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Public comment on fresh produce price rise

Dandenong Market remains open for business and will be trading normal hours.

Global sourcing and market intelligence experts* anticipate COVID-19 will continue impacting food prices and markets across the globe as the number of cases spreads.

Sometimes prices for basic goods increase during a health emergency or after a natural disaster like our January bushfires. This often happens because it costs businesses more to get goods into their shops.

Demand has exceeded supply for things like toilet paper and hand sanitiser for weeks now and recently we have seen panic around Panadol, nappies, asthma puffers and meat.

Because our traders are buying produce fresh from the wholesale market or directly from farmers every Market day, the price is directly affected by demand.

Our butchers are not having their orders fulfilled due to exceeding demand which is impacting price.

Vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, green leafy vegetables including rocket and spinaches, and root vegetables such as potatoes and pumpkins have also been impacted. However, there is an abundance of fruit. 

The Market has suspended its weekly specials e-newsletter to more than 4400 subscribers because prices cannot be guaranteed. Our traders source fresh produce every Market day with both supply and price changing daily. We know how important special deals are for our regular customers and this is a reluctant temporary measure.

We know our customers will continue to support their community and small businesses the same way they have over the Market’s rich 153-year-old history.

*Tridge, global data and intelligence analysts in food and agriculture

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    Clow Street & Cleeland Street
    Dandenong, VIC 3175

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