NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs North Island acquires Highland Park Shopping Centre

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Ltd is excited to announce the purchase of the well-established Highland Park Shopping Centre, with a view to eventually bringing a new shopping option to the high growth East Auckland area.

The Centre will be redeveloped over time. The redevelopment will be designed to accommodate existing retailers and to ultimately include a PAK’nSAVE supermarket. The co-operative believes the proposed redevelopment will offer locals the opportunity to enjoy New Zealand’s lowest food prices.

The current owners, Highland Centre Limited, have owned the Highland Park Shopping Centre for 20 years. Over this time, they have come to know many of their tenants personally, as such, the decision to sell was given a great deal of thought.

“After all these years we are pleased to be able to sell to a 100% New Zealand owned company which is committed to providing a valuable service to the Highland Park and wider East Auckland community,” says Mark Townsend, Director, Highland Centre Limited.

Lindsay Rowles, Foodstuffs North Island General Manager, Property Development says, “The purchase is an exciting milestone for the Co-operative. While we are still very much in the planning and evaluation stage, we are considering adding a PAK’nSAVE to the Highland Park and wider Eastern Bays area, which ultimately means we are able to offer customers more choice.”

“The details are still to be worked through. Our focus right now is on working with the existing tenants to ensure they have all the information they need as the redevelopment begins to take shape.”

The rights and interests of existing tenants will be taken into account, including the Countdown supermarket in the Centre which is not directly affected by the current redevelopment proposal.

Colliers has been appointed by Foodstuffs North Island as the managing agent for the Highland Park Shopping Centre. They are handling the process on behalf of Foodstuffs and are responsible for all property, facilities and marketing management associated with the site.

“We know the news that Foodstuffs has purchased the Shopping Centre could mean uncertainty for its current tenants, and we are very mindful of this”, says Rowles.

“The Foodstuff team wants all tenants, some of whom have been here for many years, to feel supported and, with Colliers, are endeavouring to make this process as seamless as possible.

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs North Island Ltd

Foodstuffs North Island to develop one of New Zealand’s largest office and distribution centres at The Landing Business Park, Auckland Airport

  • Designed for our future and to deliver great value for customers at PAK’nSAVE, New World, Four Square, Gilmours, Liquorland and Fresh Collective
  • Construction starts in 2018 with completion scheduled for late 2020, as next stage of Foodstuffs’ nearly 100-year commitment to New Zealand

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2018-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island has announced that it is moving its primary Distribution Centre (DC) and Support Office from its long term home in Roma Road in Mount Roskill and building an exciting and innovative complex at The Landing, Auckland Airport.

Chief Executive Chris Quin, says Foodstuffs North Island has been at its current site for 53 years and is rapidly outgrowing that space.

“We’ve been an important part of New Zealanders’ lives and communities for nearly 100 years and we plan on being around for many years to come. To do this we need better facilities to deliver what our customers at PAK’nSAVE, New World, Four Square, Gilmours and Liquorland and Fresh Collective need from us for the future. We’re planning significant future growth across the business and our success depends on being nimble, efficient and continuing to attract the best talent, who work in an agile and collaborative way.”

Foodstuffs has made some big changes over the past few years, guided by its purpose of making sure New Zealanders get more out of life. Foodstuffs’ supermarket customers, along with Gilmours and Liquorland, have seen major changes including the introduction of New World Clubcard, online shopping, support for Kiwi children in partnership with Eat My Lunch and new and improved Pams and Value products. The team has also been working on major sustainability programmes designed to drive waste out of the business and look after New Zealand’s environment.

Behind the scenes Foodstuffs has been working hard to improve efficiency and allow the business to keep prices low and quality and service high.

“Key to our success is developing a world-class supply chain to ensure we have a great offer for our customers in store and online every day. This new 65,000m2 distribution centre and 5 Greenstar rated office complex will be at the heart and will enable our Co-op to work more collaboratively and effectively.”

It’s also proposed to consolidate three Foodstuffs facilities in Auckland into one best-in-class complex. The Co-op will continue to operate two DCs and a Support Centre in Palmerston North and a Support Centre in Wellington.

As part of these changes Foodstuffs North Island is proposing to close the Rotorua DC at the end of 2020 and move those operations to the new DC. Quin says, “In making the decision to build the new DC, we have been looking at all the options possible to make the Upper North Island operations as efficient as possible and fit for purpose over the next 30 years. Long term, we believe that the best option is to support our Upper North Island stores with one purpose-built Ambient DC.

“We wanted to share our proposal to close the Rotorua DC with our teams early in the project. If the proposal does go ahead, we feel it would be the right thing to do to give the team lots of notice and time to plan for the change.”

Foodstuffs North Island has yet to decide the future of its Roma Road site and will be working closely with a number of stakeholders, including local government, to determine the best use of the land in the interests of Auckland. “The Mt Roskill site is now considered almost inner-city – and we’re excited about unlocking this space.”

Quin says, “Right now, it’s about continuing to deliver for customers every day. We’ll remain at our legendary home in Mt Roskill until the new site is ready in 2020 and then we’ll be packing up and moving out to a bright, new, expansive future at The Landing.

“Our customers’ needs are changing fast and we believe all New Zealanders deserve more of what matters to them. For some this is more inspiration, more choice, more convenience, more value and more help making healthier food choices. For others, it’s all these things and more. We need to make sure we’re ready to face these changes head on.

“Based at the gateway to Aotearoa, our 100% New Zealand owned company will have a fantastic new centre with service at its heart. We’re totally committed to playing a key role in New Zealand’s future and helping meet the needs and aspirations of our team and customers.”


Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs

Foodstuffs North Island becomes Eat My Lunch strategic investor

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Sep-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Eat My Lunch today announced a new partnership with Foodstuffs North Island Limited. The collaboration aims to enable Eat My Lunch to feed more Kiwi kids with support from the 100% New Zealand owned supermarket chain community reach and distribution channels.

Foodstuffs North Island joins Eat My Lunch as a strategic investor to assist them with growing scale and to maximise the proven social benefits the programme provides to children in need.

Eat My Lunch, is on a mission to ensure no Kiwi kid goes to school hungry. Currently, founder Lisa King and the team deliver around 1,700 GIVE* lunches a day to 48 schools across Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton.

“But this is only scratching the surface of the need. Our intel suggests there are at least 25,000 children in New Zealand going to school every day without lunch,” says King.

“Securing a partner like Foodstuffs is really exciting for us. Their ability to contribute both financially and in real terms by giving us access to their supply chain and wider community through their network of stores is invaluable and they will give us the freedom to grow.

“This collaboration will help us take a giant step towards achieving our mission goal of 25,000 free GIVE lunches a day for Kiwi kids in need. As a business we really needed a strategic partner like Foodstuffs to invest in us and help us realise our goals

Chris Quin, CEO for Foodstuffs North Island says the supermarket group was drawn to Eat My Lunch due to its innovative business model and the ability to make a scalable and significant impact on a growing social problem.

“As a 100% New Zealand owned company which is inherently based on individual owners’ entrepreneurship, being able to invest in a business like Eat My Lunch feels right,” says Quin. “Lisa and the team are not only entrepreneurial but they are filling an important social need. Contributing to their success is an awesome opportunity and an absolute privilege. We just want to stand behind them and empower the team.

“The initiative goes right to the heart of what matters to us – it’s about giving New Zealand kids the chance to realise their potential and get more out of life.  This awesome programme is practical and effective – we all know that full tummies give children more energy to learn and grow.”

The investment will be used to scale up the number of GIVE lunches, and extend the service throughout the country. Eat My Lunch retains a controlling interesting in the business.

*For every lunch purchased, Eat My Lunch GIVE a free lunch to a Kiwi kid in need.

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

SOURCE: Foodstuffs North Island

Foodstuffs North Island sells its Silverstream site to Farrah’s

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island has sold its 4.0369ha site at 57 Kiln Street, Silverstream for an undisclosed sum. The supermarket company put the site on the market in March and tenders closed on April 12.

“Foodstuffs has been on this site since 1981, but no longer requires the entire 23,500sqm warehouse and office complex. We’re pleased that it will continue to be used for food purposes as it has been purchased by Upper Hutt company Farrah’s. The family behind Farrah’s have been making tortillas and wraps in the Wellington region since 1999,” Foodstuffs North Island General Manager of Property Development Lindsay Rowles says.

Farrah’s is a successful business with humble beginnings. Owners Farrah and Jovan Čanak started out by stretching and cooking each wrap by hand.

“In 1999, a friend who owned a local kebab shop commented that he couldn’t find a tortilla wrap that wouldn’t crack or split when rolled. That’s what sparked our business idea. An old fish ‘n chip shop became our first bakery, and we cooked each wrap on a hot plate over an open flame. We even went to Mexico and the USA to refine our craft,” Jovan Čanak says.

The company intends to start construction at Kiln Street in November, and will turn the site into a world-class export facility, meaning it will continue to grow as valuable employer to the region.

“Foodstuffs is now seeking office space in the Hutt Valley for the 100 or so staff we have in Wellington,” Rowles says. “This is a chance for us to significantly upgrade our office premises for our Wellington staff and provide them with a more modern working environment,” Rowles says.

The sale means Foodstuffs will close its bottling plant at Silverstream in mid-August.

“We went to market with the idea of leasing back part of the site in order to retain the bottling plant, but in the end, the offer for the entire site made the best economic sense for our business. We have elected to outsource our bottling services to an external supplier,” Rowles says.

“There are six bottling plant roles affected by this decision and we’re looking for ways we can redeploy the affected staff within Foodstuffs,” Rowles says.

The Kiln Street site has a 17,708sqm warehouse and 5,773sqm of office space, with 167 carparks. It was marketed for sale by Bayleys Real Estate.



Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre
Phone: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs North Island announceS divestment plan for its Kiln Street site

Foodstuffs North Island has announced that it is marketing for sale its 4.0369ha site at 57 Kiln Street, Silverstream in Upper Hutt.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Foodstuffs is committed to maintaining its Wellington operations, but no longer requires the entire 23,500sqm warehouse and office complex and is assessing options to either sell the site and take a leaseback over a portion of space or to move its office staff to an alternative location within the Hutt Valley,” Foodstuffs North Island’s General Manager of Property Development Lindsay Rowles says.

“We have more space than we need at Kiln Street so it makes good business sense for us to look at alternatives.

“Our intention is to work with prospective purchasers to lease back part of the Kiln Street site in the short to medium term,” Rowles says. “Our bottling plant may remain in a portion of the warehouse at Kiln Street on a leaseback arrangement. We will also lease back space in the short to medium term for our support centre staff, depending upon availability of suitable alternative premises in the Hutt Valley and feedback from prospective purchasers.

“Given the strength of the current property market, it’s a good time for us to sell our Kiln Street property and reinvest the funds in our store network,” Rowles says.

The Kiln Street site has a 17,708sqm warehouse and 5,773sqm of office space, with 167 carparks. It is being marketed for sale by Bayleys. Tenders are open from March 10 until April 12.


Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

Foodstuffs North Island to open brand new New World Milford store in April 2016

Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-12-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —Foodstuffs North Island has today announced that the replacement New World Milford will open in April 2016.  The brand new store is currently under construction on Kitchener Road, Milford, after the old store was demolished in March 2015.

“We had originally intended for New World Milford to open just in time for Christmas 2015,” says Angela Bull, Foodstuffs North Island General Manager, Property Development “but we have encountered some site issues which means unfortunately we are now not able to open the store until April 2016.”

“While we are disappointed about the delay, we think the result when the new store opens will be well worth it.  New World Milford will have 40% more retail space than the old store with a fantastic fresh food offer and plenty of space and natural light.  We would like to thank our customers and the community for being so patient and supportive as we build the new store and we look forward to welcoming our customers when the doors to New World Milford open in April.”


Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd
95 May Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0508
Fax: +64 9 621 0987

Foodstuffs North Island recalls Beehive Shaved Ham Family Pack 200 grams

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island is following normal recall procedures and is working with the supplier.

We are aware that this recall has affected the following New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in the Lower North Island all of whom have been notified and the product has been removed from shelves;

  • New World Levin
  • New World Wellington City
  • PAK’nSAVE Kilbirnie
  • PAK’nSAVE New Plymouth
  • PAK’nSAVE Masterton

If you have purchased Beehive Shaved Ham Family Pack 200 grams with the use by date of 26 January 2016, batch number 335322, please do not consume the product and return it to the store of purchase for a complete refund.

If consumers have any concern about their health or that of their family then they should seek advice from their local medical practitioner, or call the Ministry of Health’s Healthline (0800 611 116).

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601


New Zealand: Foodstuffs North Island consolidates a number of its wholesale Cash’n Carry stores

Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-6-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Ltd has today confirmed that as part of an extensive review of its wholesale business and following consultation with affected staff, it is consolidating a number of its wholesale Cash’n Carry stores – resulting in the closure over the next couple of months of Toops Napier, Toops New Plymouth, Gilmours Panmure, Gilmours Henderson and Gilmours Rotorua.

Doug Cochrane, General Manager Retail, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd says, “We need to meet the evolving needs of our customers and to do this we need to have a network of well located, large format stores, offering a consistent customer experience and product range across the North Island. Unfortunately, these five wholesale stores due to their size or location were not suitable to be turned into the large format stores customers will require for the future.”

The store closures will affect a total of 128 full and part time employees.

“The decision to close these stores was not taken lightly,” says Cochrane. “We are absolutely committed to helping our staff during this tough time and providing all the support we can. With the support of the local community and our wider co-operative, we will be working hard to find our people job opportunities within the Foodstuffs network of stores, in particularly in the 60 businesses across the regions these stores are located in.  We have identified over 100 job opportunities currently available within the Foodstuffs network and we are confident that many more job opportunities will be found in the coming days.”

“We recognise that financially this decision will have an impact on staff so a ‘Care Programme’ has been developed so we can provide all affected staff with financial and other support at the conclusion of their contracts.  Our staff have great skills and we are confident they will be an asset to anyone who takes them on. Concentrating on facilitating this process is a top priority for us right now and we have enlisted the support of external HR advisors to provide staff with CV writing and interview skills.”

“The teams at all these stores do a great job and our decision to close the stores is absolutely no reflection on them,” says Cochrane. “We have been proudly servicing the wholesale market for many years, and we remain totally committed to delivering the best possible offer we can to our wholesale customers.  These changes are a direct reflection of us listening to our customers’ needs and our desire to provide the right offer to meet their long-term business requirements.”

Cochrane adds that while the decision to close the stores is a difficult one, he believes it is the best decision for customers.  “We will be investing in our seven remaining stores in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North and Wellington so that our wholesale business will provide a better store offer and help our customers run their businesses more effectively.”

Customers will continue to get great service throughout this period of change and service delivery customers of the affected stores will still be able to shop via the Service Delivery offering and have their products delivered direct to their premises.


Foodstuffs North Island names New Zealand business leader Chris Quin as its next CEO

Leading grocery co-operative Foodstuffs North Island (FSNI) has appointed the experienced New Zealand business leader Chris Quin as its next CEO.

FSNI Chairman Peter Anderson says Chris Quin has the leadership skills and business experience to take the co-op into a new phase of excellence in meeting the needs of New Zealand shoppers

North Island, New Zealand, 2015-5-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading grocery co-operative Foodstuffs North Island (FSNI) has appointed the experienced New Zealand business leader Chris Quin as its next CEO.

FSNI Chairman Peter Anderson says Chris Quin has the leadership skills and business experience to take the co-op into a new phase of excellence in meeting the needs of New Zealand shoppers.

“Chris is a Kiwi with the leadership qualities to take Foodstuffs North Island to the next level over the coming years. The co-op will be well-served by his people skills, track record in bringing teams together and growing substantial businesses.

“Chris understands the Kiwi consumer and the role of technology in serving them – these are essential ingredients in the changing landscape of grocery,” says Anderson.

Mr Quin has a twenty five year track record in leadership roles, primarily within the IT and telecommunications sector. Since 2012 he has been Chief Executive of the Home, Business and Mobile division of Spark NZ (previously Telecom NZ), serving Kiwi consumers and small businesses through call centres, online and a franchises network of 120 stores and business hubs.  Mr Quin resigned from Spark in January this year and finishes at the end of June, before commencing as CEO with Foodstuffs on 7 September.

“We undertook a global search and engaged with strong candidates from New Zealand, the UK, Europe and the US. After that rigorous process, the fact that the best person for the job is a Kiwi is a bonus and a credit to New Zealand business leaders,” says Anderson.

Chris Quin says he is delighted to join Foodstuffs North Island which employs more than 22,000 people.

“Foodstuffs is a highly respected co-op that has served New Zealanders for over 90 years.  I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves to learn a lot more about the unique world of grocery and working with the team and almost 350 store owners to create a fantastic experience for Kiwi shoppers,” says Quin.

Quin received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in 2010 for his leadership achievements and contribution to the community.  He is chair of the business growth hub The Icehouse.

Anderson says the 2013 merger of the two former North Island Foodstuffs co-operatives to form FSNI is almost complete.  He praised the contribution of current FSNI Managing Director Murray Jordan who last year announced he would leave the business in mid-2015 to pursue professional board appointments.

“Murray has made a big difference to Foodstuffs over the past 11 years including increasing our sales and market share while implementing the merger at a time of considerable change.  It is a tribute to his leadership that we are now ready for new developments to benefit our customers, suppliers, staff and owner-operators.”

Murray Jordan will remain at the helm of FSNI until Chris Quin joins the co-op on 7 September.

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For information, contact:
Antoinette Laird
Corporate PR Director
Foodstuffs New Zealand
Mobile: 021 650 315

About Foodstuffs North Island
The creation of Foodstuffs North Island Ltd (FSNI) on 1 September 2013 created a business of considerable size and scale. FSNI has more than 1,900 employees across its two support centres and eight distribution centres that service 98 New Worlds, 41 PAK’nSAVE’s and 203 Four Square stores. FSNI operates wholesale cash and carry operations to service the needs of the non-member trade community: hospitality and foodservice trades, dairies, service stations and business customers. These are: Gilmours (upper North Island) and Toops (lower North Island).  Overall the business employs more than 22,000 people making it one of the largest employers in the country.

FSNI covers the entire North Island, while Foodstuffs South Island Ltd covers the entire South Island. Each of the regional co-operatives is owned by its retail members, and operates independently with its own board and management. There are no common members or shareholders.

The two regional co-operatives jointly own Foodstuffs (NZ) Limited, a small non-trading entity, which plays a very important role in expanding the organisation’s profile, and in representing the two co-operatives’ interests on issues of national or grocery-specific importance. Employing more than 30,000 people nationwide, the two Foodstuffs co-ops are proudly 100% Kiwi owned and operated. And because we’re local we understand the needs of our communities, and strive to provide the best shopping experience possible for our customers.

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Foodstuffs North Island names New Zealand business leader Chris Quin as its next CEO

Foodstuffs North Island names New Zealand business leader Chris Quin as its next CEO

New Zealand: Foodstuffs North Island Limited to refurbish New World Orewa located at Moana Ave, Orewa

Orewa, New Zealand, 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Limited is pleased to announce that it has lodged an application for resource consent to refurbish New World Orewa, located at Moana Ave, Orewa.

“The proposed refurbishment of New World Orewa will bring a lighter, brighter and better New World shopping experience for our customers,” says Angela Bull, General Manager Property Development, Foodstuffs North Island Limited. “The refurbishment will introduce plenty of natural light, wider aisles and a more spacious retail environment, plus plenty of car parking. The new look store means that we can provide an improved offer, with the great service, prices and range our customers expect from New World.”

As well as works inside the store, the car park will be expanded and its layout improved.

Subject to receiving resource consent, it is anticipated that work will start in the second quarter of 2015. The store will be open during the refurbishment and customers will be able to follow the progress as the new store takes shape.  There will be plenty of car parking and the New World staff will make sure customers can do all their shopping in a safe and convenient environment.

Catherine Versalko-West, the new owner operator of New World Orewa, is excited about the new look store. “I’m delighted to be in Orewa. I am really looking forward to providing our customers with a bigger and brighter store, with wide aisles, lots of exciting fresh food and grocery products, and all the great personal service our customers enjoy.”