Agriculture

ACCC report identifies competition and fair trading issues in horticulture and viticulture

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report into the competition and fair trading issues facing the horticulture and viticulture industries has identified a number of areas of concern, particularly about the Horticulture Code of Conduct.

“The report, which follows a series of workshops held around regional Australia, reflects the views of growers and the broader industries. Despite the diversity of markets in horticulture and viticulture, there were a number of common concerns,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

Key issues raised by stakeholders included:

Young Sang admits breaches of Horticulture Code of Conduct

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from a Melbourne-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Young Sang & Co. (Aust.) Pty Ltd (Young Sang), for breaches of the Horticulture Code of Conduct.

Young Sang admitted that it breached the Horticulture Code of Conduct in 2015 by trading in horticulture produce with a number of Queensland-based growers without:

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How collective bargaining can benefit farmers and small businesses

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Deputy Chair Michael Schaper has today launched a new guide for small businesses and farmers on the potential benefits of collective bargaining.

A collective bargaining arrangement allows two or more competing businesses to jointly negotiate with a supplier or a customer over terms, conditions, and prices. Where the ACCC is satisfied that the arrangement provides an overall public benefit, it can allow conduct which may otherwise be prohibited by the Competition and Consumer Act.

ACCC authorises collective bargaining by Victorian chicken growers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a final decision allowing current and future chicken meat grower members of the Victorian Farmers Federation to collectively bargain with the chicken processors they supply. Authorisation is granted for ten years.

“Collective bargaining for these farmers will likely reduce costs for them and the processors they supply, and also provide them an opportunity to have greater input into their contracts,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

ACCC announces cattle and beef market study forums

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is inviting people involved with cattle and beef markets to participate in a series of regional forums. The forums are a part of the ACCC’s recently announced market study into the cattle and beef industry.

“The purpose of these forums is to hear directly from farmers and other people in the cattle and beef industry about competition and fair trading issues that concern them,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

The forums will be held at:

ACCC to hold horticulture and viticulture regional workshops

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is inviting people in the horticulture and viticulture industries to participate in a series of regional workshops it is hosting across Australia.

“The purpose of these workshops is to hear directly from growers and other horticulture and viticulture industry participants about the key competition and fair trading issues that affect them,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

ACCC announces membership of new Agriculture Consultative Committee

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced the membership of its new Agriculture Consultative Committee.

“The Committee will provide a forum for the discussion of competition and fair trading concerns related to the agriculture sector,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

The new Committee will be chaired by Mr Keogh.

“We sought nominations and considered a large number of applications. Members were selected from a range of backgrounds and industries within the sector including peak bodies, industry associations, and industry advisors.”

ACCC releases issues paper for cattle and beef market study

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has today released an issues paper for its cattle and beef market study. The market study was announced by ACCC Chairman Rod Sims on Tuesday.

The issues paper provides detailed information on the scope of the study and how interested parties can participate.

“I encourage anyone involved in the cattle and beef industry to read the issues paper, and provide the ACCC with a written or oral submission,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

Key issues to be covered by the study include: