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Saturday 21 May 2022

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Budget 2022: “This is a clear signal of how seriously we’re taking the grocery issue” – Clark
20 May 2022   /

Budget 2022: “This is a clear signal of how seriously we’re taking the grocery issue” – Clark

The government has started its reform of the grocery sector by introducing urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores.


ComCom concerns over Cold Storage Nelson takeover
16 May 2022   /

ComCom concerns over Cold Storage Nelson takeover

The Commerce Commission has identified concerns around the supply of cold storage in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region in respect of Lineage Logistics’ proposed acquisition of Cold Storage Nelson.


Supie backs Consumer NZ supermarket petition
11 May 2022   /

Supie backs Consumer NZ supermarket petition

Online supermarket startup Supie has thrown its support behind Consumer NZ’s new petition calling for fairer supermarket prices. 


Countdown rejects Consumer NZ supermarkets’ “super profits” petition claim
10 May 2022   /

Countdown rejects Consumer NZ supermarkets’ “super profits” petition claim

The government should regulate access to the wholesale market or set-up a state-owned wholesaler, says the consumer organisation.


‘The duopoly has had ample time to change’ – Consumer NZ CEO’s open letter on supermarket reform
10 May 2022   /

‘The duopoly has had ample time to change’ – Consumer NZ CEO’s open letter on supermarket reform

The government should regulate access to the wholesale market or set-up a state-owned wholesaler, says the consumer organisation.


Brewers’ groups launch #cutthekegtax campaign
10 May 2022  

Brewers’ groups launch #cutthekegtax campaign

The Brewers Association, Brewers Guild of New Zealand, and Hospitality New Zealand are calling on the government to cut its keg beer tax.


Complaint made against Countdown over Impossible Burger
10 May 2022   /

Complaint made against Countdown over Impossible Burger

GE Free NZ is continuing its protest regarding the domestic sale of Impossible Burgers, this time writing to the Commerce Commission to make a complaint under the Fair Trading Act.


Govt sets first three emissions budgets
9 May 2022   /

Govt sets first three emissions budgets

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has unveiled New Zealand’s first three emissions budgets, calling them “another milestone on the journey toward a zero-carbon future”.


Feedback sought on Fisheries Amendment Bill
9 May 2022   /

Feedback sought on Fisheries Amendment Bill

Parliament’s Primary Production Committee is calling for submissions on the Fisheries Amendment Bill.


Tofu Takeover: ComCom’s concerns with Chalmers deal
5 May 2022   /

Tofu Takeover: ComCom’s concerns with Chalmers deal

The watchdog fears Life Health Foods’ proposed takeover of plant-based rival Chalmers Organics will substantially lessen competition.


ComCom draft decision clears Tegel growers to negotiate collectively
27 Apr 2022   /

ComCom draft decision clears Tegel growers to negotiate collectively

The Commerce Commission has given the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association Incorporated clearance to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods for a ten year period.


Robertson weighs in on supermarket competition
22 Apr 2022   /

Robertson weighs in on supermarket competition

Finance minister Grant Robertson has underlined the government’s commitment to boost competition following a 30-year high in inflation.


FSNI launches ComCom reporting dashboard to help make “the biggest difference to customers” – Quin
20 Apr 2022   /

FSNI launches ComCom reporting dashboard to help make “the biggest difference to customers” – Quin

Foodstuffs is creating its own Grocery Price Index which will be included in a new reporting dashboard to “publicly track its progress” against the Commerce Commission grocery market review recommendations.


Govt again threatens supermarket action as food prices surge
14 Apr 2022   /

Govt again threatens supermarket action as food prices surge

Minister David Clark feels the heat from surging food prices and says he has not ruled out going further than ComCom’s grocery market recommendations.


Countdown backs modern slavery consultation
11 Apr 2022   /

Countdown backs modern slavery consultation

Government proposals would require organisations to take action if they become aware of modern slavery or worker exploitation.


Coca-Cola backs school drinks consultation
11 Apr 2022  

Coca-Cola backs school drinks consultation

Coca-Cola in New Zealand has welcomed the government’s public consultation proposal for primary schools to only offer water, milk and non-dairy milk alternatives to their students.


FSANZ calls for international food code alignment feedback
5 Apr 2022  

FSANZ calls for international food code alignment feedback

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on proposed changes to better align food classifications in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code with international systems.


ComCom clears Ebos’ LifeHealthcare acquisition
31 Mar 2022   /

ComCom clears Ebos’ LifeHealthcare acquisition

Healthcare and pet food company Ebos Group has been cleared to buy rival company LifeHealthcare.


Commerce Amendment Bill passes final reading
31 Mar 2022   /

Commerce Amendment Bill passes final reading

The Commerce Amendment Bill, which aims to deter anti-competitive conduct, has passed its third and final reading in parliament.


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.


Fair Pay Agreements Bill will drive up prices – Retail NZ
30 Mar 2022   /

Fair Pay Agreements Bill will drive up prices – Retail NZ

The government’s Fair Pay Agreements Bill has been Criticised by Retail NZ who said it would drive up consumer costs if implemented. 


Tegel Growers collective bargaining extended
29 Mar 2022   /

Tegel Growers collective bargaining extended

The Commerce Commission has extended provisional authorisation for the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods.


ComCom runs rule over Lineage Logistics, Cold Storage Nelson deal
25 Mar 2022   /

ComCom runs rule over Lineage Logistics, Cold Storage Nelson deal

The Commerce Commission is running a rule over competition issues that could arise from the proposed acquisition of Cold Storage Nelson by global giant Lineage Logistics.


Tofu takeover: ComCom questions Sanitarium sister company’s Chalmers deal
24 Mar 2022   /

Tofu takeover: ComCom questions Sanitarium sister company’s Chalmers deal

The competition watchdog flags concerns over Life Health Foods’ proposed takeover of plant-based rival Chalmers Organics.


…while policy and support needed to achieve zero plastic waste – report
24 Mar 2022   /

…while policy and support needed to achieve zero plastic waste – report

Industry needs support from government in the form of clear and co-ordinated policy, regulation, and incentives to help New Zealand achieve zero plastic waste.


Further govt action needed on land use limits – B+LNZ
18 Mar 2022   /

Further govt action needed on land use limits – B+LNZ

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is urging the government to put limits on the ability of fossil fuel companies to plant trees on productive farmland.


Govt’s ‘beverage container tax’ slammed
15 Mar 2022   /

Govt’s ‘beverage container tax’ slammed

There’s criticism of the government’s proposed container return scheme, but beverage giant Coca-Cola looks to support it under certain conditions.


Waitangi Tribunal to look at alcohol impact on Māori
14 Mar 2022   /

Waitangi Tribunal to look at alcohol impact on Māori

The Waitangi Tribunal has been asked to consider whether the Crown is failing Māori on alcohol, as part of evidence being heard this week.


The far-reaching powers of a new grocery regulator
11 Mar 2022   /

The far-reaching powers of a new grocery regulator

There are hopes a new market watchdog could apply significant pressure on the country’s supermarket duopoly to act fairly.


Wednesday letter: ComCom’s competition damp squib
9 Mar 2022   /

Wednesday letter: ComCom’s competition damp squib

Despite the sound and fury, the commission’s final report arrives with a whimper when it comes to competition, writes the Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell.


“We’ll commit to next steps” – Woolworths’ Sonn, FSNI’s Quin on ComCom report
9 Mar 2022   /

“We’ll commit to next steps” – Woolworths’ Sonn, FSNI’s Quin on ComCom report

The duopoly pledge to work with the government to implement the Commerce Commission’s final recommendations.


Opposition give ComCom report tepid reception, blame govt for rising costs
9 Mar 2022   /

Opposition give ComCom report tepid reception, blame govt for rising costs

The Commerce Commission is labelled “out-of-touch” for releasing its report while supermarkets are struggling with Omicron impacts.


ComCom denies “bottling it” over supermarket split
8 Mar 2022   /

ComCom denies “bottling it” over supermarket split

Chair Anna Rawlings defends the report as “robust” and says it is up to the government to decide what to implement.


NZFGC labels ComCom report a “victory for suppliers” but notes duopoly remains
8 Mar 2022   /

NZFGC labels ComCom report a “victory for suppliers” but notes duopoly remains

NZFGC labels the grocery report a victory for suppliers, but says it is now up to the government to respond.


ComCom pushes fairer playing field for supermarket suppliers
8 Mar 2022   /

ComCom pushes fairer playing field for supermarket suppliers

Code of conduct, collective bargaining and disputes resolution scheme all recommended by Commerce Commission.


ComCom makes way for grocery challengers, stops short of radical shake-up
8 Mar 2022   /

ComCom makes way for grocery challengers, stops short of radical shake-up

The commission stepped back from measures like creating a new independent wholesaler.


Govt: We won’t rule out other options if change falters
8 Mar 2022   /

Govt: We won’t rule out other options if change falters

New Zealanders will soon benefit from a much more competitive grocery sector as a result of market study findings unveiled by the Commerce Commission, says the government.


ComCom: Formal regulation, more oversight, dispute resolution scheme for grocery sector
8 Mar 2022   /

ComCom: Formal regulation, more oversight, dispute resolution scheme for grocery sector

But its recommendations fall well short of the more radical options, such as asset divestment, explored in its draft report and inquiry hearing.


ComCom report: “We’ll turn left, or we’ll turn right” – Tex Edwards
7 Mar 2022   /

ComCom report: “We’ll turn left, or we’ll turn right” – Tex Edwards

The entrepreneur is hoping for a “table-thumping” final report on Tuesday, paving the way for a third major player in NZ’s $22bn grocery sector.


Supermarket majors need to be held to account – Supie
3 Mar 2022   /

Supermarket majors need to be held to account – Supie

The gloves are off ahead of the Commerce Commission’s final report into the $22bn grocery sector to be published on Tuesday.


Dietary supplement regulatory reform needed – NZHP
25 Feb 2022   /

Dietary supplement regulatory reform needed – NZHP

New Zealand Health Products says regulatory reform is needed to fix “badly broken dietary supplement rules.”


ComCom inquiry: FSNI’s Quin sets out stall again as final report nears
23 Feb 2022   /

ComCom inquiry: FSNI’s Quin sets out stall again as final report nears

We’re doing the work, FSNI boss Chris Quin says, in the lead up to publication of the final ComCom report by 8 March.


ComCom joins global supply chain cartel investigation
18 Feb 2022   /

ComCom joins global supply chain cartel investigation

The Commerce Commission has formed a working group with four other regulators to identify possible cartel behaviour in global supply chains.


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.


Support to extend country of origin labelling
14 Feb 2022   /

Support to extend country of origin labelling

Top New Zealand oil producer The Olive Press supports a call to extend country of origin labelling to its products.


Country of origin regulations come into force Saturday
10 Feb 2022   /

Country of origin regulations come into force Saturday

New country of origin regulations come into force on Saturday for fresh and thawed foods.


ComCom outlines issues in Chalmers Organics takeover
9 Feb 2022   /

ComCom outlines issues in Chalmers Organics takeover

The Commerce Commission is considering an application by Life Health Foods NZ to purchase 100% of meat alternative manufacturer Chalmers Organics.


NZ Pork urges Kiwis to buy NZ made
1 Feb 2022   /

NZ Pork urges Kiwis to buy NZ made

New Zealand Pork is calling on consumers to buy Kiwi-produced pork after new country of origin laws come into effect on 12 February.


Tegel Growers get provisional collective bargaining sign off
26 Nov 2021   /

Tegel Growers get provisional collective bargaining sign off

The Commerce Commission has granted provisional authorisation for the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods.


FSANZ seeks weight loss diet change feedback
23 Nov 2021  

FSANZ seeks weight loss diet change feedback

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to codify Very Low Energy Diets within Standard 2.9.5 – Food for Special Medical Purposes in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.


Govt seeks refining food production ideas in waste consultation
18 Oct 2021   /

Govt seeks refining food production ideas in waste consultation

The government is seeking feedback on proposals for a new waste strategy and options for legislation.


How much should the fishing industry pay for on-board cameras? Govt seeks feedback
12 Oct 2021  

How much should the fishing industry pay for on-board cameras? Govt seeks feedback

Views are being sought on the industry’s bill for the $68m scheme.


Zespri warns chemical ban likely to hurt revenue
1 Oct 2021   /

Zespri warns chemical ban likely to hurt revenue

Zespri says a proposal to end the use of hydrogen cyanamide will likely hit kiwifruit industry earnings.


New catch limits for 15 fish stocks
24 Sep 2021   /

New catch limits for 15 fish stocks

Hoki, blue cod, hapuku and bass are among the fish species to have their catch limits reduced in new rules announced today. The changes affect 15 fish stocks around the country MORE »


MPI seeks feedback on Draft IHS for ruminant meat
21 Sep 2021   /

MPI seeks feedback on Draft IHS for ruminant meat

The Ministry for Primary Industries is inviting comments on the draft import health standard (IHS) for ruminant meat and ruminant meat products.


Regulation, compostable packaging, container return scheme priorities in new plastics plan
17 Sep 2021   /

Regulation, compostable packaging, container return scheme priorities in new plastics plan

Regulated product stewardship of plastic packaging, exploring compostable packaging options, and a potential container return scheme are part of the government’s new national plastics plan. 


Grain and seed IHS submissions invited
24 Aug 2021   /

Grain and seed IHS submissions invited

Biosecurity New Zealand has called for comments on a proposed change to the import health standard for importing grain and seeds for consumption, feed, or processing.


NZFGC submits on animal product, wine regs redesign
10 Aug 2021   /

NZFGC submits on animal product, wine regs redesign

New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has submitted comments of the regulatory redesign of Animal Products and Wine Regulations respectively.


New regs on stream for whitebait season
9 Aug 2021  

New regs on stream for whitebait season

The 2021 whitebaiting season is about to kick off with new regulations rolling out over three whitebaiting seasons following two years of public engagement.


Industry, environmental groups at loggerheads over bottom trawling
5 Aug 2021  

Industry, environmental groups at loggerheads over bottom trawling

The seafood industry has criticised environmental groups for calling on bottom trawling to be banned.


ComCom preparing to release draft grocery sector report
19 Jul 2021   /

ComCom preparing to release draft grocery sector report

A draft report as part of a year-long review of NZ’s highly concentrated grocery sector will be made public next Thursday morning.


FGC to support members on folic acid plan
9 Jul 2021  

FGC to support members on folic acid plan

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council said it will support its members to transition to the mandatory addition of folic acid to bread by 2023, following the governments announcement yesterday.


Plastics ban: A welcome and a worry from FGC
29 Jun 2021   /

Plastics ban: A welcome and a worry from FGC

The association welcomes government’s moves to phase out problem plastics and some single-use plastics within four years, but warns that a smooth transition by some food producers could be hindered by global freight issues.


…while the UK details its ban on unhealthy food advertising
28 Jun 2021   /

…while the UK details its ban on unhealthy food advertising

The UK government has released more detail around its plans to ban online adverts of unhealthy food and restrict advertising on TV until after 9pm.


MPI seeks feedback on animal product, wine rules
28 Jun 2021  

MPI seeks feedback on animal product, wine rules

The Ministry for Primary Industries is calling for feedback on its draft redesign of the Animal Products Act 1999 and the Wine Act 2003.


Feedback sought on fisheries catch limits
24 Jun 2021  

Feedback sought on fisheries catch limits

Fisheries New Zealand is calling for feedback on proposed changes to catch limits and other settings across a range of fisheries for the new fishing year, beginning 1 October.


Govt invests $68m for fishing cameras, requires all catch brought to shore
18 Jun 2021  

Govt invests $68m for fishing cameras, requires all catch brought to shore

The government has committed $68m to fit up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels with on-board cameras by 2024 and will also require all catch to return to shore.


Emissions transition could cost food processing up to $200m annually
10 Jun 2021  

Emissions transition could cost food processing up to $200m annually

The industry needs to convert the equivalent energy used by one or two very large dairy factories every year to meet the 2050 net zero emissions goal.


NZFGC makes submissions on menu labelling, food enzyme
9 Jun 2021  

NZFGC makes submissions on menu labelling, food enzyme

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has released its submissions on menu labelling and the food processing aid enzyme β-Galactosidase from the Bacillus subtilis.


New whitebaiting rules to help stocks – govt
3 Jun 2021  

New whitebaiting rules to help stocks – govt

New whitebaiting rules will help preserve stocks of the delicacy, says acting conservation minister Ayesha Verrall.


Nods from Queenstown to food standards, supply chain woes, secure trade lanes
1 Jun 2021   /

Nods from Queenstown to food standards, supply chain woes, secure trade lanes

Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison have concluded their meeting at the resort – was there anything in it for food and beverage?


FSANZ launches electrolyte drink consultation
1 Jun 2021  

FSANZ launches electrolyte drink consultation

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has released a public consultation paper on proposed changes to the regulation of electrolyte drinks.


EDNZ 2021: What the govt gets right – and wrong – for food producers
31 May 2021   /

EDNZ 2021: What the govt gets right – and wrong – for food producers

NZ’s strict controls are a double-edged sword for global food companies looking to invest, says Gelita.


Sick leave doubles to 10 days
25 May 2021   /

Sick leave doubles to 10 days

The government has passed the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days each year.


PM to lead trade delegation to Aus, signals shift from low skilled migrants
14 May 2021   /

PM to lead trade delegation to Aus, signals shift from low skilled migrants

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern will lead a trade mission to Australia in early July.


UK moves to ban adverts of unhealthy food
14 May 2021   /

UK moves to ban adverts of unhealthy food

The British government plans to ban online adverts of unhealthy food and restrict advertising on TV until after 9pm.


Perspectives: Time for some agility around changes to daily bag limits
14 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: Time for some agility around changes to daily bag limits

Seafood NZ argues that law changes to reduce recreational bag limits must be made.


MPI seeks feedback on NZ Food Notice changes
13 Apr 2021  

MPI seeks feedback on NZ Food Notice changes

The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on proposals to amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice.


NZ ‘silenced’ in trans-Tasman GE Forum – GE Free NZ
13 Apr 2021  

NZ ‘silenced’ in trans-Tasman GE Forum – GE Free NZ

NZ’s ministerial engagement in the trans-Tasman GE Food Standards approval process has been silenced, says GE Free NZ.


Jaded shoppers take aim at supermarkets – Consumer NZ
9 Apr 2021  

Jaded shoppers take aim at supermarkets – Consumer NZ

The results of survey will feed into ComCom’s probe of the country’s $21bn grocery sector.


Cartel conduct now punishable by jail time
9 Apr 2021   /

Cartel conduct now punishable by jail time

Cartel conduct included price fixing, market allocation and bid rigging.


ComCom seeks feedback on grocery market study submissions
6 Apr 2021   /

ComCom seeks feedback on grocery market study submissions

The Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on submissions received in response to its Preliminary Issues paper on its grocery sector market study.


Govt defers Intensive Winter Grazing regulations
18 Mar 2021  

Govt defers Intensive Winter Grazing regulations

The Government has deferred the introduction of Intensive Winter Grazing practice regulations for a year.


Food producers “in the dark” over gene editing proposals – GE Free NZ
17 Mar 2021  

Food producers “in the dark” over gene editing proposals – GE Free NZ

Industry players pushing for deregulation of gene editing risked undermining the integrity of the food system, says GE Free NZ.


First Look: MPI’s proposed organic certification process for F&B
16 Mar 2021   /

First Look: MPI’s proposed organic certification process for F&B

Organic food businesses will have to take part in a five-step process in order to gain organic certification under new proposals.


Natural Health Products NZ slams ‘shockingly out of date’ legislation
18 Dec 2020  

Natural Health Products NZ slams ‘shockingly out of date’ legislation

The industry body aired its frustrations at a committee meeting on Thursday.


ComCom ‘satisfied’ with Fonterra’s milk pricing
15 Dec 2020   /

ComCom ‘satisfied’ with Fonterra’s milk pricing

The Commerce Commission says it is “satisfied” with Fonterra’s milk prices.


Competition, pricing and promotions in ComCom sights
11 Dec 2020   /

Competition, pricing and promotions in ComCom sights

Preliminary issues paper released ahead of review into NZ’s highly concentrated sector