THE NSW Farmers Association has welcomed the statement by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that it has escalated an investigation into the two big supermarket chains over possible anti-competitive behaviour towards suppliers.
NSW Farmers CEO Matt Brand said for years farmers had been concerned about the market dominance of large retailers, which have had adverse impacts on returns to farmers and processors.
Mr Brand said it was pleasing the ACCC had provided security to suppliers, including farmers and processors, in the form of confidentiality to encourage them to come forward with information.
"It is often the case that due to the possible effects that speaking up may have on farmers and companies, they may be unwilling to come forward," he said.
"It is encouraging the ACCC has taken steps to protect the identity of people reporting information to the investigation. It is a sign the ACCC is being genuine about the nature of its investigation.
"NSW Farmers is encouraging our members and others to submit any evidence they have of anti-competitive behaviour to the ACCC.
"It is up to farmers now to come forward and contact the ACCC's hotline on 1300 302 502 and help it with its investigation.
"We look forward to hearing the outcomes of the investigations and hope it makes a real difference to the returns of our farmers who work hard every day to produce better, healthier and tastier products for our consumers."
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