The ACCC has warned dairy processors not to mislead farmers about milk prices, following reports of processors blaming their private-label milk contracts with supermarkets for the low prices offered to farmers.
An effective regulatory regime is needed for the major airports in Australia according to a submission made by the ACCC to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the economic regulation of airports.
The ACCC is seeking feedback about a potential ‘class exemption’ to allow small businesses, agribusinesses and franchisees to negotiate collectively with their customers or suppliers, including franchisors.
The ACCC discussion paper published today sets out how a collective bargaining class exemption could operate, who would qualify, and what conditions would apply.
ACCC Deputy Chair Mick Keogh’s address to the Australian Livestock Saleyards Association Annual Conference 2018 regarding the outcomes of the ACCC’s Beef and Cattle Market Study, the response from industry, and competition issues at saleyards.
Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Limited (WCB) has altered terms in its milk supply agreements and milk supply handbook following engagement with the ACCC regarding potentially unfair contract terms.
WCB’s contracts with farmers contained terms that allowed it to unilaterally vary the milk price and other milk supply terms, with the farmer unable to terminate the milk supply agreement early without incurring a financial penalty.
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.