01.ACCC focuses on supermarkets
The ACCC is looking into possible anti-competitive practices in the supermarket sector.
In a speech delivered to the Australia-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, yesterday Chairman Rod Sims said “there are intense public concerns which I hear about daily”.
Sims said the ACCC will be looking into concerns raised about the way supermarkets deal with suppliers, as well as into the proliferation of private label products.
“The ACCC has not yet formed the view that there are breaches of the Act occurring; but our priority in 2012 will be to determine whether or not there are breaches in these important sectors.”
CHOICE has been investigating issues raised by suppliers and manufacturers of heavy-handed tactics by Coles and Woolworths.
In our investigation, which will be detailed in an upcoming CHOICE report, we have found sources reluctant to speak on or off the record, due to a fear of retribution from the supermarkets.
In statements made to other sources, Sims said the ACCC will seek to address concerns of those in the supply chain who fear complaining to the ACCC. “They can come and talk to us confidentially,” Sims told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“[I]f we can get a number of people talking to us confidentially and we can build up a picture then we can take action in a general sense rather than doing it in a way that exposes that individual.''
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