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Tuesday 28 June 2022

Countdown

Countdown adds fourth Metro with $50m store 23rd June 2022 /

Countdown adds fourth Metro with $50m store

Countdown has added a fourth Metro store to its New Zealand portfolio, opening the $50m outlet in Auckland’s Herne Bay.


Frustration as Countdown holds off in-store sampling 16th June 2022 /

Frustration as Countdown holds off in-store sampling

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are at stake for food firms keen to launch products in Countdown.


Kiri Hannifin checking out of Countdown 7th June 2022 /

Kiri Hannifin checking out of Countdown

Hannifin is joining Air New Zealand in a newly created sustainability role.


Woolworths team starts wholesale fact-finding… 7th June 2022 /

Woolworths team starts wholesale fact-finding…

The grocery group wants to know who could be using its wholesale service so it can gauge demand, and get suppliers in line too.


Goodbye T&G, hello new DC – Countdown commits to $99m Rolleston build 31st May 2022 /

Goodbye T&G, hello new DC – Countdown commits to $99m Rolleston build

The new facility will shore up its South Island chilled supply chain and comes just weeks ahead of the opening of its $150m Auckland Fresh DC.


In-store sampling is a go: WorkSafe clarifies rules 27th May 2022 /

In-store sampling is a go: WorkSafe clarifies rules

The agency makes clear its stance, allowing the promotional activity to occur in supermarkets.


Countdown opens $18m Balclutha store, plans more in the south 26th May 2022

Countdown opens $18m Balclutha store, plans more in the south

Countdown has opened its $18m Balclutha store after a year of construction.


In-store F&B sampling thrown into disarray after WorkSafe confusion 24th May 2022 /

In-store F&B sampling thrown into disarray after WorkSafe confusion

Food firms conducting the popular in-store promotion will have to think again after supermarkets suspend the activity.


Applications open for Countdown’s $50k Growing for Good fund 16th 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.


Complaint made against Countdown over Impossible Burger 10th 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.


Who is assuming the risk in Countdown’s winter price freeze? 6th 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 4th 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.


Countdown opens Greville Road store 29th April 2022 /

Countdown opens Greville Road store

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


Countdown’s Easter sales ‘traditional with a twist’ 12th April 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 11th April 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 8th April 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.


Auckland storm damages, temporarily closes supermarkets 22nd March 2022 /

Auckland storm damages, temporarily closes supermarkets

Four Countdown supermarkets in Auckland had to temporarily close as a result of yesterday’s severe rain and flooding.


Hundreds needed to plug Countdown supply chain gaps 22nd March 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.


Countdown workers need pay parity with Aussie colleagues – union 8th March 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.


Warehouse, logistics absenteeism surges past 40%, manufacturers expected to be next 2nd March 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 1st March 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.


Countdown sales top $4bn in H1 – Woolworths 24th February 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.


Countdown pledges $25k to LGBTQI+ group 17th February 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 15th February 2022 /

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

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


Countdown in $60m Rolleston DC partner plan 1st February 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 9th December 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.


Countdown DC workers secure 5% pay rise 29th November 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.


Countdown mandates staff vaccination 24th November 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.


Record $150k start for Countdown, Sallies Xmas appeal 19th November 2021 /

Record $150k start for Countdown, Sallies Xmas appeal

A record $150,000 worth of food has been donated in the first week of this year’s Foodbank Project Christmas appeal.


Countdown names five-strong FMCG cohort for $1m Kete accelerator 18th November 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.


Countdown project sees new fish name enter Māori dictionary 12th November 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 »


More Countdown stores go cage-free in egg aisle 9th November 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.


Countdown preps ‘no jab, no job’ mandate 2nd November 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.


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

Lockdown drives Countdown, e-commerce Q1 sales surge

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


New Countdown opens in Hastings 18th October 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.


New Countdown for Halswell resi scheme 20th September 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 17th September 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 16th September 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.


Countdown cuts baddies in own brand products 13th September 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.


Countdown LynnMall reopening planned today 10th September 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.


Countdown resumes regular trading hours 9th September 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.


Countdown LynnMall scene examination complete 7th September 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 6th September 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.


Countdown pledges priority hour for Auckland essential workers 3rd September 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.


Countdown sales stutter in 2021 after lockdown boom 30th August 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 30th August 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.


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

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

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


Countdown’s close contact count rises to 1900 staff 26th August 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.


Auckland F&B retail openings in the pipeline 10th August 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.


Countdown to launch first South Island Metro in Wānaka 21st July 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.


Countdown backs business diversity with $1m in-house accelerator 16th July 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.


Lisa King’s AF Drinks does Countdown 30th June 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.


Plastics ban: Supermarket sweep already under way 29th June 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.


FFNZ 2021: Tips from the top – Woolworths on getting products into Countdown 16th June 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.”


New Gisborne Countdown store opens 4th June 2021

New Gisborne Countdown store opens

Countdown’s new 3,876 square metre Gisborne store has been officially opened by mayor Rehette Stoltz.


Countdown counts down to cage-free egg D-Day 25th May 2021

Countdown counts down to cage-free egg D-Day

Countdown supermarket chain is starting to make good on its 2017 announcement that it would go cage-free in all on-shelf eggs the end of 2025.


Countdown distributes record $75k Growing for Good grants 24th May 2021

Countdown distributes record $75k Growing for Good grants

Countdown added $25,000 to the annual grants total which saw $75,000 awarded to 71 schools and early childhood centres across the country.


Countdown Dunedin central reopens 17th May 2021 /

Countdown Dunedin central reopens

Countdown’s Dunedin Central store, where four people were stabbed last week, is now open again but will have shorter trading hours for the next few days.


New Countdown for Wainuiomata 17th May 2021

New Countdown for Wainuiomata

The Lower Hutt development includes an in-store pharmacy, bakery, deli and cellar, alongside the main supermarket which includes more than 1,500 new products.


Police enquiries ongoing following Countdown stabbings 12th May 2021 /

Police enquiries ongoing following Countdown stabbings

Police have examined the scene of Monday’s attack in the Dunedin Central Countdown supermarket on Cumberland Street, with “gathering evidence from the scene” noted as one of the top priorities.


Countdown “shocked, devastated” at supermarket stabbings 11th May 2021 /

Countdown “shocked, devastated” at supermarket stabbings

A 42-year-old man has been charged with four counts of attempted murder.


Countdown to give portion of hot cross bun sales to KidsCan 31st March 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.


Countdown introduces order retrieval units to Christchurch 30th March 2021

Countdown introduces order retrieval units to Christchurch

The supermarket has introduced Order Storage Retrieval units to its Moorhouse store at Christchurch.


Countdown doubles Growing For Good grants to $50K 4th March 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.


Countdown call centre staff picket Ponsonby store 14th December 2020

Countdown call centre staff picket Ponsonby store

The action comes as pay negotiations remain “unresolved”.


Countdown’s Copland scoops CIO of the Year award 26th November 2020

Countdown’s Copland scoops CIO of the Year award

Countdown’s general manager of digital was named in an event at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.


Countdown call centre staff on strike 25th November 2020

Countdown call centre staff on strike

They took action after a “disappointing” settlement offer during negotiations.


Countdown promises zero food waste, reduced emissions 23rd November 2020

Countdown promises zero food waste, reduced emissions

The NZ-owned company has set itself some lofty sustainability and diversity goals.