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Friday 20 May 2022

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

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

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


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

“Huge relief” for hospo with move to orange

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


Air NZ restarts domestic food & beverage services 14th April 2022 /

Air NZ restarts domestic food & beverage services

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


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

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

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


Hospo sees red over continued Covid restrictions 5th April 2022 /

Hospo sees red over continued Covid restrictions

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Council gives discount to hospitality businesses 25th March 2022 /

Council gives discount to hospitality businesses

Hamilton council has approved a 50% reduction in fees for food safety verifications that take place before the end of June this year.


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

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

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


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

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

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


CEDA’s AgriFood Talks event cancelled 22nd March 2022 /

CEDA’s AgriFood Talks event cancelled

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


Hundreds needed to plug Countdown supply chain gaps 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.


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

5000+ Auckland businesses secure $17m Covid support

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


Fieldays 2022 feels Covid-19 sting with delay 14th March 2022 /

Fieldays 2022 feels Covid-19 sting with delay

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


Omicron causes meat processing delays 11th March 2022 /

Omicron causes meat processing delays

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


Grocery hits 26% of online shopping 10th March 2022 /

Grocery hits 26% of online shopping

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


BusinessNZ welcomes shorter self-isolation 10th March 2022 /

BusinessNZ welcomes shorter self-isolation

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


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

Covid isolation cut to seven days from midnight Friday

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


Freight costs tipped to rise – NRC 9th March 2022 /

Freight costs tipped to rise – NRC

National Road Carriers is warning a sharp rise in fuel prices will result in increased freight costs.


FSSI distributes more than 1 million RATs 9th March 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.


Consumer NZ puts RAT prices under microscope 3rd March 2022 /

Consumer NZ puts RAT prices under microscope

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


Businesses receive new Covid support payment 2nd March 2022

Businesses receive new Covid support payment

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


F&B firms scramble to plug Omicron gaps 1st March 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.


Businesses able to access stockpile of RATs 28th February 2022

Businesses able to access stockpile of RATs

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


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

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

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


Hospo welcomes phase 3, support package changes 25th February 2022 /

Hospo welcomes phase 3, support package changes

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


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

NZ moves to Omicron phase 3, isolation requirements ease

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


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

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

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


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

“Major problem” with new govt support – Hospitality NZ

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


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

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

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


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

Govt stumps up support for Omicron-impacted businesses

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


Govt needs to clarify RAT rules – chamber 21st February 2022

Govt needs to clarify RAT rules – chamber

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


Lone Star calls for govt lifeline 18th February 2022 /

Lone Star calls for govt lifeline

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


Govt RATs access scheme ‘unreliable, unworkable’ for critical food sector… 17th February 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 17th February 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.


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

58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey

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


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

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

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


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


Queenstown hospo shutdown heralds Omicron “inferno” 14th February 2022 /

Queenstown hospo shutdown heralds Omicron “inferno”

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


Businesses critical of minimum wage increase 14th February 2022 /

Businesses critical of minimum wage increase

The business sector is critical of a move to raise the minimum wage 6% during the expected Omicron wave.


Close contact exemption welcomed but RAT race continues 11th February 2022

Close contact exemption welcomed but RAT race continues

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


Hospo revenues plummet 60% on pre-Covid levels – RA 11th February 2022 /

Hospo revenues plummet 60% on pre-Covid levels – RA

Restaurants are reporting a near 60% overall decline in revenues since the Covid-19 pandemic began.


Red setting scuppers Wānaka food fest… 11th February 2022 /

Red setting scuppers Wānaka food fest…

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


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

…but BOP food event all go for April

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


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

Critical business register live today, close contact exemption scheme unveiled

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


Critical worker details coming this week – PM 9th February 2022 /

Critical worker details coming this week – PM

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


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

Govt pledges $400k to prep primary sector for Omicron

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


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

Food exporters grapple with RATs as critical worker uncertainty continues

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


How Kraft Heinz successfully managed Omicron in Sydney 3rd February 2022 /

How Kraft Heinz successfully managed Omicron in Sydney

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


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

More food festivals fall to Covid-19 restrictions

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


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

RAT race: Has govt put food executives at risk?

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


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

RATs, responsiveness top agenda for food sector in govt meeting

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


Govt secures 36 million RATs for Omicron surge 2nd February 2022

Govt secures 36 million RATs for Omicron surge

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Robertson: Targeted support possible for impacted industries 23rd January 2022

Robertson: Targeted support possible for impacted industries

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


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

Heineken to open pop-up barbershops in Auckland

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


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

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

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


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

South Island to enter traffic light system at orange

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


Govt’s NZ Pass Verifier app live 24th November 2021 /

Govt’s NZ Pass Verifier app live

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


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

Govt vaccination assessment tool for employers ready mid-December

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


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

PM: NZ moves to traffic light system midnight 2 Dec

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


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

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

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


Auckland border to open 15 December 17th November 2021

Auckland border to open 15 December

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


Food fair cancels due to Covid 17th November 2021 /

Food fair cancels due to Covid

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


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

Hospo welcomes Waikato level 2, pleads for Auckland too

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


Lower North Island food outlets named locations of interest 15th November 2021

Lower North Island food outlets named locations of interest

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


Supermarkets swing behind vaccination 10th November 2021 /

Supermarkets swing behind vaccination

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


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

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

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


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

No evidence of Covid transmission via food, packaging – report

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


Snap lockdown for upper Far North 3rd November 2021

Snap lockdown for upper Far North

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


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

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

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


Countdown preps ‘no jab, no job’ mandate 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.


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

Hospo suffers in “disappointing” alert level decision

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


Waikato restrictions ease midnight Tuesday, Auckland next week 1st November 2021

Waikato restrictions ease midnight Tuesday, Auckland next week

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


Christchurch supermarkets latest Covid locations of interest 1st November 2021

Christchurch supermarkets latest Covid locations of interest

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


Food sector rolls out rapid antigen testing 1st November 2021

Food sector rolls out rapid antigen testing

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


Christchurch Covid community cases 28th October 2021

Christchurch Covid community cases

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


Covid-19 commercial rent relief support measures refined 28th October 2021

Covid-19 commercial rent relief support measures refined

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


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

Mandatory staff vaccination – a wary welcome from hospo

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


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

PM: Mandatory vaccination for workplaces requiring it of customers

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


South Island Countdown location of interest 26th October 2021

South Island Countdown location of interest

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


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

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

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


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.


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 RA members support vaccine passport 28th September 2021 /

Fewer than a quarter of RA members support vaccine passport

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


Zespri scrambles after kiwifruit Covid alert in China 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