FRESH PRODUCE MARKET INQUIRY: PUBLIC HEARINGS – 09 FEBRUARY 2024
The Fresh Produce Market Inquiry (FPMI) is pleased to present the second round of public hearings that will take place on 08 and 09 February 2024. This follows the first round of public hearings which took place during October 2023. The hearings are open to the public and will also be live streamed on YouTube.
Public hearings provide an opportunity for the FPMI to engage directly with stakeholders in respect of their submissions around the scope of the FPMI. This round of public hearings is centred around the retailer-level of the value chain with Pick n Pay Retailers and Food Lover’s Market expected to participate. Woolworths and Spar already participated during the first round of public hearings and Shoprite Checkers, again, declined to participate in the public hearing process.
The main objective of the FPMI is to identify features, or a combination of features, that impede, restrict, or distort competition and participation in the fresh produce value chain. Where there are competition and/or public interest issues, the FPMI will provide recommendations to foster competition and ensure equitable and meaningful participation in the value chain for the benefit of all stakeholders as well as consumers in the economy.
The public nature of these engagements is important in ensuring a fair and transparent process, where the public is properly informed of the issues and debates which being considered by the FPMI. The FPMI commends the participation of the stakeholders that have accepted its invitation to appear and share their insights.