On 26 September 2018, the ACCC announced it would conduct a market study of the Australian wine grape industry. The purpose of the market study is to complete an in-depth review of the industry and identify any market failures or trade practices issues that may be preventing the functioning of competitive markets or resulting in detriment to wine grape growers.
The market study will examine:
- the state of competition between winemakers and other purchasers of wine grapes
- bargaining power and risk allocation in the supply chain, particularly in relation to growers and winemakers
- issues around price and quality assessment
- contracting practices between growers and winemakers (including the timing of price notifications and payments)
- the effect of the existing voluntary industry code and dispute resolution processes, and
- the use of collective bargaining by growers.
We have released an issues paper and are seeking submissions from growers, winemakers, retailers and others operating in the industry. The deadline for submissions is 2 November 2018.
The ACCC is holding public forums Griffith, NSW, and Mildura, Victoria, in November. These forums are an opportunity for growers and grower representatives to speak directly to the ACCC about a range of industry issues. ACCC Deputy Chair and Commissioner Mick Keogh will be attending these events, along with ACCC staff working on the grape growers market study.
Venue: Coro Club, 20–26 Harward Road, Griffith
Time: 9 am – 12 pm Tuesday 13 November 2018
Venue: Hibiscus Room, MADEC Community College, 133-137 Madden Avenue, Mildura
Time: 9 am – 12 pm Tuesday 27 November 2018
Attendance at the forum will be restricted to growers and grower representatives. Prior registration is not required.
If you would like to submit a question or provide information before the forum, please email WineGrapes@accc.gov.au with the subject heading ‘Griffith Forum’ or ‘Mildura Forum’, depending on which forum you plan to attend.
If you are unable to attend the forum or wish to raise an issue privately, information or questions can also be sent to the above email address.
The ACCC is happy to receive complaints on a confidential basis (see the ACCC and AER Information Policy for more details). Facilities will also be available on the day for anonymous questions or input if required.
We anticipate releasing our draft findings in March and our final report in June 2019.