Bureaucracy to fore in business RATs access

Bureaucracy to fore in business RATs access

The Government couldn’t have set-up a more bureaucratic system for businesses trying to access rapid antigen tests, says FGC. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says under the new system announced yesterday, workers have to front up with at least six different...
Worker exemptions will keep supply chains open

Worker exemptions will keep supply chains open

Exemptions for critical workers announced by the Government will make a big difference to keeping food and grocery supply chains working. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says the new exemption scheme is one the food and grocery sector has been demanding for some time,...
Bureaucracy to fore in business RATs access

Govt intercepts companies’ RAT kits

Orders by food and grocery companies of many thousands of Rapid Antigen Test kits have been intercepted by the Government to bolster its low stocks, says FGC. In most cases, companies had been invoiced and paid a deposit, only for orders to be cancelled. One company...
Worker exemptions will keep supply chains open

Review stand-down periods to ensure supply, says FGC

The Government should review stand-down periods for close contacts, the definition of a close contact, and enable businesses to readily access rapid antigen testing, says Katherine Rich. Doing this will help ensure New Zealand’s food and grocery supply chains...
Sunscreen survey: sales hit record

Sunscreen survey: sales hit record

Kiwis are buying sunscreen products at astonishing levels, with a 9.9% year-on-year increase in sales revealed today as the country continues to bask in a long, hot summer, setting a category record for the past three years. The New Zealand Suncare Initiative and New...
‘Commerce Commission has two viable choices’

‘Commerce Commission has two viable choices’

Stuff business reporter Tom Pullar-Strecker has summarised the Commerce Commission’s 7 days of online hearings in its Grocery Market Study. He writes the Commission has been left with two viable choices: attempt to clear the way for “like-for-like” competition for a...
‘Commerce Commission has two viable choices’

Grocery sector and the case for change

NZ Herald reporter Kate MacNamara interviews Katherine Rich and looks at the supermarket duopoly, the market study, and the changes needed. It begins: “The goliath market power of New Zealand’s supermarket duopoly is now clearly in slingshot range of the...
Foodstuffs NI finally acknowledges industry problems

Foodstuffs NI finally acknowledges industry problems

Foodstuffs North Island’s announcement it agrees with the establishment of a Grocery Code of Conduct is the first time it has acknowledged there is a serious problem with competition in the sector, says the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council. “This is an epic...
Supply chain holding up very well

Supply chain holding up very well

New Zealand’s grocery supply chain is holding up very well despite the increased pressure of the lockdowns and the closure of some supermarkets in Auckland, says Katherine Rich. “There are no shortages of food and groceries that I’m aware of, nor do we expect any....

Grocery market study report shows big problems in sector

The Food & Grocery Council welcomes the Commerce Commission’s draft report on its market study into the grocery sector. “This is a most thorough report that delves very deeply into all the market and competition issues concerning consumers, retailers and...
FGC’s folic acid fortification stance based on the science 

FGC’s folic acid fortification stance based on the science 

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council notes the Government’s decision today to mandate the addition of folic acid to flour. Members of FGC have been voluntarily fortifying bread for many years now. FGC will support its members to meet the Government’s target in...