Ingham's Group Ltd, other chicken processors and the Australian Chicken Meat Federation

Summary

On 6 August 2020, Ingham's applied for authorisation on behalf of itself, Turosi, Hazeldene, and the Australian Chicken Meat Federation to coordinate the production, processing and supply of chicken meat products in Victoria. The application was lodged in response to the imposition of restrictions on the workforce of meat processors by the Victorian Government, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The parties requested the ACCC grant urgent interim authorisation, prior to the restrictions coming into force at 11.59pm on Friday 7 August 2020.

The proposed arrangements do not involve collective decisions relating to the price at which chicken processors acquire or supply goods or services, arrangements between processors and their chicken growers, or supply arrangements between processors and customers.

On 7 August 2020 the ACCC granted interim authorisation to the parties for the purpose of minimising disruption to the processing of chicken meat products in Victoria during the pandemic. Interim authorisation is conditional on the parties meeting reporting obligations to the ACCC. The full interim authorisation document is available below.

Interim authorisation will remain in place until revoked by the ACCC, or the date on which the ACCC's final determination comes into effect.

The urgency of the application has meant that the ACCC has not yet had the opportunity to consult. The ACCC now invites submissions from interested parties in relation to the application, prior to its preparation of a draft determination. Submissions are requested by 31 August 2020.

Submissions should be emailed to adjudication@accc.gov.au with the subject: ‘Ingham’s AA1000527 – submission’.

An indicative timetable is set out below for your information.

6 August 2020

Lodgement of application, including request for interim authorisation

7 August 2020

Interim decision

August 2020

Public consultation process begins

31 August 2020

Closing date for submissions from interested parties

September 2020

Applicant responds to issues raised in the public consultation process

October 2020

Draft determination

October/November

Public consultation on draft determination

December

Final determination

Applicant(s)

  • Australian Chicken Meat Federation
  • Ingham's Group Limited
  • Turosi Pty Ltd
  • Hazeldene's Chicken Farm Proprietary Limited

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000527-1