‘Commerce Commission has two viable choices’

‘Commerce Commission has two viable choices’

Stuff business reporter Tom Pullar-Strecker has summarised the Commerce Commission’s 7 days of online hearings in its Grocery Market Study. He writes the Commission has been left with two viable choices: attempt to clear the way for “like-for-like” competition for a...
‘Commerce Commission has two viable choices’

Grocery sector and the case for change

NZ Herald reporter Kate MacNamara interviews Katherine Rich and looks at the supermarket duopoly, the market study, and the changes needed. It begins: “The goliath market power of New Zealand’s supermarket duopoly is now clearly in slingshot range of the...
Foodstuffs NI finally acknowledges industry problems

Foodstuffs NI finally acknowledges industry problems

Foodstuffs North Island’s announcement it agrees with the establishment of a Grocery Code of Conduct is the first time it has acknowledged there is a serious problem with competition in the sector, says the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council. “This is an epic...
Supply chain holding up very well

Supply chain holding up very well

New Zealand’s grocery supply chain is holding up very well despite the increased pressure of the lockdowns and the closure of some supermarkets in Auckland, says Katherine Rich. “There are no shortages of food and groceries that I’m aware of, nor do we expect any....

Grocery market study report shows big problems in sector

The Food & Grocery Council welcomes the Commerce Commission’s draft report on its market study into the grocery sector. “This is a most thorough report that delves very deeply into all the market and competition issues concerning consumers, retailers and...
FGC’s folic acid fortification stance based on the science 

FGC’s folic acid fortification stance based on the science 

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council notes the Government’s decision today to mandate the addition of folic acid to flour. Members of FGC have been voluntarily fortifying bread for many years now. FGC will support its members to meet the Government’s target in...
FGC launches parliamentary petition on Grocery Code of Conduct

FGC launches parliamentary petition on Grocery Code of Conduct

The Food & Grocery Council has launched a petition asking Parliament to support a Grocery Code of Conduct in New Zealand. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says she hopes the Commerce Commission’s market study into supermarkets will help pave the way for the...

Review of supermarkets would be ‘positive’ for suppliers

A market review of supermarkets would be positive for the food supplier industry, says FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich. Labour has pledged to launch a review before the end of this year if it is re-elected, saying it had seen “some evidence to suggest competition...

Food and grocery supply back to normal

The supply of food and grocery products to New Zealand supermarkets, Four Squares and dairies is back to normal. FGC CEO Katherine Rich says the few gaps in supply that were apparent in Levels 4 and 3 – due solely to stockpiling and some panic buying – have now...

COVID-19: Statement from NZFGC CEO Katherine Rich

Food and grocery manufacturers are facing some challenges accessing some ingredients and packaging in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus but it’s nothing that can’t be handled. Suppliers have no general concerns about their ability to continue to supply the vast...