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...
Whittaker’s most trusted and iconic brand – again

Whittaker’s most trusted and iconic brand – again

FGC members and brands have again dominated this year’s Most Trusted Brands consumer survey, led by Whittaker’s, which topped the list for an amazing seventh year in a row. But not only did consumers vote the chocolate company New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand across...
Graphic labels on treat foods ‘a silly idea’

Graphic labels on treat foods ‘a silly idea’

Putting graphic labels on so-called unhealthy or treat foods is a silly idea that’s based on no evidence, says FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich. She is commenting on a University of Melbourne study that theorises a brief exposure to graphic food product health...
Health Star products pass 2000 mark

Health Star products pass 2000 mark

The food industry is now producing 2003 products with Health Star Rating logos. The milestone was reached during the first quarter of the year and is a sharp jump from the 1891 products at 31 December last year, and 1744 at 30 September. That’s just industry products....
Companies live up to Healthy Kids Pledge

Companies live up to Healthy Kids Pledge

Food companies remain committed to continuing progress on product reformulation, according to FGC’s report to the Government on year 1 of the Healthy Kids Industry Pledge. The report to the Ministry of Health shows that many FGC member companies have been involved in...
Sugar tax chalkboard theory fails real-life test

Sugar tax chalkboard theory fails real-life test

Criticism by Otago University campaigners of analysis by NZIER economists on the effectiveness of a sugar tax is weak, says FGC. The campaigners called for New Zealand to follow the UK’s lead and introduce a tiered levy on sugar in drinks that sends a ‘price signal’...
Food & beverage reports good news

Food & beverage reports good news

The NZ Food and Grocery Council welcomes the release of the latest growth and investment reports on the food and beverage industry. The reports – Emerging Growth Opportunities in NZ Food & Beverage, Investment Opportunities in the NZ Chocolate Industry, and...
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