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.

“Any gaps on shelves are purely caused by stores struggling to keep shelves filled during a rush on some products from time to time, but there are no shortages and there is plenty to go around.

“Suppliers were prepared for further lockdowns and remain well stocked.

“There have been Covid cases at several supplier companies, but these have been managed well. All companies have stringent protocols, as you would expect, including with regards to PPE, separate shifts, encouraging staff to get vaccinated, and CCTV on production lines to help in case of an outbreak.”