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...
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...
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