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.
The ACCC held public forums Griffith, NSW, and Mildura, Victoria, in November 2018. These forums were an opportunity for growers and grower representatives to speak directly to the ACCC about a range of industry issues. ACCC Deputy Chair and Commissioner Mick Keogh attended these events, along with ACCC staff working on the market study.
For further information or to submit information to the ACCC regarding the market study, please email WineGrapes@accc.gov.au.
The ACCC is happy to receive information on a confidential basis. For more information, please see: ACCC and AER Information Policy.
We anticipate releasing our draft findings in March and our final report in June 2019.