Fresh Markets Australia opposes any form of specific Government intervention and/or regulation of Markets wholesalers on the basis that it is anti-competitive and discriminates against one sector in the fruit and vegetable industry.
However, Fresh Markets Australia strongly supports industry self-regulation, including codes of practice.
Fresh Markets Australia endorses The Produce and Grocery Industry Code of Conduct in the interests of the industry as a whole.
Fresh Markets Australia supports the use of documented terms of trade, which include method of doing business, price determination, supplier obligations, transfer of title and risk, payment terms, non complying produce and dispute resolution.
Fresh Markets Australia encourages all wholesalers to have an internal disputes resolution procedure, which they publish in writing.
Suppliers and other industry participants are encouraged to attempt to resolve the dispute directly with the wholesaler in the first instance.
In the event that the dispute cannot be resolved, either party is encouraged to contact the Chamber in the Markets where the wholesaler is located.
If the relevant Chamber cannot resolve the dispute to the parties’ satisfaction the parties are advised to seek resolution of the dispute under The Produce and Grocery Industry Code of Conduct.
Fresh Markets Australia supports wholesalers, suppliers and buyers adopting procedures that seek to improve food safety in the fruit and vegetable industry, in particular the adoption of independently audited HACCP based quality assurance schemes.
Fresh Markets Australia as an owner member of Freshcare recommends this as the industry standard for all growers of fresh produce and supports wholesalers in encouraging their suppliers to be Freshcare certified.
The Australian Chamber encourages all Members, wholesalers, suppliers and buyers to support FreshTest, the industry standard and most cost effective and comprehensive testing program in the fresh produce industry.
Fresh Markets Australia supports the use of uniform product standards for fresh produce and recommends that Members and wholesalers support FreshSpecs® as the industry standard for class one (or equivalent) produce.
Fresh Markets Australia supports quarantine restrictions imposed by a Government regulatory authority, which have been adopted to prevent or control any pest or disease outbreak, and which limit the movement and sale of fresh fruit and vegetable products.
Fresh Markets Australia is supportive of promotion of the central markets system and the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables for a healthy lifestyle. Member Chambers are encouraged to participate in promotions at local and national level, particularly where this includes supplier and buyer involvement. Cooperation between Members of Member Chambers on national promotions is encouraged.
Where wholesalers contribute financially to promotions, their contributions should be matched by contributions from suppliers and/or buyers and the wholesalers should have meaningful representation on relevant committees that direct campaigns and the expenditure of promotion funds.
Cooperation with contributing suppliers and supplier groups on individual product promotion is encouraged.
Fresh Markets Australia is supportive of wholesalers receiving a fee for the deduction, accounting and remittance of compulsory levies.
Fresh Markets Australia is generally supportive of wholesalers deducting fees in respect of services provided to third parties.
Fresh Markets Australia opposes the broadening of the GST which would result in the removal of the exemption from fresh fruit and vegetables on the basis that there is no demonstrated benefit to the fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain or the community generally. The consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables by Australians must be increased for community health and economic sustainability reasons.