Trade in the Year of the Ox

I’m running a bit late with Chinese New Year good wishes, but 新年快乐 / 新年快樂 (Xīnnián kuàilè) to all members of the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council and readers of FMCG Business of Chinese descent. I hope the Year of the Ox is a fortunate one for all parts of our...

Another year of challenge and change

Challenge and change defined 2020 like few other years in food & grocery, and they’re set define 2021 too, though (fingers crossed) not in quite the same way. I’m confident the supply chain legends of 2020 will retain their place in industry history. Rather, 2021...

Rocks under the towel

Wow – what a year that’s coming to an end! Usually at this time we’re saying, ‘let’s put that one behind us, have a decent break and start afresh next year’, and be relatively sure that will happen. But this year I’m afraid it’s not going to be that simple. There are...

Tackling grocery sector competition problems

Before the election, the Labour Party said it would get the Commerce Commission to undertake a market study into grocery pricing. Jacinda Ardern said there is “some evidence to suggest competition problems exist in these markets”. Though the Food & Grocery Council...

Now is the time to create change

With the supply chain challenges of the March and April Covid-19 lockdown and the Auckland Alert Level 3 border problems successfully behind them, suppliers of food and groceries are now able to turn their full attention to another issue – rebuilding their businesses...

How to keep food on the shelf in Auckland

How to keep food on the shelf in Auckland? The short answer is to let essential food workers travel to their factories in and out of Auckland, says FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich. For the longer explanation about changes that need to be made to the current...

Re-setting the obesity narrative

The Covid-19 lockdowns forced changes on all of us, workwise and personally. But it wasn’t just in the 12 weeks we were subject to some form of social distancing. In the early weeks of Level 1 we also saw how some of those changes were sticking, and could do so well...

Re-setting the narrative on obesity

Whether people follow the grocery sector in detail or take a casual interest as shoppers, most would be aware of the transformation that has taken place in supermarket aisles over the past decade as manufacturers work hard to develop and launch healthier formulations...

Shopping in a post Covid-19 world

There’s been a lot of speculation about what our post Covid-19 world will look like, and how our daily lives will change and our businesses might have to adapt. Long-term, it’s anyone’s guess, and will depend on how quickly the world can rid itself of the virus and...

Lockdown grocery shopping trends set to continue

The food and grocery industry has just experienced a period like no other. The eight or so weeks leading to our exit from COVID-19 Alert Level 3 have been a time of pressure not seen since the days of rationing during the Great Depression and World War II. As demand...