Meredith Dairy proposal to set minimum prices rejected

The ACCC has issued a final notice revoking a resale price maintenance (RPM) notification lodged by Meredith Dairy, which would have prevented retailers selling its goat cheese products below a price set by Meredith Dairy.

Meredith Dairy had raised concerns that smaller retailers promoting its products at low prices to compete with major supermarket chains had led to demands from other retailers for lower wholesale prices.

Country of origin food labelling surveillance to commence

After 1 July, Australian consumers will have much greater certainty about the origins of the food they buy, due to the introduction of mandatory Country of Origin food labelling. The ACCC will conduct market surveillance checks on 10,000 food products to ensure businesses are correctly displaying the new labels.

All businesses–including manufacturers, processors and importers that offer food for retail sale in Australia–will need to comply with the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard, which specifies how claims can be made about the origin of food products.

Grocery update: AFGC Leaders Forum

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims provides an update on grocery issues at the Australian Food & Grocery Council Leaders Forum in Canberra. He talks about the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, misleading health claims, recent work in agriculture and the ACCC's role in assisting with competition issues and free trade agreements.

Enhancing competition in retail

At the AFR Retail Summit in Melbourne, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims discusses three related themes around competition and retail; first, removing restrictions, and using the competition laws to good effect; second, addressing misuse of bargaining power in the supply chain; and third, how consumer protection plays an important role in creating a level playing field and underpinning competition and our market economy.

ACCC reminds suppliers of their rights under Food and Grocery Code

All suppliers to Coles, Woolworths and Aldi now have the full benefit of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct (Code).

“Reports received by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission suggest that a majority of suppliers have chosen to enter Code compliant grocery supply agreements (GSAs) with the supermarkets. It is important to recognise that from 1 July 2016, suppliers of Aldi, Coles and Woolworths who had not yet signed new GSAs still have the default protections provided by the Code, which overlay their existing terms,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.  

Supermarkets take steps to address ACCC concerns over implementation of the Food and Grocery Code

Following concerns raised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the major supermarkets have taken steps to clarify the implementation of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct (Code) with their suppliers.

Woolworths and Aldi have written to their suppliers clarifying that suppliers are able to negotiate the terms of their Grocery Supply Agreements (GSAs). They have also clarified the effect of the Code on their GSAs and the circumstances in which certain payments may arise.

ACCC working to ensure a successful Food and Grocery Code

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will do what it can to ensure the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct succeeds, Chairman Rod Sims said today at an industry forum hosted by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) in Canberra.

“We are confident the Code can succeed in achieving its objectives. It can redress the imbalance in bargaining power that often exists between suppliers and larger grocery retailers by prohibiting certain types of unfair conduct, and by requiring retailers to deal with suppliers in good faith at all times,” Mr Sims said.