Suppliers caught in Coles-Woolworths crossfire

Suppliers caught in Coles-Woolworths crossfire

Suppliers to the Australian supermarket duopoly of Coles and Woolworths are being squeezed as the companies fight for market share, according to a brand building specialist. Troy McKinna says to steal market share from each other and to combat ALDI’s low prices, Coles...
Woolworths increases lead in Australia market

Woolworths increases lead in Australia market

Woolworths has increased its lead as Australia’s top grocery retailer, taking its share of the total grocery market to 34% last year, up 1.4 percentage points on a year earlier, according to market research company Roy Morgan’s Supermarket & Fresh Food Currency...
Heinz Wattie’s boss Mike Pretty chairs FGC

Heinz Wattie’s boss Mike Pretty chairs FGC

Heinz Wattie’s Managing Director Mike Pretty is the new Chair of the NZ Food and Grocery Council. He replaces Tim Deane, former Managing Director of Goodman Fielder NZ, who has moved to a position outside the industry, as executive general manager business banking at...
More than 4100 products with Health Stars

More than 4100 products with Health Stars

There are now more than 4100 food products in supermarkets with Health Star Rating labels on them. As at 31 March 2019, there were 2449 products from FGC-member companies, with the remainder being the home brands of Foodstuffs and Countdown, and non-FGC members. The...

GS1’s Connect 2019 in April

GS1’s Connect 2019 conference will be held on 11 April in Auckland. It’s entitled ‘The identification of everything makes anything possible’. An impressive list of speakers include from Amazon, Google, NZ Food & Grocery Council, Foodstuffs, Consumer NZ, and...
Port, carriers tackle container bottleneck

Port, carriers tackle container bottleneck

Ports of Auckland and the National Road Carriers Association are combining forces to improve delivery times and prevent delays of containers at the port. The move follows FGC asking importer members if they had trouble getting containers through Auckland in the wake...

Kiwis lead APEC achievement on non-tariff measures

The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) has been congratulated for work that has led to the adoption by APEC Ministers of an important set of principles on non-tariff measures. NZ International Business Forum Executive Director Stephen Jacobi has singled out ABAC...
Learnings for all as shoppers seek convenience

Learnings for all as shoppers seek convenience

The face of grocery shopping is changing rapidly as people become busier and live in smaller spaces, and so look for convenience in choosing, buying and consuming food, according to a new report. The ‘Quest for Convenience’, by Nielsen, looks at changing...
Pressure on exporters to China as locals step up

Pressure on exporters to China as locals step up

The pressure is on food and beverage importers to China to innovate as local brands increase market share, according to new research. Local Chinese brands grew by 7.7% in 2017, capturing 98% of market growth, while foreign brands grew by just 0.4%. Food Navigator-Asia...
NZ gets world launch of stevia-only Coke

NZ gets world launch of stevia-only Coke

The New Zealand food industry’s product reformulation drive has received a huge vote of approval with the world launch here of the ground-breaking Coca-Cola Stevia No Sugar. It’s the first Coca-Cola product sweetened only with stevia, which is derived from the leaf of...

Danone expansion shows confidence in NZ

Danone’s $25 million upgrade of its blending and milk processing plant in Auckland is further evidence of how vital New Zealand is in its regional operation, says Katherine Rich. The multi-national company has officially opened its Early Life Nutrition plant, and Mrs...

Barker’s, T&G Global win at NZ Food Awards

FGC members Barker’s of Geraldine and T&G Global scored awards at the Massey University New Zealand Food Awards. Barker’s won a category for the third year in a row, this year for a new product in the Villa Maria Non-Alcoholic Beverages Award catergory – Squeezed...
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