Food and grocery supply back to normal

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...
Senior doctors’ association naïve over obesity call

Senior doctors’ association naïve over obesity call

The senior doctors’ association is naïve in thinking any government can pass laws that will make people brush their teeth or eat less, says FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich. She is responding to calls by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists for the...
Bluebird reformulation adds to healthier options

Bluebird reformulation adds to healthier options

Reformulation work by Pepsico to remove much of the saturated fat from its major snacks brands is a great initiative that continues the industry’s path to developing healthier options, says the NZ Food & Grocery Council. “Switching to canola oil to remove up to...
FGC welcomes Govt response to obesity taskforce report

FGC welcomes Govt response to obesity taskforce report

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council welcomes the Government’s positive response to the report of Food Industry Taskforce on Addressing Factors Contributing to Obesity, released today. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says she is encouraged Ministers David Clark...
Synlait purchase of Dairyworks great for industry

Synlait purchase of Dairyworks great for industry

Synlait Milk’s acquisition of Canterbury company Dairyworks is great news for the New Zealand dairy industry, says Katherine Rich. “This is an exciting development. It brings together two innovative companies and reunites a dairy industry dream team of Leon Clement...
Forcing up price of unhealthy food ‘not answer’

Forcing up price of unhealthy food ‘not answer’

The Food & Grocery Council shares concerns by Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare around diabetes and obesity, says Katherine Rich, but it doesn’t believe forcing up the price of unhealthy food and drink is the answer. Mrs Rich was asked by the NZ Herald to...
FGC welcomes proposals on unfair business conduct

FGC welcomes proposals on unfair business conduct

The NZ Food & Grocery Council welcomes the Government’s proposals to introduce legislation prohibiting “unconscionable”, or unfair, business conduct and protecting businesses from unfair contract terms. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says this is a pro-business...

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...
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