8th December 2023 Woolworths
Woolworths New Zealand has opened what it says is New Zealand’s first newly built Woolworths – a $20m supermarket located at Canterbury’s Waimakariri Junction.
Fix & Fogg has been named Woolworths Supermarkets small trade partner of the year in Australia.
Revenue and gross profit were up and so were payments to Australian owner Woolworths Group.
Woolworth is adding seasonal products into its Low Price programme including whole ham cooked on the bone, some Christmas mince pies and ciabatta loaves.
The Countdown owner’s bottom line comes under increasing pressure, with nearly $50m added to its finance bill alone.
Australia’s major supermarket groups are to come under scrutiny in a senate probe of their pricing and profits.
Woolworths New Zealand has completed a $4.6m overhaul of its supermarket in Palmerston North’s Kelvin Grove, including relaunched the former Countdown as a Woolworths.
Woolworths New Zealand is aiming to transition 100% of its home delivery trucks to be electric powered by 2030.
Woolworths New Zealand has converted one hundred of its supermarkets to electronic shelf labels, with Countdown Papatoetoe the latest addition.
Woolworths New Zealand has launched a campaign calling for respect and courtesy from customers this holiday season as verbal and physical aggression to its team members rises.
Woolworths New Zealand’s rebranding of its SuperValue franchise stores continues, with Auckland’s Papakura the latest location to change to FreshChoice.
Woolworths New Zealand is adding a ‘direct to boot’ service to its online shopping offer, following what it said was a successful pilot.
Woolworths New Zealand has expanded coverage of its Australian-originated rapid delivery service in New Zealand.
Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci says a difficult economic environment and a competitive landscape in NZ will dent its first half results.
The Countdown owner launches an ‘enhanced’ range of private label meat products, following a three-year review and increased investment in its North Island meat plant.
Snacking company Bluebird Foods took home one of the most coveted awards after being named packaged supreme supplier of the year.
Woolworths has launched a new ‘Low Price’ campaign at Countdown.
BP is the foundation partner for Woolworth’s incoming loyalty scheme, Everyday Rewards.
Ten schools across Aotearoa with ‘climate clever’ ideas to address climate change will receive Growing for Good grants this year.
Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci says “the short-term outlook remains challenging” in New Zealand, after earnings fall by a fifth.
Woolworths New Zealand will be adding further security measures to its stores and upskilling team members dealing with conflict situations as part of a previously announced $45m security investment.
Woolworths New Zealand is donating an additional $1.5m to its food rescue and food welfare partners.
The Kiwi firm is expanding in Australia with its Upcycled Grain Project – a challenger brand in a market dominated by multinationals.
Countdown Bethlehem is the first supermarket to rebrand as Woolworths New Zealand, following the announcement by the ASX-listed group in July.
Woolworths New Zealand’s newest wholesale agreement will see it supply groceries to National Retail Group’s KwikMart membership group.
A new partnership between Woolworths New Zealand and Netball New Zealand sees the supermarket group become the naming rights partner of the Future Ferns.
Woolworths NZ’s MD tells the Ticker how closer ties with the group’s Australian parent will affect the products on the supermarket chain’s shelves.
Woolworths New Zealand has initiated a full review of its store network, with an eye to beefing up supermarket numbers and consolidating brands.
The Woolworths group follows up last week’s pledge to double down on its trans-Tasman connection with the expansion of its Australian rapid delivery service into NZ.
MetroMart is the latest retail brand to sign a wholesale agreement with grocery company Woolworths New Zealand.
The Woolworths brand is returning to NZ as part of the group’s ongoing transformation plan, which will also see $400m invested in stores and a new DC built too.
Woolworths New Zealand agrees 12.3% wage increase over two years for supply chain teams in a new Collective Employment Agreement with FIRST Union
Inflation drives growth although the extreme weather over summer hurt online sales at Woolworths’ NZ Food business.
The ANZ pet sector deal gets the green light from NZ’s competition watchdog but is still waiting for a decision from Australian regulators.
Countdown owner Woolworths has teamed up with Thematic to enhance customer and employee experiences in New Zealand and Australia using real-time feedback data.
Consumer NZ says Foodstuffs has largely rejected findings of misleading pricing practices but Woolworths NZ is taking the concerns on board.
Circle K is the latest retail brand to sign a wholesale agreement with grocery company Woolworths New Zealand.
The Competition Commission has published its statement of preliminary issues relating to grocery group Woolworth’s proposed purchase of Australia’s Petspiration Group.
A tough trading environment featuring higher costs and lower sales was evident in Woolworths’ interim results, with earnings from its NZ business dropping sharply.
Customers at Woolworths and Countdown supermarkets in Australia and New Zealand can support communities impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle with their shopping.
Woolworths’ has filed a clearance application with the Commerce Commission as part of its proposed $619m Petspiration purchase.
MD Spencer Sonn says the government should abandon the measure because of its “unintended consequences”.
The Countdown owner wants obligations on suppliers to participate in the new wholesale regime.
The Countdown owner says resistance from a number of large global suppliers is putting the goal of the proposed wholesale regime at risk.
The acquisition of the Australasian pet retailer has been funded by the supermarket group’s Endeavour exit.
Countdown owner Woolworths New Zealand saw its pretax profit slump even as revenue rose more than 6%, with increasing costs putting the squeeze on the retailer.
Lower sales and higher wages could see Countdown’s half year earnings slashed by 50%, according to parent Woolworths.
Woolworths New Zealand is putting two freehold development sites, located in Christchurch and Waimakariri District, up for sale.
The boss of the group’s new wholesale entity lifts the lid on how it operates, the state of negotiations, and how Huckleberry got across the line.
The supermarket group’s new wholesale business strikes a deal with Huckleberry, and says it is in talks with more than 50 other retailers and organisations.
Cost pressures have pushed the Countdown owner’s earnings down but it is still delivering ahead of its pre-pandemic numbers.
“We’re adding value back into a category that has had a lot of price and quality erosion,” says co-founder Roman Jewell after securing a significant range extension in Australia.
Supermarket group Woolworths has named New Zealander Scott Perkins as its new chair.
Its New Zealand business could see H2 earnings drop almost 30% due to escalating costs, even as grocery prices rise.
The Auckland business expands into hundreds more Woolworths stores as it pushes the nascent premium cereal category across the ditch.
The beverage business wins a major distribution deal for its immunity tonic with the Australian supermarket giant.
Strong pandemic performances, e-commerce and sustainability initiatives have helped elevate the best brands.
Countdown owner Woolworths has made a last-minute takeover offer for pharmacy group Australian Pharmaceutical Industries for A$871m (NZ$907m).
The Auckland food firm has clinched a deal to get its snack bars into Woolworths stores across Australia and has ambitions for its premium breakfast cereals to follow.
Listed Australian supermarket chain Woolworths has set a date to complete the spin-off of Endeavour Group, its drinks and hospitality business – a move first mooted back in July 2019.
Woolworths NZ Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Snap Frozen Cauliflower Rice as the product could contain pieces of wood.
Spencer Sonn steps into the role from Woolworths Holdings South Africa.