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 will hold public forums in a number of wine grape growing areas across the country to hear directly from interested stakeholders. The dates and locations of the consultation forums will be announced on this website.
We anticipate releasing our draft findings in March and our final report in June 2019.