Brisbane Produce Market
Brisbane Markets is Queensland's main wholesale fresh fruit and vegetable market and one of six Central Markets found in Australia.
Brisbane Produce Market is the most important centre for the marketing and distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables in Queensland. It is the centrepiece for the selling and distribution of horticulture produce that is trucked, railed, shipped and flown from throughout Australia and overseas to the Rocklea site.
Brisbane Markets' 56 primary fruit and vegetable and flower wholesalers and an additional 93 support businesses act as a clearinghouse for about 9,000 growers who supply produce. Its wholesalers compete with each other in one location, each trying to get the best price for the produce they sell. Prices change on a daily basis, influenced by supply and demand, with factors such as size and quality also playing a part.
A further 1,000 buyers, including fruit and vegetable retailers, secondary wholesalers, provedores, restaurants, cafes, food service businesses and exporters, source their fresh produce requirements from the Brisbane Produce Market. These buyers inspect the wide variety and range of products available and compare various grades and prices to ensure they are getting the best produce available at a fair market price on the day.
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The Central Market System
In Australia Central Markets are located in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle.
A Central Market consists of many wholesalers, who compete with each other in one location, each trying to get the best price for the produce they sell. At Central Markets, prices change on a daily basis. The key determinants influencing prices are supply and demand, with factors such as size and quality also playing an important part.
Brisbane Produce Market is part of a thriving national fresh produce industry and central market system which includes some 400 Market wholesalers, 18,400 growing establishments, and a diverse array of buyers, with an estimated 25 million transactions taking place per year. About 95% of Australia's fruit and vegetable growing establishments supply product to a Central Market, making the Central Market System an integral part of the fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain.
Central Market tenants are active participants in all sectors of the supply chain. The six Central Markets provide the industry with:
Over 400 primary wholesalers / marketers
Total throughput of more than $6 billion
The large Brisbane suburb of Rocklea is located 12 kilometres south of the city. At times the suburb has experienced significant flooding from the nearby Brisbane River. The west of the suburb is bordered by the Oxley Creek.
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