The year ahead: working together

I’m picking a very interesting year ahead for the FMCG sector. There’s no doubt from a suppliers’ point of view that profitability will be the main focus, but issues such as labelling, packaging and obesity will continue to loom large, as they have done for quite a...
Tackling packaging issues

Tackling packaging issues

The management of supermarkets and consumer goods companies has taken on quite a change in recent times – and there’s more to come. After decades of grocers scurrying around filling boxes with shoppers’ orders, and decades more of them carrying plastic bags to the...
Innovations in workplace wellness

Innovations in workplace wellness

Workplace Wellness programmes are often thought to be the domain of only large corporates, and beyond the resources of smaller businesses, but this does not need to be the case. When I look around the members of the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council, I often see...
Sugary drinks sales drop but no tax in sight

Sugary drinks sales drop but no tax in sight

In the debate around how to tackle the complex issue of obesity, sugar continues to attract the most attention. For the most part, those railing against it believe taxes to be the single best solution. But with the Government saying it prefers to work with the food...
Top speakers one benefit of membership

Top speakers one benefit of membership

Chief among the benefits that companies get from belonging to the Food and Grocery Council is exclusive access to information, seminars and networking events. These cover anything from export, health & safety, and sales strategies, to retail data and insights,...
When alcohol clouds judgment

When alcohol clouds judgment

People often do and say silly things where alcohol is involved. I’m not meaning just those who may consume too much of it, rather those who try to make it as difficult as possible for reasonable New Zealanders who want to supply or purchase beer and wine from a...
Now They’re Attacking Our Treats

Now They’re Attacking Our Treats

Now they’re going too far. As if years of using erroneous figures as “evidence” to back calls for taxes on sugar in everyday foods and beverages wasn’t bad enough, anti-food campaigners are now turning to some of the things that bring a little joy to our lives –...
Big Change Predicted for Supermarkets

Big Change Predicted for Supermarkets

Last month I wrote about predictions by some food industry experts on the shape of the food industry in 2050. When some of panelists from our industry were asked at the Food for the Future summit in Singapore what they thought the food world would look like in 30...
Our Food Future – Plant-based Food Only?

Our Food Future – Plant-based Food Only?

No stock farms, no animal ingredients in any foods, and definitely no meat section in supermarkets. It doesn’t sound right, but according to some food industry leaders it’s what the food world could look like just 30 years from now. Last month I was at the Food for...
No Surprises as  Obesity Dominates Discussion

No Surprises as Obesity Dominates Discussion

As predicted, the food industry year is shaping up to be dominated by what more can be done to reduce obesity. This is no surprise since New Zealand’s obesity rate remains one of the highest in the developed world. It’s a problem everyone should be concerned about. As...
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