.
Best Weekend Market Retailer. For individual stallholders whose business is conducted in temporary premises and only weekends (Friday to Sunday).

Nomination form available under Documents on this website or from the Chamber office.

For further information please contact Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries in WA on
(08) 9455 2742 or admin@cfviwa.com

12 Feb 2016

New Chapter for Perth Markets

Perth Markets Limited Chairman Paul Omodei is pleased to confirm PML has today exchanged contracts with the State Government for the sale of Market City.

The sale process now moves into its final stage, with settlement and transfer of ownership to PML to take place on 31 March 2016.

The execution of the sale contract comes after PML, an industry-based consortium of wholesalers, growers, retailers, Market City tenants and state-based market operators, was announced by the State Government as the preferred bidder for the Canning Vale site in December.

Mr Omodei said the consortium was delighted to have reached a major milestone in the sale process.

“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of our city’s market, which has played a crucial role in supplying fresh produce to Western Australians for more than 90 years,” he said.

“In a competitive tendering process that was open to national and international bidders, it is very pleasing that PML was able to structure a proposal that was deemed by the Evaluation Panel to be superior to those from other bidders.”

“As people who live and breathe the fresh produce industry, we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Mr Omodei said PML’s immediate priority following settlement would be to ensure a smooth transition from public to private ownership for growers, wholesalers and retailers.

Over the longer term, PML would remain committed to providing the WA industry with security and opportunities to grow and develop, and to ensuring Western Australians continued to have access to affordable fresh produce.

“The level of industry knowledge, passion and experience PML’s investors bring mean there is no better custodian to take Perth Markets to its next phase, as a private entity.” he said.

“We will be examining all opportunities to improve services at Market City, as well as the potential for growth and development, to ensure we are delivering on our aim of maintaining a strong and secure market for generations to come.”