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...
Market study submissions published

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...
Auckland COVID border travel register open

Auckland COVID border travel register open

Essential Businesses can now apply for permission to cross the Auckland COVID border when the rest of the country moves to Alert Level 3 from 11.59pm tonight. Businesses with workers needing to cross the boundary can apply for Business Travel Documents if they meet...
COVID-19 not a food safety hazard, says FAO

COVID-19 not a food safety hazard, says FAO

The virus that causes COVID-19 is not a direct food safety concern, according to updated guidance from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. The guidance replaces interim guidance from the FAO and World Health Organisation on coronavirus and food...
Market study submissions published

Market study into grocery sector step closer

The market study into the grocery sector is a step closer today with the Commerce Commission announcing it will release its draft report on Thursday week – 29 July. It says it will deliver a brief presentation followed by a Q&A session, but due to the high...
Imported goods shortages as logistics issues hit

Imported goods shortages as logistics issues hit

The global supply network is under unprecedented pressure and New Zealand faces a double dose due to proximity and port issues, says FGC. Katherine Rich says: “Nothing is simple. Lead times for imported products have been stretched out by many weeks. “The cost...
Private labels harm suppliers and consumers

FGC members support mandatory Grocery Code of Conduct

FGC members emphatically support a mandatory Grocery Code of Conduct for New Zealand supermarkets. The key findings of an independent survey of members showed: 93% agreed a Code of Conduct is required to help rectify the power imbalance in the duopoly-dominated sector...
Market study submissions published

Market study submission comments published

The Commerce Commission has published comments from stakeholders responding to submissions on the Preliminary Issues paper for the market study into the grocery sector. FGC made a submission, as did Coeliac NZ, Foodstuffs North Island, and The Warehouse Group. The...
Market study submissions published

Commission seeks further feedback on market study

The Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on submissions received in response to its Preliminary Issues paper on the grocery sector market study. It says it received “an extremely positive response” to its online surveys, which were designed to help build a detailed...