Katherine Rich: the whisper that roared

Katherine Rich: the whisper that roared

Katherine Rich began raising concerns about supermarket power in the grocery sector over a decade ago, speaking “with very much a whisper”, writes Kate MacNamara. But, as Kate reports, “over the years her voice has both strengthened and joined a...
Forcing duopoly to offer wholesale to competitors welcomed

Forcing duopoly to offer wholesale to competitors welcomed

Forcing the supermarket duopoly to negotiate wholesale offerings to competitors on commercial terms is a significant but necessary step if Kiwis are to see better choice and lower prices, says FGC. “This plan by the Government to inject more competition into the...
Perfect storm for suppliers as grocery prices rise

Perfect storm for suppliers as grocery prices rise

Grocery suppliers have been faced with a perfect storm as grocery prices rise, says FGC in response to analysis by consultants Infometrics. The analysis, which was commissioned by Foodstuffs NZ, shows grocery costs from suppliers rose 7.9% in July. Infometrics...
FGC, APCO join to increase packaging recyclability

FGC, APCO join to increase packaging recyclability

The recycling of packaging in New Zealand is set to increase thanks to a new partnership between FGC and the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation which will advance the uptake of the Australasian Recycling Label. The ARL is an on-pack labelling scheme that helps...
Commissioner will hold supermarkets’ feet to fire

Commissioner will hold supermarkets’ feet to fire

The Food & Grocery Council welcomes the Government’s latest steps towards better and fairer deals for supermarket shoppers and suppliers. “Establishing a Grocery Commissioner inside the Commerce Commission is a great move,” a spokesman says. “This shows very...
Restrictive supermarket covenants banned

Restrictive supermarket covenants banned

FGC welcomes the passing of legislation banning covenants that impede the development of land or the use of a site for a grocery store. The Commerce (Grocery Sector Covenants) Amendment Act 2022 deems such covenants as substantially reducing competition in the grocery...
Commissioner will hold supermarkets’ feet to fire

Proposal to broaden scope of covenants

FGC’s revealing submission on restrictive supermarket leases has been acted on by a select committee. The report-back on the Commerce (Grocery Sector Covenants) Amendment Bill by Parliament’s Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee includes a proposal...
Further anti-competitive behaviour by supermarkets revealed

Further anti-competitive behaviour by supermarkets revealed

FGC has revealed further anti-competitive behaviour by supermarkets, this time regarding the leases on their premises. Chief Executive Katherine Rich told the parliamentary select committee hearing the Commerce (Grocery Sector Covenants) Amendment Bill the leases ban...
Commissioner will hold supermarkets’ feet to fire

FGC welcomes Govt response to Market Study report

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council welcomes the Government’s response to the Commerce Commission’s report on its Market Study into the grocery sector, particularly the strong emphasis on a mandatory Code of Conduct – our goal since 2010. “It’s a major task...
Price ‘roll-back’ shows path to affordable groceries

Price ‘roll-back’ shows path to affordable groceries

Freezes and rollbacks by supermarkets on grocery prices are a recognition there’s a part for supermarkets to play in ensuring affordable groceries, says Katherine Rich. She says she suspects suppliers are paying for these reductions one way or another and “retailer...
Commissioner will hold supermarkets’ feet to fire

Grocery report a victory for suppliers

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council welcomes the Commerce Commission’s final report on its market study into the grocery sector. “We are delighted with the outcome – this is a victory for suppliers in terms of fairness, competition, and common sense,” says...
Pallet shortage caused by just-in-case approach

Pallet shortage caused by just-in-case approach

A shortage of pallets across New Zealand is being caused by businesses moving from a just-in-time to a just-in-case approach to managing stock in the face of Omicron. FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich said this pressure on the supply chain was caused by businesses...