7th December 2023 Foodstuffs / Recall
Foodstuffs Own Brands is recalling a specific batch of its Value brand lemonade flavoured soft drink due to the presence of phenylalanine.
The French bakery extends its grocery range to pastry, filling the gap left by the exit of Goodman Fielder’s Edmonds brand from the freezer.
Foodstuffs South Island has restructured operations at its Trents Wholesale business as it looks for growth from its B2B division.
Retail banners owned by Foodstuffs have come out on top in the annual Reader’s Digest quality service awards, which identify businesses with the most satisfied customers.
Foodstuffs’ price rises have fallen below supplier increases on the same product categories measured in the Food Price Index, after being higher than them for six months.
Suppliers are divided over the risks and opportunities of the proposed Foodstuffs merger, with smaller manufacturers fearing they have more to lose.
CEO Raewyn Bleakley says the industry group will “actively participate” in the consultation process regarding the proposed merger.
“The clearance process includes the opportunity for interested parties – including suppliers – to respond to the proposed merger,” ComCom said.
The two Foodstuffs co-ops are looking to merge, creating a $13bn grocery behemoth led by current FSNI boss Chris Quin.
Foodstuffs South Island is tipping a bumper blueberries season as the warmer El Niño weather pattern arrives in New Zealand, making up for what could be fewer strawberries.
Foodstuffs North Island has opened a new Four Square in Britomart – the first presence for the brand in downtown Auckland.
Foodstuffs supermarkets and brands took home 20 medals at the Great New Zealand Sausage Competition 2023, hosted by Retail Meat NZ.
Food for Thought, a free nutrition education programme for Year 5 and 6 students across Aotearoa, is looking to expand into more schools.
Foodstuffs’ price rises were once again ahead of supplier increases on the same product categories measured in the Food Price Index, making September the sixth month running.
Ten manufacturers spanning meat products, meals in a jar and pet food have been named finalists in the Foodstuffs Emerging Supplier Competition.
A new 432 square metre Four Square has opened in the South Taranaki town of Waverley.
Foodstuffs North Island in partnership with not-for-profit Nourished for Nil has opened the Hawke’s Bay’s first social supermarket.
Foodstuffs’ price rises were ahead of supplier increases for the fifth month running, but remain consistently below FPI.
A clutch of food and beverage manufacturers were in the spotlight at the TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards, with companies including Rockit and Silver Fern Farms taking home trophies.
Foodstuffs North Island’s 300-plus grocery stores recorded 3,900 incidents of retail from May to July this year, a 59% increase year-on-year, and up almost 19% on the last quarter.
Foodstuffs North Island has celebrated the co-op’s achievers at its annual awards held at Auckland’s Viaduct Event Centre.
Foodstuffs’ price increases were ahead of supplier increases on the same product categories measured in the Food Price Index in June 2023 for the fourth month running.
A Mataura resident was the winner of a South Island giveaway earlier this month, receiving $9,999 worth of Four Square gift cards in celebration of the supermarket brand’s 99th birthday.
New Word’s Family2Family appeal resulted in 23,867 donated food bags being supplied to City Missions and foodbanks across New Zealand.
A new $2.5m Four Square has officially opened its doors today in Auckland’s Onehunga, owned and operated by local business-woman Alex Gage-Brown.
One of the final alumni of Foodstuffs’ now defunct Foodstarter programme is gearing up for distribution in the North Island co-operative’s stores.
Foodstuffs’ price increases were ahead of supplier increases on the same product categories measured in the Food Price Index in June for the third month running.
Foodstuffs-owned Pak’nSave says its artificial intelligence-powered online mealmaker tool for customers is proving popular, being accessed by more than 33,000 people since it launched a month ago.
Foodstuffs North Island’s wholesale foodservice distributor, Gilmours, also saw a strong FY23.
A drive to value and the tourist trade support sales at Pak’nSave and Foodstuffs’ foodservice distributor Trents.
Foodstuffs New Zealand is planning to turn its attention to scope 3 emissions this year, according to its recently appointed inaugural head of environmental social governance.
After almost 20 years of working in supermarkets, Mike Turney has taken the reins as the new owner operator of Four Square Tokomaru Bay.
Foodstuffs has launched an inaugural Emerging Supplier Competition searching for new products with the potential to disrupt a category and change the way consumers shop.
Foodstuffs is preparing for the removal of single-use plastic bags from all supermarkets and grocery stores from 1 July, as part of a government phase-out of certain single-use plastics.
The main drivers of food price inflation may have peaked, according to Foodstuffs North Island boss Chris Quin.
Foodstuffs-owned Pak’nSave has introduced an AI-powered mealmaker tool for customers.
Foodstuffs North Island grocers recorded a 38.2% increase in retail crime between February and April of this year, according to the co-operative.
Foodstuffs and the New Zealand Food Innovation Network will host a series of free workshops starting this week aimed at supporting small suppliers on their retail grocery journey.
Foodstuffs managing director Chris Quin says New Zealanders face a difficult winter as inflation pressures
Cost increases from suppliers to Foodstuffs supermarkets continued to be elevated in March 2023, marking the sixth straight month of double-digit results.
Consumer NZ says Foodstuffs has largely rejected findings of misleading pricing practices but Woolworths NZ is taking the concerns on board.
There will be a long tail of effects on fresh product availability and prices following the Auckland floods and Cyclone Gabrielle, according to Foodstuffs.
Consumers are continuing to change shopping habits to make their grocery budget go further, according to Foodstuffs’ latest Customer Insights Survey.
Suppliers ranging from emerging seafood specialist Mills Bay Mussels through to meat leader ANZCO have been recognised at the co-op’s partnership awards.
Foodstuffs North Island is trialling a stock management tool designed to help supermarkets reduce the amount of food that goes to waste.
The biennial business-to-business Foodstuffs Expo is set to take place at Claudelands Events Centre Hamilton over 8 and 9 March.
Foodstuffs North Island’s IT team have deployed satellite-based internet Starlink kits to help restore links to affected stores cut off by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Foodstuffs New Zealand says all of its PAK’nSAVE stores are now open with just its New World Onekawa in Napier still closed.
Grocery groups are working closely with store teams and suppliers to ensure continuity of supply as Cyclone Gabrielle starts to lash the country.
Pak’nSave Wairau Road in Auckland re-opened for business at 7am Saturday 4 February after being flooded during the city’s extreme weather event.
The group wants more work to be done of the proposed grocery wholesale supply regulatory backstop, but stopped short of asking for it to be turfed out of proposed legislation like rival Woolworths.
Foodstuffs says prices at its stores grew at a slower rate than the Food Price Index for December 2022.
Two Foodstuffs South Island co-operative stores in Wānaka have been fined for opening on Good Friday.
Foodstuffs South Island is once again recalling its Pams brand frozen mixed berries after its Hornby distribution centre released the previously-recalled product in error.
Food price inflation is likely to continue into next year after the challenges facing food businesses have become “entrenched”, according to Foodstuffs managing director Chris Quin.
Two out of three Foodstuffs customers are planning to buy ham for their main Xmas protein – followed by chicken, lamb, fish, and then turkey.
But it is criticised by Consumer NZ, which highlights the co-op’s use of the tech since 2018 and says it is the only major retailer in NZ scanning shoppers’ faces.
Four Square Wainui Road has re-opened its doors in Gisborne following a $4.25m renovation.
Customers are changing their shopping habits to stretch their food budget as record inflation bites.
Foodstuffs North Island says it is ‘delivering at pace’ on implementing the Commerce Commission’s final recommendations from the retail grocery market survey, engaging with almost 100 retailers as part developing wholesale services.
Foodstuffs has opened its Social Supermarket in Otūmoetai, Tauranga.
Foodstuffs’ no-frills banner rejects “shiny new collectables campaigns” hours after Countdown launches its new bricks collection, as the battle for Christmas consumers heats up.
Foodstuffs is recalling its Pams brand Alfalfa Sprouts, Salad Sprouts, Sandwich Selection Sprouts, and Spicy Sprouts Combo due to the possible presence of Salmonella.
Grocery heavyweight Foodstuffs has used its procurement power to broker a deal to reduce escalating fuel costs for suppliers to its Leigh Fisheries subsidiary.
Foodstuffs is launching a new customer insight led media business, Foodstuffs Precision Media, in partnership with global customer data science experts, dunnhumby.
Foodstuffs has opened a new 2,580 square metre New World in Mangawhai, Northland.
Foodstuffs New Zealand managing director Chris Quin says grocery chains globally are all battling the same set of supply-side challenges as well as changes in consumer behaviour.
In September this year, the cost of more than 5,400 products went up – almost double the number in September 2019.
Six Pams products are recalled out of precaution, while frozen berry importers place berries which can be traced back to Serbia on hold.
Foodstuffs North Island has opened its new social supermarket in Whangārei in partnership with community organisation 155 Whare Kai.
Foodstuffs North Island has confirmed it has transferred ownership of its former Kaitaia Pak’nSave site to Far North Holdings, the organisation working on the town centre master planning.
Foodstuffs New Zealand has confirmed marketer Giselle Bleakley is joining the group as the new head of marketing and customer experience at New World.
Foodstuffs North Island has opened a new $10m custom-built transport and warehouse facility in Whangarei.
Foodstuffs North Island chief executive Chris Quin has joined the board at Giltrap Group in a directorship role.
Henry’s stores are joining the Liquorland franchise, with plans to transition all of them to the latter’s operating model and brand by March 2023.
Infometrics has released a graph illustrating how grocery supplier cost increases have been accelerating over the last year.
Suppliers ranging from dairy giant Fonterra through to oat milk startup Boring Milk were recognised at the co-op’s inaugural Foodstuffs Partnership Awards on Monday.
Foodstuffs North Island has received resource consent from Hastings District Council for a new $21m New World in Flaxmere.
The co-op unveils one of its promised pricing initiatives, introducing Everyday Low Price tickets at its New World banners.
The inaugural Foodstuffs Partnership Awards are set to take place on 29 August, at Te Pae, Christchurch.
CEO Doug Paulin on how the supermarket co-op’s review has impacted the seafood company.
Foodstuffs co-operatives have held food price increases below inflation for the third consecutive month, with the latest Stats NZ Food Price Index showing an annual rise of 7.4% in July.
Foodstuffs North Island has started work on a new $40m Pak’nSave store in Warkworth.
Food and beverage manufacturers cannot continue to absorb rising costs in the face of “a perfect storm” of increases, according to the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council.
A new index commissioned by the co-operative and produced by the economic consultancy shows the climbing cost of groceries sold by suppliers.
A new Four Square opens in Cambridge today, with new owner operators Dinesh and Nimisha Patel taking the reins.
Vegetable mince brand Vince and QB’s Snacks are on track for national New World ranging after taking out the annual competition.
Foodstuffs says it saw stellar performance from its Liquorland and Henry’s outlets despite Covid’s continuing impacts and a growing shift to healthier options by consumers.
Pak’nSave was FSNI’s fastest-growing retail banner in FY22 with 5.6% same store revenue growth.
Foodstuffs says its co-operatives have kept price increases for customers below inflation for the second month in a row.
“The first step of making this work is understanding the customer need from these retailers who aren’t co-op members,” says the co-op’s boss, Chris Quin.
Growth slows at Foodstuffs South Island during a period when the grocery sector was put under the microscope by the Commerce Commission.
Pak’nSave Blenheim has sent some team members to the Four Square in Havelock, to save it from temporarily closing after Covid-19 hit its staff.
Foodstuffs North Island has teamed up with David Letele’s Buttabean Motivation to open what will be its third social supermarket, this time in Tokoroa.
Foodstuffs says the first five weeks of its price rollback initiative has “saved” shoppers $6.5m.
Foodstuffs moves to promote Pak’nSave quality as the battle for consumer dollars heats up.
The co-op says differentiated cost pricing from suppliers will have to change to make wholesaling to external retailers work.
The supermarket co-op says cost increases from suppliers also grew by almost 7%.
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Foodstuffs NZ MD compares the market study response with the co-op’s Covid crisis resourcing.
Ten start-up and early stage ventures are in the running to bag national distribution with Foodstuffs – with a strong showing from plant-based products.
Foodstuffs Own Brands is recalling a specific batch of its Pams brand Mini Hash Browns as the product may contain foreign matter, namely blue plastic pieces.
Foodstuffs is backing a Social Supermarket in Kaitaia, and is in talks with community partners in six other regions.
20-year veteran Tim Donaldson is taking up an expanded GM role in the South Island, while up north it has gone internal to replace its long-standing legal chief.
Foodstuffs is recalling a batch of its Pam’s branded smoked chicken pasta salad because of an incorrect use-by date.
Four Countdown supermarkets in Auckland had to temporarily close as a result of yesterday’s severe rain and flooding.
New World and the Wellington City Mission’s free Social Supermarket in Newtown has seen 3,268 shoppers access essential items in its first full year of operating.
Foodstuffs North Island and developer Auckland Airport’s new distribution centre at Landing Drive has received a 6 Green Star rating.
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.
Foodstuffs has opened Te Kauwhata’s first new supermarket in 70 years.
Well known food and beverage brands feature prominently in top 20 biggest advertising spenders, according to Nielsen Ad Intel.
The supply chain is being hammered with consumers warned to expect gaps.
We’re doing the work, FSNI boss Chris Quin says, in the lead up to publication of the final ComCom report by 8 March.
The grocery group is using its procurement heft to source more than 1 million rapid antigen tests on behalf of around 250 companies.
The seafood company secures new opportunities for product formerly destined for Foodstuffs, but not at the same price.
FSNI’s CEO makes a last-ditch attempt to sway the outcome of the Commerce Commission’s market study into the retail grocery sector.
The supermarket chain targets last minute grocery needs and top-up shop missions with delivery service.
F&B players are arming themselves with shoppable recipes, fast delivery, D2C, and new meal kit offers to win more of the digital dollar.
Foodstuffs South Island is recalling raw sugar from its South Island stores due to possible contamination with low levels of lead.
Foodstuffs-owned Pak’nSave is running its Pak’canSave initiative for two weeks from 1st until the 14th November.
A new retail complex including a 1,900 square metre New World supermarket plus retail shops has been approved for Flaxmere, Hastings.
FSSI’s boss blames the grocery market review process for having “significantly damaged a large number” of supplier and retailer relationships.
FSNI claims it is becoming more customer driven but some suppliers will suffer significant shelf-space reductions.
Foodstuffs North Island has rejected claims that the impact of its frozen fish product review would result in more space in its freezers for overseas products at the expense of New Zealand ones.
CEO Chris Quin says the co-op will make changes but he disputes ComCom’s estimate of the supermarket group’s profitability.
NZFGC’s boss says FSNI has thrice refused to sign up to a code of conduct, but Rich welcomed a “first step” towards a more competitive market.
The retail veteran and current Foodstuffs director will take over from Steve Anderson to be FSSI’s chief executive.
A three year project to rebuild FSNI’s supply chain was delivered just in time for Delta, and sets the co-op up for an increasingly digital future.
What Delta has meant for staffing and store challenges, vaccinations and “maskholes”, according to FSNI’s CEO.
All Foodstuffs stores outside of the Auckland boundary are operating under new Covid-19 alert level 2 conditions from midnight Tuesday 7 September.
Foodstuffs is making a number of product donations.
A Foodstuffs survey found that New Zealanders are supportive of the Ministry of Health’s requirement that people aged 12 and over must wear a face covering when visiting any essential services and for essential workers to be prioritised for the Covid vaccination.
The store at the Church Bay retail development is owned by Laura Palmer and James Grant, who previously ran the town’s On the Spot store.
Foodstuffs South Island has recruited Nick Barnes as general manager of supply chain, replacing John Mullins who retired after 43 years working for the grocery group.
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After a more than a year in development Foodstuffs South Island is to start rolling out online shopping across its New World and Pak’nSave supermarkets.
The golden rule to get your product stocked in Foodstuffs is making sure it is something that customers actually want – but a good story helps too, according to the South Island cooperative’s boss of 20 years, Steven Anderson.
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.
Foodstuffs North Island has held an inaugural Machine Operator of the Year – or MOOTY – competition last week at its Landing Drive Distribution Centre in South Auckland.
Foodstuffs North Island has teamed up with the New Zealand Food Network to donate food for distribution to more than 40 food hubs around the country.
Foodstuffs South Island general manager of supply chain, John Mullins, is retiring after 43 years working for the grocery group.
A technology issue affecting 69 Foodstuffs stores in North Island on Monday 17 May resulted in customers being overcharged at the checkout.
The Griffin’s Food Company took home two awards from the Foodstuffs Expo including the inaugural Foodstuffs National Partnership Award, which was launched this year.
Foodstuffs North Island says it will make a $50,000 contribution to local South Auckland community organisations Buttabean Motivation and Māngere Budgeting Services.
The supermarket giant says it is “surprised” at the allegations because it values its suppliers.
Foodstuffs has opened a New World supermarket in Ormiston town centre at Flat Bush, South Auckland.
The long-time CEO will leave the South Island supermarket co-op in February next year.
The supermarket giant is already seeing a reversal in some lockdown shopping trends – with others becoming more entrenched.
Foodstuffs Own Brands is recalling a specific batch of its Pams brand Bacon Pieces as the product may contain foreign matter in the form aluminium pieces.