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Thursday 21 October 2021

Covid-19

Business support package welcome – RA 19th October 2021 /

Business support package welcome – RA

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


T&G issues profit warning 18th October 2021 /

T&G issues profit warning

The produce giant warns its FY21 profit could fall as much as 76% from the $16.6m it posted in 2020.


130k jabs delivered on Super Saturday 18th October 2021

130k jabs delivered on Super Saturday

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


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

Hospitality vital to social mental health and wellbeing – survey

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


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

Supermarket groups swing in behind Super Saturday’s Vaxathon

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


Food sector groups secure approval for rapid antigen tests 14th October 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.


KFC offers chicken box incentive for vaccination 13th October 2021 /

KFC offers chicken box incentive for vaccination

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


Restaurant Association backs 90% vaccination campaign 13th October 2021 /

Restaurant Association backs 90% vaccination campaign

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


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

Help for Hospo distributes $60k to date

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


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

Auckland to stay at level 3 settings for another week

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


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

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

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


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

More supermarkets join locations of interest

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


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

Hospo “furious” at legal risk over vaccine certificates

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


Food sector giants urge approval of rapid antigen tests 7th October 2021

Food sector giants urge approval of rapid antigen tests

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


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

Vaccine passports should be extended to workplaces – EMA

The Employers & Manufacturers Association is calling for the carrying of digital vaccine passports to enter the workplace. It follows the government’s announcement on Tuesday that vaccination certification would be required for large MORE »


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

Hospo pleads for targetted help after “devastating” Auckland decision

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


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

Auckland to stay at level 3, NZ transitions from elimination

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


Waikato supermarkets scramble in snap lockdown 4th October 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.


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

Hospo, retail groups reject “ludicrous” Covid testing suggestion

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


Govt moves to help businesses resolve rent disputes 29th September 2021

Govt moves to help businesses resolve rent disputes

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


No further Covid found on kiwifruit – Zespri 28th September 2021 /

No further Covid found on kiwifruit – Zespri

Kiwifruit exporter Zespri says it continues to work constructively with authorities following a positive test result for Covid-19 in China on a sample of fruit from the Bay of Plenty.


Fewer than a quarter of Restaurant Association members support vaccine passport 28th September 2021 /

Fewer than a quarter of Restaurant Association members support vaccine passport

Just under a quarter of Restaurant Association members support a vaccine passport to enter hospitality venues and events. The association said only 23% of members polled supported the idea at all MORE »


Zespri scrambles after kiwifruit Covid alert in China 27th September 2021 /

Zespri scrambles after kiwifruit Covid alert in China

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


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

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

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


Auckland to move to level 3 midnight tonight 21st September 2021

Auckland to move to level 3 midnight tonight

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


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

Countdown, Pak’nSave latest supermarket locations of interest

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


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

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

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


Food retailers added to locations of interests 20th September 2021 /

Food retailers added to locations of interests

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


Food firms push pause as Delta interrupts expansion plans 17th September 2021

Food firms push pause as Delta interrupts expansion plans

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


Permitted workers required to show Covid test evidence 17th September 2021

Permitted workers required to show Covid test evidence

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


Exporter MIQ pilot signed-off 17th September 2021 /

Exporter MIQ pilot signed-off

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


Gilmours site location of interest 16th September 2021 /

Gilmours site location of interest

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


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

More pain for hospo with Auckland level 4 extension

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


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

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

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


Longer Auckland lockdown triggers biz support 14th September 2021

Longer Auckland lockdown triggers biz support

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


New supermarket locations of interest 14th September 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.


Decision due today on alert levels 13th September 2021

Decision due today on alert levels

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


Increased demand for Covid support – IRD 13th September 2021

Increased demand for Covid support – IRD

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


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

Auckland CBD misses out on $750m due to Covid

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


Chris Quin on Foodstuffs and Delta – “You go to clarity very quickly” 9th September 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 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.


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

Lockdown adds to supply chain squeeze for food importers

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


Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy 8th September 2021 /

Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Talley’s aiming for more than 80% staff vaccinated

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


Countdown pledges priority hour for Auckland essential workers 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.


Applications open for next round of wage subsidy 3rd September 2021

Applications open for next round of wage subsidy

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


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

Whitestone offers free cheese for vaccinators to help rollout

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


MOH adds around 40 supermarkets to locations of interest 2nd September 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.


Food firms grapple with vaccine rollout 31st August 2021 /

Food firms grapple with vaccine rollout

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


Level 3 to last at least a week for NZ south of Auckland – PM 31st August 2021

Level 3 to last at least a week for NZ south of Auckland – PM

Northland can move to level 3 this Thursday but Auckland will stay in level 4 lockdown until 14 September.


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

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

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


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

ComCom issues anti-collusion reminder for essential services

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


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

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

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


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.


Covid, escalating costs and cardboard bread tags – GWF’s Bosomworth 26th August 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… 26th August 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 26th August 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 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.


Bakery, coffee sales change has MTA boiling 26th August 2021 /

Bakery, coffee sales change has MTA boiling

The Motor Trade Association has expressed its frustration at a rule change made by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment that prevents service stations selling hot drinks and bakery food.


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

South Island distributors pin hopes on level 3 for foodservice restart

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


Online grocery demand spikes, suppliers slammed 25th August 2021 /

Online grocery demand spikes, suppliers slammed

Online independents are picking up consumers from under-the-pump bricks and mortar rivals, although not all can side-step supply chain pressures.


More supermarkets join Covid locations of interest 25th August 2021 /

More supermarkets join Covid locations of interest

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


Resurgence Support Payment opens for businesses 25th August 2021

Resurgence Support Payment opens for businesses

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


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

Mainfreight boss warns of lockdown export, warehouse crunch

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


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

Outbreak puts 1000+ Countdown staff in isolation, more expected

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers 23rd August 2021 /

Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers

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


NPD? Wait and see 20th August 2021 /

NPD? Wait and see

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


PM: Nation to stay in level 4 lockdown until Tuesday night 20th August 2021

PM: Nation to stay in level 4 lockdown until Tuesday night

We do not yet know the full scale of this Delta outbreak, says Jacinda Ardern.


Dairies call for police support, vaccinations 20th August 2021 /

Dairies call for police support, vaccinations

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


‘Channel shuffle’ for brownies, broccolini and beer – foodservice closure forces focus change 19th August 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 19th August 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 19th August 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 19th August 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 18th August 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.


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

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

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


Delta deals “devastating” blow to hospitality 18th August 2021 /

Delta deals “devastating” blow to hospitality

The hospitality sector acknowledges the necessity of the snap lockdown, which deals another blow to struggling businesses and scuppers events.


Govt activates wage subsidy, resurgence support for businesses 18th August 2021

Govt activates wage subsidy, resurgence support for businesses

The government will activate the Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) and the Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS) to support businesses during the nationwide lockdown.


Primary industries “well placed” to deal with lockdown – MPI’s Smith 18th August 2021 /

Primary industries “well placed” to deal with lockdown – MPI’s Smith

More than 180 primary sector leaders joined a virtual meeting with agriculture minister Damien O’Connor this morning.


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

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

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


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

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

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


Wellington hospo swings into action after Covid case visit 24th June 2021 /

Wellington hospo swings into action after Covid case visit

Floriditas, Lido Cafe, Highwater Eatery and One Red Dog restaurants are among the venues implementing cleaning protocols.


Hospitality outlets, hotel, Te Papa locations of interest in Aus Covid case 23rd June 2021 /

Hospitality outlets, hotel, Te Papa locations of interest in Aus Covid case

Wellington’s Jack Hackett’s bar, Te Papa and a Rydges hotel are among the initial locations of interest connected to an Australian visitor who tested positive for Covid-19 upon return to Sydney.


Govt opens Covid business support package 23rd February 2021 /

Govt opens Covid business support package

The Government has activated the Resurgence Support Payment, in its latest round of Covid-19 support packages.


NZ’s top takeaways of 2020 18th December 2020

NZ’s top takeaways of 2020

Kiwis ordered 90,000 batches of the dish this year, according to Menulog.


Auckland dishes up hot 100 15th December 2020

Auckland dishes up hot 100

From the Billy Goat Curry, to the Dizengoff Classic, the list aims to support local operators in the wake of Covid.


Merchant, card fees could be chopped in new Govt review 11th December 2020

Merchant, card fees could be chopped in new Govt review

Stuart Nash says smaller businesses are predominantly bearing the brunt of merchant service fees.


Rich: Ongoing grocery sector issues to hamper Christmas 10th December 2020 /

Rich: Ongoing grocery sector issues to hamper Christmas

Katherine Rich calls for a national grocery code.


Hawke’s Bay managed iso facility a ‘no brainer’ – ACT 9th December 2020

Hawke’s Bay managed iso facility a ‘no brainer’ – ACT

The party’s leader David Seymour says the government should work with the region’s horticulturists.


Summerfruit slammed by Kiwi job seeker demand 9th December 2020

Summerfruit slammed by Kiwi job seeker demand

Summerfruit NZ says growers have received more job applications than usual for this time of year.


Food industry’s hygiene practices will ‘minimise risk’ of Covid-19 spread 20th November 2020

Food industry’s hygiene practices will ‘minimise risk’ of Covid-19 spread

Covid-19 food contamination has made headlines around the world, and Professor French says more research is needed.


Govt investigating reports of Covid-19 on NZ meat in China 17th November 2020

Govt investigating reports of Covid-19 on NZ meat in China

Chinese authorities say the virus has been detected on beef and tripe and packaging from NZ, Brazil and Bolivia.


Fishing crew tests positive for Covid-19 in NZ 22nd October 2020 /

Fishing crew tests positive for Covid-19 in NZ

Eighteen fishermen have been confirmed to have Covid-19 at a managed isolation facility in Christchurch