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Saturday 21 May 2022

Supermarket & Grocery

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.


Foodstuffs gets Rainbow Tick of approval
20 May 2022   /

Foodstuffs gets Rainbow Tick of approval

Foodstuffs North Island has gained Rainbow Tick accreditation.


“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.


Non-alcs and newbies in New World Beer & Cider Awards winners
17 May 2022   /

Non-alcs and newbies in New World Beer & Cider Awards winners

New World has revealed its Top 30 beverages in its annual Beer & Cider Awards, and named Lion craft brand Emerson’s Weissbier its supreme winner.


Edwards’ MonopolyWatch adds voice to grocery “super profits” petition
16 May 2022  

Edwards’ MonopolyWatch adds voice to grocery “super profits” petition

MonopolyWatch NZ is urging kiwis of all political persuasions to sign Consumer NZ’s Stop the super profits petition, which was launched last week.


Applications open for Countdown’s $50k Growing for Good fund
16 May 2022   /

Applications open for Countdown’s $50k Growing for Good fund

Applications are now open for Countdown’s Growing for Good grants which puts $50,000 of funding up for grabs for students to combat climate change.


The Warehouse watching govt grocery response “with interest”
13 May 2022  

The Warehouse watching govt grocery response “with interest”

The value retailer says it is “seriously considering” making more grocery options available.


Countdown fruit and nut mix recall
12 May 2022   /

Countdown fruit and nut mix recall

Woolworths NZ is recalling specific batches of its Countdown brand Choc Berry Mix due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely milk.


“It’s a real cost to us” – FSNI’s Chris Quin on price cut pledge
11 May 2022   /

“It’s a real cost to us” – FSNI’s Chris Quin on price cut pledge

“As a result of this price rollback our stores will be selling some items below cost,” according to Foodstuff NZ boss Chris Quin.


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. 


DB cracks open focus on craft innovation
10 May 2022   /

DB cracks open focus on craft innovation

The brewer is looking to tap into premiumisation and sessionability trends to drive craft beer sales at its Monteith’s and Tuatara brands.


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.


Eat NZ Food Hui: ‘Early adopter’ Roebuck Farm champions local supermarket supply
9 May 2022   /

Eat NZ Food Hui: ‘Early adopter’ Roebuck Farm champions local supermarket supply

Taranaki bio-intensive market garden Roebuck Farm says it is an early adopter of local supermarket supply and is advocating for more of it to be established around New Zealand.


IRI: Price inflation pushes April supermarket sales
9 May 2022   /

IRI: Price inflation pushes April supermarket sales

The latest four-week period sees accelerated dollar growth this year as inflation continues unabated.


Who is assuming the risk in Countdown’s winter price freeze?
6 May 2022   /

Who is assuming the risk in Countdown’s winter price freeze?

The Great Price Winter Freeze takes in mostly private label items, with a handful of independent brands, but what will happen if costs go up?


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.


Farro Fresh gets Waterman Capital backing
3 May 2022   /

Farro Fresh gets Waterman Capital backing

The Auckland independent grocery chain will use the investment to expand its network, as well as upgrade existing properties.


Foodstuffs recalls Pams hash browns
3 May 2022   /

Foodstuffs recalls Pams hash browns

Foodstuffs Own Brands is recalling a specific batch of its Pams brand Mini Hash Browns as the product may contain foreign matter, namely blue plastic pieces.


New World’s Family2Family Foodbank Appeal returns
3 May 2022   /

New World’s Family2Family Foodbank Appeal returns

New World’s Family2Family Foodbank Appeal is back for 2022.


Countdown opens Greville Road store
29 Apr 2022   /

Countdown opens Greville Road store

Countdown has opened its new 3,650 square metre store on Greville Road on Auckland’s North Shore.


Berkano Foods in plant-based price parity push
28 Apr 2022   /

Berkano Foods in plant-based price parity push

“We’re not going to disrupt the market or build market share by offering a ‘me-too’ product at the same price,” says Berkano co-founder Nicholas Harlow.


Foodstuffs adds Kaitaia to social supermarket initiative
26 Apr 2022   /

Foodstuffs adds Kaitaia to social supermarket initiative

Foodstuffs is backing a Social Supermarket in Kaitaia, and is in talks with community partners in six other regions.


Battle in the FSNI biscuit aisle
22 Apr 2022   /

Battle in the FSNI biscuit aisle

Foodstuffs finishes its biscuit category review, keeping some well-known New Zealand names and adding new international brands.


Food Moves: Countdown’s loyalty boss, Comvita product manager, Unilever NZ head and more…
22 Apr 2022   /

Food Moves: Countdown’s loyalty boss, Comvita product manager, Unilever NZ head and more…

Food and beverage sector appointments and people moves to the week of 22 April.


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.


MG Marketing’s $22m warehouse, banana ripening project goes solar
21 Apr 2022   /

MG Marketing’s $22m warehouse, banana ripening project goes solar

The fruit and vege co-op will slash 40% from the power bill at its new warehouse and banana ripening facility, and is considering retro-fitting other buildings in its portfolio.


“We want to be at the premiumisation party” – Kōkako on Everybird coffee
20 Apr 2022   /

“We want to be at the premiumisation party” – Kōkako on Everybird coffee

The pandemic and premiumisation prompts foodservice stalwart Kōkako to branch out into the grocery channel with a new purpose-built brand.


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.


Perspectives: Cheaper food comes with other costs – why cutting GST isn’t the answer
20 Apr 2022   /

Perspectives: Cheaper food comes with other costs – why cutting GST isn’t the answer

People must consider the impact cheap food has on the environment and whether there are better ways to help struggling families.


New World’s 2022 fresh hops beers hit shelves
20 Apr 2022   /

New World’s 2022 fresh hops beers hit shelves

New World’s once-a-year fresh hops beer will this week start hitting chiller shelves.


Rutherford & Meyer cracks scale upcycling
19 Apr 2022   /

Rutherford & Meyer cracks scale upcycling

The Wellington snack company is expanding its Upcycled Grain Project brand with US growth ramping up.


Romano’s rebuild on track for Q4 completion
19 Apr 2022   /

Romano’s rebuild on track for Q4 completion

Romano’s Food Group is aiming to complete the rebuild of its Christchurch pizza factory by the last quarter of the year.


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.


Rising grocery prices add to cost of living worries – Westpac
12 Apr 2022  

Rising grocery prices add to cost of living worries – Westpac

Some 90% of Kiwis surveyed have reported rising fuel and grocery prices are affecting their households, according to Westpac.


Countdown’s Easter sales ‘traditional with a twist’
12 Apr 2022   /

Countdown’s Easter sales ‘traditional with a twist’

More than 1.7 million packs and individual Easter eggs and 1.3 million packets of hot cross buns have been sold in Countdown stores across Aotearoa in the run up to Easter.


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.


New Countdown for Palmerston North
8 Apr 2022   /

New Countdown for Palmerston North

The 3,565 square metre store has been eight years in the planning, development and construction, said Countdown’s director of property, Matt Grainger.


Lewis Road Creamery gets new GM
6 Apr 2022   /

Lewis Road Creamery gets new GM

A new general manager is taking the reins at Lewis Road Creamery bringing years of marketing and F&B industry experience to the premium consumer dairy brand.


Startup spotlight: Spreading the word at Datella
6 Apr 2022   /

Startup spotlight: Spreading the word at Datella

Ola Berezhnaia’s Datella is hoping to grow in more supermarkets and build a following for date spreads.


“It’s been a big learning curve” – Blue Frog on the premiumisation of the Australian cereal market
31 Mar 2022   /

“It’s been a big learning curve” – Blue Frog on the premiumisation of the Australian cereal market

The Auckland business expands into hundreds more Woolworths stores as it pushes the nascent premium cereal category across the ditch.


Perspectives: It ain’t over till it’s over – Tex Edwards on ComCom’s long game
31 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: It ain’t over till it’s over – Tex Edwards on ComCom’s long game

ComCom’s approach to improving competition in supermarkets is more strategic than it is being given credit for, says MonopolyWatch NZ.


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.


Foodstuffs promotions fill new South Island GM role, general counsel seat
28 Mar 2022   /

Foodstuffs promotions fill new South Island GM role, general counsel seat

20-year veteran Tim Donaldson is taking up an expanded GM role in the South Island, while up north it has gone internal to replace its long-standing legal chief.


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.


Social Supermarket sees more than 3000 shoppers in first year
18 Mar 2022   /

Social Supermarket sees more than 3000 shoppers in first year

New World and the Wellington City Mission’s free Social Supermarket in Newtown has seen 3,268 shoppers access essential items in its first full year of operating.


Impossible adds Countdown, Plan*t bags meal kits

Impossible adds Countdown, Plan*t bags meal kits

Impossible Burger Patties go on sale at supermarkets across ANZ, while My Food Bag takes alt-protein offering Plan*t national.


Price hikes, Omicron push Feb grocery sales to $1.3bn – IRI
14 Mar 2022   /

Price hikes, Omicron push Feb grocery sales to $1.3bn – IRI

IRI’s Grocery Market Overview attributes price rises as the major driver behind February’s 5.8% increase in sales value.


Perspectives: There’s no magic way to make NZ supermarkets more competitive
14 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: There’s no magic way to make NZ supermarkets more competitive

As ComCom has found, restructuring the country’s duopoly-dominated grocery market is much harder than it looks.


Dunedin retailers now accept soft packaging
14 Mar 2022   /

Dunedin retailers now accept soft packaging

Dunedin residents can now recycle their soft plastic packaging at eight Countdown, New World and The Warehouse stores across Dunedin and Mosgiel.


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.


Spending dips for hospitality, groceries
11 Mar 2022   /

Spending dips for hospitality, groceries

Hospitality venues continue to feel the pressure of Omicron with a 10% drop in card spending last month.


Prem Maan on a ‘super-premium’ Lewis Road launch, cost inflation and raising prices
10 Mar 2022   /

Prem Maan on a ‘super-premium’ Lewis Road launch, cost inflation and raising prices

The boutique dairy firm is balancing inflationary pressure with its strategy to drive the premiumisation of commodity dairy products.


Grocery price hikes a worry for consumers
10 Mar 2022   /

Grocery price hikes a worry for consumers

Consumer New Zealand research has found 98% of people are worried about the rising price of groceries.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Perspectives: Will forcing the duopoly to sell assets hit NZ investment?
7 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: Will forcing the duopoly to sell assets hit NZ investment?

Economist Cameron Bagrie rejects the argument that New Zealand’s credit rating could be hurt if the supermarket giants are forced to divest.


Te Kauwhata New World opens
4 Mar 2022   /

Te Kauwhata New World opens

Foodstuffs has opened Te Kauwhata’s first new supermarket in 70 years.


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.


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.


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.


Watch: Are shoppers and suppliers being treated fairly by the duopoly?
28 Feb 2022  

Watch: Are shoppers and suppliers being treated fairly by the duopoly?

TVNZ’s Sunday programme takes a look at the country’s supermarket duopoly and asks if Kiwis and suppliers should be getting a better deal.


Food and beverage sales recover in Q4 – Stats NZ
28 Feb 2022   /

Food and beverage sales recover in Q4 – Stats NZ

Food and beverage sales volumes rose 12% in the December quarter as businesses came out of lockdown.


Countdown sales top $4bn in H1 – Woolworths
24 Feb 2022  

Countdown sales top $4bn in H1 – Woolworths

Lockdowns and higher food prices pushed Countdown’s first half food sales up 8.3% to more than NZ$4bn, according to Australian parent Woolworths.


Red Shoots’ Woolworths deal just the tonic
23 Feb 2022   /

Red Shoots’ Woolworths deal just the tonic

The beverage business wins a major distribution deal for its immunity tonic with the Australian supermarket giant.


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.


Food Moves: Promotions at Woolworths, Frucor Suntory, and a Zespri secondment goes permanent at KBC
18 Feb 2022  

Food Moves: Promotions at Woolworths, Frucor Suntory, and a Zespri secondment goes permanent at KBC

Woolworths NZ’s Sally Copland heads across the ditch for a top e-commerce role.


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.


Countdown pledges $25k to LGBTQI+ group
17 Feb 2022   /

Countdown pledges $25k to LGBTQI+ group

Supermarket chain Countdown has pledged $25,000 into helping the LGBTQI+ support organisation Rainbow Youth.


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.


Annual food price rise highest in over a decade
14 Feb 2022   /

Annual food price rise highest in over a decade

Annual food prices rose in 5.9% with widespread increases seen in January.


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.


Costco pencils in Auckland opening date – border dependent
9 Feb 2022   /

Costco pencils in Auckland opening date – border dependent

However, expansion beyond Auckland will depend on its NZ debut, says the global retailer.


F&B brands star in top global rankings – report
9 Feb 2022   /

F&B brands star in top global rankings – report

Strong pandemic performances, e-commerce and sustainability initiatives have helped elevate the best brands.


Spiers Foods back in black but still “not meeting expectations”
4 Feb 2022  

Spiers Foods back in black but still “not meeting expectations”

The salad business plans to hike prices again to offset mounting cost pressures.


FoodStarter opens for new products
4 Feb 2022  

FoodStarter opens for new products

Entries have opened FoodStarter 2022.


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.


Countdown in $60m Rolleston DC partner plan
1 Feb 2022   /

Countdown in $60m Rolleston DC partner plan

Proposed Rolleston development could add a fifth DC to Countdown’s national network, with focus on fresh and perishable product lines.


Woolworths NZ pretax profit dips in first full year of Covid
9 Dec 2021   /

Woolworths NZ pretax profit dips in first full year of Covid

Falling sales and rising operational expenses eat into pretax profit, even as it made saving on the products it sells.


NZFS launches inquiry after “concerns” over ongoing sugar recalls
9 Dec 2021   /

NZFS launches inquiry after “concerns” over ongoing sugar recalls

“We expect businesses to run recalls smoothly in the interests of food safety, and that has clearly not happened here,” says NZ Food Safety.


Sealord fills Foodstuffs gap – at a price…
8 Dec 2021   /

Sealord fills Foodstuffs gap – at a price…

The seafood company secures new opportunities for product formerly destined for Foodstuffs, but not at the same price.


“Unjustified” – Foodstuffs’ Quin doubles down in new ComCom submission
8 Dec 2021   /

“Unjustified” – Foodstuffs’ Quin doubles down in new ComCom submission

FSNI’s CEO makes a last-ditch attempt to sway the outcome of the Commerce Commission’s market study into the retail grocery sector.


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.


Sealord wins Woolworths supplier award
6 Dec 2021   /

Sealord wins Woolworths supplier award

Australia’s Woolworths Group has named Sealord one of its top suppliers for the year.


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.


Countdown owner Woolworths in $907m pharma play
3 Dec 2021  

Countdown owner Woolworths in $907m pharma play

Countdown owner Woolworths has made a last-minute takeover offer for pharmacy group Australian Pharmaceutical Industries for A$871m (NZ$907m).


Perspectives: A huge 2021 ends with new beginnings – NZFGC’s Katherine Rich
2 Dec 2021   /

Perspectives: A huge 2021 ends with new beginnings – NZFGC’s Katherine Rich

Covid, ComCom plus business as usual made 2021 a testing year, but NZFGC boss Katherine Rich says prioritising the creation of a Grocery Code would be a strong start in 2022.


Foodstuffs details Uber Eats trial
1 Dec 2021   /

Foodstuffs details Uber Eats trial

The supermarket chain targets last minute grocery needs and top-up shop missions with delivery service.


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.


Countdown DC workers secure 5% pay rise
29 Nov 2021   /

Countdown DC workers secure 5% pay rise

Countdown distribution centre workers at two Auckland sites have signed a new agreement that includes a 5% wage rise for the next year and a 3.9% increase for a reduced 9-month term in the following year.


Woolworths recalls mistakenly released sugar
29 Nov 2021   /

Woolworths recalls mistakenly released sugar

Woolworths New Zealand is recalling Chelsea and Countdown branded raw sugar and brown sugar products bought on either Thursday 25 November or Friday 26 November from any Countdown, SuperValue or FreshChoice store in the South Island.


Foodstuffs, Wattie’s make major moves in e-commerce arms race
26 Nov 2021   /

Foodstuffs, Wattie’s make major moves in e-commerce arms race

F&B players are arming themselves with shoppable recipes, fast delivery, D2C, and new meal kit offers to win more of the digital dollar.


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.


Foodstuffs, Countdown win property gongs
25 Nov 2021   /

Foodstuffs, Countdown win property gongs

Foodstuffs and Countdown have picked up awards at the Property Council New Zealand’s 2021 Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.


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.


Who does My Food Bag want to buy?
23 Nov 2021   /

Who does My Food Bag want to buy?

CEO Kevin Bowler tells the Ticker what he’s looking for in any acquisition – and it may not have to be in food.


F&B winners in Reader’s Digest service awards
23 Nov 2021  

F&B winners in Reader’s Digest service awards

Countdown and New World have taken gold and silver respectively in the supermarket category in the latest Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards.


Foodstuffs South Island recalls raw sugar
22 Nov 2021   /

Foodstuffs South Island recalls raw sugar

Foodstuffs South Island is recalling raw sugar from its South Island stores due to possible contamination with low levels of lead.


Countdown names five-strong FMCG cohort for $1m Kete accelerator
18 Nov 2021   /

Countdown names five-strong FMCG cohort for $1m Kete accelerator

The 12-month programme provides access to Countdown’s customer marketing and insights teams, as well as product development and manufacturing support.


‘Cheese squeeze’ hits Waimata
16 Nov 2021   /

‘Cheese squeeze’ hits Waimata

The country’s largest independent cheese maker has been forced to end a retail product it has been making for 27 years.


New owner “wakes up” Be Nourished for plant-based push
12 Nov 2021   /

New owner “wakes up” Be Nourished for plant-based push

The fermented foods firm is looking to strengthen its domestic position with a drive into a nascent plant-based healthy food chiller category.


Countdown project sees new fish name enter Māori dictionary
12 Nov 2021  

Countdown project sees new fish name enter Māori dictionary

Deep sea cod has been given a Māori name, Moramora, which has been added to official te reo, following an an initiative between Countdown, te reo Māori advocacy group Ōkupu, MORE »


Lockdown rebound hits F&B spend in October
10 Nov 2021   /

Lockdown rebound hits F&B spend in October

New Zealanders spent 9.5% more on their credit and debit card in October 2021 than in September as Covid-19 alert levels eased across large parts of the country, however the increase did not benefit the grocery sector, according to Stats NZ.


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.


More Countdown stores go cage-free in egg aisle
9 Nov 2021  

More Countdown stores go cage-free in egg aisle

Countdown says its supermarkets at Ferrymead, Ponsonby, Kilbirnie, Petone and Takapuna have started stocking cage-free eggs only.


Prolife Foods beds in Australian brands in category expansion
5 Nov 2021   /

Prolife Foods beds in Australian brands in category expansion

The Mother Earth owner says its acquisition of Sunsol and Lucky is a “leap forward” in a key international market for the Hamilton-based business.


Pak’canSave returns, Foodstuffs to donate $100k
4 Nov 2021   /

Pak’canSave returns, Foodstuffs to donate $100k

Foodstuffs-owned Pak’nSave is running its Pak’canSave initiative for two weeks from 1st until the 14th November.


And that’s a wrap – ComCom hearings close with final arguments
3 Nov 2021   /

And that’s a wrap – ComCom hearings close with final arguments

The Commerce Commission consultation conference as part of its review of competition in the $22bn retail grocery sector has come to a close, providing participants one last chance to plead their cases.


ComCom hearing: Iwi-backed grocery challenger mooted as third player
2 Nov 2021   /

ComCom hearing: Iwi-backed grocery challenger mooted as third player

Could an ‘iwi-mart’ challenge the Foodstuffs and Countdown duopoly?


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.


Cookie Time snaps up Em’s Power Cookies
1 Nov 2021   /

Cookie Time snaps up Em’s Power Cookies

Cookie Time will ramp up distribution of the boutique brand into mainstream grocery retail across the country.


Online grocer Geezy Go readies 20-minute delivery for NZ
1 Nov 2021   /

Online grocer Geezy Go readies 20-minute delivery for NZ

The new online supermarket has hired NZ staff and is developing its first dark store in Auckland with a second on the way.


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.


ComCom hearing: “Vigorous, almost violent” reaction expected to grocery challenger
29 Oct 2021   /

ComCom hearing: “Vigorous, almost violent” reaction expected to grocery challenger

New entrants, existing players and would-be investors are all wary of the power wielded by the grocery duopoly, the Commerce Commission hears.


Entries open for FoodStarter 2022  
29 Oct 2021   /

Entries open for FoodStarter 2022  

Ministry of Awesome, Foodstuffs South Island, Foodstuffs North Island, New Zealand Food Innovation Network and Strategy Creative.  


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.


ComCom hearing: The problem with profit
28 Oct 2021   /

ComCom hearing: The problem with profit

Supermarket owners argue for a fresh calculation of profit refuting findings of excessive returns.


ComCom hearing: Private label harm vs help
27 Oct 2021   /

ComCom hearing: Private label harm vs help

FGC says NZ’s highly concentrated market means conflicts of interests are amplified but supermarket groups argue private labels are critical for budget consumers.


ComCom hearing: Specials used to “control suppliers”
26 Oct 2021   /

ComCom hearing: Specials used to “control suppliers”

Bloomsberry and Co founder Giles Barker says supermarkets use promotional pricing to control suppliers, rather than just to deliver value to consumers.


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


ComCom hearing: Tex comes to town
22 Oct 2021   /

ComCom hearing: Tex comes to town

Tex Edwards makes his case for a break-up of the duopoly, which he says controls all the vital infrastructure in the sector.


‘New generation’ New World for Flaxmere
22 Oct 2021  

‘New generation’ New World for Flaxmere

A new retail complex including a 1,900 square metre New World supermarket plus retail shops has been approved for Flaxmere, Hastings.


Grocery market review process “incredibly corrosive” – FSSI CEO Steven Anderson
21 Oct 2021   /

Grocery market review process “incredibly corrosive” – FSSI CEO Steven Anderson

FSSI’s boss blames the grocery market review process for having “significantly damaged a large number” of supplier and retailer relationships.


Foodstuffs hits back at category review criticism
20 Oct 2021   /

Foodstuffs hits back at category review criticism

FSNI claims it is becoming more customer driven but some suppliers will suffer significant shelf-space reductions.


Supermarkets holding “consumers and suppliers to ransom” – NZFGC, Consumer NZ
20 Oct 2021   /

Supermarkets holding “consumers and suppliers to ransom” – NZFGC, Consumer NZ

In an open letter to Parliament, the unlikely allies call on MPs to support a “strong intervention” into NZ’s grocery market.


Pure Delish gets “big break” with Woolworths Australia
20 Oct 2021   /

Pure Delish gets “big break” with Woolworths Australia

The Auckland food firm has clinched a deal to get its snack bars into Woolworths stores across Australia and has ambitions for its premium breakfast cereals to follow.


Supie sees sales surge 1700%
20 Oct 2021   /

Supie sees sales surge 1700%

Online grocery startup Supie says it has seen demand for its services boom since Auckland moved to Covid-19 alert level 4 in mid-August.


Receivers close the books on Nosh Group – how much did it finally owe?
19 Oct 2021   /

Receivers close the books on Nosh Group – how much did it finally owe?

More than four years after premium supermarket chain Nosh went under, the receivers have published their final report.


New Countdown opens in Hastings
18 Oct 2021  

New Countdown opens in Hastings

A new 3,860 square metre Countdown has opened in Hastings, developed on the same site as the original store built more than 30 years ago.


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.


Foodstuffs responds to Sealord category deletion claims
15 Oct 2021   /

Foodstuffs responds to Sealord category deletion claims

Foodstuffs North Island has rejected claims that the impact of its frozen fish product review would result in more space in its freezers for overseas products at the expense of New Zealand ones.


“We are not the third player” – Four Candles’ MD on new grocery banner’s plans
14 Oct 2021   /

“We are not the third player” – Four Candles’ MD on new grocery banner’s plans

More stores? Yes. Smashing NZ’s supermarket duopoly? Not us, says the new entrant’s co-founder, Chris Fisher.


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.


Van Dyck scale-up supports Marcel’s Pancakes retail push
12 Oct 2021  

Van Dyck scale-up supports Marcel’s Pancakes retail push

The company behind Marcel’s Pancakes has doubled in size in four years, growing its retail presence across Asia Pacific – a strategy accelerated by the pandemic.


New premium grocer opens doors
11 Oct 2021   /

New premium grocer opens doors

Four Candles Food Market opened its Auckland store at 10 Constellation Drive, North Shore, over the weekend.


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.


New NZ home for Vitasoy Australia
7 Oct 2021   /

New NZ home for Vitasoy Australia

Pavé clinches the contract to manage New Zealand sales for the plant-milk giant in the fast-growing category.


Nestlé, Mondelēz pump out plant-based innovation
7 Oct 2021   /

Nestlé, Mondelēz pump out plant-based innovation

Shrimps, eggs, and Cadbury Dairy Milk are the latest products to get a plant-based overhaul by the FMCG behemoths.


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.


“Beverage is a hard game” – AF Drinks’ Lisa King
6 Oct 2021   /

“Beverage is a hard game” – AF Drinks’ Lisa King

The business founder on expanding into export, building a global brand, and whether she’d ever sell her non-alcoholic drinks firm to an alcohol company.


Blue Frog Breakfast to take a bite of nascent Aus premium market
5 Oct 2021  

Blue Frog Breakfast to take a bite of nascent Aus premium market

The cereals business is nearing $5m in total sales underpinning its Australian premiumisation strategy.


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.


Synlait Swappa Bottle supermarket pilot starts
5 Oct 2021   /

Synlait Swappa Bottle supermarket pilot starts

Consumer demand and the bedding down of new processes will dictate the next steps following the four-week trial.


NZ wines lauded in New World awards
5 Oct 2021   /

NZ wines lauded in New World awards

New Zealand wines have taken 42 of the 50 placings in the New World Wine Awards Top 50.


Kellogg’s NZ boss Tamara Howe on fads, food renovation and gluten free
4 Oct 2021   /

Kellogg’s NZ boss Tamara Howe on fads, food renovation and gluten free

The head of the US giant’s Kiwi business on its $45m investment in innovation, supply chain ‘whack-a-mole’, and is she applying for Kellogg’s top ANZ job?


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.


Digital disruption is here, retailers must brace for change – Westpac
29 Sep 2021   /

Digital disruption is here, retailers must brace for change – Westpac

Digital disruption is bringing massive change to retail, with the tracking of food an important driver, says a new report from the bank.


Dairies, service stations another way for cheaper groceries
29 Sep 2021  

Dairies, service stations another way for cheaper groceries

New Zealand’s 4,000-plus owner-operated dairies and service stations are a way for both cheaper groceries, says the Dairy and Business Owners Group.


Consumers support split up of supermarket duopoly – survey
23 Sep 2021   /

Consumers support split up of supermarket duopoly – survey

An overwhelming majority of consumers believe they pay too much for goods at supermarkets and the current duopoly should be split up, according to a survey commissioned by lobby group Monopoly Watch NZ.


Arnott’s ready to ramp 180 Degrees, despite Delta delay
22 Sep 2021   /

Arnott’s ready to ramp 180 Degrees, despite Delta delay

Four months on from its acquisition of 180 Degrees, Arnott’s is dodging Delta disruption and preparing to push the premium cracker brand.


‘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.


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.


Private labels add to grocery power imbalance – report
20 Sep 2021   /

Private labels add to grocery power imbalance – report

Private labels do more harm than good for both suppliers and consumers in highly concentrated markets, according to research commissioned by the NZFGC.


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.


New Countdown for Halswell resi scheme
20 Sep 2021  

New Countdown for Halswell resi scheme

Countdown is set to build a 3,490 square metre green star-rated supermarket in a 3.4-hectare residential development in Halswell, Christchurch – the supermarket chain’s largest development to date.


NewLynn Countdown attack review agreed
17 Sep 2021  

NewLynn Countdown attack review agreed

A co-ordinated review of events leading to the terrorist attack that saw seven people injured at Auckland’s LynnMall Countdown on 3 September is to take place.


Countdown follows Foodstuffs with support for grocery conduct code
16 Sep 2021   /

Countdown follows Foodstuffs with support for grocery conduct code

The supermarket group also suggests changes to planning laws and the appointment of a grocery ombudsman with oversight of the $22bn sector.


Suppliers like Pic Picot welcome supermarket grocery code pledge but ‘devil in the detail’
16 Sep 2021   /

Suppliers like Pic Picot welcome supermarket grocery code pledge but ‘devil in the detail’

Food firms want wide stakeholder buy-in to a code that provides a framework for behaviour and confidence for investment decisions.


FSNI rejects excessive profit; promises grocery code, land covenant removal
15 Sep 2021   /

FSNI rejects excessive profit; promises grocery code, land covenant removal

CEO Chris Quin says the co-op will make changes but he disputes ComCom’s estimate of the supermarket group’s profitability.


FSNI  in “epic flip flop” – NZFGC’s Katherine Rich
15 Sep 2021   /

FSNI in “epic flip flop” – NZFGC’s Katherine Rich

NZFGC’s boss says FSNI has thrice refused to sign up to a code of conduct, but Rich welcomed a “first step” towards a more competitive market.


FSNI distribution centre wins top sustainability award
15 Sep 2021   /

FSNI distribution centre wins top sustainability award

Foodstuffs North Island’s Auckland Airport distribution centre has won the New Zealand Sustainability Project of the Year at this week’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards.


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.


Bakels adds $30m factory to Auckland arsenal
13 Sep 2021   /

Bakels adds $30m factory to Auckland arsenal

The ingredient supplier will ramp up its retail range as well as push its B2B business from its expanded base.


Countdown cuts baddies in own brand products
13 Sep 2021  

Countdown cuts baddies in own brand products

The reformulation of Countdown’s own brand products sees 141 tonnes of sugar removed over three years.


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.


Mary Devine to take reins at Foodstuffs South Island
10 Sep 2021   /

Mary Devine to take reins at Foodstuffs South Island

The retail veteran and current Foodstuffs director will take over from Steve Anderson to be FSSI’s chief executive.


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.


Food firms dominate Kiwi co-op rankings
10 Sep 2021   /

Food firms dominate Kiwi co-op rankings

Fonterra, Zespri, and Foodstuffs are heavyweights in NZ’s top 30 co-operative rankings.


Countdown LynnMall reopening planned today
10 Sep 2021  

Countdown LynnMall reopening planned today

Supermarket chain Countdown hoped to re-open its LynnMall store today in Auckland today, but did not specify a time.


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.


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.


Countdown LynnMall scene examination complete
7 Sep 2021  

Countdown LynnMall scene examination complete

The police have completed their scene examination at the Countdown and LynnMall shopping centre following Friday’s terror attack.


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.


Supply chain “holding up well” – NZFGC
6 Sep 2021  

Supply chain “holding up well” – NZFGC

New Zealand’s grocery supply chain is holding up very well despite the increased pressure of the lockdowns and the closure of some supermarkets in Auckland, according to NZFGC boss Katherine Rich.


Countdown stabbings “terrorist attack” – PM
3 Sep 2021  

Countdown stabbings “terrorist attack” – PM

The attack, which left three people critically injured, was carried out by a known violent extremist, says Jacinda Ardern.


Countdown “devastated” after another supermarket attack
3 Sep 2021  

Countdown “devastated” after another supermarket attack

The group suffers a second serious attack in just four months at one of its properties after a man injures six people, three of them critically, at LynnMall, Auckland.


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.


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.


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.


Union urges centralised bargaining in ComCom grocery submission
1 Sep 2021   /

Union urges centralised bargaining in ComCom grocery submission

First Union has highlighted centralised wage bargaining “as a key tool to constrain excess supermarket profitability and secure decent work for everyone in the supply chain,” in its submission to the Commerce Commission’s market study into the grocery sector.


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.


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.


New World opens new Canterbury store
30 Aug 2021  

New World opens new Canterbury store

New World has opened a new supermarket in the suburb of Ravenswood, in the Waimakariri District of North Canterbury during lockdown.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


‘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.


“We’ve been down this track before” – food sector responds to level 4 demands
18 Aug 2021  

“We’ve been down this track before” – food sector responds to level 4 demands

Retailers and manufacturers stand up lockdown protocols to cater for customers and protect workers.


“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.


Four Square opens at Diamond Harbour
16 Aug 2021  

Four Square opens at Diamond Harbour

The store at the Church Bay retail development is owned by Laura Palmer and James Grant, who previously ran the town’s On the Spot store.


Queen Anne to reign from new base after sweets success
11 Aug 2021   /

Queen Anne to reign from new base after sweets success

The chocolatier led by the granddaughter of Ernest Adams is expanding production after seeing revenue jump by 30%.


Auckland F&B retail openings in the pipeline
10 Aug 2021  

Auckland F&B retail openings in the pipeline

The $30m-plus Countdown to be developed in Auckland’s Manukau is the North Island’s first Green Star-rated store.


My Food Bag in D2C product play
6 Aug 2021  

My Food Bag in D2C product play

My Food Bag has launched a range of products as part of drive into New Zealand’s $37bn retail food sector.


Foodstuffs South Island’s new supply chain boss in modernisation drive
6 Aug 2021   /

Foodstuffs South Island’s new supply chain boss in modernisation drive

Foodstuffs South Island has recruited Nick Barnes as general manager of supply chain, replacing John Mullins who retired after 43 years working for the grocery group.


Foodstuffs’ Covid FY21 results – how much money did it make?
2 Aug 2021   /

Foodstuffs’ Covid FY21 results – how much money did it make?

So, how much money did the largest supermarket group in NZ make in the year of Covid?


Sven Baker has designs on new food brand
30 Jul 2021   /

Sven Baker has designs on new food brand

The former Designworks CEO is behind the new Good Farmers collective, which brings its first product to market this week.


We’re not that profitable – supermarkets respond to ComCom draft report
30 Jul 2021   /

We’re not that profitable – supermarkets respond to ComCom draft report

Foodstuffs disagrees with the Commerce Commission’s estimates of its profitability.


Rebalance of supplier, supermarket bargaining power required – report
29 Jul 2021   /

Rebalance of supplier, supermarket bargaining power required – report

Separating NZ’s supermarket duopoly from wholesaler subsidiaries like Gilmours could help suppliers, says the Commerce Commission’s grocery sector draft report.


Grocery market study report shows “big problems” in sector – NZFGC’s Rich
29 Jul 2021   /

Grocery market study report shows “big problems” in sector – NZFGC’s Rich

Report reflects imbalance of power in sector which has allowed retailers to push excess costs, risks, and uncertainty onto suppliers, FCG says.


ComCom: Supermarket shake-up needed
29 Jul 2021   /

ComCom: Supermarket shake-up needed

A third major player could be introduced to compete with Foodstuffs and Countdown, according to the strongest draft report recommendation.


Kiwis will flock to a new supermarket brand – expert
29 Jul 2021   /

Kiwis will flock to a new supermarket brand – expert

The introduction of a new, lower priced competitor into the grocery market would see shoppers abandon stalwarts Countdown and Foodstuffs in droves, according to one industry expert.


ComCom: Grocery duopoly not working for suppliers or consumers
29 Jul 2021   /

ComCom: Grocery duopoly not working for suppliers or consumers

The Commerce Commission backs a mandatory industry code of conduct and allowing suppliers to bargain collectively with supermarkets.


NZFGC ups ante, highlights “extreme demands” on eve of ComCom report
28 Jul 2021   /

NZFGC ups ante, highlights “extreme demands” on eve of ComCom report

NZFGC boss Katherine Rich repeats calls for a mandatory Grocery Code of Conduct on the eve of the draft ComCom report being released.


Countdown to launch first South Island Metro in Wānaka
21 Jul 2021   /

Countdown to launch first South Island Metro in Wānaka

Countdown is launching its first South Island Metro store in Wānaka creating 14 new jobs in the Otago town.


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.


Tom & Luke gets a Dose of collagen with Zuru tie-up
16 Jul 2021   /

Tom & Luke gets a Dose of collagen with Zuru tie-up

The health snack firm partners with a supplement company controlled by richlisters the Mowbray family.


Countdown backs business diversity with $1m in-house accelerator
16 Jul 2021  

Countdown backs business diversity with $1m in-house accelerator

The 12-week accelerator is focused on helping encourage a more diverse supplier base in Aotearoa.


Bootleg Jerky beefs up with new investment
14 Jul 2021   /

Bootleg Jerky beefs up with new investment

The jerky startup has secured funding for a new facility to help more than double production.


Pure Delish rolls out the launches to stay ‘super premium’
12 Jul 2021   /

Pure Delish rolls out the launches to stay ‘super premium’

The Auckland company is producing a raft of new products, including its first 100% New Zealand grown muesli.


Wild weather drives supermarket spend to biggest June riser
12 Jul 2021   /

Wild weather drives supermarket spend to biggest June riser

Supermarkets saw the biggest rise in Kiwi spending in June 2021 as wild weather drove people to stock up and stay indoors, according to Stats NZ.


Spiers Foods in salad recall
12 Jul 2021   /

Spiers Foods in salad recall

Speirs Foods is recalling specific batches of its ready to eat salads due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.


Farro Fresh expands IRL and online
9 Jul 2021   /

Farro Fresh expands IRL and online

The speciality grocer has inked a deal that will see it open its seventh Auckland store, and is close to signing on another.


Soochi secures seed funding, makes supermarket move
8 Jul 2021  

Soochi secures seed funding, makes supermarket move

Functional food startup Soochi plans to pioneer a ‘prejuvenation’ drinks category in Asia Pacific after hitting two milestones this month: signing off seed funding and launching into Foodstuffs supermarkets.


Foodstuffs gets South Island online
8 Jul 2021   /

Foodstuffs gets South Island online

After a more than a year in development Foodstuffs South Island is to start rolling out online shopping across its New World and Pak’nSave supermarkets.


Countdown in prepack salad recall
8 Jul 2021   /

Countdown in prepack salad recall

Countdown branded potato egg & bacon prepack salad with a use-by date of 13 July 2021 is being recalled as it may contain listeria bacteria.


PI Summit 2021: “Know what customers want” – Foodstuffs’ Anderson on getting stocked
7 Jul 2021  

PI Summit 2021: “Know what customers want” – Foodstuffs’ Anderson on getting stocked

The golden rule to get your product stocked in Foodstuffs is making sure it is something that customers actually want – but a good story helps too, according to the South Island cooperative’s boss of 20 years, Steven Anderson.


GoodFor gets $2.2m max raise target
5 Jul 2021   /

GoodFor gets $2.2m max raise target

Package-free, lifestyle grocery store GoodFor has raised $2.2m of fresh cash, hitting its maximum capital raise target.


Upstock digs into NZ grocery, targets Aus for 2022
2 Jul 2021  

Upstock digs into NZ grocery, targets Aus for 2022

Wholesale ordering app Upstock is deepening its reach into New Zealand’s retail sector via an integration with one of the country’s largest supermarket groups, before looking for new opportunities both here and across the ditch.


Australian distiller Brunswick Aces eyes NZ expansion
1 Jul 2021   /

Australian distiller Brunswick Aces eyes NZ expansion

The Australian distiller aims to be stocked in 300 NZ outlets by the end of the year with more staff and an office planned.


Lisa King’s AF Drinks does Countdown
30 Jun 2021   /

Lisa King’s AF Drinks does Countdown

Entrepreneur Lisa King’s non-alcoholic drinks company has secured shelf space in Countdowns across the country.


GoodFor going strong in $1.8m fundraise
30 Jun 2021   /

GoodFor going strong in $1.8m fundraise

Package-free, lifestyle grocery store GoodFor has raised more than $1.8m of capital on fundraising platform Snowball Effect – exceeding its minimum target of $1.7m.


Plastics ban: Supermarket sweep already under way
29 Jun 2021   /

Plastics ban: Supermarket sweep already under way

New Zealand’s two major supermarket groups say they are already taking steps to transition away from unnecessary and unwanted plastic use ahead of the government’s new measures to clamp down on single-use and difficult-to-recycle plastic by 2025.


Pak’nSave launches inaugural can campaign, pledges $100k
29 Jun 2021   /

Pak’nSave launches inaugural can campaign, pledges $100k

Pak’nSave has launched a campaign to help deliver products and donations to community organisations feeding hungry families.


Q&A with Moore Wilson’s GM: Do your homework, know your customer
24 Jun 2021   /

Q&A with Moore Wilson’s GM: Do your homework, know your customer

As Wellington institution Moore Wilson’s opens an overhauled Masterton store, the Ticker asks GM Amanda Thompson about what the retailer looks for in new products, what advice she has for aspiring suppliers and what was behind the Masterton redevelopment.


Countdown’s ‘greenest store’ opens in Nelson
24 Jun 2021  

Countdown’s ‘greenest store’ opens in Nelson

Countdown has opened the doors to New Zealand’s first Green Star-rated supermarket located in Richmond, Nelson.


Australian supermarkets ‘red flagged’ in new food dashboard
17 Jun 2021  

Australian supermarkets ‘red flagged’ in new food dashboard

Australia’s major supermarkets have been ‘red flagged’ by a new food tool which shows them offering bigger discounts on unhealthy foods more often and more prominently.


FFNZ 2021: Tips from the top – Woolworths on getting products into Countdown
16 Jun 2021   /

FFNZ 2021: Tips from the top – Woolworths on getting products into Countdown

“We are actively looking for attributes and products that will drive health and wellbeing.”


Foodstuffs gets MOOTY with it
14 Jun 2021  

Foodstuffs gets MOOTY with it

Foodstuffs North Island has held an inaugural Machine Operator of the Year – or MOOTY – competition last week at its Landing Drive Distribution Centre in South Auckland.


Foodstuffs backs the NZ Food Network
11 Jun 2021  

Foodstuffs backs the NZ Food Network

Foodstuffs North Island has teamed up with the New Zealand Food Network to donate food for distribution to more than 40 food hubs around the country.


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.


Egmont Honey launches health range into Coles
31 Mar 2021   /

Egmont Honey launches health range into Coles

Egmont Honey is launching its health supplements range, Egmont Health, into Australasian retailer Coles.


Countdown to give portion of hot cross bun sales to KidsCan
31 Mar 2021   /

Countdown to give portion of hot cross bun sales to KidsCan

5c from every pack of hot cross buns sold was donated to KidsCan.


City Mission opens new social supermarket
18 Mar 2021   /

City Mission opens new social supermarket

The new initiative enabled customers who needed food support to choose their own goods, as opposed to the traditional pre-selected food parcel model.


ComCom seeks supplier feedback on supermarket study
4 Mar 2021   /

ComCom seeks supplier feedback on supermarket study

The year-long study looks at whether competition in the grocery sector was working well, and if not, what could be done to improve it.


Countdown doubles Growing For Good grants to $50K
4 Mar 2021   /

Countdown doubles Growing For Good grants to $50K

In its third year, Growing for Good grants aimed inspire New Zealand kids to learn about and preserve the environment.


Significant evidence of exploitation of food producers – NZFGC
1 Mar 2021   /

Significant evidence of exploitation of food producers – NZFGC

In its submission to ComCom, the NZFGC says there is also considerable use of buyer power to exclude competition.


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


Govt launches review into NZ supermarket prices
18 Nov 2020   /

Govt launches review into NZ supermarket prices

The Commerce Commission will conduct the investigation to see if Kiwis are paying more than they should be.


Pak’nSave store fined $78k for misleading prices
29 Oct 2020   /

Pak’nSave store fined $78k for misleading prices

There were discrepancies between what the store was advertising, and what customers were paying at the till.