Two more steps towards better and fairer deals

Two more steps towards better and fairer deals

Mark 6 July 2022 down as another significant day in the history of New Zealand’s food & grocery industry. That was the day two more steps were taken towards introducing better and fairer deals for supermarket shoppers and suppliers – the establishment of a Grocery...

Anti-competitive behaviour on leases revealed

The Government and Opposition have vowed to clean up the New Zealand supermarket sector. It’s fair to say that in accepting 12 out of 14 of the Commerce Commission’s recommendations, and taking stronger action on the other two, the Government has gone further than...

Tidying up confusing recycling, waste system

A flurry of activity in recent weeks – some of it public, some not – shows the Government is finally getting around to tidying up New Zealand’s confusing recycling and waste system. But it will need to make sure it treads carefully if it is to take the public with it....

A huge leap forward but we still have a duopoly

Things have moved fast since the Commerce Commission announced the recommendations from its market study into the grocery sector. With the ink on the report dry for barely a week, stakeholders were being invited by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment...

ComCom report: changes need to happen fast

The two supermarket chains will no doubt be pleased by the absence of recommendations for big structural changes to the sector in the Commerce Commission’s final report on the grocery market study. Others, particularly those looking to find a way into the market as a...

A commitment that can start tomorrow

The Commerce Commission Market Study into grocery retailing has been thorough and has exceeded all my expectations in terms of the meticulous nature of the research and information gathering from the perspective of economics and competition law. It has been great to...

Weak competition and high returns

The recent draft report by the Commerce Commission confirmed New Zealand’s supermarket market structure is a duopoly, that there is weak competition and that the returns are high. While there are few opportunities and competition to own a supermarket, there’s not much...

Towards better conduct

A Grocery Code of Conduct came closer recently when the Food & Grocery Council appeared before a parliamentary select committee to make an oral submission on our petition. We have long advocated for a framework similar to those in Australia and the UK which...

Food and grocery soldiers

Following the announcement of the latest Level 4 lockdown, the Police tweeted, “Go Home, Stay Home. You’re It”, in reference to a favourite childhood game for many of us. At the time, I thought it was clever and humorous social media, but I didn’t appreciate how well...

An opportunity we must take

Anyone doubting the thoroughness with which the Commerce Commission would conduct its market study into competition issues concerning consumers, retailers and suppliers in the grocery sector would have been well and truly silenced by their draft report. At a whopping...