The proof of grocery giant Coles’ new Supplier Charter will be in the eating, growers say.August 19, 2014 3:09am
The proof of grocery giant Coles’ new Supplier Charter will be in the eating, growers say.
Ardmona fruit grower and Coles supplier Rocky Varapodio sees the charter as a positive step.
‘‘Anything that can further strengthen the relationship between suppliers and Coles is a good thing,’’ Mr Varapodio said.
But Fruit Growers Victoria general manager John Wilson said: ‘‘I’m optimistic that it’s a step in the right direction but I’m questioning if it will be effective.’’
He said growers were happy to work with a self-regulatory framework that was realistic and meaningful.
‘‘For the long-term future of both our businesses we need to have good transparency, so to have a structure in place that can deal with that will be well received,’’ Mr Wilson said.
Coles released its new supplier charter earlier this month and announced Jeff Kennett as its independent arbiter.
Former Victorian premier Mr Kennett will oversee the charter for three years and make final recommendations on complaint resolutions.
‘‘Kennett is a man of stature and knowledge and I’m confident that he is a good choice. But he is one person,’’ Mr Wilson said.
‘‘It would be very sad to see a long queue of suppliers waiting to air their grievances.’’
Mr Kennett said on the record he hoped his services as an independent arbiter would rarely be called upon.
AUSVEG spokesperson Andrew White also said it was important the new supplier charter was successful.
‘‘Any attempts by supermarkets to improve relationships with their suppliers are welcome, however, we will be closely monitoring the implementation of the proposed framework to ensure that it is delivering effective outcomes for growers,’’ Mr White said.
‘‘We recognise also that the framework does not preclude parties raising complaints with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which is an important avenue for growers to raise concerns.’’
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon at the fish and chip shop.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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