Consumer NZ wants Minister to go further

Consumer NZ wants Minister to go further

Consumer NZ has launched a petition calling on Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark to go beyond the Commerce Commission’s recommendations in its report on the grocery sector, in order to bring about stronger competition. The Commission found...
Select committee agrees on Code of Conduct

Select committee agrees on Code of Conduct

A parliamentary select committee has agreed a Code of Conduct would help address issues of competition, uncompetitive behaviour, and lack of choice across the grocery sector. After considering a petition by FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich, it has suggested the...
Select committee agrees on Code of Conduct

So will the Govt break up the duopoly?

The likelihood or otherwise of the Government breaking up the supermarket duopoly is the subject of two fascinating pieces of analysis. In the most recent, Stuff business writer Tom Pullar-Strecker concludes the Government isn’t going to overrule the Commerce...
Select committee agrees on Code of Conduct

Govt may break up duopoly, next steps in May

Commerce Minister David Clark has given his strongest indication yet the Government could be about to break up New Zealand’s supermarket duopoly. Next steps will be announced in late May. In an interview on NewstalkZB about the 7.6% rise in food prices in the year to...
Could this be the new face of competition in supermarkets:

Could this be the new face of competition in supermarkets:

Could this be the new face of competition in NZ supermarkets: A 500g block of Tararua butter $4 compared to $7.30 and $6.79! A 1.2kg box of Weet-Bix $5 compared to $7.80! Greggs special blend instant coffee $1 compared to $2.49! The lower prices were all from The...
Health Stars on 3047 FGC products

Health Stars on 3047 FGC products

            NZFGC member companies continue to add food products to the Health Star Rating system despite the challenges of Covid – maintaining operations and an efficient supply chain and keeping staff safe. The latest update for Q3 and...
Health backtracks on claim over Rapid Antigen Tests

Health backtracks on claim over Rapid Antigen Tests

The Ministry of Health has backtracked on a claim by the Director-General of Health that RAT kits requisitioned from private businesses were not already in New Zealand when the Ministry took them, Stuff reports. It says last month, when news broke that the Ministry...
Grocery Market Study online conference

Grocery Market Study online conference

As the Commerce Commission’s virtual conference on its Grocery Market Study continues, commentator Ernie Newman reviews the first few days of what he calls compelling viewing. His article in the New Zealand Herald begins: “In a lockdown almost any pastime beats...
FGC and Consumer NZ join to combat supermarket power

FGC and Consumer NZ join to combat supermarket power

The NZ Food & Grocery Council and Consumer NZ have published a joint open letter to Parliament today calling for a shake-up of the supermarket industry. They want the following changes to benefit consumers and suppliers: A mandatory Code of Conduct for...
Consumer NZ wants Minister to go further

Market study submissions published

The Commerce Commission has today published the 87 submissions it has received on its draft report on the market study into the grocery sector. You can find them on their website along with NZFGC’s submission and a report we commissioned into the effects of private...
So what does the UK want for dinner these days?

So what does the UK want for dinner these days?

There are significant opportunities for New Zealand food and beverage exports in the United Kingdom in a post-Brexit world, according to a new report. It’s the latest Food and Beverage Information Project market research report and is entitled ‘What does the United...