FGC responds to claims over packaged food

FGC has responded to claims by researchers that half of packaged food on supermarket shelves is unhealthy and that Health Stars should be mandatory as a result. Katherine Rich says supermarkets carry many thousands of options, and it depends entirely on what people...
Choice’s claims over Health Stars unfair, misleading

Choice’s claims over Health Stars unfair, misleading

Claims by Australian consumer watchdog Choice concerning the Health Star Rating system are unfair and misleading, says FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich. She was responding to an article published by Supermarket News, which quoted Choice as calling for a review of...
Sugar tax claim not backed by facts

Sugar tax claim not backed by facts

A claim that a tax of 10% on sugary drinks will reduce long-term consumption by 10% is not backed up by the facts, says the Food & Grocery Council. Otago University researchers say this in a report after looking at places where taxes on sugary drinks have been...
First-of-its-kind online manual handling resource

First-of-its-kind online manual handling resource

A first-of-its-kind online tool to train employees in how to avoid manual handling injuries has been developed and launched by the NZ Food & Grocery Council. The First Move Manual Handling Programme is an easy-to-use and effective course that addresses the risks...
Costco will be good for suppliers, consumers

Costco will be good for suppliers, consumers

Bulk discount retailer Costco will be good for both New Zealand suppliers and consumers. FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich welcomed the announcement that the world’s second biggest retailer is seeking consents to build a 14,000sqm warehouse in Westgate in Auckland....
Call for donations for Christchurch

Call for donations for Christchurch

NZFGC made a call-out to members and FMCG companies and organisations around the world to donate to support families affected by the mosque shootings in Christchurch.  The call to the international community was made via Katherine Rich’s LinkedIn page. Here is...
Stronger penalties for food tampering welcomed

Stronger penalties for food tampering welcomed

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council supports Nathan Guy’s Private Members Bill to increase the penalties for those who intentionally contaminate food. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says that over the years, the Food & Grocery Council has advocated for a...
Document on unfair business conduct welcomed

Document on unfair business conduct welcomed

The Food & Grocery Council welcomes the launch of a discussion document outlining proposals to prohibit unfair business conduct and to protect businesses from unfair contract terms. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says the launch of the paper by Commerce and...
Move on sale of energy drinks to children not necessary

Move on sale of energy drinks to children not necessary

Any move to impose an age restriction on the sale of energy drinks to New Zealand children is not necessary, says the Food & Grocery Council. “Age restrictions are not supported by consumption evidence and are unnecessary,” says Chief Executive Katherine Rich....
Media response: length of time products on sale

Media response: length of time products on sale

  Stuff asked FGC if it was common knowledge among suppliers that products tend to be on sale longer over the course of a year in Australia than New Zealand. Why is the Kiwi market so much more price-driven? Is it a product of the high cost of groceries here compared...

Media response: more behind higher milk prices

Stuff recently published a story entitled ‘Milking it: NZ’s milk price: Who’s getting rich?’ It reported that milk prices were “astoundingly high,” citing that the price for a litre of fresh milk in Germany was the equivalent of $1.51 compared to $2.37 in...
China dairy market growth great for NZ

China dairy market growth great for NZ

Huge growth being experienced in the China consumer dairy market can only be great news for New Zealand exporters, says Katherine Rich. Analysis by global market research company Innova Market Insights shows dairy product growth from 2016 to 2017 was 44%, while the...
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