NEW ZEALAND: Synlait Milk to become the exclusive supplier of Foodstuffs’ private label fresh milk and cream

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2017-Dec-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Synlait Milk (NZX: SML; ASX: SM1) is partnering with Foodstuffs South Island Limited to become the Cooperative’s exclusive supplier of its private label fresh milk and cream from early 2019.

Synlait intends to invest approximately $125 million in an advanced liquid dairy packaging facility to supply Foodstuffs South Island.

The investment establishes a platform for Synlait to pursue a range of dairy-based products for domestic and export markets in the future.

“Combined, the partnership with Foodstuffs South Island and investment in a new facility is a further and significant step towards our goal of being a more diversified and balanced business,” says John Penno, Managing Director and CEO.

“We believe this opens up a new category – everyday dairy – and has the potential to both leverage our current position and explore new customers and markets.”

“This category represents the dairy products people consume every day. Our long-term success in this category will be based on our ability to win customers in the New Zealand market first and today we’re taking a foundational step towards that.”

Synlait’s partnership with Foodstuffs South Island is strategic for both parties.

“We are very proud of our Canterbury dairy farmers and the way they farm. We are excited about making our farmers’ fresh milk available to everyone in the South Island, in partnership with Foodstuffs,” says Mr Penno.

Fresh milk and cream from Synlait will be packaged in Value and Pams branded products, which are available across New World, PAK’nSAVE, Four Square, Raeward Fresh and On The Spot stores.

“The partnership allows the Cooperative to provide high quality fresh milk and cream to our customers. The partnership allows us to give our customers surety around milk supply with an innovative New Zealand-based milk supplier,” says Steve Anderson, CEO Foodstuffs South Island.

“In time, we are looking forward to collaborating with Synlait to create a range of new and innovative dairy-based products that our customers will enjoy.”

Synlait’s research and development centre in Palmerston North, which is a collaboration with Massey University and FoodPilot, will provide the technical new product development expertise needed to establish, validate and deliver these capabilities at Synlait.

The expected $125 million investment in an advanced liquid dairy packaging facility is aimed at delivering a state-of-the-art liquid blending and packaging platform. It will allow Synlait to produce fresh milk and cream for domestic use and the ability to pursue a range of dairy-based extended and long-life consumer products in future.

“This will be one of the most sophisticated fresh milk and cream processing facilities in New Zealand.”

“By leveraging what we have learnt about milk quality and blending dairy products in our infant formula business, we will deliver a great facility at Synlait Dunsandel,” says Mr Penno.

“Our everyday dairy category offers many B2B and B2C opportunities in the established and growing export milk and cream market.”

With a minimum annual capacity of 110 million litres, the facility will be capable of producing:

  • High-specification pasteurised milk and cream for domestic use
  • Extended shelf life (ESL) dairy products
  • Long-life milk and cream for export
  • Ready to drink (RTD) liquid infant formula and toddlers milks
  • Other blended dairy-based beverage products

Mr Penno says Synlait has proven experience from establishing and rapidly growing a successful infant formula business.

“We’ve demonstrated that we can introduce new capability, manufacture world-class product, build a profitable business around it and provide a long-term strategy for sustainable returns. This will be no different.”

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

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Foodstuffs North Island: New Zealand summer stonefruit season is here!

The summer stonefruit season is only 10 weeks long, from mid-December to March, but New Zealanders certainly make the most of it.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Figures from Summerfruit NZ show that in the 2016-17 season, New Zealanders consumed 4,064 tonnes of nectarines; 3,579 tonnes of peaches; 2,366 tonnes of plums; 1,737 tonnes of apricots and 1,683 tonnes of cherries.

Export volumes are much lower – apart from cherries, which do well in Asian countries. Around 66% of New Zealand’s cherries are exported – some 3,396 tonnes last year.
“Stonefruit is very much a summer product, and there’s a sense of urgency about it, because by the end of March it’s all gone,” Chairman of the Yummy Fruit Company John Paynter says. “When the weather is warm, people love summerfruit, it sells so well.”

Over those 10 weeks, the Yummy Fruit Company produces 2 million kilos of stonefruit from its Hawkes Bay orchards. Of this, 70 percent is sold through Foodstuffs’ supermarkets – New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square.

“We have a long-standing relationship with the Yummy Fruit Company,” Foodstuffs North Island’s GM Merchandise David Stewart says. “The quality of the stonefruit they provide us with is superb – our customers really look forward to it,” he says.

John Paynter and his sons are the fourth and fifth generation of Paynters to be involved in this family business.

“My family started growing fruit in Nelson in 1862, so that’s 155 years. I founded the Yummy brand in 1974. It’s a story of survival really. You don’t do this for the money – if you didn’t enjoy it, it would be really hard work. I have 100 people on my role of honour, who’ve been with the company for five years or more. There are some who’ve been with us for 40 years. The corporate knowledge is immense. You learn it on the job, it’s not something you learn at university. They are unbelievably dedicated people, and I want all of them to treat the business as if they own it.

“Our staff work six days a week over the summer, and long hours. The vagaries of the weather affect the dynamics of the business. You can have the best-laid plans, and then it’s wet in the morning. So our staff have to be very dedicated.

“During the harvest we have up to 600 people working for us, and 300 in the off-season. Some come back to work for us every season.

“Most of my friends are retired, but I still enjoy what I do. I still do a lot of store visits myself. Last year, we did 100 around Auckland. I know all the produce managers and they know me.

“A stonefruit tree lasts 15 years, so every year we produce new trees in our company nursery.

The company has eight orchard operations covering some 600ha of the Heretaunga Plains.
“When I started in the business, we only had five hectares,” John says.
“We are always combing the world for new varieties of nectarines from Europe and America to bring to New Zealand. It takes 10 years to get it into production from when we first see it. We’re always looking for better taste, bigger fruit and nicer colours – all the things that appeal to consumers.

“In the last few years we’ve introduced nectarines with different flavour profiles and colourings. We have a range of yellow and white flesh nectarines. Some of them taste like the nectarines of old – these are our Classic range. Then there are our sweeter nectarines – our Hunny range – which are not as tart. They have a broad appeal and are now our number one stonefruit product. We also have white flesh pearl nectarines.”

Schoolchildren know the Yummy brand well, because they can collect the Yummy stickers from their fruit on behalf of their school. The schools then exchange the stickers for new sports equipment every year.

John Paynter and his team are hoping for a long, hot Auckland summer.
“When the weather is warm in Auckland, summer fruit sells really well. It’s such a great feeling when you can’t keep the retail shelves full.”

Contact:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone:
0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs to send seven young butchers to Ireland for the World Butchers’ Challenge

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs is sending seven young butchers to Ireland for the World Butchers’ Challenge in Belfast, in March 2018.

Alana Empson, Amy Jones, Ben Henry, Jeremy Garth, Luka Young, Samantha Weller and Zak Grammer are among the top young butchers in New Zealand, and all of them work in Foodstuffs’ supermarkets. Amy, Ben and Luka are competing in the World Young Butchers event, and Samantha will also represent New Zealand in the World Apprentice Butcher event.

 

Zak and Jeremy are members of the Pure South Sharp Blacks – New Zealand’s national butchery team. Zak is the Butchery Manager at New World Eastridge in Auckland and Jeremy is the Butchery Manager at New World Ferry Road in Christchurch.

Jeremy joined the trade straight out of secondary school.

“I went on work experience to a retail butcher shop and they offered me a job, so that was it. I love the different challenges of the job and the potential to be creative.”

Jeremy is enjoying coming up with new sausage flavours.

“Beef, blue cheese and mushrooms is a favourite with our customers. I’ve also just made a lamb, garlic and mint sausage which is starting to take off too.”

He is looking forward to the learning opportunities the Ireland trip will bring.

“There will be 11 other countries there and we’ll learn a lot from the other butchers. We’re also going to do a retail study tour while we’re there, so I think we’ll pick up some ideas for new products too.”

Zak Grammer followed his father’s footsteps into the industry, having helped in the family butchery from the age of 5. At 13 he started helping out with the Christmas rush, and at 17 he began his apprenticeship under his father’s tutelage.

“I think butchers are becoming the next rock stars of the food industry. We’re starting to get recognised more, in the food industry especially,” he says.

“It’s given me the opportunity to spend time overseas. I spent four years in London and learned new skills while I was there. I got to work for Jamie Oliver as well, which was pretty cool.

“You get to work with a good bunch of people. It’s a good environment. We have a laugh and a bit of a sing out the back – there’s a fair bit of camaraderie,” he says.

Luka works with Zak at New World Eastridge and is one of the young butchers who will be competing in Ireland. He has been working as a butcher since finishing school and now regularly competes at butchery competitions and says the level of talent coming through the industry gets better every year.

Ben Henry is also one of the young butchers representing New Zealand in Ireland next year. He did his apprenticeship in Dunedin at New World Centre City and quickly proved his talent by winning the Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year competition. He moved to Wellington last year and now works at New World Thorndon. Ben also made this year’s final of the Alto Butcher of the Year competition.

Butchery has traditionally been a male-dominated trade, but Foodstuffs has several female butchers working in its supermarkets, including three who are going to Ireland.
Amy Jones works at New World Taumarunui. She won last year’s Alto Young Butcher Competition and will be competing next year in Ireland.

“I started my apprenticeship in 2011 at New World Taumarunui after four years in in the freezing works at Te Kuiti. I am still thoroughly enjoying the trade.

“I’m really looking forward to competing in Ireland. It is such an amazing outcome, all from entering into the Alto and Competenz butchery competitions! I highly recommend that other apprentices and butchers give it a shot, it’s inspirational to see what else goes on with other apprentices and butchers at these competitions, and after that you might just win the experience of a lifetime,” she says.

Samantha Weller is the 2017 Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year and works at New World Rangiora.

“I started working here about four-and-a-half years ago as a meat packer, when I was 19. I was working part-time and studying to be an early childhood educator. I finished my course but then my manager at New World offered me the apprenticeship. I’ve always found the trade interesting, so it was a no-brainer.

“I’d tell anyone looking into the apprenticeship that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. So I’d recommend it to anyone with a genuine interest. Breaking down the carcases and creating cuts is one of my favourite things. Last year my pork and fennel sausage won gold in the Devro New Zealand Sausage Competition,” Sam says.
Alana Empson works at PAK’nSAVE Clarence Street in Hamilton, where she is second in command in the butchery department. She is not competing in Ireland but is joining the group for the retail study tour.

“I have had some amazing opportunities over the last couple of years. After winning NZ Young Butcher of the Year 2015, I was invited to compete in the inaugural International Young Butcher of the Year competition as part of the World Butchers Challenge held on the Gold Coast in September 2016. I was competing against some incredible butchers from New Zealand, Australia, France and England and managed to get the win.

“Earlier this year I competed in the Butcher Wars competition at Meatstock in Auckland and in Sydney. These two competitions really tested me, as we only had 30 minutes to cut, display and present a side of lamb and a half saddle of pork. I was up against 19 highly skilled and experienced butchers – all of them male. I was so chuffed to come away with fourth place at the Auckland event.”

Alana started her career in the grocery industry as a check-out operator at New World Waiuku. A position came up in the butchery, and after one lesson in boning out beef, she was hooked.

“I love my job because each day is different,” Alana says. “One day I could be doing a stocktake or placing orders and the next I could be down on the back bench with the boys, filling vol-au-vents and making Beef Wellington.

“My favourite part of the job is when we do a specialised cut for a customer and they come back and give us feedback on how well it cooked and how good it tasted.”

Alana encourages other young women to consider butchery as a career.

“I have seen a gradual change away from the physical tasks butchers are more commonly known for (breaking and boning beef etc) to being more about value-added cuts; building relationships with customers and having a solid knowledge about cooking and flavour combinations. It’s a great career for anyone that loves cooking, loves food and has creative flair.”

Contact:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone:
0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs North Island celebrates the official opening of PAK’nSAVE Clendon

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island officially opened PAK’nSAVE Clendon on November 28 with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony.

It represents the conclusion of a significant construction project for Foodstuffs.

Clendon had a 30-year-old New World that was in need of replacement, but Foodstuffs North Island could see that a PAK’nSAVE would better serve the local community.

Through a carefully managed construction project, the Foodstuffs North Island team kept the New World store running while Stage 1 of a brand new PAK’nSAVE was built right next door.

Owner-operator Roger Knapper, his team and the Foodstuffs project team worked together to get New World Clendon ready to close its doors for the last time on April 23.

They then opened the half-size PAK’nSAVE on April 26 and operated that way for six months, while the old New World was demolished, and the other half of the new PAK’nSAVE was built in its place.

Now, the second stage is complete and Clendon customers can enjoy the full-sized store.

“I’m so proud of my team, Roger says. “They’ve dealt with immense pressure in going through the process of closing one store and opening a new one. I’m very grateful to the community for their understanding and patience. The transition period was challenging, but the end result is outstanding,” he says.

Foodstuffs North Island GM Property Development Lindsay Rowles says the project required careful management.

“Running a construction project while maintaining food safety standards, keeping our customers safe and providing the same high standards of service is an interesting challenge, but we’re pleased to say that the project went well and was completed on schedule.

“We’re very pleased to be able to bring New Zealand’s lowest food prices to grocery shoppers in Clendon,” Rowles says

Contact:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone:
0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs shortlisted in the Efficiency Champion Category for the 2017 Sustainable Business Network Awards

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs has announced today (28 November 2017) that the company is a finalist in the Efficiency Champion Category for the 2017 Sustainable Business Network Awards, thanks to some stunning results in minimising waste.

“With 122 sites signed up to the programme we can report the following highlights including an increase in the average waste diversion rate from 64% to 84%, the diversion of 27.1 tonnes from landfill per store in the month of August alone and the equivalent of more than 3.2 million meals donated to local community foodbank services in the last 12 months alone,” says Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand.

“The team has really taken the mantra to heart that we are guardians of both our community and the environment.  We are making huge inroads into reducing our impact on our surroundings, all while ensuring that the most vulnerable in our communities benefit as well.”

Currently 122 sites have signed up the audited waste minimisation programme with more coming on stream in the coming months.

Anderson says, “When it comes to this issue our approach is very, very simple.  Reduce, re-use and recycle. Every team member is involved in reducing waste in all its forms – it just makes so much sense.  Waste costs.  It costs in terms of environmental and social damage, it’s expensive to remove and affects the country in which we have the privilege to live and work.”

“Our waste diversion rate is very impressive.  In terms of tonnage we’re looking at an estimated 32,300 tonnes of residual waste prevented from ending up in landfill in the last 12 months. As we extend the programme throughout the business the positive impact will be increasingly felt by the business and local Councils.  We know that many Councils are looking at zero waste targets, and we’re playing our part in that ambition,” says Anderson.

Diverted waste is made up of approximately 61% tradeable commodities (cardboard, paper and plastic film), 6% is other mixed recyclables, 29% is bakery, produce and protein for repurposing or reprocessing, and 4% is food donated for human consumption.

Foodstuffs has a number of sustainability initiatives in place extending far beyond their recent commitment to phasing out single-use plastic bags.  The business was the first to introduce 100% recyclable meat trays; Foodstuffs is a founding partner in the Soft Plastics Recycling Programme accounting for two thirds of the plastic collected; products are being reformulated to remove or reduce plastic content and packaging; the business is rolling out electric delivery vehicles, ensuring promotional materials are 100% recyclable, and installing energy efficient cooling systems which reduce the carbon footprint of a store by up to 50%.

Anderson says, “New Zealand’s future depends on all of us being committed to treading lightly.  We have been serving the community for nearly 100 years.  It’s up to us to make sure that we continue to do so sustainably, ensuring the New Zealand we know and love is here for many hundreds of years to come.”

Contact:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs announces big reduction in sugar and sodium content across Pams and Value products

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs announces big reduction in sugar and sodium content across Pams and Value products

 

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs revealed today (24 November 2017) that it has implemented a massive drop in sugar and sodium content across a wide range of Pams and Value products – ranging in some cases from a 26% reduction in sugar to an 80% reduction in sodium.

Chris Quin, CEO Foodstuffs North Island, says, “Foodstuffs has made huge strides in delivering on our commitment to reduce Childhood Obesity.  We have several programmes in place including our very effective Food for Thought nutrition education programme, but we’ve made spectacular headway in reformulating hundreds of our Pams and Value products to reduce sugar and sodium content.

“To date we have removed 4,000 tonnes of sugar and 8,000 tonnes of sodium across our private label range, this equates to 740 Asian elephants’ worth of sugar and 76,000 All Blacks worth of salt (based on their average weights).  That’s a staggering saving – all going towards ensuring our community has access to healthier foods.”

Foodstuffs has committed to reviewing and reformulating all private label products and is also encouraging suppliers to do the same.  “Our research shows that customers are looking for healthier options – and we’re working very hard to deliver on that expectation.  It’s a vast job to review each product across New Zealand’s largest grocery brands, but we are totally committed.”

The results form part of a report to the Ministry of Health later this year which captures all the initiatives Foodstuffs has put in place to enhance the health and well-being of the community.

Quin says, “Foodstuffs believes that we have a duty of care to look after every New Zealander. A core part of that promise is to ensure that all New Zealanders have ready access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.

“We are delivering on our pledge to support the Government in their drive to reduce childhood obesity; reducing sugar and sodium content in our products, expanding the reach of our Food for Thought Programme, extensive support for the Starship Foundation with a focus on healthy food education and partnerships with foodbanks throughout New Zealand. However, we’re committed to doing more.

“We have made a significant investment in the Eat My Lunch programme – which aims to deliver 25,000 healthy lunches, per week, to children in need throughout New Zealand.  This will ensure more children have full tummies so they can unlock their potential.

Foodstuffs is excited about the inroads we have made already and the plans in place to help New Zealanders enjoy a healthy future.”

Source: Foodstuffs

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NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs launches Eat My Lunch meals at New World Victoria Park

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week saw the retail launch in New World Victoria Park of Eat My Lunch.  This means that customers looking for a delicious lunch or dinner can purchase a Michael Meredith designed meal as part of their everyday shop, knowing that a New Zealand child will in turn be given a free school lunch.

Chris Quin, CEO Foodstuffs North Island says, “Our partnership with Eat My Lunch makes so much sense.  Like them we believe that good food is not a privilege, it’s a right.  To date they have provided more than 570,000 free lunches to children in need and by offering Eat My Lunch meals in our stores we can extend the reach of this innovative social enterprise even further.  Our first day in New World Victoria Park, saw 90 extra lunches being given to children – and it will only get bigger.”

The same meals available online through the Eat My Lunch ordering system are available in store.  Fresh, wholesome, delicious and generous – they cater to customers looking for a lunch, standard dinner, a ‘hungry’ dinner and a kid’s dinner.  Each meal is made and delivered daily into store from Monday to Friday.

The customer response has been fantastic, with many commending the store on being the first to offer the range.  Next up is Fresh Collective Alberton with others to follow when supply gets up to speed in Auckland and Wellington metro areas.

“We are delighted to be part of the next phase in Eat My Lunch’s drive to move from feeding 1,500 tamariki to 25,000,” says Jason Witehira, Owner-Operator of New World Victoria Park.  “It’s a pretty big goal and they need a partner like Foodstuffs to help them get there.  Already we’ve been able to help them streamline their processes to ensure a consistent, high quality supply of delicious, healthful meals to store – which in turn will support the growth of the ‘give’ part of their programme.”

Once people get their heads around social enterprise they can see how developing and nurturing innovative businesses like Eat My Lunch is a great way to address some burning social issues. Chris Quin says, “Eat My Lunch can tap into Foodstuffs’ expertise in running an efficient, safe, customer-led business which in the end is more sustainable over the long term.  Profits are fed back into the operation to grow and expand to meet community needs.”

Lisa King, founder and CEO of Eat My Lunch says it best when she states that she never wants Eat My Lunch to become a company that loses sight of the fact that “we were built on a social purpose and values. If financial objectives ever overtake our social ones, then we won’t be Eat My Lunch anymore.  That said, as we grow we need more operational processes all while maintaining agility, and that’s one of the key areas we’re working on with the Foodies team.”

Looking ahead Eat My Lunch and Foodstuffs are aiming to make the products available in all Foodstuffs North Island stores.  The implications for helping children across New Zealand flourish in school, thanks to learning with full tummies, is enormously positive.  “Given that we are in every community in New Zealand, and we have wonderful customers keen to do their bit to help out, we see our partnership with Eat My Lunch as having a hugely positive, long-term impact on the health and well-being of an important group of New Zealanders,” says Quin.

Contact:
Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs North Island relocates its Wellington Gilmours store to Bouverie Street, Petone

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Work began on the fit-out of the 4750 sqm building in June and the store was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony today [October 17].

“Foodstuffs North Island has invested more than $1 million in the development of this leasehold property, which is located in a light industrial area handy to State Highway 2,” Foodstuffs North Island’s GM Property Development Lindsay Rowles says.

“The old store in McCormack Place, Ngauranga closed on October 12 and all 71 staff have moved to the new location with owner-operator Matt Humphrey,” Rowles says. “In this new location we’re able to offer our Gilmours customers a larger, more modern store and more parking,” he says.

Gilmours supplies food and beverages to all different types of New Zealand businesses including restaurants and cafes, catering institutions, event centres, schools and clubs. See gilmours.co.nz for more information on becoming a member.

Contact:
Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs commits to 100% cage free eggs within 10 years

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs announced today (21 September 2017) that following an extensive review of its egg sourcing and animal welfare policies the business has committed to a goal of being 100% cage free for eggs within 10 years.

“We are committed to working with our suppliers toward our goal to be 100% cage free for packaged eggs by the end of 2027” says Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd.

Foodstuffs will increase customer communications around barn raised and free range eggs. The merchandising teams will gradually reduce the range of caged eggs on offer, and undertake a promotional programme supporting the transition of the business to cage free over the next few years.

“Foodstuffs has been proactive for many years in responding to increased customer demand for free range and barn raised eggs. Our Pams eggs have been cage free since 2008, and sales of other free range and barn raised eggs have grown significantly over the last decade,” says Anderson. “Now we are ready to take the next step – but we need to work closely with the industry to make this happen.

“Our customers’ expectations drive us every day to offer products and services which meet a wide variety of needs including availability, quality, food safety, provenance and animal welfare, which is why we needed to take the time to review the business before announcing our position,” adds Anderson. “Ensuring the correct balance could be achieved both environmentally, and in terms of our egg producers’ ability to supply, realise the cost of their investment and manage the retail cost to customers was critical”.

The review confirmed that the industry needs Foodstuffs to take a clear position on what types of eggs it will need for its future customers so they can plan and prepare. The need for realistic timelines was also identified – many suppliers will need to change the way they currently farm.

Many suppliers have invested heavily in the colony style of farming. Foodstuffs believes farmers need to recoup the costs of these investments to allow them to invest further in cage free eggs.

Some suppliers will need to build different types of infrastructure. “Giving the industry time to achieve this is important as this will ensure our customers’ needs can be met,” says Anderson. “Eggs are a healthy essential on most households’ shopping list, so we need to ensure that we keep that egg-tray in the fridge well-stocked.”

“On balance we believe 10 years is a reasonable timeframe to enable producers to realise their investment and be able to reinvest in alternative farming infrastructure,” says Anderson. “If this can be achieved, then the industry will have a much better chance of being able to meet the increasing demand from shoppers, which is seeing egg consumption increase by over 4% year on year.”

“Ensuring there is a strong, growing egg industry in New Zealand is important to Foodstuffs. It means we will be able to give our customers surety around the quality and price of eggs into the future.”

Contact:
Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Foodstuffs and Eat My Lunch partner to ensure no Kiwi kid goes to school hungry

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Sep-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chris Quin, CEO of Foodstuffs North Island, shares his perspective on a new strategic partnership with Eat My Lunch.

In New Zealand today, like many 1st world countries we still have a problem, not every child goes to school with a healthy lunch to power their day and their learning. There are many causes of this, economic, some family and sometimes just education on how to look after healthy children. The reasons don’t matter as much as just taking the opportunity to do something about it.

Hunger gets in the way of children’s development, learning and growth. They can’t concentrate, they can’t be fully engaged; they are left on the side lines, they fade into the background, they become a statistic. There are around 25,000 kids a day in New Zealand who go to school without a decent lunch, and, we just talk some more – or do we?

It’s such a big opportunity that a New Zealand entrepreneur has developed a simple solution to address the problem.

Back in 2015, Lisa King, with the help of award-winning chef Michael Meredith, decided that inaction wasn’t good enough.  So, Eat My Lunch was born; a business on a mission to ensure no Kiwi kid goes to school hungry. It’s a fascinating model, a social enterprise that makes money from selling organisations a “BUY” Eat My Lunch, and soon an Eat My dinner product, and uses the income to generate a GIVE lunch for these kids who need it most.

Fast forward two years and the team now delivers around 1,700 GIVE lunches a day to 48 schools across Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton. For every BUY lunch purchased, Eat My Lunch gives a free lunch to a Kiwi kid who needs it.  While this is a great start, research shows that there are many more children in New Zealand who are going to school each day without lunch.

Eat My Lunch needed a partner to feed many more thousands of children. They need one with significant resources, systems and reach, and the right cultural fit.  That’s where the Foodstuffs team comes in.

We are partnering with Eat My Lunch to help them feed even more Kiwi kids. Our strategic investment to become a part owner of Eat My Lunch will be used to scale up the number of GIVE lunches, and extend the service throughout the country. While Eat My Lunch retains the controlling interesting in the business, Foodies will be supporting Eat My Lunch financially and in real terms by giving them access to our supply chain and a wider community, through our network of stores.

Eat My Lunch is a perfect fit with a 100% New Zealand-owned company with a footprint in every city, town and village in New Zealand. The social enterprise model also resonates strongly with a company like ours which is inherently based on individual owners’ entrepreneurship.  Being able to invest in a business like Eat My Lunch feels bloody right. Lisa and the team are not only entrepreneurial but they are filling an important social need. Foodies operators are also entrepreneurs, employers, mentors and sponsors in their communities.  Contributing to Eat My Lunch’s success is an awesome opportunity and an absolute privilege. We just want to stand behind them and empower their purpose.

Now that we have the partnership we are excited about what we can do from here. Eat My Lunch will continue to run their business as they do today. We will be contributing financially to help them grow their business and in real terms by giving them access to our Supply Chain and wider community through our extensive network of stores.

Next week the Foodies North Island Leadership Team will have a strategy day with the Eat My Lunch team to explore the possibilities of stocking their BUY product in our stores, partnering on meal kits and their new Eat My Dinner product, and any other way that we can help grow the success of the social good that Eat My Lunch are doing to address the 25,000 kids in New Zealand who don’t regularly get lunch. This is a fantastic fit with making sure New Zealanders get more out life and an exciting opportunity to take another step in meal solutions for our customers. I know our FSNI and store teams are all keen to pitch in and help make this happen.

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.

Lisa King says it best: “This collaboration with Foodstuffs 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. It’s heart-breaking walking into schools with something as simple as a few nutritious sandwiches and fruit knowing that this might be the best they get that day. But, it’s heart-lifting to know that with a partner like Foodstuffs investing in what we are doing, we will be able to realise our goals.”

Our Business absolutely has a responsibility to act in the best interests of its community – after all we rely on the community to keep us in business, so let’s invest in our people, our whanau, our neighbours and above all our children.

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

SOURCE: Foodstuffs North Island

Foodstuffs opens new Fresh Collective by New World store in Mount Albert, central Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island has opened its second Fresh Collective by New World store in the central Auckland suburb of Mount Albert. The store at 1 Alberton Ave was formerly a Four Square. It closed on June 20 so that refurbishment work could begin.

“We’re very excited to be able to reveal the new store to Mount Albert residents,” Foodstuffs North Island Chief Executive Chris Quin says. “They’ve waited patiently for it to reopen and we think they’re going to love their new local.”

The Mount Albert store not only has a new frontage with Fresh Collective by New World branding, but a completely new internal layout, new product offerings and special features not seen in Foodstuffs stores before.

As well as picking up a great cup of coffee from the in-house barista, customers can now order fresh smoothies; grab some sushi; pick up a pizza fresh from the pizza oven; or choose a chicken, basted to order from the rotisserie. There is also a bakery, a butcher and a fresh seafood counter where you can see delicious meat and kai moana you’ve selected being prepared.

Steve McClean, owner operator for Fresh Collective Alberton Ave says, “The store also has an exciting new feature; the Enomatic wine tasting machine, which allows customers to taste a select variety of wine before purchase. We’ve long been known for our wine selection here at Alberton Ave but now customers will be able to try before they buy, giving them an added level of comfort they are making a choice that best suits them.

“We are really excited about giving our customers a smaller grocery store that answers that question of ‘what will we eat tonight’. There’s plenty of fresh, take-home meal solutions including Just Cook It kits which come complete with pre-measured fresh ingredients, a recipe and instructions for either two or a four people.”

The Fresh Collective has fresh food at its heart, with an extensive deli counter, a full specialty cheese range and an extensive range of fresh fruit and vegetables. Chris Quin, CEO Foodstuffs North Island says, “Fresh Collective by New World also has your everyday grocery needs, so that you can top up with the basics at the same time.

“The business has been researching how customers use stores in different areas. In urban environments people pop in several times a week for different reasons; sometimes they’re just looking for a coffee or lunch plus a couple of grocery items. At other times they’re after a handy meal solution for tonight’s dinner. Whatever their reason for shopping, they want the experience to be warm, inviting and full of the delightful sights and smells you get in a beautiful fresh food market.

“We intend to keep refining the concept as we go, to suit each community. We’ll be looking at other urban areas in the North Island where Fresh Collective by New World will suit our customers.”

Contact:
Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Foodstuffs New Zealand launches new fleet of 100 percent electric vans

A new fleet of 100 percent electric vans is cruising around New Zealand, branded with New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square logos.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Aug-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs New Zealand officially launched the fleet at a ceremony attended by Foodstuffs New Zealand Managing Director, Steve Anderson and MP for Selwyn Amy Adams, held at New World Lincoln in Canterbury on August 4.

Foodstuffs New Zealand was awarded $500,000 by EECA from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund to implement a project that involved importing 28 electric vans from the UK.

“The EECA funding covered 50 percent of the project cost, with Foodstuffs New Zealand funding the other half. The EECA funding is designed to encourage innovation and investment that will accelerate the uptake of electric and other low-emission vehicles (LEV) in New Zealand that might not otherwise occur,” Foodstuffs New Zealand Managing Director Steve Anderson says.

Sustainability Manager for Foodstuffs New Zealand Mike Sammons says the van rollout complements the electric vehicle fast charging points that are being installed in a number of stores.

“We already have fast charge stations at the New World stores in Otaki, Warkworth, Te Kuiti and Kumeu in the North Island and Northwood in the South Island, we anticipate another half dozen will be installed over the next year or so. We see these charging stations as an important community resource. They will become increasingly useful to our customers as more New Zealanders transition over to electric vehicles over the coming years.”

With their brightly coloured branding, the Foodstuffs vans are highly visible on the road. Sammons says they’ll be a talking point in the 28 communities they are being distributed to around New Zealand.

“EECA’s aim is to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles by making this funding available to businesses. Our store owners are very happy with them and we think our customers will take an interest in them too. For Foodstuffs, this is just a small part of our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and make our business more environmentally sustainable.

“Fully electric vehicles produce no emissions improving both local air quality and helping reduce global warming. They use battery technology, which powers an electric motor. They require less maintenance and are extremely quiet. They’re also very functional and can accelerate and climb hills better than a standard petrol vehicle,” Sammons says.

There are 28 stores involved in the programme. Thorndon New World in Wellington was the test store, and received its electric van in May. The store offers a delivery service, for which the van has already proven very useful.

All 28 stores will have their vans on the road by the beginning of September.

Contact:
Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Foodstuffs stops selling microbead products in all stores

It’s July 1 and Foodstuffs New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores are now microbead free
• 12 months ahead of a proposed government ban
• Microbead Amnesty in all New World stores starts July 10

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs is doing their bit for the oceans and marine life by refusing to sell microbead products in any stores. The tiny beads of plastic used as an exfoliating agent in many skin cleansing products have been finding their way into drains and ultimately the marine environment where they can be consumed by marine animals.

It takes a collective approach to make such a change. “We’ve had a fantastic reaction from our suppliers and customers to the news that we’ve banned microbeads. It’s just one of the many things we’re doing to have a positive impact on our environment. That said, there’s more work to be done and we are working on new ways to reduce our impact across a range of areas,” says Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand.

From 10 July customers will be able to take one microbead product in any condition into their local New World supermarket and swap it for a free full sized sample of microbead-free Essano Rosehip Gentle Facial Exfoliator. A schedule of dates and times for when the Amnesty is happening at each New World store is available online at newworld.co.nz.

Foodstuffs is pushing ahead on a number of environmental initiatives including waste minimisation at store, food donation, recyclable packaging, natural refrigeration and electric vehicle roll out. As a foundation partner of the Packaging Forum’s Soft Plastics Recycling Programme, Foodstuffs is diverting over five tonnes a week of packaging away from NZ landfills and into new products such as street furniture and decking.

The product collected in the Microbead Amnesty will be recycled and the surrendered microbeads will be turned into an exciting product – yet to be revealed, which will ensure that none of the beads end up in the ocean.

Contact:
Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Foodstuffs’ call to save Kiwi favourites Jaffas and Pineapple Lumps

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Like most New Zealanders, we are gutted at the prospect that the days are numbered for our iconic Jaffas, Pineapple Lumps, Buzz Bars, and Pinky Bars. Foodstuffs, the owner of PAK’nSAVE, New World, and Four Square, is a proud New Zealand company, and like the rest of the country we grew up with these Kiwi favourites. Reading today’s news that time is fast running out to save these favourite treats gave us a brilliant idea.

If you think you have what it takes to help us save them for New Zealand, we’ll get right behind you. We’ll work with you to help you get set up to sell to us, cram our shelves with them, and we’ll then help promote them to the millions of New Zealanders and visitors to this fine country who come through our doors each week. We’ll work up a sweat like nothing you’ve ever seen, unless it was on the ABs’ foreheads in an international test match, or the Silver Ferns as they race around the court against the Aussies, or our heroes in Bermuda as they race from side to side on that insanely scary boat.

So, if you’re sitting on the fence. Get off it now. Be a saviour. Give us a call. And let’s work together to rescue these awesome treats.

We’re waiting! C’mon.

From Chris Quin, CEO, Foodstuffs North Island and Steve Anderson, CEO Foodstuffs South Island

Contact:
Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Foodstuffs opens New World store on Auckland’s North Shore

Foodstuffs has opened a fresh New World store on Auckland’s North Shore.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-May-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers of the former Nosh store in Constellation Drive will soon see a New World logo on the building. With this change comes New World’s excellent standard of service, and an expanded range of products at great prices.

But the changes this week are just the beginning, Foodstuffs North Island’s General Manager Retail Doug Cochrane says.
“We have exciting plans for this site which will pilot an innovative New World brand experience. Customers can expect to see changes and improvements over the next few months as we keep refining and adding to this offer.

“So, we’ve started what will be an exciting journey at Constellation Drive, and I think our customers will enjoy what is to come.”

Foodstuffs North Island was keen to retain the expertise of Phil Mead, who was the owner of the former Nosh store.

“Phil has the same entrepreneurial spirit as all our owner-operators and we’re pleased to have him as part of the co-operative. He enjoys all aspects of the business, both behind the scenes and out on the shop floor helping his customers. He’s proven this through the two successful Auckland businesses he owned before buying this store, which were highly regarded and nominated for several awards during his tenure.”

Mead says he’s looking forward to what lies ahead.

“Being part of the Foodstuffs co-operative is great for my business and I’m excited to be part of this new concept that New World is developing.

“I’m really keen to become part of the local community as more of the locals get to know me and my team,” Mead says.

Contact:

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff NZ

Foodstuffs announces car park access changes at New World Porirua

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — For some time now Foodstuffs has had works planned at New World Porirua to rectify ground issues created by last year’s floods. The planned works for the lower car park are scheduled for January 2017 and will be carried out by Hawkins Construction.

Following engineering advice after the recent earthquakes Foodstuffs has taken the precautionary decision to close the entry/exit to the car park from Walton Leigh Avenue and close the southern end of the car park reducing the top level parking availability at the store by approximately 22 parks – 134 car parks remain on the top level for customers shopping at New World Porirua in addition to the lower level car parks.

We can confirm entry and exit to the store car park will now be via the Lyttelton Avenue access ramp, and to ensure all customers are catered for temporary 45 minute car parking time limits have been put in place. This change is effective immediately.

The store has been cleared by engineers and remains open and its trading hours are unchanged. The store itself is unaffected. Customer safety is paramount and with the ongoing aftershocks the parking building is being checked regularly by engineers to ensure no further damage occurs.

“I appreciate this is a bit of a change for customers who are used to entering and exiting the store via Walton Leigh Ave,” says Tony McNeil, owner-operator, New World Porirua. “Post-earthquake we are taking a very cautious approach with the parking building but we are fortunately able to make the Lyttelton Ave access two-way which means customers can still enjoy the convenience of parking at the store.”

“I’d like to thank our customers in advance for their patience while we carry out the works on the car park,” adds Tony.

Contact:

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff NZ

Foodstuffs announces post earthquake store updates

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — We would like to advise customers that outside of the affected area’s all New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores are open and operational as normal. Stores have plenty of product on the shelf and it is business as usual – we encourage customers to shop as normal which will help ensure the business can focus on the affected areas and helping stores that are currently closed clean up and re-open.

Four Square Raglan to the rescue with much needed water

Updated on November 18/11/2016

Raglan’s water supply was affected after the 7.8 earthquake on Monday morning and continuing aftershocks. After the earthquakes the spring which supplies Raglan’s water turned dirty and the water treatment plant had to be closed down and supplies trucked in.

In addition to water tankers coming in from around the North Island, organised by the Waikato District Council, the team at Four Square Raglan & Foodstuffs organised a donation of 6,000 litres of bottled drinking water for the seaside town. Owner-operators Satnam and Harshi Bains were delighted to help.  “It’s amazing that even as far away as Raglan we’ve been affected by the quakes in the South Island.  The community pulled together and the WDC did a fantastic job of keeping the town supplied with water.  We’re pleased we could do our bit.  We’re luckier than many others, that’s for sure.”

With the exception of Four Square Kaikoura which is currently closed all other stores around the country are open for business serving their communities.

Keeping the Capital fed and watered – New World pulls out all the stops

  • All Foodstuffs North Island stores operating as per usual (New World, PAK’nSAVE, Four Square) and our distribution centres
  • Well-ranged, no stock issues and trading well
  • Huge collaborative effort across the Co-Operative

Updated at 18/11/2016 15:06

It wasn’t only the colossal earthquakes wreaking havoc in Wellington, the weather didn’t play ball either. New World stores in central Wellington were briefly affected by the turmoil – but, without exception, they were back up and running by Monday afternoon.

“It’s certainly been a week where we moved rapidly from earthquake crisis management to flood crisis management, but New Zealanders have a DNA that shows up very well in a crisis,” says Chris Quin, Managing Director, Foodstuffs North Island (FSNI). “The team were awesome when it comes to our willingness to help each other, collaboration and accountability.”

In a letter to the FSNI team today, Quin remarks how across 24 hours he saw the team go from three large stores not operating, supply chain disruption and the regional support office at Silverstream closed, to having all stores being open, distribution sorted and serving understandably rattled customers with the things they needed to look after their families.  Most importantly, the team was safe and doing their part to support their neighbourhoods.

“Testament to the way we’ve come through these events is the fact that our owner-operators are really close to their communities and their teams and they know what they need from the get-go.  On practical level we also have well-designed, built and maintained stores and systems and simply awesome people,” says Quin. “They turn up and are incredibly willing – they collaborate and just try and help each other and their customers.”

One standout example of the team going the extra mile comes from Taranaki, hit hard by winds and rain taking down trees and power lines. “Karl and Tina Turner owner-operators of Four Square Kaponga pitched in by providing food and coffee for all the firemen and linesmen working to put everything back into order. They finished up around midnight and were back at it again at 4.30 am in the morning, providing pies for the crew who had been working all night. That’s the Kiwi way.”

Wellington’s inner-city New World stores, where the impact of the quakes was felt the hardest, were back up and running on Monday, despite constant aftershocks and wild weather, thanks to the commitment from the teams in store and the support of other stores and suppliers from around Wellington and the rest of the North Island.  “Fresh milk, bottled water and chilled products are plentiful, and our shelves are full of grocery items – it’s business as usual,” says Quin.

New World Thorndon store access update

Updated at 17/11/2016 14:30

New World Thorndon’s Molesworth Street entrance is open via Hawkestone Street (Hawkestone Street now fully open).

Please also use Murphy Street for vehicle access into the carpark. Cars can still exit onto Molesworth Street from our carpark, heading onto SH1, to the suburbs or back into Wellington City via Murphy Street.

Transport and deliveries can deliver into May Street as normal via Hawkestone St.

If you need more information on road closures please visit nzta.govt.nz.

Kiwi spirit well and truly alive at New World Kaikoura

  • Store open and trading thanks to amazing efforts by staff and support from customers
  • Supplies available for the community thanks to concerted effort from the business, Civil Defence, RNZAF and more

Updated at 17/11/2016 12:00

New World Kaikoura owners Glen Steele and Melissa Sprott have been blown away by how their team has rallied to get the store up and running in hugely challenging conditions.

“We’re open, there is product on the shelves and the community is relieved that they can get much-needed supplies. None of this would have been possible without the fantastic efforts of our wonderful staff.  Their own homes and families have been affected by the quakes and the on-going aftershocks but, like us, they understand how we all want to get back to normal as quickly as possible,” says Glen.  “The team are like family to us, and when things calm down we’ll definitely be having a BBQ and a few beers to say thank you.”

The Inland Road from Culverden to Kaikoura is now open to Civil Defence and which will, in the next few days, enable a more regular supply of products for the store which is now the only supermarket option for the community.  Glen and Melissa believe that getting the business up and trading again at full capacity will definitely boost spirits – and enable the town to recover more quickly.

The New World Kaikoura store is currently open from 8 am to 5 pm.  Operating hours will be re-assessed on Monday 21 November, as Glen and Melissa are keen to let the community know the expected hours for the following week as soon as they can.

Glen says, “The most sought after items post-quake have been tinned food, beverages including water and other non-perishables such as nappies and personal hygiene products.”

“It’s been tough for the locals not being able to shower – these everyday activities are now very much a luxury.  Just like the Christchurch quakes keeping clean and comfortable is one of the most important concerns for our customers.  Sanitiser and other non-water based products such as wipes are very much in demand,” adds Melissa. “Other than that, it’s business as usual in these unusual times – we are adjusting to our new normal. And we’re really grateful that we’ve been able to get back up and running quickly thanks to everyone pulling together, as is the Kiwi way.”

Bottled water availability in Wellington

Updated at 16/11/2016 15:30

On behalf of Foodstuffs we would like to confirm that it is business as usual in terms of supply to the Wellington region, specifically there are no shortages of bottled water in our New World and PAK’nSAVE stores.

Earlier this week, in addition to the normal supply of stock in the distribution centre (DC), we sent 20 additional truckloads, which equates to 300,000 litres of water, to the Palmerston North DC for distribution to stores in the lower North Island as they require it. At the moment we have approximately 250,000 litres of water in the DC which continues to be replenished each day.

Based on the current situation we are not anticipating any shortages of bottled water as there is sufficient supply within our network.

All central Wellington stores have confirmed they have well stocked water shelves, so customers need not be concerned.

All of our central Wellington stores are open and trading including;

  • New World Wellington City
  • New World Willis Street
  • New World Railway
  • New World Thorndon

New World Thorndon store access update

Updated at 16/11/2016 16:00

To our New World Thorndon customers, we are fully open for business. Due to the Molesworth Street closure, please use Murphy Street for access into our carpark. Cars can still EXIT onto Molesworth Street from the carpark, heading onto SH1, to the suburbs or back into Wellington City via Murphy Street.

If you need more information on road closures please visit nzta.govt.nz.

New World Kaikoura re-opens

Updated at 14/11/2016 17:00

There’s some good news for the Kaikoura community this morning as the New World supermarket re-opened.

Steve Anderson, CEO, Foodstuffs South Island Limited says, ”The team worked round the clock yesterday to get access to Kaikoura and assist the owners in re-opening the store this morning. They are facing significant challenges with key services such as power and water having been out in the town for a period of time yesterday.”

“With the help of emergency services we were able to fly an engineer into Kaikoura to assess the store, thankfully it has been declared structurally sound which means we can resume trading this morning.”

“The store has opened with reduced stock availability as fresh and frozen products have been affected due to the power outages. We would like to let customers know they can come to the store to access emergency supplies and staff will be on hand to assist. The store is working hard to manage stock and ensure all of the community can access supplies, and at this time customers are being served from the front foyer with the assistance of staff.”

“Access to the community is still very limited and the business is working with Civil Defence to get supplies through to the store but until this detail is confirmed the store is unable to re-stock. We would ask the community to bear with the owners and their staff while they attempt to ensure everyone has the opportunity to access key staples such as water, canned goods and other essential items.”

Anderson confirms that with the exception of Kaikoura, Foodstuffs (North and South Island) has more than adequate stock available so customers should not be concerned, and except for the odd delay, trucks are continuing to arrive at stores as normal and stores are managing stock to ensure that everyone has access to staple items. “It’s great news that trucks are now coming across on the Interisland ferries and are able to access Christchurch via the Lewis Pass and on top of this we are continuing to utilise sea freight options.”

The South Island DCs are well stocked and the business has strong resilience plans in place to ensure supply is maintained following an event such as the earthquake. Foodstuffs is working with Civil Defence, suppliers and Foodstuffs North Island to ensure continuity of supply is maintained.

“At this stage our focus is on Kaikoura and the surrounding communities which have been hardest hit. We need to ensure they have access to essential supplies of food and water, both in the short and long term. Our supply chain is incredibly robust and has been tested many times through the Canterbury earthquakes. Product is arriving to stores and a variety of freight options are being utilised across the supply chain.”

Advice to customers is to shop as normal, the supply chain is intact and the business is working hard to ensure the remaining stores open as soon as possible.

Store status as of Tuesday morning 9.00 am is;

Wellington region;

o   All stores are now open

Canterbury region;

o   New World Kaikoura (opened with stock limits)

o   Four Square Kaikoura (closed)

o   Henry’s Kaikoura (closed)

14 November 5.00pm

Store closure status is;

Wellington region

o   New World Railway – opening details to be provided tomorrow morning (Tuesday 15 November)

o   New World Porirua – will be open as normal tomorrow (Tuesday 15 November)

Canterbury region

o   New World Kaikoura (closed)
o   Four Square Kaikoura (closed)
o   Henry’s Kaikoura (closed)
o   Four Square Cheviot (due to open tomorrow Tuesday 15 November)

14 November 9:00am

Our thoughts are with all those affected by last night’s earthquake and our priority at this time is ensuring our staff are safe and affected stores are supported.

Stores that are currently closed for clean up or engineering assessment are;

Wellington region

o   New World Railway
o   New World Porirua

Canterbury region

o   New World Kaikoura
o   Four Square Kaikoura
o   Henry’s Kaikoura
o   Four Square Cheviot
o   Four Square Culverton (due to open at midday)

Contact:

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff NZ

Foodstuffs announces status of New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores in Wellington and Canterbury regions post earthquake

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — We would like to advise customers that outside of the affected area’s all New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores are open and operational as normal. Stores have plenty of product on the shelf and it is business as usual – we encourage customers to shop as normal which will help ensure the business can focus on the affected areas and helping stores that are currently closed clean up and re-open.

14 November 5.00 pm

Store closure status is;

  • Wellington region
    • New World Railway – opening details to be provided tomorrow morning (Tuesday 15 November)
    • New World Porirua – will be open as normal tomorrow (Tuesday 15 November)
  • Canterbury region
    • New World Kaikoura (closed)
    • Four Square Kaikoura (closed)
    • Henry’s Kaikoura (closed)
    • Four Square Cheviot (due to open tomorrow Tuesday 15 November)

14 November 9:00 am

Our thoughts are with all those affected by last night’s earthquake and our priority at this time is ensuring our staff are safe and affected stores are supported.

Stores that are currently closed for clean up or engineering assessment are;

  • Wellington region
    • New World Railway
    • New World Porirua
  • Canterbury region
    • New World Kaikoura
    • Four Square Kaikoura
    • Henry’s Kaikoura
    • Four Square Cheviot
    • Four Square Culverton (due to open at midday)

Contact:

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff NZ

100,000 children now having taken part in Foodstuffs’ nutrition in schools programme

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — A nationwide education initiative that’s helping Kiwi kids make healthier food choices is celebrating a major milestone, with over 100,000 children now having taken part.

Since 2007, the Food for Thought programme has taught senior primary school students about the importance of nutrition and healthy eating, and taken them on supermarket field trips to drive the key messages home.

Food for Thought is free for schools thanks to the support of Pams and Foodstuffs New Zealand. Key elements include classroom lessons with a nutritionist and then a visit to a local PAK’nSAVE, New World, Four Square, Shop Rite or Write Price supermarket, so they can put theory into practice.

Food for Thought’s South Island nutritionist Reta Trotman says she’s proud to be a part of an initiative that gives kids the knowledge to make healthy choices.

“To surpass the 100,000 milestone is an exciting achievement for Food for Thought, which has already made such a difference nationwide,” says Trotman.

“The most striking thing I’ve found from talking with the students is that they all want to be healthy. So we’re teaching them how to fuel their bodies and minds properly.”

“Our students love being what we call ‘Food Detectives’, learning about healthy ingredients and how to read food labels, and I often hear from parents that their kids are now asking for more fruit and veg, eating healthier breakfasts, and no longer asking for chips in their lunch box. Schools are also telling me the changes kids make after taking part in the programme have noticeable effects on their energy levels, learning and mood.”

“That’s good for them and good for teachers and families too, and I’m really looking forward to seeing Food for Thought grow even bigger and reach every school student in New Zealand.”

Contact:

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff

Foodstuffs environmental sustainability efforts recognised by WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kiwi-owned supermarket operator Foodstuffs has again had its environmental sustainability efforts recognised, this time by the waste management industry’s WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence.

Foodstuffs, in partnership with its waste services provider EnviroNZ, won the award for “Best project or initiative in the commercial or public sectors”, for its waste minimisation programme, which is in operation at almost 100 Foodstuffs sites nationwide, mainly PAK’nSAVE and New World stores.

It’s the second consecutive year that Foodstuffs has won the award. Last year its recyclable butchery trays scooped the prize as well as going on to receive the Environment Ministry’s Green Ribbon Award for waste minimisation, in June this year.

Jennifer Elliott, Waste Minimisation Programme Coordinator, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd, says winning the award is further endorsement of Foodstuffs’ progress across all aspects of sustainability.

“It acknowledges what is an innovative collaboration between Foodstuffs and EnviroNZ,” says Elliot. “It’s also a real tribute to the efforts of our stores. After all, they’re in the grocery industry not the waste industry, so to be making such great progress is testament to their dedication and enthusiasm.”

Since 2014, Foodstuffs and EnviroNZ have worked to divert 80 to 90 percent of stores’ waste away from landfills by separating it into 10 recycling streams. These include the longstanding recycling of cardboard, paper and plastic waste, as well as the newer rescue of surplus food that’s fit for human consumption, and repurposing of meat, bakery and produce waste for animal feed or composting.

Elliott says as a result more than 25,000 tonnes of waste was diverted away from landfills in the year to 31 August 2016.

“In that time, two-thirds of our stores achieved or exceeded the 80 percent diversion rate goal, with the top 12 stores sustaining an average of 90 percent or above. PAK’nSAVE Kilbirnie in Wellington was the exemplar store – maintaining a 95 percent diversion rate since March.”

Elliot she says the programme isn’t just good for the environment but also makes financial sense:

“What was once seen as worthless rubbish is now a valued commodity, something other companies are prepared to pay for. Our average store is now seeing significant monthly savings on its waste bill, which in turn ensures the programme’s viability. Where possible the programme also aims to have materials utilised within New Zealand, thus further supporting the local economy.”

Dave Elder, GM for Market Development, EnviroNZ, says a huge amount of effort has gone into the programme over the last couple of years, to ensure Foodstuffs is seen as the leader in sustainability.

“We will continue to pursue additional innovations for Foodstuffs that provide a point of difference,” he says, “and more importantly, an environmental outcome all Foodstuffs stores can be proud of.”

WasteMINZ is the largest representative body of the waste, resource recovery and contaminated land sectors in New Zealand. It is the second year of the WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence, which serve to recognise the many successes and advances made by the industry.

Contact:

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff

New Zealand: Foodstuffs supports the Government in its fight against Childhood Obesity

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In January this year the United Nations released the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) report stating that the world was facing a global epidemic in childhood obesity with the number of overweight children under the age of five predicted to jump to as high as 70 million over the next decade.

Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd, Managing Director, Steve Anderson says, “As the largest food retailer in New Zealand, we have a role to play in helping support the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan and create healthier communities that will thrive in the long-term.”

As part of its support for the Government’s Plan the key areas Foodstuffs has pledged to focus on are:

  • Promoting the consumption of healthy foods by reformulating private label products to improve their nutritional profile and enable healthier eating.
  • Providing education on diet, nutrition and physical activity through the Food for Thought Charitable Trust.
  • Completing the roll out of Health Star Ratings across our private label portfolio in support of the Government’s message that consumption of foods high in fat, sugar and salt should be limited.
  • Ensuring all marketing activities comply with the relevant ASA Codes including an updated Code of Advertising to Children.

“We believe that long-term change can be achieved if consumers are supported through a wide range of initiatives that help people make more informed choices, including greater access to healthier alternatives through reformulation,” says Anderson. “We have committed to reformulate our private label products so that by the end of 2018 the sugar and sodium content will be reduced by 10% and saturated fat content continues to be reduced across the range.”

Anderson adds that the levels of these nutrients in new private label products will be given careful consideration, and Foodstuffs will champion the reformulation cause with its suppliers. “We have created a new Supplier Award designed specifically to recognize suppliers’ commitment to change in this area.”

“By pledging to reduce Childhood Obesity and collaborating with Government we hope to begin to see a reduction in the number of children who are overweight and obese,” says Anderson. “Our Food for Thought programme which is a free nutrition education course sponsored by Pams, helps Year 5 and 6 primary school students (9–10 year olds) make healthy food and lifestyle choices.”

“This community based initiative has been designed and developed by nutritionists and teachers working within the New Zealand Health and Physical Education curriculum, and has reached more than 110,000 children since it began in 2007.”

Foodstuffs has been an active supporter of the Health Star Rating (HSR) scheme and since its launch in 2014 has been actively rolling out the labelling scheme across its private label portfolio.

“To date we have 40% of the brand’s 1500 products carrying HSR and we are now committed to completing the rollout to the entire portfolio by the end of 2018” says Anderson. “As a company we are very supportive of the HSR as we believe it provides consumers with a clear guide on how to assess the healthiness of a product compared with other products across a category.”

Contact:

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff

New Zealand: Foodstuffs’ supplier Coastal Spring Lamb named finalist in four categories of the 2016 NZ Food Awards

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meat-lovers have long known that the choicest cuts are served at New World and PAK’nSAVE – and now there’s proof their spring lamb is a cut above the rest.

Coastal Spring Lamb, which is sold exclusively in supermarkets by Foodstuffs, has just been named a finalist in not one but four categories of the 2016 NZ Food Awards.

The company, which sells lamb grown by family farms on the east and west coasts of the lower North Island, is a finalist in the Primary Sector Product Award, which is open to all primary sector food and beverage producers; the Chilled Short Shelf Life Award, for food produced by companies with at least $3 million turnover; the Business Innovation Award, and the Export Innovation Award.

Coastal Spring Lamb founder Richard Redmayne says to be a finalist in all of the four categories they entered is very exciting for their family business.

“We’re particularly happy for our farmers, who are out in all weather, weeks on end, producing the best lamb in the world – usually without recognition. This gives them that recognition.”

“We’re also delighted because our fellow finalists include much larger companies, and it proves that it is possible for a niche business to produce some of the best food in New Zealand.”

Coastal Spring Lamb first started selling lamb to the New Zealand market in 2010, initially just to four New World supermarkets in the lower North Island.

This coming spring lamb season, from October to January, their meat will be available at New Worlds around the country, PAK’nSAVE in the South Island and selected Four Square stores.

New World Wanganui Owner, John Kelly says Coastal Spring Lamb has proven very popular with shoppers.

“Their meat is superb,” says Kelly, “and our customers clearly agree. Last season’s product was quickly snapped up, and I’m sure that will be repeated when we start selling it again in October.”

Redmayne says partnering with Foodstuffs has given his company the confidence to grow.

“Foodstuffs is focused on great service, exceptional food, and enduring relationships with their customers, and these are values that match ours exactly. We’ve been able to meet individual store owners and their in-store master butchers, and share our story with them, which means, together, we can provide a product with real provenance – from our families direct to their shoppers.”

He says his company is also exporting lamb to Belgium, Thailand, Vietnam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore.

“We recently returned from a month in Asia, where we met with 74 executive chefs from 5 and 6-star hotels and resorts. These are chefs who can source the best food in the world, but aren’t used to meeting the actual farmer! The fact they’re choosing to use our meat is very humbling.”

Foodstuffs stores will start selling Coastal Spring Lamb on 10 October, and Coastal Spring Lamb will hold its official launch on 12 October, the day before NZ Food Award winners are announced on 13 October.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

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New Zealand: Foodstuffs' supplier Coastal Spring Lamb named finalist in four categories of the 2016 NZ Food Awards
New Zealand: Foodstuffs’ supplier Coastal Spring Lamb named finalist in four categories of the 2016 NZ Food Awards

 

Source: Foodstuffs

Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last night, more than 90 checkout operators from Manawatu New World, PAK’nSAVE and Write Price stores tested their skills against each other onstage at the Massey University Auditorium with the hope of ultimately taking out the title of Foodstuffs North Island Checker of Year.

The checkers were judged by a team of eight senior Foodstuffs staff on their speed, presentation, customer service and accuracy as they scanned 30 items as fast as possible, while also staying friendly and composed.

The top three checkers were Megan McKenzie from New World Levin, Samantha Neemia from New World Pioneer and Ashley Hurunui from New World Levin.

Event organiser Kristie McGregor said it is a fun night for checkers to demonstrate their fantastic customer service skills and engage in a bit of friendly competition with other stores.

“We have been running the Checker of the Year competition for over 40 years and it is a great opportunity to recognise our check out operators for the value they add to the customer experience,” said Kristie McGregor.

New World Foxton owner operator, Jason Davy brought up a bus load of team members from all departments to support their check out operators.

“Apart from the competition side of things where are our check out operators can see how they measure up, it’s a fun night and gives the team an opportunity to interact, bond and enjoy each other’s company outside of work,” said Jason Davy.

The competitors’ colleagues wore costumes in the super hero theme of the night and cheered them on with banners, chants and store mascots.

The top twelve checkers each received a $50 gift card; with the top three finalists winning extra prizes. There were also prizes for the best support team and best team of checkers overall.

There are 10 regional Checker of the Year competitions across the North Island throughout June and July, with mystery shoppers testing each region’s winner to determine one overall North Island Checker of the Year winner and two runners-up, which will be announced at the Foodstuffs North Island Excellence Awards on 26 November.

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Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Foodstuffs’ kerbside-recyclable trays named the New Zealand’s top waste minimisation initiative for 2016

Foodstuffs New Zealand’s world-first recyclable butchery trays have been named the country’s top waste minimisation initiative for 2016, at the Green Ribbon Awards in Wellington.

Wellington, New Zealand, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The kerbside-recyclable trays, which are being rolled out nationwide and will be in use at all New World and PAK’nSAVE stores by the end of July, were recognised for being an innovative, sustainable solution to a environmental issue that has challenged retailers for years.

Made of 50% recycled plastic, the trays themselves can be put in customers’ kerbside recycling bins. They will replace the current trays that are made of non-recyclable polystyrene foam, 100 million of which end up in NZ landfills every year – equivalent to 14 Olympic-size pools’ worth of polystyrene.

Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd Sustainability Manager, Mike Sammons, who managed the project from conception to commercialisation, alongside Alto Packaging, says the Green Ribbon win is “great recognition for a great kiwi solution.”

“It was a massive challenge finding a cost-efficient, functional, sustainable solution,” says Sammons. “But we also knew the eventual pay-off would be worth it, in terms of the environmental benefits.”

“To now take home the top prize in the waste reduction category makes that investment even more rewarding.”

Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd Managing Director, Steve Anderson, says the company is thrilled by the win and what it means for the environment, here and overseas.

“This accolade underscores Foodstuffs’ long-standing commitment to move our packaging towards being 100% recyclable for our customers, either at kerbside or back at store,” Anderson says.

Sammons says single-use packaging doesn’t make financial or environmental sense: “Going to the trouble of manufacturing a product from a finite resource, then using it once for a few days before relegating it to a landfill is simply inefficient and irresponsible.”

“The clear trays are highly sought-after for recycling too,” he says, “which will hopefully incentivise local packaging manufacturers to invest in reprocessing post-consumer packaging, thereby moving us closer to the ‘holy grail’ of closed loop recycling in New Zealand.”

Anderson says Foodstuffs has exclusivity on the tray design for a limited period, after which it’s expected Alto will then supply many more retailers throughout New Zealand and the world.

“While we’re immensely proud to have been recognised here at home by the Green Ribbon Awards, the real prize will be seeing these trays in use internationally in years to come.”

 

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
Address:
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

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Foodstuffs' kerbside-recyclable trays named the New Zealand’s top waste minimisation initiative for 2016

Foodstuffs’ kerbside-recyclable trays named the New Zealand’s top waste minimisation initiative for 2016

Foodstuffs wins gold once again at the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs’ has triumphed at the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards winning gold once again for New World and silver for PAK’nSAVE in the Supermarket category.

The independent survey asked more than 1,500 New Zealanders to vote in an online questionnaire to decide the winners. Companies were rated on their ability to deliver a personalised, reliable service, to understand their customers, meet (or exceed) expectations, and make the whole shopping experience quick and easy.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand, says that winning the service medals for a second time is a fantastic accolade.

“The New World team has been working hard to ensure customers feel welcome and enjoy their shopping experience whilst in our stores. This award is direct recognition from our customers that we are meeting, and hopefully exceeding, their expectations on a daily basis,” he says.

“And PAK’nSAVE consistently offers New Zealand’s the lowest prices for their groceries and customers also appreciate the can-do attitude of our friendly staff.”

“Our stores are committed to putting our customer’s needs first. We pride ourselves on having fantastic staff with the knowledge, passion and expertise in food to ensure we are meeting all the needs of our customers,” says Anderson.

Anderson says, “Thank you to our customers for letting us know that we are doing a great job. We are truly delighted to have won these awards once again and this result will continue to encourage our team across the country, to reach for even higher standards of service excellence next year.”

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores are 100 per cent owned and operated by New Zealanders and we continue to strive to be a positive part of the communities in which we operate. This includes employing local staff, supporting schools and community groups wherever possible, as well as supporting home-grown products and suppliers.

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
Address:
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 won gold for New World at the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards

Auckland,New Zealand, 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs’ has triumphed at the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards winning gold once again for New World and silver for PAK’nSAVE in the Supermarket category.

The independent survey asked more than 1,500 New Zealanders to vote in an online questionnaire to decide the winners. Companies were rated on their ability to deliver a personalised, reliable service, to understand their customers, meet (or exceed) expectations, and make the whole shopping experience quick and easy.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand, says that winning the service medals for a second time is a fantastic accolade. “The New World team has been working hard to ensure customers feel welcome and enjoy their shopping experience whilst in our stores. This award is direct recognition from our customers that we are meeting, and hopefully exceeding, their expectations on a daily basis,” he says.
“And PAK’nSAVE consistently offers New Zealand’s the lowest prices for their groceries and customers also appreciate the can-do attitude of our friendly staff.”

“Our stores are committed to putting our customer’s needs first. We pride ourselves on having fantastic staff with the knowledge, passion and expertise in food to ensure we are meeting all the needs of our customers,” says Anderson.

Anderson says, “Thank you to our customers for letting us know that we are doing a great job. We are truly delighted to have won these awards once again and this result will continue to encourage our team across the country, to reach for even higher standards of service excellence next year.”

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores are 100 per cent owned and operated by New Zealanders and we continue to strive to be a positive part of the communities in which we operate. This includes employing local staff, supporting schools and community groups wherever possible, as well as supporting home-grown products and suppliers.

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
Address:
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 hosted successful Annual Trade Expo at ASB Showgrounds

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Apr-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds was filled with the glorious aromas and mouth-watering sights of the annual Foodstuffs New Zealand Trade Expo. From Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 April, ASB Showgrounds was home to hundreds of supermarket suppliers showing everything from the latest supermarket equipment through to delicious deli delicacies.

The Foodstuffs Expo at ASB Showgrounds is an impressive event in every metric.  As many as 1,500 supermarket owners, grocery managers and category department staff meet at the event with 290 suppliers over the two days – taking the numbers attending the event to more than 4,100 attendees.

The Gala Dinner on Wednesday night at Sky City Convention Centre caters for 750 attendees and is a great industry networking event where the supplier’s displays throughout Expo are celebrated through the Awards.

This year’s Gala Dinner was hosted by Te Radar who self describes himself as “an award winning satirist, documentary maker, writer, stage and screen director, failed gardener, and amateur historian.” Radar is well known for his TVNZ series, Global Radar, Radar Across the Pacific, Radar’s Patch, Off the Radar, Hidden In The Numbers and Homegrown and his unique style of combining documentary making with comedy has proven to resonate with Kiwis.

“Foodstuffs Expo really is the Field Days of food, but without the tractors,” says Radar. “The event is a wonderful opportunity to meet the guys and gals that muster the stock, grow the spuds and bake the cookies. In the middle of a massive supermarket nfood enterprise Expo basically takes the you right back to meet the individual behind the product. Fantastic.”

Entertainment at the Gala Dinner this year was from Wilson Dixon. Jesse Griffin is a comedian who created the country music alter ego Wilson Dixon. Dixon hails from Colorado and is best known for his songs about life on the range, his unique take on life is one that resonates across the globe and tickled the fancy of the FMCG audience at the Gala Dinner.

The Foodstuffs Supplier Awards were another highlight of the evening with Market Gardens winning the Best Produce Display and taking out the top prize of Overall Best Foodstuffs Expo 2014 Display. Other winners included Bauer Media, Farmlands Foods and United Fisheries.

Foodstuffs New Zealand’s, Head of External Relations, Antoinette Laird was thrilled with the showing from suppliers and response from attendees.  “It was great to bring the show back to Auckland this year, and the ASB Showgrounds is a great venue for an event of this scale. Expo 2016 was a huge success , the facilities were great and feedback from exhibitors and attendees was overwhelmingly positive,” says Laird.

“This year we have teamed up with Kiwi Harvest, an Auckland-based food rescue charity responsible for distributing the equivalent of 20,000 meals each month to those in need across the community. All left over edible food products will be donated to Kiwi Harvest who will distribute the goods to some of the 45 Auckland charities they support,” says Laird.

Any products leftover that are not food-related will be donated to Auckland Women’s Refuge, another great charity that provides invaluable support to women and children.

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Notes to editors

Foodstuffs Expo 2016 Award winners were:

  • Best Produce Display – Market Gardens
  • Best Seafood Display – United Fisheries
  • Best Deli Display – Food International
  • Best Meat Display – Farmlands Foods
  • Best Bakery Display – NZ Bakels
  • Best Floral and Garden Display – Fresh Direct
  • Best General Grocery Display – Caffe L’affare
  • Best General Merchandise Display – Bauer Media
  • Best Health and Beauty Display – Schwarzkopf
  • Best Liquor Display – Yealands
  • Best Plant and Equipment Display – Wedderburn
  • Overall Best Foodstuffs Expo 2014 Display – Market Gardens

Foodstuffs to open new Four Square at West Melton in the third quarter of this year

Foodstuffs is thrilled to announce to the West Melton community that construction of the new Four Square is well on track with the store planning to open in the third quarter of this year.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Feb-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The prominently positioned store, which is part of the new shopping centre on Weedons Ross Road, and opposite West Melton School, promises to deliver a fresh and modern shopping experience.

The spacious Four Square will be some 800m2 and customers can expect to find a great selection of fresh produce and meat as well as all the great Kiwi brands they want and need.

Roger Davidson, General Manager of Property and Retail Development, Foodstuffs South Island Ltd is delighted to bring the West Melton community a Four Square they can be proud of.

“We can’t wait to open the doors. Four Square is a brand kiwis identify with and the store will be a positive addition to the West Melton area with a strong community focus.

“While there is still some work to be done before opening day, the earthworks are well underway and the construction team will begin laying the foundations in the coming weeks.”

“The opening of West Melton will bring us to 72 Four Squares throughout South Island.” 

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd
Address:
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

 

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Foodstuffs to open new Four Square at West Melton in the third quarter of this year

Foodstuffs to open new Four Square at West Melton in the third quarter of this year

Foodstuffs ensures its berries are sourced from reputable suppliers following MPI directive regarding imported frozen berries

Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-12-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs is aware of the directive issued by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Director General regarding a potential risk associated with packaged imported frozen berries – strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and boysenberries.

It is our understanding that MPI has increased surveillance of imported frozen berries, and are introducing a testing regime.

MPI guidance for consumers is to apply good food safety hygiene when consuming frozen berries including;

– Wash your hands before eating and preparing food

– Berries can briefly be boiled before eating

– Immunocompromised persons and those with liver damage should avoid frozen berries or products containing frozen berries.

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 ensures that its berries are sourced from reputable suppliers with efficient and comprehensive traceability systems and effective food safety management systems in place which have been accredited against recognised local and international standards. We seek ongoing assurances from our suppliers around the effectiveness of their food safety management systems by requesting annual audit certification. The suppliers food safety management systems may incorporate a micro analysis programme to validate the effectiveness of their systems; Foodstuffs has not been informed of any non-complying product or positive analysis results.

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
Address:
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

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

Foodstuffs’ liquor retail brand, Liquorland acquires 20 stores across the country from The Mill Retail Holdings

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-11-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs has today announced that its traditional liquor retail brand, Liquorland, has successfully completed the purchase of 20 liquor stores across the country from The Mill Retail Holdings (TMRH). Following the initial announcement of intent to purchase in September, the deal was completed today, Tuesday 17 November, taking immediate effect.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd says of the acquisition, “We’re delighted to bring these 20 stores into the Liquorland business and it can only strengthen our network across the country. It is a win for both the business and our customers.”

“Each store will transition to the successful owner-operated, franchisee model that is in place throughout the Liquorland network. Franchisees are directly responsible for their individual businesses and with the power of local knowledge, give our stores the edge that can only be achieved through an owner who is wholly invested in the success of the business. Our franchisees are incredibly excited to be taking on these 20 new stores, they are committed to delivering the best customer experience possible and we are confident that the change will bring some positive aspects to both the customers’ shopping experience and the overall offer.”

Anderson is pleased to confirm that Liquorland brand standards will be in place and customer service, product range and expert knowledge will be a focus. Customer rewards through Fly Buys are an added benefit for customers shopping with Liquorland.

“Liquorland has a clear business strategy and extremely high standards of in store execution. As the franchisor, Liquorland remains responsible for support services to the store including marketing and advertising support and IT services, meaning owners can focus solely on being a successful business within their local community,” says Anderson.

Liquorland formed as a specialist liquor retailer in 1981 with 18 stores and has grown to 88 stores nationwide from Waipapa in Northland to South City in Invercargill. The acquisition takes the Liquorland footprint to 108 stores – an additional six in the South Island and fourteen in the North Island.

Anderson adds, “This is an exciting period of accelerated growth for Liquorland on the back of solid growth in 2014.

“The brand promise is simple – we supply products that our customers want, set competitive prices over a huge range of liquor brands, and employ friendly and knowledgeable staff. The franchisee model is a key part of this formula.”

A thorough due diligence process was undertaken before the sale was completed by Liquorland; the business is working though the details of the acquisition with staff in a transparent process and has offered contracts of employment to Foodstuffs Liquor New Zealand Limited as the owner of Liquorland. No positions at The Mill retail stores have been disestablished.

Foodstuffs Liquor New Zealand Limited is a subsidiary of Foodstuffs (NZ) Limited which is New Zealand’s largest retail grocery organisation, with much of its success owed to the 100% Kiwi owned and operated philosophy behind its brands and an unrivalled depth of retailing, wholesaling, liquor and franchise experience.

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

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND