Foodstuffs to roll out its new recyclable butchery trays at New World and PAK’nSAVE stores

Foodstuffs innovative new recyclable butchery trays that have given the big thumbs up by customers and stores alike, with consumer research revealing a staggering 90% of customers prefer the recyclable trays to the old polystyrene foam ones.

Wellington, New Zealand, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The resoundingly positive results bring to a close a trial across 19 New World and PAK’nSAVE stores across the country and mean that national rollout is now planned for early 2016. An outcome that marks the end of a two year project to find a viable solution to the issue of the 100 million non-recyclable polystyrene trays currently finding their way into customers’ homes, and eventually to landfill.

Recently the tray was awarded top prize in the best commercial initiative category in either the private or public sector at the waste and recycling industry awards (WasteMinz). The award acknowledges the innovation and wide ranging consultation involved in bringing the trays to market.

Mike Sammons, Sustainability Manager, Foodstuffs New Zealand Ltd says, “Being the first to introduce a packaging solution that is so completely different is a bold move but we know it’s what our customers want and also what they expect from us.”

“We are proud to partner with Alto Packaging to bring a unique butchery tray design to the market place, this helps solve a very long running global environmental issue.”

“By moving to this tray, New World and PAK’nSAVE customers can avoid sending the equivalent of 700 rugby pitches worth of polystyrene trays to landfill each year,” continues Sammons. “The initiative also provides the recycling market with much needed revenue.”

“The meat tray ticks all the right boxes in terms of sustainability and performance and furthermore it’s made right here by one of New Zealand’s leading rigid plastic packaging companies.”

Customer feedback has been extremely positive with the below comments capturing general customer sentiment;
• “Can put in the recycle bin which is much more convenient”
• “Seems to curb the liquid spilling out”
• “Looks better”
• “Clean, fresh and environmentally friendly”
The new tray is made up of 50% recycled material and is accepted by every kerbside recycling scheme across New Zealand and as its made of clear plastic not black, it can be easily separated in the recycling centres.

“Customers pay nothing for the introduction of the trays and for those who have a cost associated with waste disposal they will in fact make a saving,” confirms Sammons.

The recyclable meat tray together with the new soft plastic packaging recycling project launched in Auckland this month, means Foodstuffs is moving closer to its target of moving their packaging to be 100% recyclable for their customers either at kerbside or back at store. Sammons confirms the business is committed to leading the charge on providing sustainable supermarket shopping solutions.

Foodstuffs New Zealand Ltd
Address:
Level 8, 45 Johnston Street
Lambton Quay, PO Box 5401
Wellington
Phone: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

Foodstuffs New Zealand: construction of the new New World in Te Kuiti set to start on 19 October 2015

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Foodstuffs North Island Ltd is pleased to announce that construction of the new New World in Te Kuiti is set to start on 19 October 2015.

“It is very exciting for us to start construction of the new store,” says Angela Bull, General Manager Property Development, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd. “The current New World in Te Kuiti has served the local community incredibly well for over 50 years but it is now time for a new store. The new store will be of the latest building design, with plenty of natural light, a great fresh food offer and in a convenient location for the community.”

Mark Brittenden, the owner-operator of New World Te Kuiti is looking forward to opening the new store, and providing the community with an even better food and grocery offer.

“The new supermarket will be a great store,” says Mark Brittenden. “The community have been so supportive and patient as we have worked through the design and details of the new store. The team and I can’t wait to bring a new, modern fresh food and grocery offer to Te Kuiti with all the great service you expect from New World.”

The new New World is located at 41-43 Rora Street and will be 2,470m2 in size. The new store will provide 141 car parks and is expected to open in the third quarter of 2016.

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS

New Zealand: Winning in January toolkit launched by FGC and Foodstuffs

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —  A Winning in January toolkit has been launched by FGC and Foodstuffs in conjunction with Efficient Consumer Response Australasia.

The toolkit is aimed at improving stock positions over key seasonal times such as January, but can also apply at times such as Easter.

It is based on the ECRA model, which has been reviewed and developed further to New Zealand conditions by FGC’s representative on ECRA, Kelly Smith, Shannon Kelly of Foodstuffs North Island, and Dave Pawson of Foodstuffs South Island.

The toolkit provides guidance for improving product availability and delivering improved shopper satisfaction in the summer period, and is an addition, not an alternative, to detailed internal and trading partner planning and deployment. It offers a clear and simple framework for planning and optimising a key sales period.

Further information can be found on the FGC website here, the suppliers section of the Foodstuffs website, and on the ECRA website.

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

Foodstuffs Fresh Grocery Expo, 6 – 7 April 2016 in Greenlane, Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-9-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are pleased to confirm the Foodstuffs Fresh Grocery Expo will be held on 6 and 7 April 2016 at ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland.

We are pleased to confirm the Foodstuffs Fresh Grocery Expo will be held on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 April 2016 at ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane Auckland.

An official invitation will be sent out next month to Foodstuffs Supplier partners to register online to attend the show.

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Foodstuffs wins two top prizes at the annual Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Awards

Foodstuffs has triumphed at the annual Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Awards, once again winning the two top prizes for their category. 

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAK’nSAVE has won the competitive Most Trusted Supermarket honour, New World the highly commended runner up in that category and Pams won the Most Trusted Home Brand award.

The independent survey asked more than 1200 New Zealander’s what brands they trusted across a range of categories; including supermarkets and supermarket own brands.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says there is no higher praise than that of our customers. “There is a lot of competition in the supermarket industry and New Zealand shoppers want great quality food, a good range of products at the right price.”

“We remain committed to delivering the best deals we can to our customers and that’s why so many Kiwis continue to shop at PAK’nSAVE. This award is about our customers giving us the nod that we are still doing great work. We know we can’t be complacent, there’s always room to develop our offer and improve our customer’s shopping experience.”

Anderson adds, “PAK’nSAVE is all about giving our customers a great deal with consistently low prices. It’s not about the fancy features you might see in other stores – it’s a straightforward promise, but one we absolutely must deliver on, every time.”

“Since opening its doors in 1985, PAK’nSAVE has never stopped looking for ways to keep its costs down in order to pass those savings on to our customers, “says Anderson. “It’s fantastic that during our 30th birthday year our customers have recognised PAK’nSAVE as the country’s most trusted supermarket brand.”

Mr Anderson explains that winning the Most Trusted Home Brand is also a special honour.

“Pams was the first home brand in the country. It first graced the iconic Four Square shelves in 1937 supplying baking and custard powder, the range has now swelled to more than 2500 different products and is now in demand across our supermarket shelves.”

“As a proud New Zealand owned and operated company we really appreciate our customers taking the time to vote for us and give us direct feedback that we are meeting their needs. We are striving to make good, wholesome and tasty products for everyday use and this award is high praise that we are well on the road to achieving that goal.”

PAK’nSAVE and New World continue to develop our stores across the country, upgrading, refurbishing and building brand new supermarkets which feature a range of environmental initiatives and innovation from energy efficient lighting to low emission refrigeration systems.

Store owner-operators of PAK’nSAVE’s and New World’s all over the country are sponsoring a multitude of local community schools, sporting teams and businesses.

Pams also supports a national nutrition-education initiative, Food For Thought, designed for primary school teachers to teach Kiwi kids to make healthier food and lifestyle choices.

Last year, Pams started introducing the Health Star Rating System on its packaging to enable shoppers to make informed nutritional decisions about the types of products they are consuming.

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Most Trusted Supermarket Brand 2015

Most Trusted Supermarket Brand 2015

Foodstuffs supermarkets win top awards at the 19th annual Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards

Two Foodstuffs supermarkets have taken home top awards at New Zealand’s biggest food competition, the 19th annual Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-7-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs bakers triumphed in two categories and won the overall Supreme Pie Award.

A humble potato top pie from New World Greenmeadows, Napier, won New Zealand’s Top Pie award.

Top chef and judge Martin Bosley was blown away by the potato top pie which he described as, “Quite simply, sensational. Everything about it was perfection: the creamy potato top, beautiful balance of pastry to filling. People should get their hands on this pie – it’s worth a drive to Napier.”

Foodstuffs New Zealand, Managing Director, Steve Anderson says, “This is a fantastic result for one of our talented bakers. Our customers may not be aware that almost every New World in the country has on-site Master Bakers who are passionate about the craft and use only the best quality ingredients.”

New World Greenmeadows baker Shane Forster is over the moon with the result. “A great potato top pie is a Kiwi classic. It comes down to getting ingredient proportions just right and perfecting the seasoning. And you can’t beat potato on top of a pie.”

A pie from PAK’nSAVE Petone also stood out from the crowd, winning Gold in the Steak and Cheese Category. Baker Roger Cathro also received Highly Commended for his Thai Chicken and Steak and Gravy.

He has won Gold at the awards three years running with his steak and gravy last year and steak and cheese in 2013.

The winning pies were judged by a panel of 21 judges, from 5200 pies, in 12 categories.

Martin says of the country’s biggest food competition, “The pie is a New Zealand icon and the competition is taken extremely seriously by everyone involved. The competition gets stronger every year.”

Where to get your hands on the winning pies:

New World Greenmeadows, Napier

  • Supreme Award: Potato Top Pie $3.99

PAK’nSAVE Petone

  • Gold Award: Steak and Cheese $3.60
  • Highly Commended: Thai Chicken and Steak and Gravy $3.60

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Supreme Award winner: Potato Top Pie from New World Greenmeadows, Napier

Supreme Award winner: Potato Top Pie from New World Greenmeadows, Napier

Foodstuffs: New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland to champion the new soft plastic bags initiative

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland will champion the new soft plastic bags initiative announced by Environment Minister, Nick Smith, over the weekend. The novel programme promises to introduce REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins at stores to enable shoppers to bring back their used plastic bags and other soft plastics all of which are currently unable to be recycled through the traditional bins people have at home.

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland will champion the new soft plastic bags initiative announced by Environment Minister, Nick Smith, over the weekend. The novel programme promises to introduce REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins at stores to enable shoppers to bring back their used plastic bags and other soft plastics all of which are currently unable to be recycled through the traditional bins people have at home.

The recycling scheme, which is to be managed by the Packaging Forum and supported by the government, will commence in September with the roll out starting in Auckland followed by expansion to the Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu and other regions over the next three years. The objective is to provide access to recycle soft plastics to approximately 70% of all New Zealanders.

Lyn Mayes, project lead, said soft plastic bags are not currently collected for recycling by councils because they can contaminate the recycling process.

“New Zealanders use more than 1.6 billion plastic bags in their homes every year.  This new project will take all soft plastic bags including bread bags, frozen food bags, toilet paper packaging, confectionery and biscuit wrap, chip bags, pasta and rice bags, courier envelopes, shopping bags, sanitary hygiene packaging – basically anything made of plastic which can be scrunched into a ball.”

“REDcycle, who also runs the programme in Australia, will supply recycling bins in selected New World and PAK’nSAVE stores. Initially the materials will be sent back to Australia where they are made into park benches and fitness circuits for playgrounds until there are facilities in New Zealand such as those planned at Astron Plastics,” says Mayes.

The project is to be funded through a $700,000 grant to the Packaging Forum which is being matched by industry and a $510,000 grant to Astron Plastics Group from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund. The grant to Astron Plastics Group will enable the business to establish a new dry-cleaning facility in Auckland with the capacity to recycle 2000 tonnes of soft plastics thus reducing the requirement to export the collected plastic waste.

Mike Sammons, Sustainability Manager, Foodstuffs New Zealand, says we are delighted that the pilot has been given the green light by government.

“We recognise that plastic bags pose an ongoing environmental challenge and a lot of our customers have told us they want a better solution for recycling plastic bags. Foodstuffs, and its brands New World and PAK’nSAVE, in partnership with other food manufacturers, retailers and packaging companies, have been actively looking for viable solution so that we can do our part to reducing the ongoing environmental impact.”

“From September, customers in Auckland will be able to bring their used soft plastics back to store and put them in the supplied recycling bins.  We will be actively encouraging our customers to get in behind this fantastic opportunity as its success in the initial phase will ensure further roll out nationally,” says Sammons.

The project is already supported by major brands including Pams, Cottonsoft, Huggies, Kleenex, New Zealand Post, SunRice, Astron and Elldex Plastics with many others committed to joining the programme.

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Foodstuffs stores to implement changes to the infant formula security protocols announced in March 2015

North Island, New Zealand, 2015-5-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following discussion with MPI we can confirm that our stores will be implementing some variations to the infant formula security protocols that have been in place since the threat was announced in March 2015.

Across our New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores we will continue to have in place additional supply chain security measures and our customers can still expect to see heightened security and signage advising customers of the threat. As we move into the next phase of managing this threat, there will no longer be an ‘Infant Formula Monitor’ at shelf. Instead check out staff will be prompted via our point of sale systems to remind each infant formula customer of the need to check for tampering and the MPI consumer guide will also be available.

Foodstuffs is continuing to take the threat very seriously so that our customers can have confidence in infant formula purchased from one of our stores. By their very nature supermarkets are high security environments, every day we have a range security measures in place to ensure the safety and security of our customers and staff. Because of this we have confidence that the variation in protocols around infant formula will continue to offer our customers a high level of security.

Advice from the Police is that the threat remains low but we remind our customers to remain vigilant and alert the appropriate authorities should any sign of tampering be suspected.

Continued advice from MPI

Any customer who has a concern that their infant formula has been tampered with should call MPI on 0800 00 83 33 and they will advise of the appropriate actions that need to be taken. We would ask customers to not take any suspect product back to store.

Any customer who has a concern about their child’s health should contact their health provider or go to their local Hospital Accident and Emergency immediately. Parents can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for health advice from experienced registered nurses who provide health information and recommend appropriate care to callers.

For customers who require support about what to feed their baby then Plunket is also available on 0800 933 922.

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Foodstuffs stores implemented additional security protocols to give customers confidence in the infant formula shelf

Wellington, New Zealand, 2015-3-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The news yesterday about the threat to infant formula is very concerning and we know we have an important role to play in keeping customer confidence in the security of the products we sell.

Across our Foodstuffs stores of New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square we are committed to ensuring parents and caregivers can continue to access their normal range of infant formula.

We have implemented a number of additional security protocols through our supply chain and in-store to give customers confidence in the infant formula purchased from our stores.  Our approach is essentially to ‘bring security to the shelf’.

This means all customers entering a Foodstuffs store will be subject to heightened surveillance and there will be higher security in-store. Some of this security is covert and customers may not notice it at all. But in our New World and PAK’nSAVE stores customers are likely to see some obvious security measures, including:

  • Continuous CCTV monitoring of shelf
  • Signage advising customers of the threat
  • The physical presence of an ‘Infant Formula Milk Monitor’ at the shelf who is responsible for visually monitoring the product on shelf and with giving infant formula customers the MPI consumer guide on how to check for tampering
  • Our check out staff will also be giving customers purchasing infant formula a copy of the MPI consumer guide so that they can check any product purchased for tampering

In smaller New Worlds or Four Square stores where full CCTV coverage at shelf is not possible customers can expect to see:

  • Signage advising customers of the threat
  • Infant formula moved to in front of check out so that staff can continually visually monitor the product
  • Check out staff will also be giving customers purchasing infant formula a copy of the MPI consumer guide so that they can check any product purchased for tampering

Feedback from customers on the security measures that were implemented yesterday has been very positive. We have been told that customers feel reassured that there is a physical presence monitoring the product in-store and they appreciate the ability to be able to buy the much needed product as part of their normal supermarket shop, albeit with heightened security.

Advice from the MPI
As advised by MPI any customer who has a concern that their infant formula has been tampered with should call MPI on 0800 00 83 33 and they will advise of the appropriate actions that need to be taken. We would ask customers to not take any suspect product back to store.

Any customer who has a concern about their child’s health should contact their health provider or go to their local Hospital Accident and Emergency immediately. Parents can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for health advice from experienced registered nurses who provide health information and recommend appropriate care to callers.

If you require support about what to feed your baby then Plunket is also available on 0800 933 922.

Foodstuffs New Zealand Ltd

Level 8, 45 Johnston Street
Lambton Quay, PO Box 5401
Wellington
Phone: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Foodstuffs ensures Kiwi families can have confidence in the infant formula purchased from our stores

Wellington, New Zealand, 2015-3-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs is committed to ensuring Kiwi families can have confidence in the infant formula purchased from our stores. While the Police assess the risk of the contamination threat being carried out as low we are still taking the threat very seriously and are putting in place all possible precautions to protect customers.

We are doing everything we can to ensure the product is safe and is not able to be tampered with. Across our stores we have put additional security and controls in place to safeguard the product and make sure it is protected and delivered to customers securely. This means all customers entering a Foodstuffs store will be subject to heightened surveillance and there will be higher security in-store.

All Foodstuffs stores will be providing the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) consumer guide which will provide customers with details on how to check the product they are purchasing is safe and has not been tampered with.

We know that families will want to ensure they have an ongoing safe supply for their children, and we are committed to managing infant formula supply to ensure product is available for all. To facilitate this, for now, we are limiting customer purchases to two tins per customer per product line.

Foodstuffs is liaising with the relevant authorities including MPI and the Police. MPI is the lead agency in this investigation so please contact them on 0800 00 83 33 for further information. We suggest customers go to the MPI’s www.foodprotection.govt.nz website for all available information on this issue.

As advised by MPI any customer who has a concern that their infant formula has been tampered with should call MPI on 0800 00 83 33 and they will advise of the appropriate actions that need to be taken. We would ask customers tonottake any suspect product back to their local store.

Any customer who has a concern about their child’s health should contact their health provider or go to their local Hospital Accident and Emergency immediately. Parents can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for health advice from experienced registered nurses who provide health information and recommend appropriate care to callers.

If you require support about what to feed your baby then Plunket is also available on 0800 933 922.

Foodstuffs New Zealand Ltd

Level 8, 45 Johnston Street
Lambton Quay, PO Box 5401
Wellington
Phone: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

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Foodstuffs announced it will be re-developing its New World Milford store

North Island, New Zealand, 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs has, today, announced it will be re-developing its New World Milford store. As part of a review of the long-term plans for the store, it was determined the best way the brand could continue to serve the Milford community was through the creation of a brand new store.

“New World has been serving the community of Milford on Auckland’s North Shore for 50 years and we constantly review our stores in the communities we serve. Our New World Milford store is one of our oldest in the group and it’s time we gave the Milford community a brand new store” said Doug Cochrane, General Manager Retail, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd.

“We determined a renovation of the old building simply wasn’t the best option,” added Cochrane. “We want to ensure we are able to be here for many years to come, so we have decided that due to the existing store already being in the best location, a rebuild and creation of a new generation New World is the best way forward.”

“We realise this will cause some disruption to our loyal customers as the current store will need to close for an extended period of time,” says New World Milford Owner Operator Sarah Aston. “We think the result will be well worth it in the long-run as the rebuilt store will have 40% more retail space than the current store with a full supermarket offer and a fantastic fresh range. It’ll be much lighter and brighter with more choice and value. Add to this the great service customers enjoy at New World Milford and we are confident the new store will bring a fantastic new shopping experience to the Milford community.”

The last trading day for the current New World Milford store will be Sunday, 15 March 2015 and the new supermarket will be built and opened before Christmas 2015.

During the rebuild New World Milford customers can shop at nearby New World stores including; Browns Bay, Birkenhead, Albany and Devonport. New World Victoria Park is also just minutes away by car over the Harbour Bridge. All of these stores have the same great value prices and Fly Buys.

New World Milford currently employs 29 full-time staff, 17 part-time and 5 casuals. Foodstuffs will be working with staff to redeploy them to surrounding stores, including their new Browns Bay store which is due to open on Tuesday, 17 March 2015.

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Foodstuffs: Yersinia pseudotuberculosis not detected in the Living Foods property and processing plant following test carried out by AsureQuality

Foodstuffs has today announced the results of testing carried out by independent laboratory AsureQuality. Results have confirmed that Yersinia pseudotuberculosis was not detected in any of the samples taken from the Living Foods property and processing plant.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2014-11-12— /EPR Retail News/ — “Multiple soil samples were taken from the quarantined paddock and across the farm, all of which failed to detect an evidence of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. In addition, samples of irrigation and processing water, and swabs from the processing plant and final product tests also failed to detect any presence of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis,” says Antoinette Shallue, Corporate PR Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand Ltd.

“The outcome of our internal audit of the Living Foods processing facility and farm has indicated that they have a high level of food safety compliance and good farm management practices in place. There were no uncontrolled practices, conditions or incidents which could have contributed to or led to the food poisoning outbreak.”

Based on the outcome of the audit and the negative sample analysis results which couldn’t find any evidence of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis in the samples or products tested at Living Foods, Shallue confirms that Foodstuffs now has a high level of confidence that there is no risk of contamination from any product sourced from Living Foods.

“We are confident in the ongoing supply of all products originating from Living Foods and we have reached the conclusion that there was either no contamination at the source or the food safety protocols in place with our supplier were working as required to eliminate such common environmental organisms,” says Shallue. “We are pleased to be able to confirm to our customers that all Pams lettuce products sold in our stores are safe and the scientific testing results have proved this.”