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Saturday 21 May 2022

Covid-19

“You’re going to see a more focused business” Lion NZ’s Craig Baldie
18 May 2022  

“You’re going to see a more focused business” Lion NZ’s Craig Baldie

Lion is close to completing a reshaping of its NZ operations, allowing it to emerge from Covid concentrated on core.


Snarled supply chain, falling dairy – the impact of China’s lockdown on NZ F&B, agri
10 May 2022   /

Snarled supply chain, falling dairy – the impact of China’s lockdown on NZ F&B, agri

Shanghai port congestion could prolong elevated freight prices, while the foodservice shutdown means strong headwinds for dairy demand.


Freightways warns of Omicron costs of up to $7m
10 May 2022   /

Freightways warns of Omicron costs of up to $7m

Freightways says the impact of Omicron on its business could be as much as $7m due to lower volumes and higher operating costs due in part to absent staff.


Woolworths warns Omicron costs will dent NZ profit
4 May 2022   /

Woolworths warns Omicron costs will dent NZ profit

Its New Zealand business could see H2 earnings drop almost 30% due to escalating costs, even as grocery prices rise.


Zespri redirects China kiwifruit
4 May 2022   /

Zespri redirects China kiwifruit

Zespri has stood up a number of work-arounds in China to combat Covid-19 lockdowns which are slowing the distribution of kiwifruit from Shanghai port.


Meat processing capacity picking up
22 Apr 2022   /

Meat processing capacity picking up

Processing capacity at New Zealand’s plants is recovering as more people return to work after isolating or staying at home to look after family members due to Covid-19, according to meat industry stakeholders.


“Huge relief” for hospo with move to orange
14 Apr 2022   /

“Huge relief” for hospo with move to orange

The hospitality industry has welcomed the ditching of capacity limits in time for the important Easter, Anzac Day and school holidays.


Air NZ restarts domestic food & beverage services
14 Apr 2022   /

Air NZ restarts domestic food & beverage services

Air New Zealand says it will restart its food and beverage offering on domestic flights from Friday 15 April following the country’s move overnight to the orange light setting.


Hospo capacity limits to go after NZ moves to orange at midnight – Hipkins
13 Apr 2022  

Hospo capacity limits to go after NZ moves to orange at midnight – Hipkins

Bars, cafes, and restaurants will be able to fill up again with capacity and seating rules lifted, says Chris Hipkins.


Hospo sees red over continued Covid restrictions
5 Apr 2022   /

Hospo sees red over continued Covid restrictions

Hospitality businesses will continue to struggle following the government’s decision to keep the country in the red setting of the Covid-19 Protection Framework, say industry groups.


PM: No change to Covid red setting, next review before Easter
4 Apr 2022  

PM: No change to Covid red setting, next review before Easter

It means capacity limits for indoor gatherings, events and hospitality venues remain capped at 200 people.


Limited scope for businesses to opt-in to vaccine mandates – govt
31 Mar 2022   /

Limited scope for businesses to opt-in to vaccine mandates – govt

The government has updated guidance to businesses now that most workplaces will not require vaccine mandates from 4 April.


Omicron hits supply but high prices drive value of red meat exports up 21%
28 Mar 2022   /

Omicron hits supply but high prices drive value of red meat exports up 21%

Strong international prices pushed the value of New Zealand’s meat exports over $1.1bn in February, up 21% on the same month last year, according to the Meat Industry Association. The MORE »


Supply chain: Agility needed to counter global shocks, high prices – MOT
24 Mar 2022   /

Supply chain: Agility needed to counter global shocks, high prices – MOT

Disruption is expected to continue into 2023 with pricing to remain high for years.


Covid settings changes ‘waste of time, nonsensical’ – Hospitality NZ
24 Mar 2022   /

Covid settings changes ‘waste of time, nonsensical’ – Hospitality NZ

The changes do not go far enough to help struggling businesses, says industry groups.


PM: Vaccine passes, most mandates, QR scanning to go
23 Mar 2022  

PM: Vaccine passes, most mandates, QR scanning to go

Capacity limits for outdoor events will lift completely this weekend and increase to 200 indoors for hospitality venues.


CEDA’s AgriFood Talks event cancelled
22 Mar 2022   /

CEDA’s AgriFood Talks event cancelled

The 2022 New Zealand AgriFood Talks event has been cancelled because of the Omicron outbreak.


Hundreds needed to plug Countdown supply chain gaps
22 Mar 2022   /

Hundreds needed to plug Countdown supply chain gaps

Hundreds of people are required to plug gaps in Countdown’s supply chain because of Covid-19 absenteeism.


PM: Border re-opens mid-April for Aussie visitors, early May for visa waiver countries
16 Mar 2022   /

PM: Border re-opens mid-April for Aussie visitors, early May for visa waiver countries

The government brings forward border reopenings for visitors from Australia and visa waiver countries like the US and UK.


5000+ Auckland businesses secure $17m Covid support
16 Mar 2022   /

5000+ Auckland businesses secure $17m Covid support

More than five thousand businesses in Auckland that struggled through the Delta lockdown have received more than $17m financial support through a targeted support scheme.


Hospo, accom prices on the rise despite fuel, transport cuts
15 Mar 2022   /

Hospo, accom prices on the rise despite fuel, transport cuts

Hospitality and accommodation operators may still have to put up prices despite the fuel and transport cost cuts announced by the government, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Manufacturing, hospo, hort to benefit from border easing – govt
14 Mar 2022   /

Manufacturing, hospo, hort to benefit from border easing – govt

But it’s no ‘silver bullet’ for industries struggling to cope with labour shortages.


Fieldays 2022 feels Covid-19 sting with delay
14 Mar 2022   /

Fieldays 2022 feels Covid-19 sting with delay

This year’s Fieldays has been postponed until late November because of disruption from the Omicron outbreak.


TKC’s ghost kitchen delayed due to Omicron
14 Mar 2022   /

TKC’s ghost kitchen delayed due to Omicron

The launch of Auckland’s first ghost kitchen has been delayed a month because of Covid-19.  


Omicron causes meat processing delays
11 Mar 2022   /

Omicron causes meat processing delays

Meat processors are under pressure and suffering delays because of Omicron absenteeism, according to the Meat Industry Association and Beef + Lamb New Zealand.


Dairy commodity prices up, production down – Rabobank
11 Mar 2022  

Dairy commodity prices up, production down – Rabobank

Rabobank’s latest global dairy report says commodity prices are expected to remain elevated because production growth is not keeping up with demand.


Grocery hits 26% of online shopping
10 Mar 2022   /

Grocery hits 26% of online shopping

Some $7.67bn dollars was spent online shopping by New Zealanders last year, with 26% of people buying groceries digitally, according to research group Canstar Blue.


BusinessNZ welcomes shorter self-isolation
10 Mar 2022   /

BusinessNZ welcomes shorter self-isolation

Business New Zealand has called the government reduced self-isolation for positive Covid cases “a pragmatic response.”


Covid isolation cut to seven days from midnight Friday
9 Mar 2022   /

Covid isolation cut to seven days from midnight Friday

The isolation period for Covid-19 cases and household contacts will go down to seven days from 10 at 11.59pm on Friday 11 March.


FSSI distributes more than 1 million RATs
9 Mar 2022   /

FSSI distributes more than 1 million RATs

Foodstuffs South Island is distributing more than one million rapid antigen tests to its supermarkets, more than 250 businesses and donating a number to charity.


Countdown workers need pay parity with Aussie colleagues – union
8 Mar 2022   /

Countdown workers need pay parity with Aussie colleagues – union

Countdown employees working alongside Australian colleagues shipped in to fill gaps in New Zealand stores and supply chains should immediately receive pay parity and be remunerated at the significantly higher rates of their colleagues from across the ditch, First Union says.


Unclear guidelines leading to hospo business fines
8 Mar 2022   /

Unclear guidelines leading to hospo business fines

Government guidelines on wage subsidies need to be clearer to protect small business owners including hospitality operators who are being fined for misinterpreting the rules.


Feb hospo spend in the doldrums
4 Mar 2022   /

Feb hospo spend in the doldrums

Consumer spending at hospitality businesses remains down nearly a quarter on pre-Covid levels, according to data from payment services provider Worldline.


Small businesses suffering under phase 3 – Buy NZ Made
4 Mar 2022   /

Small businesses suffering under phase 3 – Buy NZ Made

Small businesses are continuing to suffer under the pressure of Omicron and phase three restrictions.


Consumer NZ puts RAT prices under microscope
3 Mar 2022   /

Consumer NZ puts RAT prices under microscope

Consumer New Zealand has found massive price differences for Rapid Antigen Tests, ranging from $6.50 to $19 per test.


Warehouse, logistics absenteeism surges past 40%, manufacturers expected to be next
2 Mar 2022   /

Warehouse, logistics absenteeism surges past 40%, manufacturers expected to be next

The supply chain is being hammered with consumers warned to expect gaps.


Businesses receive new Covid support payment
2 Mar 2022  

Businesses receive new Covid support payment

Businesses struggling with Omicron have received the first payment from the government’s financial support scheme.


Countdown warns of “severely limited” supply chain capacity
1 Mar 2022   /

Countdown warns of “severely limited” supply chain capacity

Essential categories and lines will be prioritised as inbound product capacity at DCs is squeezed by Omicron absenteeism.


F&B firms scramble to plug Omicron gaps
1 Mar 2022   /

F&B firms scramble to plug Omicron gaps

Omicron absenteeisms are piling pressure on supply chains, with manufacturers scrambling to retrain and redeploy staff.


RSE cap boost too late for this season – Hort NZ
1 Mar 2022   /

RSE cap boost too late for this season – Hort NZ

Horticulture New Zealand says the government’s decision to boost the cap on the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme would benefit future picking seasons.


Restaurant Brands delivers growth despite Covid challenges
28 Feb 2022   /

Restaurant Brands delivers growth despite Covid challenges

Rising costs saw some margin erosion, particularly in Australia and New Zealand.


Businesses able to access stockpile of RATs
28 Feb 2022  

Businesses able to access stockpile of RATs

Businesses that are covered by the Close Contact Exemption Scheme can access rapid antigen tests after a further 10 million arrived in the country over the weekend.


Channel distortion, consumer behaviour, China – Rabobank’s 2022 warnings
25 Feb 2022   /

Channel distortion, consumer behaviour, China – Rabobank’s 2022 warnings

Food manufacturers should prepare for “highly dynamic” food markets in the year ahead as pandemic disruption to supply chains, input costs and consumer behaviour continues, says Rabobank.


Hospo welcomes phase 3, support package changes
25 Feb 2022   /

Hospo welcomes phase 3, support package changes

t to phase 3 of the Omicron response and an adjustment to conditions in the government’s financial support package announced on Monday.


NZ moves to Omicron phase 3, isolation requirements ease
24 Feb 2022  

NZ moves to Omicron phase 3, isolation requirements ease

Rapid antigen tests will also become more widely available in March.


Lion closes $20m Little Creatures as Omicron pressure mounts across group
23 Feb 2022   /

Lion closes $20m Little Creatures as Omicron pressure mounts across group

Little Creatures says operating under the red traffic light system was “uncertain and precarious”. 


“Major problem” with new govt support – Hospitality NZ
23 Feb 2022   /

“Major problem” with new govt support – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand is warning many of the hardest-hit businesses in the sector may be ineligible for the government’s new support package.


Relief at new Covid support, but fears not enough to prevent closures
22 Feb 2022   /

Relief at new Covid support, but fears not enough to prevent closures

It will help but many in hospitality may still have to shut, say industry groups.


Govt stumps up support for Omicron-impacted businesses
22 Feb 2022   /

Govt stumps up support for Omicron-impacted businesses

Three payments capped at $24k each will be available for hard-hit businesses.


Govt needs to clarify RAT rules – chamber
21 Feb 2022  

Govt needs to clarify RAT rules – chamber

Auckland’s Business Chamber wants clarity from the government over how companies can access rapid antigen tests.


Lion’s message to govt: Act now to avert “major catastrophe”
18 Feb 2022   /

Lion’s message to govt: Act now to avert “major catastrophe”

The beverage giant urges Finance Minister Grant Robertson to “act swiftly, decisively and meaningfully”.


Lone Star calls for govt lifeline
18 Feb 2022   /

Lone Star calls for govt lifeline

The prominent hospitality brand has called on the government to throw a lifeline to the sector.


Pic’s treads Covid tightrope with NPD, export growth
17 Feb 2022   /

Pic’s treads Covid tightrope with NPD, export growth

The Nelson nut butter business looks to new SKUs and overseas expansion in its hunt for further growth.


Govt RATs access scheme ‘unreliable, unworkable’ for critical food sector…
17 Feb 2022   /

Govt RATs access scheme ‘unreliable, unworkable’ for critical food sector…

Food sector stakeholders have labelled the government’s rapid antigen test distribution plan “unreliable” as concerns grow over access to RATs.


…as Foodstuffs steps in to fill RATs gap for suppliers
17 Feb 2022   /

…as Foodstuffs steps in to fill RATs gap for suppliers

The grocery group is using its procurement heft to source more than 1 million rapid antigen tests on behalf of around 250 companies.


T&G upbeat despite Omicron harvest challenges
17 Feb 2022   /

T&G upbeat despite Omicron harvest challenges

Listed apple company T&G has started harvesting this season’s fruit, expecting to pick more than 6.5m tray carton equivalents this year – or roughly 120,000,000 kgs of apples.


58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey
15 Feb 2022   /

58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey

Half the industry has seen revenue plummet by more than 40% since NZ shifted to red, says Hospitality NZ.


Close contact definition relaxed, return-to-work policy starts as Omicron phase 2 arrives
15 Feb 2022  

Close contact definition relaxed, return-to-work policy starts as Omicron phase 2 arrives

The shift will see more widespread use of the govt’s test to return-to-work policy for critical workers in industries such as food.


Watch: Scan in, wear a mask, shop normally, be kind
15 Feb 2022   /

Watch: Scan in, wear a mask, shop normally, be kind

Scan in, wear a mask, shop normally, be kind – a message from Countdown.


Egmont Honey targets US for new retail sweet spot
14 Feb 2022  

Egmont Honey targets US for new retail sweet spot

The Taranaki company is “making good headway” with its plan to meet a growing appetite for mānuka honey in the US, says CEO James Annabell.


Alcohol excise tax warning
14 Feb 2022   /

Alcohol excise tax warning

Beverage makers say the timing could not be worse for a rise in the alcohol excise tax.


Queenstown hospo shutdown heralds Omicron “inferno”
14 Feb 2022   /

Queenstown hospo shutdown heralds Omicron “inferno”

Hospitality operators are battling to stay open – and afloat – after Covid cases force widespread closures at the resort.


Close contact exemption welcomed but RAT race continues
11 Feb 2022  

Close contact exemption welcomed but RAT race continues

The supply of RATs remains a concern for some industries, while NZFGC calls the exemption scheme a ‘pragmatic step’.


Red setting scuppers Wānaka food fest…
11 Feb 2022   /

Red setting scuppers Wānaka food fest…

Wanaka’s food and wine festival has been cancelled this year because of the current red-light Covid-19 restrictions.


…but BOP food event all go for April
11 Feb 2022   /

…but BOP food event all go for April

A Bay of Plenty food event plans to go ahead despite current Covid-19 restrictions.


Omicron keeps freeze on Duck Island retail expansion
10 Feb 2022   /

Omicron keeps freeze on Duck Island retail expansion

But a new factory boosts production five-fold, supporting plans to expand into more supermarkets.


Critical business register live today, close contact exemption scheme unveiled
10 Feb 2022  

Critical business register live today, close contact exemption scheme unveiled

Critical worker close contacts can keep going to work instead of isolating if they return a negative RAT under the new scheme.


CGF reports strong 2021 recovery for coffee chains
10 Feb 2022   /

CGF reports strong 2021 recovery for coffee chains

Cooks Global Foods says sales at its UK-based cafe franchises recovered from Covid-19 ahead of the wider UK coffee market in 2021.


Critical worker details coming this week – PM
9 Feb 2022   /

Critical worker details coming this week – PM

Industries will know by the end of this week which of them are considered critical, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.


Govt pledges $400k to prep primary sector for Omicron
9 Feb 2022  

Govt pledges $400k to prep primary sector for Omicron

Farmers and primary producers are getting financial assistance to prepare for an Omicron outbreak.


Food exporters grapple with RATs as critical worker uncertainty continues
8 Feb 2022   /

Food exporters grapple with RATs as critical worker uncertainty continues

F&B stakeholders including HortNZ and NZKFG are still waiting to see if exporters are considered critical businesses.


How Kraft Heinz successfully managed Omicron in Sydney
3 Feb 2022   /

How Kraft Heinz successfully managed Omicron in Sydney

With Covid cases ballooning in the city, how did the food manufacturer manage to stay open during the peak?


Foreign critical, skilled workers to skip MIQ from mid-March – PM
3 Feb 2022   /

Foreign critical, skilled workers to skip MIQ from mid-March – PM

But they will still need to go into self-isolation, says Jacinda Ardern.


Perspectives: It’s hard to stay positive but the future is bright
3 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: It’s hard to stay positive but the future is bright

We are as frustrated as anyone about the lack of forethought and planning for the management of Omicron, writes HortNZ’s Nadine Tunley.


More food festivals fall to Covid-19 restrictions
3 Feb 2022   /

More food festivals fall to Covid-19 restrictions

The West Coast’s Wildfoods Festival has been scrapped, the first time in its 34-year history, due to Covid capacity restrictions at the red setting.


$70m arts, culture package should be extended –  Hospitality NZ
3 Feb 2022  

$70m arts, culture package should be extended – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand says the sector also deserves financial assistance to cushion the blow from the Covid-19 pandemic.


Pfizer booster now allowed three months after second shot
3 Feb 2022  

Pfizer booster now allowed three months after second shot

The time people need to wait between getting the second shot and the booster for the Pfizer vaccination will be shortened from four months to three as of Friday 4 February.


RAT race: Has govt put food executives at risk?
2 Feb 2022  

RAT race: Has govt put food executives at risk?

By requisitioning rapid antigen tests, has the government exposed food industry directors to claims of recklessness?


RATs, responsiveness top agenda for food sector in govt meeting
2 Feb 2022   /

RATs, responsiveness top agenda for food sector in govt meeting

The Kraft Heinz Company chair Mike Pretty is to share a Sydney factory Omicron case study with the government.


Mainfreight profit rockets 85%, braces for Omicron absenteeism
2 Feb 2022  

Mainfreight profit rockets 85%, braces for Omicron absenteeism

Its NZ vaccine mandate has kicked in and navigating constraints due to Omicron-enforced absenteeism is cited as its top priority.


Perspectives: Omicron will add to workforce shortages faced by key NZ industries
2 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: Omicron will add to workforce shortages faced by key NZ industries

The Omicron wave about to wash over New Zealand will exacerbate an already tightening labour market.


Govt secures 36 million RATs for Omicron surge
2 Feb 2022  

Govt secures 36 million RATs for Omicron surge

The government has ordered a further 36 million rapid antigen tests (RATs) to help the country deal with a widespread Omicron outbreak.


Red setting drives hopso down 25% – Hospitality NZ
2 Feb 2022  

Red setting drives hopso down 25% – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand says New Zealand’s move into the red traffic light setting has scared people into a “voluntary lockdown”.


Omicron lessons from Australia: “Two weeks of pain” for Queensland baker Priestley’s
1 Feb 2022  

Omicron lessons from Australia: “Two weeks of pain” for Queensland baker Priestley’s

Staff shortages slowed manufacturing, choked distribution and pushed costs sky-high for the baked goods manufacturer.


Summer boom for beverage, despite Covid concerns
1 Feb 2022   /

Summer boom for beverage, despite Covid concerns

Beverage makers report strong peak summer sales, although rising costs and event cancellations eat into performance.


NZ to stay at red “for some weeks” – PM
23 Jan 2022  

NZ to stay at red “for some weeks” – PM

Jacinda Ardern says the country will remain in red “for some weeks” to combat the spread of Omicron.


Robertson: Targeted support possible for impacted industries
23 Jan 2022  

Robertson: Targeted support possible for impacted industries

The government will consider providing more targeted help for the most affected sectors.


… while CEO Doug Paulin charts a novel vax position for staff
8 Dec 2021   /

… while CEO Doug Paulin charts a novel vax position for staff

Sealord will not make Covid-19 vaccinations compulsory for New Zealand staff, seeking instead to mirror in the workplace what could reasonably be expected in a public environment.


Nestlé joins price rise movers
6 Dec 2021  

Nestlé joins price rise movers

The multinational hikes prices on a range of food products, joining a number of peers moving to offset rising commodity and supply chain costs.


40% of members faced “rude, aggressive” customers – RA
6 Dec 2021   /

40% of members faced “rude, aggressive” customers – RA

The Restaurant Association says 40% of its members reported having to deal with rude or aggressive customers due to the transition on Friday to the traffic light Covid-19 Protection Framework.


JDE Coffee ready to “turn on a dime” for traffic light system
3 Dec 2021   /

JDE Coffee ready to “turn on a dime” for traffic light system

Hospitality in Auckland finally re-opens but expect the environment to be fluid, says the coffee company.


Skills shortage, supply chain top challenges facing bosses – survey
3 Dec 2021   /

Skills shortage, supply chain top challenges facing bosses – survey

Mounting skills shortages and ongoing supply chain disruptions are among the key challenges for company directors, according to the Institute of Directors and ASB Bank’s annual survey.


Hospo “crushed” after being left off govt’s $38m Auckland stimulus
1 Dec 2021  

Hospo “crushed” after being left off govt’s $38m Auckland stimulus

Exclusion from the government’s $37.5m summer reactivation scheme fro Auckland “another kick in the guts” for struggling hospo morale.


Heineken to open pop-up barbershops in Auckland
1 Dec 2021   / / /

Heineken to open pop-up barbershops in Auckland

Heineken is opening two pop-up barbershops in selected venues around central Auckland to tie-in with the country’s move to the Covid-19 Protection Framework ‘traffic light’ system on Friday 3 December.


Up to $24k transition support for Akl, Waikato, Northland businesses
30 Nov 2021  

Up to $24k transition support for Akl, Waikato, Northland businesses

Support up to $24,000 will be available for businesses in Auckland, Northland and Waikato as those regions transition to the new traffic light Covid-19 Protection Framework. The one-off transition payment MORE »


South Island to enter traffic light system at orange
29 Nov 2021   /

South Island to enter traffic light system at orange

Much of the top half of the North Island will start the new Covid-19 Protection Framework on Friday at red.


Perspectives: Grocery workers, Covid and mental health
29 Nov 2021  

Perspectives: Grocery workers, Covid and mental health

Grocery workers are suffering the mental health effects of customer hostility and lack of safety in their workplace.


Karma Drinks backs hospo with Black Friday pledge
26 Nov 2021   /

Karma Drinks backs hospo with Black Friday pledge

Karma Drinks has pledged 100% of revenue from today’s Black Friday sales on its Shop.KarmaDrinks.co.nz website will go towards supporting the hospitality industry.


Speirs signals “challenging” demand and supply dynamics
25 Nov 2021   /

Speirs signals “challenging” demand and supply dynamics

The salad supplier grapples with increasing costs and conducts a review of margins to ensure acceptable returns.


Needless casualties from continuing locked border – Hospitality NZ
25 Nov 2021  

Needless casualties from continuing locked border – Hospitality NZ

Delaying the opening of New Zealand’s border to foreign nationals until 30 April 2022 will see more hospitality businesses going to the wall, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Countdown mandates staff vaccination
24 Nov 2021   /

Countdown mandates staff vaccination

Supermarket chain Countdown has mandated the Covid-19 vaccine for staff, meaning its entire 21,000-strong workforce would need to be fully vaccinated by January 10.


Govt’s NZ Pass Verifier app live
24 Nov 2021   /

Govt’s NZ Pass Verifier app live

The free NZ Pass Verifier app to scan and verify My Vaccine Passes is now available for businesses and events to download.


Govt vaccination assessment tool for employers ready mid-December
23 Nov 2021   /

Govt vaccination assessment tool for employers ready mid-December

Employers will soon be able to use a tool from the government the assess whether they need to have their staff vaccinated.


PM: NZ moves to traffic light system midnight 2 Dec
22 Nov 2021  

PM: NZ moves to traffic light system midnight 2 Dec

Businesses will open under the new Covid-19 Protection Framework on Friday 3 December but no region will start in green.


DB launches $125k shout scheme to boost vax, hospo
19 Nov 2021   /

DB launches $125k shout scheme to boost vax, hospo

DB Breweries is offering every fully vaccinated employee $250 to spend on drinks and eating out to encourage Covid-19 vaccination and provide support for the hospitality sector.


Sanford preps new strategy as earnings fall 39%
18 Nov 2021  

Sanford preps new strategy as earnings fall 39%

Mussels were the hardest hit of Sanford’s three divisions, with rebuilding profitability a priority for 2022.


Covid slows H1 trading at Savor
18 Nov 2021   /

Covid slows H1 trading at Savor

The hospitality group was hit by Delta blues in first half, but a period of consolidation and cost-cutting puts in better shape for recovery.


Hospitality “frustrated” at lack of vaccine passport info
18 Nov 2021   /

Hospitality “frustrated” at lack of vaccine passport info

The Restaurant Association said it is “frustrated” at the lack of clarity and information being provided to the hospitality around the roll out of Covid-19 vaccine passports.


Auckland border to open 15 December
17 Nov 2021  

Auckland border to open 15 December

However, people will need to be fully vaccinated or show a negative Covid test before leaving the region.


Food fair cancels due to Covid
17 Nov 2021   /

Food fair cancels due to Covid

The Kāpiti Food Fair has been cancelled due to Covid uncertainty.


Hospo welcomes Waikato level 2, pleads for Auckland too
16 Nov 2021   /

Hospo welcomes Waikato level 2, pleads for Auckland too

The government must set a date for when Auckland’s borders will be lifted and hospitality venues can re-open, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Lower North Island food outlets named locations of interest
15 Nov 2021  

Lower North Island food outlets named locations of interest

New food and grocery outlets have been added to the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest as Covid-19 continues to creep south.


Hospitality NZ launches ‘We’re Ready’ campaign
12 Nov 2021  

Hospitality NZ launches ‘We’re Ready’ campaign

Hospitality venues and accommodation operators will next week start a campaign to re-open their doors.


Supermarkets swing behind vaccination
10 Nov 2021   /

Supermarkets swing behind vaccination

Foodstuffs supermarkets have teamed up with Canterbury District Health Board’s vaccination team to host community clinics.


Business groups, hospo “see red” in inconsistent lockdown easing
9 Nov 2021   /

Business groups, hospo “see red” in inconsistent lockdown easing

While retail and tourist attractions will be able to open, hospitality still suffers in Covid-19 alert level 3.2.


No evidence of Covid transmission via food, packaging – report
9 Nov 2021   /

No evidence of Covid transmission via food, packaging – report

There is no evidence of Covid-19 transmission via food or food packaging, says a new report.


Record F&B sales growth at Z Espress
8 Nov 2021  

Record F&B sales growth at Z Espress

Z Energy has seen record interim food and beverage sales at its Z Espress stations.


Industry steeling for “substantial” labour shortage – Zespri
5 Nov 2021   /

Industry steeling for “substantial” labour shortage – Zespri

Zespri says the industry is now planning for a substantial labour shortage for the 2022 season.


Snap lockdown for upper Far North
3 Nov 2021  

Snap lockdown for upper Far North

The top half of the Far North has gone into Covid-19 alert level 3 after two unlinked community cases were detected.


Without law change, mandating staff vaccination “risky” – HortNZ
3 Nov 2021  

Without law change, mandating staff vaccination “risky” – HortNZ

Without a law change, it is risky for employers to mandate vaccination in any workplace, says Horticulture New Zealand.


Countdown preps ‘no jab, no job’ mandate
2 Nov 2021   /

Countdown preps ‘no jab, no job’ mandate

The supermarket chain is consulting on a proposal that will see all of its 18,000 employees subject to a vaccine mandate.


Hospo suffers in “disappointing” alert level decision
2 Nov 2021   /

Hospo suffers in “disappointing” alert level decision

The inability of restaurants to open before step 3 of the Covid-19 alert level system is disappointing for the industry, says the Restaurant Association.


Waikato restrictions ease midnight Tuesday, Auckland next week
1 Nov 2021  

Waikato restrictions ease midnight Tuesday, Auckland next week

Retailers, museums, and zoos will be able to open as Covid restrictions loosen.


Christchurch supermarkets latest Covid locations of interest
1 Nov 2021  

Christchurch supermarkets latest Covid locations of interest

Food and grocery outlets from Northland to Christchurch are now locations of interest in relations to the current Delta outbreak, according to the Ministry of Health.


Food sector rolls out rapid antigen testing
1 Nov 2021  

Food sector rolls out rapid antigen testing

A shipment of 300,000 rapid antigen tests has arrived in New Zealand and is now being rolled out across some of the country’s largest businesses as part of a government-approved trial.


Lion warehouse temporarily closed  following Covid-positive visit
29 Oct 2021  

Lion warehouse temporarily closed following Covid-positive visit

Lion NZ has temporarily closed its warehouse in Christchurch following a visit from a Covid-positive truck driver moving bulk goods at the location early last week.


RSE trial leads to wider quarantine-free travel
29 Oct 2021   /

RSE trial leads to wider quarantine-free travel

The horticulture and wine grape industries have welcomed the evolution of quarantine-free travel following a trial for Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme workers from the Pacific.


Lockdown drives Countdown, e-commerce Q1 sales surge
28 Oct 2021   /

Lockdown drives Countdown, e-commerce Q1 sales surge

Lockdown helped drive growth in the supermarket group’s Q1 results with e-commerce surging.


Christchurch Covid community cases
28 Oct 2021  

Christchurch Covid community cases

Two cases from one household have been detected in the city.


Covid-19 commercial rent relief support measures refined
28 Oct 2021  

Covid-19 commercial rent relief support measures refined

The government has confirmed a package of changes to improve rent relief measures for both landlords and tenants as part of the Covid-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Bill.


Mandatory staff vaccination – a wary welcome from hospo
27 Oct 2021   /

Mandatory staff vaccination – a wary welcome from hospo

Mandating vaccination for hospitality staff is welcome but it could present challenges and extra costs, say industry groups.


PM: Mandatory vaccination for workplaces requiring it of customers
26 Oct 2021  

PM: Mandatory vaccination for workplaces requiring it of customers

Staff vaccination will soon be compulsory for hospitality, events, and other close-contact businesses.


South Island Countdown location of interest
26 Oct 2021  

South Island Countdown location of interest

The latest locations of interest in connection with the Delta outbreak include a raft of food retailers including the first South Island locations in the current outbreak


Govt unveils Covid plan, doubles RSP,  $60m for hard-hit Auckland
22 Oct 2021  

Govt unveils Covid plan, doubles RSP, $60m for hard-hit Auckland

The government is boosting payments to businesses affected by the Delta outbreak as the country transitions to a new Covid-19 Protection Framework.


Zespri slashes 2022 SunGold licences
21 Oct 2021   /

Zespri slashes 2022 SunGold licences

The quantity of SunGold Kiwifruit licence to be released in 2022 has been slashed in half to 350 hectares.


Business support package welcome – RA
19 Oct 2021   /

Business support package welcome – RA

The Restaurant Association has welcomed a move by the government to introduce an enhanced business support package.


My Food Bag sales up, but so are costs
18 Oct 2021  

My Food Bag sales up, but so are costs

The meal kit company says it raised prices this month to offset increased ingredients and labour costs.


130k jabs delivered on Super Saturday
18 Oct 2021  

130k jabs delivered on Super Saturday

Super Saturday exceeded expectations with 130,002 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine delivered across the country.


Hospitality vital to social mental health and wellbeing – survey
18 Oct 2021   /

Hospitality vital to social mental health and wellbeing – survey

A new international survey from global public opinion and data company YouGov has underlined the contribution hospitality venues make to social and mental wellbeing.


Supermarket groups swing in behind Super Saturday’s Vaxathon
15 Oct 2021   /

Supermarket groups swing in behind Super Saturday’s Vaxathon

Countdown and Foodstuffs are supporting Super Saturday’s Vaxathon to help drive up the country’s vaccination rate.


Food sector groups secure approval for rapid antigen tests
14 Oct 2021   /

Food sector groups secure approval for rapid antigen tests

Foodstuffs North Island, Countdown and Mainfreight are among more than 25 companies who have received the green light to introduce rapid antigen testing this month.


LeaderBrand looks for gains from mega-greenhouse pilot
13 Oct 2021   /

LeaderBrand looks for gains from mega-greenhouse pilot

The Gisborne business is pumping millions into its pilot undercover growing project to test the environmental and productivity gains it can unlock.


KFC offers chicken box incentive for vaccination
13 Oct 2021   /

KFC offers chicken box incentive for vaccination

KFC is partnering with radio stations ZM and Flava to offer free chicken as part of an NZME campaign encouraging a 90% vaccination rate.


Restaurant Association backs 90% vaccination campaign

Restaurant Association backs 90% vaccination campaign

The Restaurant Association is backing a Covid-19 vaccination campaign launched by some of Wellington’s most popular restaurants and bars to encourage staff and customers to get their jabs.


Help for Hospo distributes $60k to date
12 Oct 2021   /

Help for Hospo distributes $60k to date

The Help for Hospo fund is supporting hospitality workers in need, distributing privately donated funds to those needing additional help beyond the wage subsidy and other means.


Auckland to stay at level 3 settings for another week
11 Oct 2021  

Auckland to stay at level 3 settings for another week

Northland and Waikato might be able to move to level 2 this Thursday midnight.


Dozens of supermarkets, grocers new locations of interest as Covid cases grow
11 Oct 2021  

Dozens of supermarkets, grocers new locations of interest as Covid cases grow

Dozens of supermarkets and grocers have been named locations of interest in connection with the current Covid outbreak centered on Auckland.


Patchy recovery in China daigou demand – report
8 Oct 2021   /

Patchy recovery in China daigou demand – report

What does shifting demand mean for the future of the informal channel, which plays a big role for NZ brands such as A2 Milk?


Govt meets business leaders over workplace rapid Covid testing
8 Oct 2021   /

Govt meets business leaders over workplace rapid Covid testing

The government is meeting business leaders today to discuss a rollout of rapid antigen tests to help keep workplaces safe.


More supermarkets join locations of interest
8 Oct 2021   /

More supermarkets join locations of interest

Dozens of grocery and supermarket stores have been listed this week as locations of interest in connection with the Delta outbreak in Auckland and Waikato.


Hospo “furious” at legal risk over vaccine certificates
8 Oct 2021   /

Hospo “furious” at legal risk over vaccine certificates

Hospitality New Zealand says the “industry’s fury is growing” with the government for not providing legal cover over vaccine certificates.


Food sector giants urge approval of rapid antigen tests
7 Oct 2021  

Food sector giants urge approval of rapid antigen tests

Foodstuffs North Island, Woolworths New Zealand, and Mainfreight are among a group of the country’s largest companies calling for emergency approval of rapid antigen tests.


Vaccine passports should be extended to workplaces – EMA
6 Oct 2021   /

Vaccine passports should be extended to workplaces – EMA

The Employers & Manufacturers Association is calling for the carrying of digital vaccine passports to enter the workplace.


Speirs Foods trading profit wilts 74% under Covid
5 Oct 2021   /

Speirs Foods trading profit wilts 74% under Covid

Lockdowns, lower demand for bulk products, and labour costs all eat into the supermarket salad supplier’s bottom line.


Hospo pleads for targetted help after “devastating” Auckland decision
5 Oct 2021   /

Hospo pleads for targetted help after “devastating” Auckland decision

Targetted support for the hospitality sector is desperately needed if businesses in Auckland are to survive, say industry groups.


Auckland to stay at level 3, NZ transitions from elimination
4 Oct 2021  

Auckland to stay at level 3, NZ transitions from elimination

PM Jacinda Ardern outlines the government’s new three-step plan to ease restrictions in the city.


Waikato supermarkets scramble in snap lockdown
4 Oct 2021   /

Waikato supermarkets scramble in snap lockdown

Stores have reduced hours and shifted to level 3 protocols after parts of the region entered lockdown overnight.


Self-iso pilot for business travel opens for application, costs $1000pp
30 Sep 2021  

Self-iso pilot for business travel opens for application, costs $1000pp

Businesses can now apply to take part in the government’s self-isolation pilot scheduled to start in October.


Brewers urge govt, consumers to support hospo

Brewers urge govt, consumers to support hospo

The Brewers Association of New Zealand is calling on the government to provide targeted support for hospitality.


Hospo, retail groups reject “ludicrous” Covid testing suggestion
29 Sep 2021   /

Hospo, retail groups reject “ludicrous” Covid testing suggestion

Hospitality New Zealand and Retail New Zealand say they have concerns about the government’s request for retail workers to get Covid-19 tests.


Govt moves to help businesses resolve rent disputes
29 Sep 2021  

Govt moves to help businesses resolve rent disputes

Measures are being taken to help businesses resolve disputes over commercial rent, says the government.


Covid disruption behind local packaging push
28 Sep 2021  

Covid disruption behind local packaging push

Packaging specialist Pakworld has had a bump in business as food firms look for local alternatives to importing materials because of Covid-19 disruption to global supply chains.


150 business travellers to test self-isolation border trial
28 Sep 2021  

150 business travellers to test self-isolation border trial

The pilot will allow a short business trip overseas for fully-vaccinated people but they must self-isolate for 14 days when they return to New Zealand.


Fewer than a quarter of RA members support vaccine passport
28 Sep 2021   /

Fewer than a quarter of RA members support vaccine passport

Just under a quarter of Restaurant Association members support a vaccine passport to enter hospitality venues and events.


Zespri scrambles after kiwifruit Covid alert in China
27 Sep 2021   /

Zespri scrambles after kiwifruit Covid alert in China

Zespri says it has launched its emergency management plans and is co-operating with the relevant government agencies after a sample of its kiwifruit from the Bay of Plenty tested positive for Covid-19 in China.


Lockdowns creating challenges and opportunities – Restaurant Brands
23 Sep 2021   /

Lockdowns creating challenges and opportunities – Restaurant Brands

Ongoing lockdowns in Australia and New Zealand are creating challenges including increasing operating costs, says Restaurant Brands. “However, there have been opportunities with increased focus on takeout and delivery channels MORE »


Restaurant Association releases phase 1 of  recovery roadmap
23 Sep 2021  

Restaurant Association releases phase 1 of recovery roadmap

The Restaurant Association has unveiled stage one of its Future of Hospitality Roadmap to help industry recover from the Covid-19 crisis.


No return to pre-pandemic pricing for food exporters, importers – Toll Group GM
21 Sep 2021   /

No return to pre-pandemic pricing for food exporters, importers – Toll Group GM

Even when Covid-era shipping disruption is unwound, it appears unlikely that pricing will return to 2019 levels.


‘No jab, no job’ for new frontline workers at Farro
21 Sep 2021   /

‘No jab, no job’ for new frontline workers at Farro

Speciality grocery chain plans to introduce a vaccination clause in new employment frontline employment contracts in the wake of the Delta outbreak.


Auckland hospo level 3 restart for some, most face 48 days without business
21 Sep 2021   /

Auckland hospo level 3 restart for some, most face 48 days without business

Level 3 allows some doors to creak open and the increase in indoor numbers to 100 for level 2 areas is welcomed.


Auckland to move to level 3 midnight tonight
21 Sep 2021  

Auckland to move to level 3 midnight tonight

PM Jacinda Ardern says the rest of NZ will remain at level 2 but the indoor cap of 50 people will lift to 100.


Countdown, Pak’nSave latest supermarket locations of interest
21 Sep 2021  

Countdown, Pak’nSave latest supermarket locations of interest

Countdown Botany Downs and Pak’nSave Sylvia Park are among the latest Auckland retailers added to the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest in connection with the city’s Covid outbreak.


Waikato cases cloud Auckland’s ‘in principle’ move to level 3
20 Sep 2021  

Waikato cases cloud Auckland’s ‘in principle’ move to level 3

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern will announce at 4pm this afternoon whether the government will reduce the Covid-19 alert level 4 setting for Auckland.


Food retailers added to locations of interests
20 Sep 2021   /

Food retailers added to locations of interests

Additional Auckland supermarkets, dairies and petrol stations have been added as locations of interest in connection with the Delta outbreak in Auckland.


Food firms push pause as Delta interrupts expansion plans
17 Sep 2021  

Food firms push pause as Delta interrupts expansion plans

Cassels Brewing, Bootleg Food, and Clevedon Buffalo are among the food firms to have their growth initiatives stalled.


Permitted workers required to show Covid test evidence
17 Sep 2021  

Permitted workers required to show Covid test evidence

Workers travelling through the Auckland border checkpoints are now required to produce evidence of a Covid-19 test taken in the prior seven days.


Exporter MIQ pilot signed-off
17 Sep 2021   /

Exporter MIQ pilot signed-off

The government has approved a managed isolation and quarantine allocation pilot for exporters.


Gilmours site location of interest
16 Sep 2021   /

Gilmours site location of interest

Gilmours Manukau has been named a location of interest in connection with the Delta outbreak in Auckland.


Clarity urged on wage subsidy eligibility
16 Sep 2021  

Clarity urged on wage subsidy eligibility

Hospitality New Zealand has called on the government to provide clarity over eligibility for the wage subsidy.


More pain for hospo with Auckland level 4 extension
14 Sep 2021   /

More pain for hospo with Auckland level 4 extension

The extension of Auckland’s level 4 lockdown for at least a week increases the likelihood of more hospitality operators going out of business, says Hospitality New Zealand.


“We owe you a debt of gratitude” – PM to Aucklanders
14 Sep 2021  

“We owe you a debt of gratitude” – PM to Aucklanders

Auckland remains at level 4 until midnight Tuesday 21 September, the rest of NZ stays at level 2 until then.


Longer Auckland lockdown triggers biz support
14 Sep 2021  

Longer Auckland lockdown triggers biz support

The decision to keep Auckland at Covid-19 alert level 4 has triggered a third round of the wage subsidy scheme, which will open for applications at 9am this Friday.


New supermarket locations of interest
14 Sep 2021   /

New supermarket locations of interest

The latest update to Delta locations of interest in Auckland sees more supermarkets added to the Ministry of Health’s list.


RSE relief as govt approves Oct arrivals
13 Sep 2021   /

RSE relief as govt approves Oct arrivals

The details are yet to be finalised but government confirmation that quarantine-free travel will commence in October for workers from Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa has provided a boost to growers.


Decision due today on alert levels
13 Sep 2021  

Decision due today on alert levels

Cabinet will decide this afternoon whether to reduce the Covid-19 alert level 4 setting for Auckland.


Farro among food retailers added to locations of interest
13 Sep 2021   /

Farro among food retailers added to locations of interest

A swathe of supermarkets including Farro Mt Eden have been added to the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest in Auckland.


Overall August spend down, grocery up – Stats NZ
13 Sep 2021   /

Overall August spend down, grocery up – Stats NZ

Retail card spending in New Zealand fell 19.8% in August compared with July reflecting reduced spending as the country went into lockdown mid-month, according to Stats NZ.


Restaurant Association welcomes Delta decisions…
13 Sep 2021  

Restaurant Association welcomes Delta decisions…

The Restaurant Association has welcomed two Delta-era government decisions, namely to extend the resurgence support payment scheme and to confirm customer-facing hospitality staff can receive priority vaccinations.


…but targeted support needed for struggling hospo
13 Sep 2021  

…but targeted support needed for struggling hospo

The Restaurant Association and Hospitality New Zealand are calling on the government to provide targeted support for struggling hospitality businesses.


Increased demand for Covid support – IRD
13 Sep 2021  

Increased demand for Covid support – IRD

Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for resurgence support payments and other assistance schemes that it administers due to the Delta outbreak, according to revenue minister David Parker.


Chris Quin on Foodstuffs’ category reset and its ‘phygital’ future
10 Sep 2021  

Chris Quin on Foodstuffs’ category reset and its ‘phygital’ future

A three year project to rebuild FSNI’s supply chain was delivered just in time for Delta, and sets the co-op up for an increasingly digital future.


Auckland CBD misses out on $750m due to Covid
10 Sep 2021  

Auckland CBD misses out on $750m due to Covid

Latest spending figures released today by Heart of the City confirm a loss of nearly $750m of consumer spending since the first border closure in February 2020, which equates to an average of $560,000 per business.


Chris Quin on Foodstuffs and Delta – “You go to clarity very quickly”
9 Sep 2021   /

Chris Quin on Foodstuffs and Delta – “You go to clarity very quickly”

What Delta has meant for staffing and store challenges, vaccinations and “maskholes”, according to FSNI’s CEO.


Countdown resumes regular trading hours
9 Sep 2021   /

Countdown resumes regular trading hours

The return to alert level two means all Countdown stores outside of Auckland will move back to their regular trading hours from today, 9 September.


Lockdown adds to supply chain squeeze for food importers
8 Sep 2021   /

Lockdown adds to supply chain squeeze for food importers

Small food firms battling supply chain congestion for 18 months are now being squeezed “at both ends” in the latest lockdown, with concerns growing over how long they can keep going.


Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy
8 Sep 2021   /

Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy

The Restaurant Association is urging the government to come up with targeted support that reflects the dire situation of its members. 


Brewers seek tax relief on destroyed product
8 Sep 2021  

Brewers seek tax relief on destroyed product

The Brewers Association of New Zealand has called on the government to allow for refund or remission of excise tax on returned product that is wasted as a result of Covid-19 lockdowns.


Foodstuffs stores outside Auckland move to new level 2 conditions
8 Sep 2021  

Foodstuffs stores outside Auckland move to new level 2 conditions

All Foodstuffs stores outside of the Auckland boundary are operating under new Covid-19 alert level 2 conditions from midnight Tuesday 7 September.


Hospitality, events still suffer at ‘level 2.5’ – industry
7 Sep 2021   /

Hospitality, events still suffer at ‘level 2.5’ – industry

The 50-person limit on indoor venues will hurt already struggling operators, say industry groups.


NZ to move to level 2 midnight Tuesday, except for Auckland
6 Sep 2021  

NZ to move to level 2 midnight Tuesday, except for Auckland

However, the move comes with new restrictions including lower caps on the number of customers a venue can host.


Staff safety focus for Countdown following attack and “aggressive” lockdown environment
6 Sep 2021  

Staff safety focus for Countdown following attack and “aggressive” lockdown environment

Countdown has called in trauma psychologists who have met with staff who were working when a terrorist carried out an attack on shoppers in Auckland’s New Lynn supermarket on Friday.


Talley’s aiming for more than 80% staff vaccinated
6 Sep 2021   /

Talley’s aiming for more than 80% staff vaccinated

Talley’s chief executive Tony Hazlett says the company is aiming to have more than 80% of its staff vaccinated as soon as possible and it is liaising with local district health boards to organise vaccination drives on-site.


Countdown pledges priority hour for Auckland essential workers
3 Sep 2021   /

Countdown pledges priority hour for Auckland essential workers

Countdown stores throughout the Auckland region, from Pōkeno to Warworth, will open their doors to medical personnel, MIQ and emergency workers from 7am to 8am every day.


Applications open for next round of wage subsidy
3 Sep 2021  

Applications open for next round of wage subsidy

Businesses affected by the latest Covid-19 alert level lockdowns can apply for the next instalment of the government’s reactivated wage subsidy from today, Friday 3 September.


Whitestone offers free cheese for vaccinators to help rollout
3 Sep 2021   /

Whitestone offers free cheese for vaccinators to help rollout

Otago cheese producer Whitestone has made an offer to provide free cheese to healthcare professionals in a bid to encourage staff to man a proposed drive-through Covid-19 vaccination centre in Oamaru.


Food spend second biggest riser in lockdown, restaurants suffer most – BNZ
2 Sep 2021   /

Food spend second biggest riser in lockdown, restaurants suffer most – BNZ

The increase in spending on food was second only to IT equipment and software after the country went into its snap lockdown in mid-August.


Hospitality NZ pleads for help as operators reach “breaking point”
2 Sep 2021   /

Hospitality NZ pleads for help as operators reach “breaking point”

Many hospitality businesses will fail due to the lockdown unless the government provides targeted support, says Hospitality New Zealand.


MOH adds around 40 supermarkets to locations of interest
2 Sep 2021   /

MOH adds around 40 supermarkets to locations of interest

Around 40 supermarkets have been added to the Ministry of Health’s list of locations of interest in connection with the current Delta outbreak.


Updated Wellington food directory relaunches for level 3
1 Sep 2021  

Updated Wellington food directory relaunches for level 3

The team behind Visa Wellington On a Plate, supported by WellingtonNZ, have relaunch At Yours, the region-wide directory of eateries offering takeaway meals and delivery at Level 3.


Food firms grapple with vaccine rollout
31 Aug 2021   /

Food firms grapple with vaccine rollout

F&B manufacturers are keen to get essential services staff vaccinated but it’s not easy, despite government encouragement.


NZ wine exports fall for first time in 26 years
31 Aug 2021  

NZ wine exports fall for first time in 26 years

A smaller vintage sees the value of exports drop 3% just as industry achieves its 10-year $2bn goal.


Good Spirits narrows loss in another challenging year
31 Aug 2021   /

Good Spirits narrows loss in another challenging year

Good Spirits Hospitality has reported a provisional net loss after tax of $670,000 for the year to June 2021, better than the $5.8m loss it made in FY20. Total revenue was down MORE »


Countdown sales stutter in 2021 after lockdown boom
30 Aug 2021   /

Countdown sales stutter in 2021 after lockdown boom

Revenue was down 6% in FY21, although online sales jumped more than 30%.


Countdown opens $100m distribution centre early to help meet lockdown demand
30 Aug 2021   /

Countdown opens $100m distribution centre early to help meet lockdown demand

Countdown brings the opening of replacement centre forward eight weeks to help ease pressure in the North Island.


PM: Govt in “really close contact” with supermarkets over lockdown challenges
30 Aug 2021   /

PM: Govt in “really close contact” with supermarkets over lockdown challenges

The government is in “really close contact” with the country’s supermarkets to support them through lockdown challenges, says PM Jacinda Ardern.


ComCom issues anti-collusion reminder for essential services
30 Aug 2021   /

ComCom issues anti-collusion reminder for essential services

The Commerce Commission has reminded all businesses supplying essential services in the current nationwide Covid-19 lockdown of their obligations under the Commerce Act.


Foodstuffs makes $320k worth of lockdown donations
30 Aug 2021   /

Foodstuffs makes $320k worth of lockdown donations

Foodstuffs is making a number of product donations.


NZ south of Auckland to move to level 3 at midnight Tuesday
27 Aug 2021  

NZ south of Auckland to move to level 3 at midnight Tuesday

However, Auckland could stay at level 4 for a further two weeks.


Dairyworks’ Tim Carter: “We’re acting like there is Delta in the South Island”
27 Aug 2021   /

Dairyworks’ Tim Carter: “We’re acting like there is Delta in the South Island”

The Canterbury-based company has stood up a raft of ever more stringent measures to protect against the latest outbreak.


“Significant complexity” – McDonald’s among foodservice stakeholders on alert level tenterhooks
27 Aug 2021  

“Significant complexity” – McDonald’s among foodservice stakeholders on alert level tenterhooks

Outlets like the fast food giant will learn today if they can soon restart business under level 3, which some say still makes profit impossible.


2100+ Countdown staff isolating, 19 stores visited by Covid cases
27 Aug 2021   /

2100+ Countdown staff isolating, 19 stores visited by Covid cases

More than 2100 Countdown staff members are isolating across New Zealand.


Covid, escalating costs and cardboard bread tags – GWF’s Bosomworth
26 Aug 2021   /

Covid, escalating costs and cardboard bread tags – GWF’s Bosomworth

The Tip Top bread owner boosts production to meet surging lockdown demand, but it comes as costs escalate across the group.


NZFGC’s Rich: food firms near “tipping point” as ranks deplete,  Covid contacts hit 20k…
26 Aug 2021   /

NZFGC’s Rich: food firms near “tipping point” as ranks deplete, Covid contacts hit 20k…

The council’s CEO has warned that food manufacturing could soon be critically impacted by staff shortages.


…while SMAs step up for slammed supermarkets, deliver direct, secure vaccine priority
26 Aug 2021   /

…while SMAs step up for slammed supermarkets, deliver direct, secure vaccine priority

Sales and merchandising agencies are stepping up to help supermarkets cope with reduced staff numbers with merchandisers working overtime and select product deliveries going straight to stores


Countdown’s close contact count rises to 1900 staff
26 Aug 2021   /

Countdown’s close contact count rises to 1900 staff

The supermarket chain has more than 1,900 team members across Auckland and Wellington isolating and it expected that number to rise.


South Island distributors pin hopes on level 3 for foodservice restart
25 Aug 2021   /

South Island distributors pin hopes on level 3 for foodservice restart

Distributors are seeing demand spike from retail, helping to plug the gap left by the closed foodservice channel.


More supermarkets join Covid locations of interest
25 Aug 2021   /

More supermarkets join Covid locations of interest

Four supermarkets have been added this morning to the list of locations of interest connected to the Delta outbreak.


Resurgence Support Payment opens for businesses
25 Aug 2021  

Resurgence Support Payment opens for businesses

The government’s Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment is now open for application.


Mainfreight boss warns of lockdown export, warehouse crunch
24 Aug 2021   /

Mainfreight boss warns of lockdown export, warehouse crunch

The snap lockdown has piled more pressure on already congested supply chains, says the company’s MD, Don Braid.


Restaurant Brands serves up strong interims
24 Aug 2021   /

Restaurant Brands serves up strong interims

First half sales jump 41% and underlying net profit doubles on the back of Covid-free trading in NZ and Californian KFC deal.


Outbreak puts 1000+ Countdown staff in isolation, more expected
24 Aug 2021   /

Outbreak puts 1000+ Countdown staff in isolation, more expected

The supermarket group expects the number of staff affected to keep rising as locations of interest and close contact lists grow.


NZ stays at level 4 until Friday, Auckland until next Tuesday
24 Aug 2021  

NZ stays at level 4 until Friday, Auckland until next Tuesday

PM Jacinda Ardern says there are 14,000+ contacts, some of whom are in the South Island.


Shoppers supportive of new Covid-19 safety measures – Foodstuffs
24 Aug 2021   /

Shoppers supportive of new Covid-19 safety measures – Foodstuffs

A Foodstuffs survey found that New Zealanders are supportive of the Ministry of Health’s requirement that people aged 12 and over must wear a face covering when visiting any essential services and for essential workers to be prioritised for the Covid vaccination.


Staff won’t be ‘enforcers’ in new mandatory record keeping regime – RA
24 Aug 2021  

Staff won’t be ‘enforcers’ in new mandatory record keeping regime – RA

The government is introducing mandatory record keeping is being introduced for busy places and large gatherings to ensure it can contact trace quickly.


Supermarkets scramble as stores shut, staff isolate, and demand booms
23 Aug 2021   /

Supermarkets scramble as stores shut, staff isolate, and demand booms

Dozens of stores have been affected with staff being relocated to cope with demand and to try and plug gaps caused by the Delta outbreak.


Businesses face ‘perfect storm’ after lockdown extension  – Buy NZ Made
23 Aug 2021  

Businesses face ‘perfect storm’ after lockdown extension – Buy NZ Made

Buy NZ Made is urging shoppers to shop online from food and beverage companies, buy vouchers or place an order that can be shipped when the country moves down alert levels.


Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers
23 Aug 2021   /

Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers

The government is restarting childcare for workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services, which was available during last year’s national lockdown, education minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed.


NPD? Wait and see
20 Aug 2021   /

NPD? Wait and see

A long lockdown could play havoc with new product launches, change customer demand patterns and result in distribution delays.


Dairies call for police support, vaccinations
20 Aug 2021   /

Dairies call for police support, vaccinations

The Dairy and Business Owners Group is calling for enhanced police support and Covid-19 vaccination prioritisation for essential workers at the country’s convenience retailers.


‘Channel shuffle’ for brownies, broccolini and beer – foodservice closure forces focus change
19 Aug 2021   /

‘Channel shuffle’ for brownies, broccolini and beer – foodservice closure forces focus change

With the foodservice channel shut, manufacturers are looking to supermarkets to pick up the slack.


Masks become mandatory in supermarkets but enforcement policies differ
19 Aug 2021   /

Masks become mandatory in supermarkets but enforcement policies differ

Foodstuffs is running a ‘no mask, no entry’ policy, whereas Countdown plans to avoid any potential conflict.


Restaurants, cafes, bars and liquor stores – locations of interest balloon across Auckland
19 Aug 2021   /

Restaurants, cafes, bars and liquor stores – locations of interest balloon across Auckland

Supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and liquor stores are among dozens of locations visited by current Covid cases.


Supermarket worker vaccination plan in pipeline
19 Aug 2021   /

Supermarket worker vaccination plan in pipeline

The government is today expected to provide details on a move to bump supermarket workers up the vaccination priority list which would see jabs being given on-site.


Delta Covid cases rise to 10, hospo outlets places of interest
18 Aug 2021  

Delta Covid cases rise to 10, hospo outlets places of interest

Coromandel’s Star and Garter Hotel is among more than a dozen hospitality, tourism, and retail outlets named locations of interest.


“Keep calm, be kind” – Countdown to shoppers rushing supermarkets
17 Aug 2021   /

“Keep calm, be kind” – Countdown to shoppers rushing supermarkets

“Keep calm, be kind,” says Countdown, as stores are inundated across the city.


Industry relief, qualified welcome for plan to re-open border
13 Aug 2021   /

Industry relief, qualified welcome for plan to re-open border

Business travel, the ability to access skilled staff, and the hospitality sector will all benefit from a successful implementation.