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...
Industry to work with Govt as sugar tax off table

Industry to work with Govt as sugar tax off table

The food industry is ready to work with the Government on further ways of tackling the obesity epidemic, says FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich. She was commenting on a report quoting Health Minister David Clark that he had no plans for a sugar tax, but was instead...
Review backs FGC’s argument: sugar taxes don’t work

Review backs FGC’s argument: sugar taxes don’t work

The findings of an independent review into the effectiveness of sugar taxes on health backs up what FGC has been saying for years – that they make little or no difference. The report finds: “No study based on actual experience with sugar taxes has identified an impact...

Vogels dearer than in UK thanks to tax

Vogels bread in New Zealand is dearer than Vogels in the UK mainly because bread here attracts tax while it doesn’t in the UK, says FGC. Katherine Rich was asked by the NZ Herald to explain the difference in the price of Vogels between the two countries. She...

Selling expired best-before products – media response

New Zealand supermarkets are legally allowed to sell products after their “best before” dates if that’s what they want to do, says FGC. Fairfax Media asked FGC if it would support a move by New Zealand supermarkets to sell food beyond its “best before” date, following...

Health Stars driving reformulation, innovation

The Health Star Rating scheme is driving positive reformulation of current foods and the innovation of new ones, says FGC. The NZ Herald asked FGC if there had been any discussions with the new Health Minister, and if FGC members would be receptive to his wish to work...

Bad Taste Food Awards disappointing and a sham

Consumer NZ’s Bad Taste Food Awards are disappointing and a sham, says FGC. Katherine Rich says some of the ‘winners’ are the very products Consumer NZ encouraged people to vote for. “They said the motivation behind the awards was to “name and shame”, and it’s clear...
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