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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.

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.

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


 

27 Nov 2020

Fresh Produce Retailers compete for the 2020 Awards in Excellence

The 2020 Perth Markets Ball and WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards were celebrated at Optus Stadium in the River View Room on Friday 27th November.  This prestigious event has been running for 18 consecutive years and is an initiative of Market West, supported by naming rights partner Perth Markets Group Limited for eligible retailers who source their fresh produce form the central markets in Canning Vale. The Honourable Alannah MacTiernan MLC, in her capacity of Minister for Agriculture and Food attended for the first time, presenting one of the awards.

The WA Fresh Produce Industry is a key component in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, particularly this year as the community navigates an unprecedented health threat. Industry stakeholders joined together to recognize their peers and the vital role they play in keeping the community healthy, the fresh produce supply chain and the broader WA agricultural economy.

The awards are open to all retailers including independent retailers, small stores and supermarket chains, regional and metropolitan.  250 nominations were received and judged in 8 categories across a range of stringent criteria.

Almost 550 people enjoyed a sumptuous 3 course meal while the winners were announced. The celebrations included entertainment provided by Australia’s Comedy Hypnotist, Matt Hale. Iconic Australian Band 1927 played all their hits and the night concluded with Flyte keeping everyone on the dance floor.

Winners of the 2020 Fresh Produce Retailer of the Awards are:


Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year (Overall Winner)
Fresh Provisions Bicton


Regional Store
Kulin IGA


Best Small Store
BG’s Farmstand


‘A Better Choice’ Retailer of the Year
The Herdsman


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


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


Best Fresh Produce Section within an Independent Supermarket – Metropolitan
Taylor Road IGA


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


 View our photo gallery of the night

17 Dec 2019

2019 Market City Annual Charity Cherry Auction

The 27th annual Market City Charity Cherry Auction 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.

Tony Galati of Galati Group, John Ale of Tony Ale and Co and Fred Fairthorne of Farmer Jack’s collectively took the title of Cherry King by purchasing a box of cherries for a record-breaking

$110,000. This winning bid matches the 2010 national record held by Sydney Markets, bringing the total raised for the day to $131,000. In less than three decades the growers and produce community in WA has donated a staggering $1.3 million to the Foundation.

“There is nothing more important than the health of kids. We’re expecting our first, so it’s more important to us now than ever before,” remarked John Ale.

Funds raised from this year’s auction will support the development of specialised paediatric vaccines at the Paediatric Systems Biology Centre. A one-shot flu vaccine could be available in as little as two years. This means children born after 2021 will possibly never have to experience the flu. The experts are already here and, with adequate funding, there is no reason this vision could not be achieved.

This humble Christmas tradition kicked off with the special arrival of the Foundation Christmas ambassadors and Perth Children’s Hospital cardiology patients, Cherry Prince Malin and Cherry Princess Freya. They entered the central trading area in a Cherry covered Toyota Hilux thanks to Maddington and Canning Vale Toyota. The crew from Toyota Material Handling manned a sausage sizzle.

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Carrick Robinson said funds raised from the Cherry Auction have, and continue to, play a large part in funding specialist medical equipment, expertise, research and positive patient experiences, thanks to the ongoing support of Market West on behalf of their Members, the Perth Markets Group Limited and the Cherry Growers’ Association of WA.

“With this year’s Cherry Auction again raising an incredible amount for the Foundation, we are extremely grateful to WA’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.

2019 Cherry Auction
Bidder Business Amount
John Ale Tony Ale & Co $3,000
Rodney Dullard Key Produce $3,500
Lance Cross Toyota Materials Handling $3,000
Sam Napoli Napoli Mercato $4,000
Basil Gotsis Fresh Provisions $2,500
Paul Davies Maddington Toyota $2,000
Basil Gotsis Fresh Provisions $1,500
Ahmad Albirkawi Mirrabooka Fresh $1,500
John Ale, Tony Galati & Fred Fairthorne Tony Ale & Co, Galati Group, Farmer Jacks  $110,000
$131,000
10 Dec 2019

2019 Market City Golf Day

The 2019 Market City Golf Classic was held on Friday 15th November at the Secret Harbour Golf Links with 15 teams participating on the day. Fortunately the sea breeze set in after a hot day was forecast. A great day was had by all with some excellent scores recorded. Thanks to our sponsors and prize donor’s fantastic prizes were collected by the winning teams. Unfortunately no one took out the hole in one prize at the 12th Hole – a Toyota Hiace Van valued at $46,500 sponsored by Maddington and Canning Vale Toyota.

Winners

Nett Winners – ITC Industries

Best Gross – Perth Markets Limited

Nett Runners up – Quality Produce # 2

Nearest to Pin on the 5th – Davin Harris playing for In2Food

Nearest to Pin on the 12th – Joe Goncalves playing for Key Produce

Ladies Longest Drive – Rhonda Moore playing for SJ Fresh

Men’s Longest Drive – Joe Macri playing for Key Produce

Market West would like to thank all of the sponsors and prize donors for helping to make the 2019 Market City Golf Classic 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

02 Aug 2019

Fresh Produce Retailers compete for the 2019 Awards in Excellence

The 2019 Market City Ball and 30th Anniversary and WA Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards were celebrated at the Crown Ballroom on Friday 2nd August. This prestigious event has been running for 17 consecutive years and is an initiative of Market West and supported by Perth Markets Limited, Market City.

The Fresh Produce Industry is a key component of the ongoing search for a healthy lifestyle. Industry stakeholders joined together to acknowledge their peers and their vital role in the community and the wider agricultural landscape.

The awards are open to all retailers including independent retailers, small stores and supermarket chains. Stores can nominate and be judged across a range of stringent criteria in eight award categories.

Almost 600 people enjoyed a sumptuous 3 course meal while the winners were announced and the festivities included local versatile musician Courtney Murphy, breathtaking aerialists ‘Faerial’ high above the crowd and finished off with Bump 40/40 keeping everyone on the dance floor.

Winners of the 2019 Fresh Produce Retailer Awards are listed below.

Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year
The Herdsman Market

Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year
Regional Store
Rigters SUPA IGA

Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year
Best Small Store
Cunderdin IGA

‘A Better Choice’ Retailer of the Year
Napoli Mercato

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

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

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

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