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08 Jan 2024

First ever Cherry Queen crowned as WA’s most valuable cherries go under the hammer

First WA cherries of the season raise $120,000 for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation at 2023 Cherry Auction

Perth’s annual charity Cherry Auction sparked a bidding war amongst the state’s fruit and vegie industry titans this morning, as the first cherries of the season went under the hammer for a good cause.

An iconic WA tradition now in its 31st year, the Cherry Auction took place at Perth Markets in Canning Vale, with all proceeds from the event donated to Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The 2023 Cherry Auction raised $120,000 with a total 21kg of cherries donated by cherry growers from WA’s South West. The 5kg prize box of cherries from Donnybrook’s Sweet Cherry Valley sold for a whopping $75,000.

Linh Truong of All States Farms was crowned the event’s first ever Cherry Queen, taking the crown from 2022 Cherry King, Frankie Galati, CEO of Galati Group.

The winning figure was achieved thanks to a six-way joint bid by All States Farms, Galati Group, Erceg Holdings, Karragullen Cool Storage, 4 Ways Fresh Produce and M & G Monte & Son. The stunning Ceremonial Box containing the prize cherries was this year made of marri and crafted by Phil Staniford from the Donnybrook Men’s Shed.

In 2023, funds raised for PCHF at the Cherry Auction will benefit the Rare Care Centre at PCH, which coordinates research and advanced diagnostic approaches for the 63,000 WA kids with rare and undiagnosed diseases.

This year’s Cherry Auction Ambassadors, Toby (9) and Ava (10) both live with a rare disease and receive the support through the Rare Care Centre. Toby has Cockayne syndrome, a degenerative DNA repair disorder that causes rapid ageing, while Ava has a mutation on the GNAS gene that affects her growth.

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Carrick Robinson said: “The Cherry Auction is a great way for the market community to come together and show their support for WA’s sick kids. Now in its 31st year, the auction has collectively raised more than $1.8 million, all thanks to the generosity of our local fruit and vegie industry.

“Funds raised today for PCHF will go to the Rare Care Centre, which supports diagnosis, care coordination, clinical trials and research for WA kids with rare and undiagnosed diseases, helping more kids like Toby and Ava and their families to get the support they need and deserve.”

Newly crowned Cherry Queen, Linh Truong said: “It’s a really fantastic result that we got today. Last year we came in second, so we’re thrilled to take home the crown this year, thanks to the support of the wider market community. It’s beautiful to have an event out here in the market for a good cause, where everyone comes down to support the kids.”

Market West Chief Executive Rod McPherson said: “It’s fantastic to see our first ever Cherry Queen crowned. Market West is honoured to bring together our members for this event year on year. The market community really come to the fore at this time of year, they’re always willing to dig deep and put their hands in their pockets for the kids and this year was no exception. It’s a really, really good cause that is close to their hearts, so well done to everyone who helped to achieve today’s result.”

Last year’s 5kg prize box of cherries sold for $49,000, thanks to a joint bid from Galati Group and Fernbrook Fresh.

The Cherry Auction is run and hosted by Market West and Perth Markets Group Limited and supported by the Cherry Growers Association.

12 Dec 2022

WA’s most valuable cherries go under the hammer – 2022 Charity Cherry Auction

Perth’s annual Charity Cherry Auction sparked a bidding war amongst the state’s fruit and vegie industry heavyweights this morning, as the first cherries of the season went under the hammer for a good cause.

An iconic WA tradition now in its 30th year, the Cherry Auction took place at Perth Markets in Canning Vale, with all proceeds from the event donated to Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The 2022 Cherry Auction raised a record total of $140,000, with the 5kg prize box of cherries from Sweet Cherry Valley selling for a whopping $49,000. The winning bid was placed by Frankie Galati, through a powerhouse joint bid between Galati Group and Fred Fairthorne of Fernbrook Fresh.

The joint bid means that Frankie Galati has been crowned this year’s Cherry King. In total 21kg of cherries donated by cherry growers from WA’s South West were auctioned.

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Carrick Robinson said: “Thanks to the generosity of our state’s fruit and veggie industry, the Cherry Auction has now raised more than $1.7 million for WA’s sick kids over the past three decades, which is absolutely incredible.”

In 2022, funds raised for PCHF at the Cherry Auction will benefit the Rare Care Centre, which coordinates research and advanced diagnostic approaches for the 63,000 WA kids with rare and undiagnosed diseases.

“The Rare Care Centre at Perth Children’s Hospital improves awareness and early identification of children with potential rare diseases,” Mr Robinson said.

“Additional funds for the Rare Care Centre will support more accurate diagnosis, improved care coordination and better access to community resources, clinical trials, and research for WA kids with rare and undiagnosed diseases and their families.”

With four children of his own, Frankie Galati is passionate about championing causes that focus on kid’s health. Since 2009, the Galati family have donated $293,000 to Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation via the Cherry Auction, including taking home the coveted Cherry King crown on four occasions as well as being crowned joint Cherry King in 2018, 2019 and now, 2022.

“The Cherry Auction has been going strong for 30 years now, and it’s once again been amazing to see everyone from the market community come together and dig deep to support WA kids,” Tony Galati said.
He added: “We’re also going to start to ramp up production and start growing more of our own cherries here in WA, to boost our local industry and reduce reliance on importing cherries from South Australia.”

Market West Chief Executive Rod McPherson said: “Market West is privileged to be able to coordinate and contribute to this fantastic outcome on behalf of our members, the Central Fresh Produce market traders. Our members and their customers are always strong supporters of the Charity Cherry Auction and the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation’s work for affected kids and their families.

“Despite the current social environment, today the fresh produce industry again showed their commitment to the community, digging deep for a great cause. There was a terrific vibe at the auction today and it was reflected in the bidding and the result.”

The most expensive box of cherries ever sold at the event was in 2019, when a whopping $110,000 three-way bid was placed by John Ale (Tony Ale & Co), Tony Galati (Galati Group) and Fred Fairthorne (Fernbrook Fresh).

The Cherry Auction is run and hosted by Market West and Perth Markets Group Limited and supported by the Cherry Growers Association.

04 Jul 2022

Perth Markets Ball and Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards 2022

The 2022 Perth Markets Ball and WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards were celebrated at Crown Ballroom on Friday 14th October.
After 20 consecutive years the awards continue to gain prestige and desirability among local fresh produce retailers.
The awards are an initiative of Market West, supported by naming rights partner Perth Markets Group Limited for eligible retailers who source high quality, fresh produce from the Perth central markets in Canning Vale.
WA Fresh Produce sourced from the Markets is a vital link in the agricultural supply chain. The industry remains a valuable contributor to the state’s economy, providing high levels of and diverse employment opportunities across a range of industry stakeholders. Quality fresh produce is a key component in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, particularly in the current social environment as the community continues to encounter an unprecedented health threat.
The awards are open to all retailers including local independent retailers, small stores and supermarket chains, both metropolitan and regional. 282 nominations were received and judged in 8 categories across a range of stringent criteria.

A near record 573 guests enjoyed a premium food and beverages while the winners were announced. The celebrations included a vibrant ‘Casino Royale – James Bond’ theme.

Winners of the 2022 Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards are:

Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year
Napoli Mercato

Regional Store
Western Growers Fresh

Best Small Store
Lancelin IGA Express

‘A Better Choice’ Retailer of the Year
Tony Ale & Co

Best Fresh Produce Section within a National Supermarket – Metropolitan
Woolworths Rockingham

Best Fresh Produce Section within a National Supermarket – Regional
Coles Vasse

Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket – Metropolitan
Fresh Provisions Bicton

Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket – Regional
Dongara IGA

04 Jul 2022

Perth Markets Golf Day 2022

 

The golf day returned to the Vines Resort Ellenbrook Course in the picturesque Swan Valley, after a few years. 17 teams participated with the winners on handicap being John the Fruiterer. It was a fun day with plenty of banter between participants and some friendly rivalry.

Our valued sponsors Maddington & Canning Vale Toyota provided a $49,000 Toyota HiLux Crew Cab Ute for a hole in one at the difficult 13th hole. No one took out the prize but it provided plenty of excitement. We also thank Perth Markets, Toyota Material Handling and Origin Energy for their support of the event.

21 Dec 2021

Cherry Auction King gives the ultimate gift to WA’s seriously ill children

The 29th Charity Cherry Auction at the Perth Markets held Friday morning saw heated competition between Perth’s highest-profile fresh produce retailers, who bid against one another for the title of Cherry King or Queen in support of Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

John Alessandrini – on behalf of his father Tony Alessandrini (Tony Ale) and the Alessandrini family – took out the title of Cherry King by purchasing a box of cherries for a generous $50,000. With a total of 12 boxes of cherries auctioned throughout the morning, the event raised $86,000 for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation. In less than three decades the growers and produce community in WA has donated a staggering $1.5 million to the Foundation.

This humble Christmas tradition kicked off with the special arrival of the Foundation Christmas Ambassadors Imogen and Maddy who have both been treated by the Perth Children’s Hospital for cancer. This year’s donations will go towards the oncology department to help kids fighting cancer.

The Cherry Princesses entered the Central Trading Area in a cherry covered Toyota Landcruiser thanks to Canning Vale and Maddington Toyota. The cherries this year were donated by Sweet Cherry Valley Orchards, Cherry Lane Fields, J & C Russo, A Guadagnino, Licciardello and Karintha Orchards. The ceremonial jarrah box was made by Dick Gill and Simon Kapel from the Donnybrook Men’s shed.

2021 Cherry Auction
Donations Amount
Toyota Materials Handling BBQ Donations $860.00
Market West coffee & Omega Fresh fruit salad donations $228.00
Winning Bids:
Bidder Business Amount
Tony Alessandrini $50,000.00
Rodney Dullard Key Produce $5,000.00
Gerry Guariglia Fresh Provisions $5,000.00
Sam Napoli Napoli Mercato $4,000.00
Franki Galati Spudshed $3,000.00
Jordan Brindle The Good Grocer $3,000.00
John Hussaini Dianella Fresh $3,000.00
Mark Moyes Canning Vale & Maddington Toyota $3,000.00
Carlo Noto C & A Noto $2,000.00
Colin Parks JMC Produce $3,000.00
Gerry Guariglia Fresh Provisions $3,000.00
Esmari Bradley Key Produce $2,000.00
Total Funds Raised: $87,088.00

As is always the case, 100% of proceeds directly benefit the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

07 Dec 2021

The COVID-19 Vax Bus is coming

The COVID-19 Vax Bus is coming to the Perth Markets.

Roll up for WA on Thursday, 9th December 2021 between 7:00am and 12:00pm at the entrance to the CTA.

Please bring photo identification and your Medicare card.

14 Oct 2021

Fresh Produce Retailers compete for the 2021 Awards in Excellence

The 2021 Perth Markets Ball and WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards were celebrated at Crown Ballroom on Friday 8th October.  After 19 consecutive years the awards continue to gain stature and have become increasingly desirable among fresh produce retailers. The awards are an initiative of Market West, supported by naming rights partner Perth Markets Group Limited for eligible retailers who source high quality fresh produce from the Perth central markets in Canning Vale.

WA Fresh Produce sourced from the Markets is vital link in the agricultural supply chain. The industry remains a valuable contributor to the states economy, providing diverse, high levels of employment across a range of stakeholders in the industry. Fresh produce is a key component in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, particularly in the current social environment as the community continues to encounter an unprecedented health threat.

The awards are open to all retailers including independent retailers, small stores and supermarket chains, both metropolitan and regional.  240 nominations were received and judged in 8 categories across a range of stringent criteria.

 

A record 585 guests enjoyed a premium 3 course meal while the winners were announced. The celebrations included a vibrant ‘Carnaval’ theme with Latin dancers and thrilling acrobats keeping the crowd energised.

 

Winners of the 2021 Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards are:


Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year (Overall Winner)
Mr Fresh Carine


Regional Store
Western Growers Fresh


Best Small Store
IGA Cunderdin


‘A Better Choice’ Retailer of the Year
The Floreat Market


Best Fresh Produce Section within a National Supermarket – Metropolitan
Coles – Bassendean


Best Fresh Produce Section within a National Supermarket – Regional
Woolworths – Eaton Fair


Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket – Metropolitan
IGA Maylands


Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket – Regional
Dongara IGA


 

14 Apr 2021

2021 Perth Markets Golf Day

The 2021 Perth Markets Golf Day held on the 26th March 2021 was another great event after missing out in 2020 due to COVID-19. There were 19 teams who participated on the day at Secret Harbour Golf Links. The weatherman certainly put it on for all the players with a beautiful day for golf with a slight seabreeze coming in later in the day.

There were some great prizes up for grabs thanks to our sponsors Perth Markets, Toyota Materials Handling, Maddington and Canning Vale Toyota, Market City Meats, Origin Energy and Secret Harbour Golf Links.

Unfortunately, no one took out the hole in one prize at the 12th Hole – a Toyota HiAce Van valued at $51,000 sponsored by Maddington and Canning Vale Toyota.

Nett Winners – Mercer Mooney

Best Gross – Quality Produce

Nett Runners up – DPD 3

Nearest to Pin on the 5th – Dion Folias

Nearest to Pin on the 12th – Paul Ieraci

Longest Drive on the 3rd – Dat (KGC Transport)

Longest Drive on the 16th – Hugh Nguyen

Market West would like to thank all of the sponsors and prize donors for helping to make the 2021 Perth Markets Golf Day a success and we look forward to seeing everyone back next year.

If you would like photos from the day please contact Michelle at the Market West Office on 9455 2742 or email admin@marketwest.com.au

 

04 Feb 2021

Queensland Fruit Fly Outbreak

On Tuesday, 2 February 2021, the State Government’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) released a gazettal notice regarding an outbreak of the Queensland Fruit Fly (Qfly) in Coolbellup. The notice places the Perth Markets’ Site within a 15km Quarantine Area. There are now requirements for how certain products can be handled, stored and transported in and out of the Quarantine Area (including the Perth Markets Site).

Tenants, Buyers and Transporters should work towards implementing the requirements as soon as possible. DPIRD will work with Tenants to implement compliance through education for the first 14 days, before monitoring compliance with enforcement. DPIRD (the State Government) will be responsible for the compliance.

For the list of products that this gazette applies to visit here.

If you have specific questions in relation to QFly Management, please contact the DPIRD Industry Liaison Officer Ian Wilkinson on (08) 9780 6278 / 0459 846 705 or IanS.Wilkinson@dpird.wa.gov.au .

Up to date information can also be found on the DPIRD website at www.agric.wa.gov.au/plant-biosecurity/biosecurity-alerts-queensland-fruit-fly-updates

Gazettal notice

View the State Government’s Gazettal notice

Treatment options

View the approved measures for the intrastate movement of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) host produce

11 Dec 2020

Cherry Auction King gives the ultimate gift to WA’s seriously ill children

The 28th Charity Cherry Auction at the Perth Markets held this morning saw heated competition between Perth’s highest-profile fresh produce retailers, who bid against one another for the title of Cherry King or Queen in support of Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

John Alessandrini – on behalf of his father Tony Alessandrini (Tony Ale) and the Alessandrini family – took out the title of Cherry King by purchasing a box of cherries for a generous $85,000. With a total of 7 boxes of cherries auctioned throughout the morning, the event raised $131,000 for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation to help build WA’s first children’s hospice. In less than three decades the growers and produce community in WA has donated a staggering $1.5 million to the Foundation.

“Through the success of my father, we are in a fortunate position to be able to contribute in such a way to help improve the physical and mental health of our children,” Mr Alessandrini said.

“This year we are particularly focused on supporting the children’s hospice. I am blessed with four healthy children and three healthy grandchildren. The kids in palliative care don’t deserve the hand they have been dealt – and that motivates my family to contribute.”

Being delivered in partnership with the Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS), the WA Children’s Hospice will provide care for children aged from birth to 18 years who have a life-limiting condition and require palliative care.

“Right now, there’s an estimated 2,000 children living with life-limiting illness who could benefit from this service – so we know this home away from home will make a significant difference to those WA families,” said Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Carrick Robinson.

This humble Christmas tradition kicked off with the special arrival of the Foundation Christmas Ambassador Mahi – whose little sister Ziya passed away a year ago at 20 months old from a rare type of mitochondrial disease. She entered the central trading area in a cherry covered Toyota Hilux thanks to Maddington and Canning Vale Toyota.

Without available hospice facilities, Ziya’s parents made the hard decision for her to come home to live the end of her life. Mother Preeti Raghwani said the hospice would have provided an alternative space for them to have been together as a family throughout Ziya’s journey.

“I see the hospice as a type of Nirvana. A place for people to just be and to live. The whole essence of it is living – it isn’t dying. That was a part of it, but a very small part of it. The bigger picture is living the life that we have and making the most of it,” she said.

Foundation CEO Carrick Robinson said funds raised from the Cherry Auction, enable the Foundation to work closely with those on the frontline of children’s health to transform the lives of WA’s sick children.

“We are extremely grateful to Market West, the Perth Markets Group Limited, the Cherry Growers’ Association of WA and the State’s fresh produce wholesalers and retailers for their continued generous support. The difference that can be made by purchasing a box of cherries is immense,” added Mr Robinson.

2020 Cherry Auction
Donations Amount
Toyota Materials Handling BBQ Donations $587.50
Market West sponsored coffee donations $130.00
Canning Vale & Maddington Toyota $1,000.00
Bidder Business Amount
Tony Alessandrini $5,000.00
Rodney Dullard Key Produce $7,000.00
Michael Gilbert Gilberts $8,000.00
Colin Parks Central Fruit Sales $7,500.00
Shane Patching SJ Fresh Produce $7,000.00
Ben Tanner Fresh Produce Group WA $10,500.00
Tony Alessandrini $85,000.00
Total Funds Raised: $131,717.50

As is always the case, 100% of proceeds directly benefit the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.