Arataki turns to solar – and cardboard

Arataki turns to solar – and cardboard

One of New Zealand’s biggest honey producers and exporters, Arataki Honey, has announced two major sustainability initiatives involving power use and packaging. It has installed 250 solar panels at its production plant in Hawke’s Bay that it hopes will halve its...
FGC gets grant to tackle retail, supply chain safety

FGC gets grant to tackle retail, supply chain safety

FGC is one of five organisations to receive a grant from ACC to develop projects to help reduce injuries in the workplace. The $1.5 million grant is part of a $22 million injury prevention programme by ACC that includes the forestry and construction industries and...
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

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...
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