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.

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Source: Foodstuffs NZ

New World and PAK’nSAVE support the New Zealand Blood Service’s Missing Type campaign

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2017-Oct-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World and PAK’nSAVE are pleased to show their support for the New Zealand Blood Service’s Missing Type campaign.

Customers will notice the letters O and A disappear from the New World and PAK’nSAVE’s logos on the brands’ digital channels, between October 16 and 18.

This is NZBS’s second Missing Type campaign, which lets organisations and individuals show their support for blood donation by removing the letters A and O – the most common blood types – from their logos, branding, online content and social media accounts.

“New Zealand Blood Service wants New Zealanders who don’t know their blood type to find out this year, as it may be their first step towards becoming a lifesaving blood donor,” Foodstuffs NZ Managing Director Steve Anderson says.

“Our stores really got behind last year’s campaign, and New Zealand Blood Service tells us it resulted in 10,000 New Zealanders becoming new donors within five months, which is a fantastic result. We’re very pleased to support Missing Type again this year,” Anderson says.

“The campaign will be reflected through the PAK’nSAVE and New World website and Facebook pages. We’re also encouraging our store owners to support the campaign in their own way, by adjusting their promotional material and in-store posters, by organising a blood donation drive for staff.

“Donated blood and blood products save the lives of 27,000 New Zealanders every year, yet just under 4 percent of the eligible population is registered to donate. We know that New Zealanders are generous people, and so we think we can do better! I’d like to encourage all of our customers to consider becoming a blood donor. Look out for NZBS events around the country or go to for more information on how you can help,” Anderson says.



Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

NEW ZEALAND: New World unveils new initiatives to reducing the impact of plastic waste in the environment

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World is committed to reducing the impact of plastic waste in our environment – and the BagVote campaign was just the start.

When we launched the project the discussion was all about introducing a levy, so we wanted to ask our customers what they thought.

The overwhelming majority has voted ‘yes – charge me for bags’, but we missed an important question – no bag at all. Many of our customers told us via email, Facebook, phone and in-store that they wanted this option.

Our customers also asked us to look harder at paper and biodegradable alternatives – both have their issues, but they are constantly being improved.

New World is aiming to be single-use plastic bag free by the end of 2018.  This move depends on being able to find the right bag solution to meet our customers’ needs and those of the environment.

To get there as quickly as possible we are implementing a number of really exciting initiatives to help New Zealanders adjust to life without single-use plastic bags. We’re taking the conversation even further and reviewing our approach to plastic packaging, plastic products and minimising waste overall.

It’s a big task but we are totally committed to change – we always have been.

So here’s what’s next for us:

–         We’re giving away a whopping 2 million long-life reusable bags to our New World customers this summer;

–         On 1 February 2018 we will introduce a 10c voluntary donation per plastic bag at New World, which will go to environmental causes including our amazing friends at Sea Cleaners;

–         We’re continuing the 5c rebate for each reusable bag in our North Island New World stores, which has resulted in a 20 percent reduction in plastic bag use;

–         And, we are committed to promoting and expanding the Soft Plastics Recycling programme. Our customers contribute more than two thirds of the total volume of plastic recycling in the country. The top 10 stores in the country, by volume of plastic recycling, are all Foodstuffs stores.

New Zealanders have always been able to make a personal choice to ban plastic bags from their lives and use reusable bags or boxes for their groceries – they just need to change the habit of a lifetime.

We’re grateful for the support we received from the community for taking a leadership position on this issue.

We’re 100% New Zealand owned and operated – and 100% for New Zealand. The fact that other retailers are now engaged on the plastic bag issue is a win for the environment and we are so pleased this important environmental issue is being addressed.

A New Zealand with less plastic has got to be better. Let’s get there together.

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Source: Foodstuffs NZ

NEW ZEALAND: New World announces new effort to help reduce pollution

NEW ZEALAND: New World announces new effort to help reduce pollution

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2017-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World supermarkets are giving customers the opportunity to vote on whether to keep plastic bags free or bring in a five or 10 cent charge for each plastic bag they use at the checkout – in a concerted effort to reduce pollution.

If customers vote to pay for bags, New World will donate the proceeds from the bag charge to a variety of community and environmental causes including SEACLEANERS, who work to remove rubbish from waterways around New Zealand.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director Foodstuffs New Zealand says, “We have been working on a wide variety of environmental initiatives for years now, but the one issue that seems to really energise our customers is the topic of plastic shopping bags.  We believe the best way forward is to work with our customers and ask them what they want for the future.  The majority decision in BAGVOTE will rule – but regardless of the outcome, we’ll continue to work on reducing plastic bag use, providing more reusable bag options and increasing soft plastics recycling.”

New World customers can submit a vote online at from midday 14 September through to midnight on 8 October 2017.  New World will then publish the results on Tuesday 10 October.

Anderson says, “We believe there is a real appetite for change on this issue.  Our recent ban on plastic microbeads was met with universal support as was the introduction of 100 percent recyclable meat trays. We’re also rolling out electric vehicles across many of our stores and increasing access to soft plastics recycling around the country.”

As further evidence of New World’s commitment to reducing bag usage, North Island owner-operators have also delivered a five cent rebate to customers who bring their own bags for use at the checkout, which has resulted in up to a 20 percent drop in plastic bag usage since it was implemented in January 2016.  The rebate will continue regardless of the BAGVOTE outcome.

SEACLEANERS has been invited to advise the New World team on more ways to protect the environment.

“SEACLEANERS is an inspiring team with a powerful mission – to remove rubbish from our seas, harbours and oceans.  Since 2002 their team of volunteers has removed 40 million pieces of rubbish from the waters around New Zealand. A great outcome – but shocking to know that so much rubbish is in our oceans,” Anderson says.

SEACLEANERS is delighted to support New World’s campaign to promote awareness about reducing the use of plastic bags.  “Every day we see the effect of improper use and disposal of plastic bags in our waterways,” says Captain Hayden Smith, who was voted Local Hero 2017 and is recognised internationally for the work he and his team do to clean up our seas.

“When New World asked us to get on board and help promote awareness of the BAGVOTE we were really happy to support them.  We hope that New Zealanders make the simple change to using more cloth reusable bags, and accept a charge for plastic bags if they absolutely need one.”

For more information on the New World Plastic Bag Vote head to


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New World trials online shopping app, I shop New World at Mt Roskill store

Supermarket shoppers in Mt Roskill are the first to try New World’s online shopping app, I shop New World.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island has released a beta version of the app for its New World Mt Roskill customers to test, Chief Executive Chris Quin says.

“We want to see how the app works for our customers and get their feedback before we roll this out to other parts of the country,” he says. “By developing the app in collaboration with our customers, we’ll create something that offers a much better user experience.

“Globally, companies have worked out that if you launch your digital products early, you glean valuable information on how usable they are, and you can refine what you’re offering. That’s our intention with I shop New World. We want to hear what our customers think and develop this with customers to meet their needs.”

The app is available for both Android and Apple smartphone and tablet users.

“We chose to develop I shop New World as an app first, because smartphones are fast becoming the nation’s most popular device. At least 70 percent of Kiwis have one.[1] And in the US, we’ve seen that mobile apps are where people are spending the majority of their time online – more than desktop usage or mobile web surfing.[2]”

Customers can browse virtual shelves in the I shop New World app for their favourite products and easily add these to their basket through drag and drop functionality, making the experience simple, interactive and fun.

Features include the ability to create and save multiple shopping lists, so there’s no need to start from scratch every time; save multiple addresses, so you can shop and deliver groceries for family or friends; and securely save multiple credit card details.

“You can use the Click & Collect service to order via the app and collect your shopping from your local store, or you can choose to have your groceries delivered. Either way, the app is designed to make your grocery shopping experience that much more convenient, because you can do it all from your tablet or smartphone,” Quin says.
“We’ve been trialling a Click & Collect service at our New World Thorndon and Levin stores for a couple of years now, which has given us lots of useful insights into how our customers use the service.

“Our Click & Collect lockers are outside the store’s front door with their own dedicated parking bays. That means you can pull up and grab your groceries without having to get the kids out of the car,” Quin says.

Foodstuffs intends to expand the test area to include more Auckland and Wellington stores before rolling out I shop New World further, and also plans to develop a web version.


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Source: Foodstuffs NZ

New World expands Just Cook It meal kits to more stores in Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World is responding to a growing trend for quick and healthy home-cooked dinners, allowing shoppers to get creative in the kitchen without the effort involved in planning and preparing a meal.

Just Cook It meal kits are prepared fresh in-store daily with pre-measured ingredients including meat or fish, vegetables, spices and sauces. Each week there are new recipes to try. The kits come with easy-to-follow recipe cards and start at $22.99 for a two-person serving.

“Everything you need is in the kit, aside from a few pantry staples such as oil and salt,” Group General Manager Marketing, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd Steve Bayliss says.
The Just Cook It kits have been available since mid-February at New World Eastridge, Stonefields and Howick in Auckland, and at New World Thorndon in Wellington. Thorndon also offers a delivery service. Foodstuffs South Island are trialling a similar meal kit called Love Food Box in select stores.

“So far we’ve trialled all sorts of Just Cook It recipes, from Salmon Spaghetti with Capers & Rocket, to BBQ Lamb Rump with Rustic Greek Salad. We’re now looking at some more adventurous, playful and kid friendly options,” Bayliss says.

“Just Cook It was born out of the desire to make dinnertime easy for time-poor Kiwis,” Bayliss says. “We wanted to help take the stress out of deciding what to have, and the time it takes to cook it. We’re all about helping real New Zealanders cook something tasty that doesn’t require any thinking time. We’ve done all the hard work for you.

“The kits have proven popular so far, particularly when we promote them to local customers through social media,” Bayliss says.

“Customers of our Constellation Drive store will be the next to see Just Cook It kits on the shelves, followed by Mt Roskill New World customers in mid-July. Shoppers at our refurbished Alberton Ave store will also be able to get Just Cook It kits, when the store reopens in late August. We hope to be able to roll this concept out to other stores in other parts of the country soon.”

The kits were created in response to research that shows how New Zealanders’ dinner-time habits are changing.

Foodstuffs asked 2,478 household shoppers from around the country to take a 20-minute survey, and conducted a parallel survey with 1,756 Foodstuffs panel members.
“What the research shows is that there are changing pressures that are reshaping how New Zealanders organise their lives and shop – specifically how they plan, purchase, prepare and eat dinner,” Bayliss says.

“Our dinner planning is becoming increasingly spontaneous as our busy and complicated lives make it difficult to be fully prepared. Supermarkets can play a key role in supporting these spontaneous dinner decisions,” Bayliss says.

“In an ideal world, people want to cook a dinner that is healthy; good quality and fresh; value for money and delicious. However our research shows that there’s a disconnect between what people want, and what they achieve at dinner time.

“What they actually cook tends to be something that tastes delicious and fills everyone up, is satisfying and value for money. The reason for that disconnect is the time and effort involved in preparing a healthy dinner. So we see an opportunity to help our customers by making healthy home-cooked meals that much quicker and easier. That is the premise behind our Just Cook It kits.

“The people feeling the most pain are people in the 25-34 age bracket, with young families in middle income households – particularly where both parents work. Dealing with dinner preparation and small children when you have limited time to spend together as a family is particularly stressful. The big problem for Kiwis is not willingness, it’s often inspiration,” Bayliss says.

“Think of Just Cook It as your friend in the kitchen. We’re here when you need us, ready to help you cook something easy and delicious.”

What the research shows

– Planning for dinner is often spur of the moment. When asked about their general approach, more than half demonstrate an unstructured dinner planning approach. Only 26% knew what they were having for dinner at the start of the day.

– Of the 74% of shoppers who decide their dinner on the day, 40% decide before 2pm, 32% decide between 2-5 pm and 29% decide after 5 pm

– 13% of shoppers (representing almost 200,000 New Zealand households) will shop for dinner on the day. Some will do this as part of a top-up shop (6%) while others are on a dinner-only shopping mission (7%)

However eating a fully prepared meal at home is still the norm.

– The great majority (93%) of dinner occasions still take place at home, involve the whole household (65% of occasions) and are created from scratch (72% of occasions).

– Those who eat at home spend 37 minutes on average, preparing and cooking their meal and 19 minutes on average cleaning up.

Dinner time is still very traditional:

– Of those who cooked at home, 26% ate before 6pm, 42% ate between 6 and 7pm, and 31% ate after 7pm.

– Of those that cooked at home, 36% cooked meat (or fish) and veg; 27% cooked an Indian or Asian meal (curry, stir fry); and 19% cooked something Italian (pasta, lasagna).

– In terms of protein choices, the dominant choices are chicken (32%) and beef (25%)

There is a gap between what people want, and what they’re actually having for dinner. Below are the dinner outcomes that people said were important to them, ranked in order, versus their evaluation of what they actually ate for dinner last night.

Desired dinner outcome vs Actual dinner outcome

Desired outcome
1. A healthy option
2. Good quality and fresh
3. Value for money
4. Tastes delicious
5. Quick to put together
6. Fills everyone up
7. Satisfying
8. Easy solution
9. Offers variety

Actual Dinner outcome
1. Tastes delicious
2. Fills everyone up
3. Satisfying
4. Value for money
5. Good quality and fresh
6. Easy solution
7. Offers variety
8. Quick to put together
9. A healthy option

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Source: Foodstuffs NZ

New World and dietitian Sarah Elliott to raise awareness of digestive health

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World is partnering with well-known Registered Dietitian, Sarah Elliott from FoodSavvy, to raise awareness of the important role that food plays in bowel health.

Sarah will do this by sharing practical advice with consumers, in-store at the five New World stores located in the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa, during the first half of July 2017.

The timing and location coincides with the roll-out of the National Bowel Screening Programme, starting with those living in the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs, from July.

“What we eat and drink plays an important role in the health of our bowel,” says Sarah. “A healthy diet can help prevent bowel cancer, which kills more than 100 Kiwis every month. It can also help alleviate some of the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, which an estimated 15,000 Kiwis suffer from and which can lead to bowel cancer, as well as the far more common set of symptoms known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is thought to affect one in seven people.”

Sarah was herself diagnosed with Crohn’s disease 21 years ago, and today specialises in the dietary management of digestive issues such as IBS.

“IBS is something that affects so many Kiwis on a daily basis – it appears about 70% of them women – with symptoms that include abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation. Yet it’s been proven that diet can alleviate it.”

She says there’s now medical proof – and growing public awareness – that IBS can be exacerbated by foods that are high in FODMAP compounds (Fermentable, Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides, Polyols).

“These are carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed by the intestine and affect those of us who are susceptible to IBS by creating an over-production of gas which causes their intestines to bloat, and unfortunately, some of our most favourite foods are high in FODMAPs: apples, pears, peas, onions, garlic, cow’s milk, yoghurt and ice cream, and wheat-based bread, biscuits, cereals and pasta.”

Sarah will be available to answer queries about the FODMAP diet and food choices in general that can improve bowel health and overall wellbeing, from 10 am – 2 pm, on these dates at these stores:

• Tuesday, 4 July at New World Hutt City
• Friday, 7 July at New World Silverstream
• Wednesday, 12 July at New World Stokes Valley
• Friday, 14 July at New World Carterton
• Tuesday, 18 July at New World Masterton

Her advice will not constitute a formal consultation, and people with IBS symptoms or an interest in a low-FODMAP diet should first have a private appointment with a registered health professional.

“A low-FODMAP should ideally be trialled for 2 – 6 weeks, followed by review, and then a structured re-introduction of FODMAP-containing foods into the diet, to determine which can trigger IBS. For those who don’t suffer from IBS, FODMAP-containing foods can actually benefit the gut flora.”

Doug Cochrane, General Manager Retail, Foodstuffs North Island, says bringing a registered dietitian into select stores ties in with New World’s commitment to providing a quality shopping experience.

“That commitment includes helping shoppers make healthy food choices, and having someone of Sarah’s calibre providing in-store advice in the same areas where the Bowel Screening Programme will begin was a way of showing our support for the programme and our care for our shoppers.”

“We are looking forward to see the outcome of Sarah’s appearances at those five stores in the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. We may also consider the same activity in other stores.”

For more information on the National Bowel Screening Programme, see

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Source: Foodstuffs NZ

NEW ZEALAND: Fresh Collective by New World — A new small-format grocery brand

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jul-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new small-format grocery brand has entered the market with the launch of Fresh Collective by New World. The store at 10a Constellation Drive on Auckland’s North Shore is the first to showcase this new brand.

The store joined the Foodstuffs North Island co-operative in May, and has been operating under a temporary New World banner since then. Today [July 4], the store reopened with a new look, new layout and new product offerings.

As well as picking up a great cup of coffee from the in-house barista, customers can now order fresh smoothies; grab some sushi; choose a meal kit for dinner tonight or pick up some premium cuts from the in-house butcher. Customers can also get their everyday, food-focused top-up grocery needs. The butcher, bakery and fresh seafood counter are all on show, so customers can see the goods they’ve selected being prepared.

“For some time now, we’ve been analysing what we offer our urban customers,” Foodstuffs North Island CEO Chris Quin says. “We wanted to give them a smaller grocery experience that answers that question of ‘what will we eat tonight’ with plenty of fresh produce and take-home meal solutions. “The store 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. It brings the best of what New World offers to a small, local store.”

“Fresh Collective by New World also has your everyday grocery needs, so that you can top up with the basics at the same time,” he says. “We’ve been researching how our customers use our stores. In urban areas, they pop in several times a week for different reasons. Sometimes they’re just looking for a coffee or lunch, but might grab a couple of grocery items at the same time. Sometimes they’re looking for 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’ve been working on this concept for some time. We created a prototype of what a Fresh Collective experience would look like, which allowed everyone involved to walk around inside it and comment on the design and customer flow. That was a first for us, and we found it a really useful, creative part of the process. To be able to pick up the deli counter and move it to another position, or make an aisle a little wider, was really helpful.”

The next Fresh Collective by New World store will open in Mt Albert in the coming weeks. The Alberton Four Square store has been closed since June 20 while the refurbishment work takes place.

“We intend to keep refining the concept as we go, to suit each community. So there will be exciting features at the Mt Albert store that are different to what’s on offer at Constellation Drive. “We are looking at other urban areas in the North Island where Fresh Collective by New World will suit our customers’ needs.”

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Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority to fund Foodstuffs’ trial of electric delivery vans across its New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets in 2017

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Honourable Judith Collins has today  (20 January 2017) announced that the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) will be providing funding to support Foodstuffs trial of electric delivery vans across its New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets in 2017.

“This is the first time a commercial electric vehicle fleet of this size has been trialled in New Zealand,” says Chris Quin, CEO, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd. “The funding will go towards the implementation of 28 zero emission electric delivery vans at New World and PAK’nSAVE stores across the North and South Island.”

According to Quin when the project was put to the business initial interest from stores was incredibly positive. “Our owners recognise and support Foodstuffs’ commitment to be more sustainable and at the leading edge of new technology. Our business practices are continually evolving to be more sustainable, this is demonstrated through our work on recyclable packaging, food donation, natural refrigeration systems and energy efficiency and ensures the business will be well placed over the coming years.”

Quin adds, “It fits in perfectly with Foodstuffs drive to reduce environmental impacts and support brand NZ. Electric vehicles offer the potential to both reduce the business’ dependence on imported fuels whilst at the same time reducing road based transport emissions by 100%.”

“Add to this the fact the electricity powering the vehicles is 100% locally generated and over 80% renewably generated through hydro, wind and geothermal sources – meaning we are investing in both New Zealand‘s economy and its environment.”

The Nissan e-NV 200 delivery vans will be imported over the next year from Europe where they are manufactured. Once charged they are capable of travelling up to 150 kilometres at a time without generating either noise or emissions.

Foodstuffs is in discussion with EECA about the potential installation of separate public electric vehicle charging points at key New World and PAK’nSAVE store locations throughout the country.

“The idea is that the provision of easily accessible charging facilities will encourage the public to gradually transition away from petrol and diesel cars to sustainable electric vehicles. You will be able to charge your car whilst grabbing your groceries,” says Quin.


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Source: Foodstuff NZ

New World Papakura opens Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s one of the fastest-growing parts of the country, and now it has a new supermarket too, with the newly-built New World Papakura set to open its doors next week.

The new store, built just 100 metres up the road from the old one, on East Street in Papakura’s CBD, will be officially opened on Tuesday, 6 December 2016, at 8.15 am.

To mark the occasion there will be kapa haka performances, free coffees until 11.30 am, and a chance for shoppers to enter the draw to win one of five prizes of $1000 of groceries a week until Christmas.

Peter Lynch, Owner-Operator of New World Papakura, says after nine months of construction it’s “very exciting” to be on the verge of opening the new building up to the community.

“The new store brings more choice, great prices and the same quality personal service our customers expect and deserve,” Lynch says. “And having it just up the road from the old store means it’s just a few extra steps for an even better shopping experience.”

The new store has a retail area of 1,615m² – nearly double that of the old store – while the total premises is just over a hectare in area, and includes 152 carparks.

“Everything has been designed with customer convenience in mind: more carparks, wider aisles, way bigger range in fresh foods, and more checkouts, including self-serve, to make shopping quicker.”

Dozens of new jobs have been created, too, with up to 45 more staff depending on the time of year, who’ll be joining the current team of 90.

“It’s great to be able to bring some new people in to bolster our team, which includes some of the best bakers and butchers in town.”

The new store is also more eco-friendly, with features such as the CO2 refrigeration, energy efficient lighting and rain water harvesting systems.

“Sustainability is a major focus for us. As well as providing a soft plastics recycling bin at the front of our store, we’ll continue to offer New World’s discount for those who bring their own reusable bags. We are also aiming to divert at least 80 percent of our waste away from landfill.”

Lindsay Rowles, General Manager of Property Development, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd, says it’s the fourth store the company has opened in as many months.

“The others were New World Te Kuiti, PAK’nSAVE Tamatea in Napier, and PAK’nSAVE Tauriko in Tauranga. Their total cost exceeds $80 million, and their geographic spread underscores our commitment to bringing modern supermarkets to all parts of the North Island.”

Lynch adds that with Papakura having one of the fastest-growing populations in the country – at an estimated average of around two percent per year – his new store is well-placed to serve the community and surrounding areas over the coming decades.

“We’ve already got 34 years under our belt of serving the local and wider community, and now I’m confident we’ll be here for at least 34 more, bringing shoppers quality food, great service and an enjoyable shopping experience.”


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Source: Foodstuff NZ


New World encourages customers to be more environmentally friendly with new reward scheme

New World stores in the North Island are taking the lead in an attempt to reduce the number of plastic bags used at checkout. 

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — From Monday the 24th of October North Island New World customers will receive 5 cents off their shop for each reusable bag used at checkout – up to a limit of 50 cents per visit. The gentle incentive will help New World customers to develop more sustainable shopping habits and help to significantly reduce the volume of plastic bags used.

New World is dedicated to being a more sustainable business and has a constant focus in this area. The idea behind the scheme is to reward customers positive behaviour and encourage everyone to be just a little bit more environmentally friendly.

Doug Cochrane, General Manager Retail, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd says that as a company we have a number of initiatives in place that are really making a difference in terms of environmental impact such as Soft Plastics recycling collections and recyclable meat trays. These sustainable solutions are setting the bar for how the business will operate in the future.

“Billions of plastic bags are used globally, causing a devastating impact on the environment; this issue needs to be addressed. We can help by encouraging customers to begin changing their shopping habits,” says Cochrane.

“Reusable bags are the most sustainable option for carrying groceries and we want to help our customers take positive steps towards more sustainable shopping behaviours by rewarding them. We know our customers are passionate about protecting their environment, and this incentive in a way for us to say thanks for helping to reduce plastic bag numbers.”

Cochrane says the movement towards reusable bags is gaining momentum in Europe, so it is clear this incentive can help influence people’s shopping routine and ultimately reduce plastic in landfill.

The anticipated popularity of this initiative is attributed greatly to the fact that New World Newlands, New World Churton Park, New World Karori and New World Pioneer have all been trialling the 5 cent rebate in their stores for a number of months with great success. All of these stores have experienced strong customer engagement in the initiative, and a significant reduction in plastic bags distributed – New World Karori has reported using approximately 15,000 less plastic bags and dishing out 7,800 rebates each month with this number continuing to increase.

To help motivate customers, New World stores will offer a selection of reusable bags to cater to a range of occasions and lifestyles. Although we would obviously rather see New World bags, customers can use which ever reusable bag they please to receive the discount.


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

Source: Foodstuff

New Zealand: New World, Starship Foundation and renowned landscape gardener Xanthe White create petunia garden at the national children’s hospital

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the New World team, under the close supervision of Xanthe White, got their gardening gloves on and worked with the team at Starship to bring a petunia garden to life at the national children’s hospital.

 Designed by top New Zealand landscape gardener, Xanthe White and author of The Good Dirt, the team created a gorgeous, vibrant petunia installation in the hospital’s Koromiko Garden.

“The space is designed to be a simple yet enduring garden. The idea is to turn an uninteresting area into a welcoming and vibrant space for patients and their families,” says Xanthe. “Petunias will add colour for the summer and minimal effort will be required to maintain this beautiful garden.”

When designing the garden, Xanthe wanted to create something that was reflective of Starship and enjoyable for the children and families who use it.

“The petunia colour echoes the Starship branding and a simple framework has been constructed in the shape of a star, a strong feature of the Starship brand. The installation is adorned by lights, so that it can be enjoyed in the evening as children and their families walk through the windowed corridor – a ‘guiding star’ into Starship,” says Xanthe.

Xanthe is a firm believer that the ability to enjoy your environment and the act of gardening is beneficial to both children and adults. “Aside from improving our environment, gardening is fun, creative and relaxing for all ages. I’m thrilled to be able to educate and inspire children through gardening and it’s a real privilege to be able to leave a memorable installation on the hospital grounds for everyone to enjoy.”

Helping Xanthe and the New World team were Silver Fern netballers – Maria Tutaia, Grace Rasmussen and Anna Harrison who also got their hands dirty and put an extra smile on the faces of four Starship patients who were there to help.

Starship patient and avid netball fan, 10-year old Ivy Keith was thrilled to be involved building the garden with the Silver Ferns. Following her diagnosis of Type I diabetes in December last year, Ivy spent time in Starship Hospital getting her condition under control and learning how to manage it through a healthy diet and medication.

“When I was in Starship Mum and Dad would walk past the Koromiko Garden every night to get dinner, and now other kids families will be able look out as they walk through the tunnel and see the brightly coloured petunias and the lights shining around the star – that’s just really cool,” says Ivy.

Ivy’s mum, Elena Keith adds, “One of the new things we’ve had to factor in since Ivy’s diagnosis is how important diet is in terms of managing Ivy’s diabetes. Good nutrition that is full of variety and tastes good is critical.”

“Something my time at Starship taught me was that there are a number of ‘free foods’ that I can eat whenever I want,” says Ivy. “A couple of my favourites are carrots and cherry tomatoes, I just love them. Being able to plant them with Little Garden and eat them whenever I want is so cool.”

New World has been a Five Star Sponsor of the Starship Foundation since 2014. Its ongoing support for Starship continues to make a real difference to so many New Zealand families, and this garden is another opportunity to bring a little bit of joy to patients and families at the national children’s hospital.

Brad Clark, Chief Executive for the Starship Foundation says, “We’re really looking forward to watching the petunia garden grow, its wonderful way to bring the joy of gardening to children who often cannot, for medical reasons, get out into the garden themselves. Xanthe has created a really beautiful installation that will come into its own as the petunias grow over summer. And a huge thank you to New World, our five star sponsor for bringing this ‘Little Garden’ to the children of Starship and their customers to raise vital funds for the Starship Foundation.”

The garden officially launches the last collectible in the New World Little Garden campaign – the Little Garden Petunia for Starship. The limited edition Little Garden Petunia is available for $1 from Monday 26 September at all New World stores nationwide. All proceeds from the sale of the Little Garden Petunia will be donated to national child health projects via the Starship Foundation.

“The Little Garden Petunia is a great addition to the other 24 Little Garden Collectibles, we really want to encourage our customers to come in-store and pick up the Starship Petunia, which for $1 is not only a bargain but with all funds going to the Starship Foundation really has the ability to make a difference to some of our littlest, most in need New Zealanders,” says Jen Mariu, Sponsorship Manager, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd. “We’d encourage customers to get in quick though, as the Petunia is the only Little Garden flower and there are limited numbers available.”


Tel: +64 9 621 0600
Fax:+64 9 621 0601

Source: Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd.

New World celebrates spring with mini-collectables Little Garden seedling kits

New World celebrates spring with mini-collectables Little Garden seedling kits
New World celebrates spring with mini-collectables Little Garden seedling kits


Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World’s Little Shop was an instant hit in New Zealand in 2013. Kids of all ages flocked to collect mini grocery items encouraging play, swapping, and classroom learning across the country.

The promotion was so successful that New World continued to run a similar mini-grocery collectable promotion for the next two years. With this sort of success the obvious question is ‘What are you going to do next?’

It’s time for the reveal. The latest innovation in supermarket mini-collectables are now available at New World stores around the country, and parents may be relieved to hear there’s not a cartoon character in sight.

New World’s Little Garden new seedling kit collectables are a ground-breaking initiative aimed at teaching Kiwi kids (and adults) about how plants grow, where food comes from, and how to eat healthily.

To celebrate spring, New World supermarkets will be giving away Little Garden seedling kits. Shoppers will receive one free with every $40 spent in-store.

Each kit contains everything that’s needed to grow one type of vegetable or herb: seeds, soil and a pot. There are 24 seedling kits to collect, including 18 veges and 6 herbs, plus shopper will get the chance to buy a limited edition collector tray to keep them all in one place.

And helping to get all those Little Gardens growing is acclaimed landscape gardener, Xanthe White, who says the thought of many families discovering the joy of growing is “absolutely wonderful”.

“For those who haven’t gardened before, especially young kids, this is a fun and easy way for them to get started,” White says. “Even if you don’t have a backyard and can only grow in pots, now is the perfect time of year to get growing, and it’s amazing what you can grow even on a small balcony.”

“For experienced gardeners, meanwhile, Little Garden will be an amazing opportunity to have a play with some plants they mightn’t have grown before. Like a lucky dip for your vege patch!”

White says as well as being passionate about raising real seeds, she loves planting mental ones too: “The thing I love about Little Garden is that it’ll get people trying something new and give them the confidence to keep growing. The positive effects of New World doing that may well last a lifetime.”

Little Garden’s other major positive is that it is effectively zero-waste, as Stephanie Pyne, New World’s Retail Marketing Manager and architect of Little Garden, explains. “All the materials are either compostable or recyclable. The pots are made of wood pulp and peat, the soil tablets are coconut husk, and the collector trays and packaging are recyclable. We’re really looking forward to people of all ages participating in the promotion and growing their own Little Garden.”

In addition to giveaways in-store Miss Pyne also highlighted that over 1,000 Little Garden kits, with specially designed lesson guides, are being made available to primary and intermediate classrooms around the country.

Find out more about what’s growing on the Little Garden website.

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

Source: Foodstuff


NEW ZEALAND: New World opens new supermarket at Woolston, Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND: New World opens new supermarket at Woolston, Christchurch
NEW ZEALAND: New World opens new supermarket at Woolston, Christchurch


Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Christchurch’s newest supermarket opened its doors today (09 September 2016), bringing a new look for Woolston, a better shopping experience for east Christchurch, and dozens of new jobs.

New World Ferry Road has been built beside the existing site at the eastern end of Woolston shops, and was officially opened this morning by Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson.

Owner-operator Greg Boock says after a year of construction the store is now in “fantastic shape,” and he’s pleased to be able to open it up to shoppers for the first time.

“The store has a great feel when you walk in,” Boock says. “There’s triple the retail space that we had before, meaning wider and longer aisles, and we have the latest designs in the deli, butchery and seafood sections, for those wanting a personal touch when buying specialty foods.”

“At the front end we have eleven checkouts in total, including five that are self-service; and outside there’ll be 114 carparks once the old store is demolished, which is triple what we had before.”

Additional employment has been created too: the total number of new roles is 50, of which 24 are full-time and 26 part time. In addition, 12 existing staff have been given extra hours.

“I’m very pleased to have been able to retain and recruit the best staff for the new store. I’m also proud to be playing a vital role in the rejuvenation of Woolston, and confident the new store will bring more shoppers to the village, and help them see Woolston as a suburb where they can live.”

Foodstuffs South Island’s General Manager of Property and Retail Development, Roger Davidson, says New World Ferry Road is the first of three new Foodstuffs stores opening in the South Island this year, the others being PAK’nSAVE Queenstown, and Four Square West Melton.

“Seeing stores like Ferry Road finally open to shoppers is one of the most satisfying parts of my job,” Davidson says. “I’ve had a walk-through already and it really is a wonderful store: modern, bright and eco-friendly, with energy-efficient lighting, ozone-friendly refrigeration, and facilities for waste minimization, which is a strong focus for Foodstuffs right now.”

Boock adds that it’s heartening to be able to contribute to Christchurch’s regeneration: “So much is being done to rebuild this city and once again make it the best place in New Zealand to live and raise a family. Rebuilding the CBD is a major aspect of that, and so are investments like this – locals want to see their suburbs being modernized too, and I’m delighted to be able to play a part in that.”

For further information, interview requests or additional photos, please contact:

Louise Nolan
022 6922 752

Source: Foodstuff


New World and PAK’nSAVE launch #MissingType campaign in support of NZBS to help raise awareness of the need for blood donors

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World and PAK’nSAVE are pleased to be showing their support of New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) by backing their #MissingType campaign, which aims to register 10,000 new blood donors.

A and O are the blood types most in demand due to the fact 85% of the population falls into one of these groups. To show our support, for the duration of the campaign both New World and PAK’nSAVE have removed the ‘A’ and ‘O’ letters from our brands to help raise awareness of the need for blood donors, particularly for these two blood groups.

New World and PAK’nSAVE advertisements, Facebook pages, websites and customers communications will all be #MissingType as we show our support for the NZBS campaign over the coming week.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd says, “NZBS is the sole provider of blood and blood products throughout the country – the job they do saves thousands of Kiwi lives. But without the gift of blood from the public the lives of many New Zealanders and their families would not be the same.”

“Foodstuffs supports NZBS each year by holding blood drives in our distribution and support centre’s in both the North and the South Island,” adds Anderson. “We appreciate that NZBS needs to collect approximately 3,000 donations each week, and to achieve this raising public awareness is critical. The #MissingType campaign is one that we are proud to support and we encourage all Kiwis’ to step up and register to be a blood donor.”

Asuka Burge, NZBS National Manager Marketing and Communications says, “People rarely think about their blood type, but we thought if these letters or ‘types’ were suddenly to be missing from everyday life people might stand up and notice.”

“Blood is a lifesaver, one that saves the lives of tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year. But NZBS data shows that currently less than four per cent of eligible New Zealander’s donate blood,” says Burge.

“New and young donors are the key to safeguarding New Zealand’s future blood supply and we want this campaign to encourage more people to find out if they are eligible and register to become a blood donor.”

NZBS admits the target of 10,000 new donors is ambitious but Burge is confident New Zealanders will step up and the number of A and O donors registered to donate with NZBS will be bolstered.

To find out if you are eligible to donate blood in New Zealand go to  and for more information or to register to become a new blood donor please visit


Tel: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

Source: Foodstuffs

New World named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Supermarket for the first time

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World is absolutely delighted to have won New Zealand’s Most Trusted Supermarket for the first time. Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says, “We think there is no higher praise than that of our customers, and this award is direct recognition that we are consistently delivering quality product, range and service, ensuring customers continue to choose us when they shop.”

“Have been around a long time. My local store is always clean and tidy. The things I buy
there are always good quality and fresh.” Female, 35-39, Auckland

“Give us great service. If there is any problem with a product they go out of their way to rectify anything faulty.” male, 75 years or over, Northland

“We have been proudly serving New Zealanders since 1963 and we remain as committed to delivering the same friendly and helpful service with a quality range of products across the entire store, as much as we did the first day we opened our doors. We are extremely proud of our fantastic teams across the country, who have the knowledge, passion and expertise in food to ensure we are meeting – and hopefully exceeding – all the needs of our customers every single day,” says Anderson.

New World continues to be a positive part of the communities in which it operates. This includes employing local staff, supporting schools and community groups wherever possible, as  well as supporting home-grown products and suppliers.

New World is truly happy to have won this award hard on the heels of also winning Gold for the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Award a few months ago.

New Zealanders trust New World. Visit


Tel: +64 9 621 0600
Fax:+64 9 621 0601

Source: Foodstuff

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.



Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

New World launches soft plastics recycling programme in the South Island

Recycling plastic bags just got easier for Cantabrians, with today’s South Island launch at New World Ilam of a recycling scheme that’s already netting more than a tonne of soft plastics every week.

South Island, New Zealand, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Soft Plastics Recycling Programme will let people dispose of soft plastics, like shopping bags, bread bags and food wrapping, into specially-designed bins located outside all New World supermarkets across Christchurch as well as PAK’nSAVE Rangiora and PAK’nSAVE Riccarton, and other selected retail outlets in the city.

The material will then be collected, sorted, baled and sent to reprocessors who’ll turn it into a feed stock that can then be used to make new products such as outdoor furniture, decking material, road bollards, and even more soft plastics recycling bins.

Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd Managing Director Steve Anderson says the programme has already been a resounding success in Auckland and Hamilton, with a tonne of soft plastics currently being collected each week from New World and PAK’nSAVE stores alone.

“Now Cantabrians have the opportunity to play their part in keeping these soft plastics out of the landfills in their own part of the country,” says Anderson.

According to REDcycle, which operates the programme and tracks progress by each store, it seems New World and PAK’nSAVE customers are the most proactive when it comes to recycling their plastics, with 80% of the soft plastics collected from all participating outlets to date coming from a New World or PAK’nSAVE store.

“The response from our customers has been tremendous,” Anderson says. “It proves that if you give people the opportunity to do the right thing, they won’t disappoint.”

Anderson says New World and PAK’nSAVE are proud to be working with The Packaging Forum and The RED Group, and other retailers such as The Warehouse, in order to make the scheme a success.

“Retail is by its nature a very competitive business, but we mustn’t lose sight of the bigger picture. A healthy environment is the foundation of a healthy economy, and when we all pull together, as we have done on this project, we can achieve so much.”

Today’s South Island launch of the Soft Plastics Recycling Programme comes as Foodstuffs rolls out its award-winning recyclable butchery trays, nationwide.

On Tuesday, the trays won the award for the country’s top waste minimisation initiative of 2016, at the Environment Ministry’s Green Ribbon Awards.

The trays replace the non-recyclable polystyrene trays traditionally used by meat retailers, and are themselves made of 50% food grade recycled plastic.

“It’s estimated up to 80 million meat trays will be kept out of landfills every year,” Anderson says.

“That combined with the soft plastics recycling initiative all adds up to lot less waste polluting our environment, something I think we can truly be proud of.”


Foodstuffs South Island Ltd
167 Main North Road
Papanui, Private Bag 4705
Phone: +64 3 353 8700
Fax: +64 3 353 8190
Web Address:


New World launches soft plastics recycling programme in the South Island

New World launches soft plastics recycling programme in the South Island

New World owner-operator Jason Witehira wins the 2016 Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award

New World owner-operator Jason Witehira, the winner of the 2016 Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award, is hoping his win will serve as an inspiration for other Māori men and women. Witehira, who owns New World Victoria Park and is also chairman of the New World North Island supermarket owners’ group, was honoured at the Aotearoa New Zealand Māori Business Leaders Awards, on Friday night.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — He says he’s proud and honoured to have had his 32 years of working in the retail food industry acknowledged by the awards, which are run by the University of Auckland Business School. “I’m also hopeful that my win will serve as inspiration to others of what can be achieved with a bit of focus and the right attitude,” says Witehira.

Witehira’s rise up the supermarket ladder started right at the bottom, stacking produce as a 16-year-old school leaver at New World Edmond Road in Rotorua, in 1984. Within two years, he’d been promoted to produce department manager, and in 1998 he became a supermarket owner, acquiring the New World Taumarunui. In 2001, Jason and his wife, Kimiora, bought the New World at Botany Town Centre. Then, in 2010, moved to New World Victoria Park, which is located in the heart of Auckland City.

In an emotional acceptance speech, Witehira said success is about “being an individual and believing in yourself.” Witehira believes that if you stay true to yourself and true to your company values you will succeed.

“I always knew I could run a store, and I tried hard to listen to those who were already doing it and took their advice on board,” he adds.

Among his mentors, Witehira names other Foodstuffs owner-operators including Leo O’Sullivan (PAK’nSAVE Petone), Russ Wilkinson (New World Mount Roskill) and Rob Redwood (PAK’nSAVE Glen Innes). “All three have had a big influence on my career path and success – all in different ways and all at different stages throughout my career.”

For Witehira though, none of this would have happened without his family, “it’s whānau that’s the key to my success”. “My wife and business partner, Kimiora, is my greatest mentor, having helped build all three stores, so this award is half hers.”

“Through my children, too, I’ve learnt the art of patience and perseverance, and it’s a real pleasure having my sons working with me now.”

Witehira insists, however, that this win isn’t just his and his whānau’s to celebrate.

“There are many great people out there that are successful in their own right without the accolades I have received.”

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd CEO, Chris Quin, says the company is thrilled to see one of its members honoured in such a way. “Once again we see someone who has started their career in a supermarket being recognised as a leader not only within our organisation, but in the wider business community, and for New Zealand’s future.”

“He really is a true inspiration to all our hard working staff, and lives the purpose of making sure New Zealanders get more out of Life” says Quin.


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:0800 245 114
Fax:+64 9 621 0987


New World owner-operator Jason Witehira wins the 2016 Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award

(Left to right) – Phillip Te Waka Davis Chairman of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust, Dr Chellie Spiller, Business School Associate Dean, Maori and Pacific, Professor Greg Whittred, Dean of the Business School, and Jason Witehira recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award

NEW WORLD wins gold for the second time at the Readers Digest Quality Service Awards 2016

New World – Gold

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — NEW WORLD has been proudly serving New Zealanders since 1963 and at the core of its success is the team’s promise to deliver outstanding customer service.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd, says winning gold in our category 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.”

“New World is committed to putting its 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. And of course the friendly and helpful New World approach that is second to none,” says Anderson.

New World continues to be a positive part of the communities in which it operates. This includes employing local staff, supporting schools and community groups wherever possible, as well as supporting home-grown products and suppliers.

New World is truly delighted to have won this award 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.

For more information, visit

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

New World announces the results of the 2016 Beer & Cider Awards

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Apr-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The debates have raged, the discussions have been passionate and some tough decisions have been made and finally, New World is delighted to announce the results of the 2016 Beer & Cider Awards.

The Best in Class winners are:

  • Pale Ale – Epic Pale Ale
  • IPA –Epic Armageddon IPA
  • European-style Ale  – Sparks Brewing Prospector Farmhouse Ale
  • British-style Ale – Emerson’s Bookbinder
  • American-style Ale – Garage Project Los Lobos
  • Lager – Steinlager Pure
  • Pilsner– Tuatara Bohemian Pilsner
  • Wheat & Other Grain Beer – Moa Southern Alps White IPA
  • Stout, Porter & Black Beer – Eagle Brewing Coalface Stout
  • Experimental, Aged, Fruit & Flavoured Beer – Kereru Imperial Nibs
  • Lower Alcohol & Session Beer – Peroni Leggera
  • Apple & Pear Cider – The Hills Cider Company Pear Cider
  • Fruit & Flavoured Cider – Good George Brewing Doris

Each of the 458 different beers and ciders from 83 brewers across 13 categories were blind judged in a marathon two-day process by a 15-strong independent panel of beer and cider experts.  Each entry was judged and assessed on its merits using a collaborative approach to evaluate qualities such as technical excellence, balance and, most-importantly, drinkability.   Overall 40 Gold Medals were awarded, with 13 taking home the overall “Best in Class” award.

Chair of the independent judges, beer writer and author Michael Donaldson, said the quality of entries overall was outstanding and there is no doubt New Zealand breweries were producing world-class brews.

“The range of award winners is testament to the strength of the industry.

“Best in Class winners include beers that have set a benchmark in quality for nearly a decade such as Epic Pale Ale, Tuatara Bohemian Pilsner or Emerson’s Bookbinder, as well as newcomers like Sparks Brewing Prospector Farmhouse Ale or Eagle Brewing Coalface Stout.

“It shows the quality we’ve come to expect from established breweries has not diminished, while the fact relative newcomers are able to reach award-winning standards in such a short time is a reflection of the growing maturity of the industry.”

Donaldson said the awards offered something for everyone – from traditionalists who might prefer Steinlager Pure to hop-heads who would love Garage Project’s Los Lobos, to dessert-lovers who might opt to experiment with Kereru’s decadent Imperial Nibs.

“The awards help take people out of their traditional comfort zone and give consumers the confidence to try new styles and brands.

“We often find a drink we like and stick with it, but there is so much to explore in this burgeoning industry and the list of award-winners is a great place to start – it’s a treasure trove of exciting and innovative beer and cider.

“Most importantly, no matter what their preference or personal taste, New World customers can purchase a Gold Medal winner and know they are going to sample something special.”

In order to be eligible to enter the New World Beer & Cider Awards the only criteria were that the beer or cider is available in cans or bottles, and brewers can deliver sufficient stock to meet customer demands.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says, “Our beer industry is one of the best in the world and New World is proud to support it.  Customers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their choice of drink and are highly responsive to new innovations in brewing.

“We are delighted to be able to give our shoppers access to such fantastic award-winning brews, but we know from previous experience there is always a huge demand for winning beers and ciders, so customers will need to get in store quick.”

Best in Class and Gold Medal winners are available in New World stores nationwide from Monday 11th April.


New World Beer & Cider Awards 2016 Judges:

  • Michael Donaldson, beer writer and author (Chair)
  • Joseph Wood, Liberty Brewing Co
  • Kelly Ryan, Fork Brewing
  • Mike Neilson, Panhead
  • Stephen Plowman, Hallertau
  • Tracy Banner, Sprig & Fern
  • Colin Mallon, The Malthouse
  • Shane Morley, Steam Brewing
  • Geoff Griggs, Beer writer, NHC chief judge


  • Matt Warner, ParrotDog
  • Kieran Haslett-Moore , North End Brewery
  • Alice Galletly, beer writer, Brothers Beer
  • Amy Paisley, sensory analyst, hop expert


Cider & Perry Judges:

  • Sam Williamson, Sawmill Brewing
  • Justin Oliver,  Free Range Wines
  • Gabe Cook, The Ciderologist


For more information please contact:

Sandy Trigg
Network Communication
021 231 9406 / 09 306 5811

New Zealand: New World begins construction works for its new store in Papakura

Work has commenced on the latest New World store at the corner of East Street and Wood Street in Papakura, which means shoppers can look forward to a brand new supermarket in the not too distant future.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tony Catton, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd, Acting General Manager Property Development, is excited that the Papakura community will soon have a new store to purchase their grocery and household items.

“The existing New World opened in 1982 so it is about time the local community had a new store with plenty of natural light to enjoy their shopping. Construction of the approximately 3,000m2 store, which is just across the road from the existing store, is already under way.”

The new supermarket will have a fresh bakery, butchery, deli and seafood counter, and a large range of fresh food and grocery products.

“New World Papakura will be well placed to meet its customers evolving needs well into the future with its planned fresh offer and extensive grocery range,” says Catton.

The store will also include sustainability features such as CO2 refrigeration, LED lighting and rainwater harvesting which ensure the long-term carbon footprint is minimised.

“Outside shoppers will have access to 158 car parks so even when the store is at its busiest parking shouldn’t be an issue,” adds Catton.

Peter Lynch, the current owner of New World Papakura since 2013 is excited about the new store.

“I’ve loved being part of the Papakura community with the current New World, and I’m excited to be a part of the new store. With the new supermarket under construction just over the road, we are able to watch with anticipation as the store takes shape. I am thrilled to be able to bring a brand new store to my customers and the wider Papakura community. Being able to provide an even greater range of fresh and everyday products from the new store will be just fantastic,” says Lynch.

In the meantime the current New World located on East Street will be open and continue to provide customers with usual service until the new store is ready to open.


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


New World begins construction works for its new store in Papakura

New World begins construction works for its new store in Papakura

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

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

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

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


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

Foodstuffs North Island Limited to upgrade New World Willis Street in Wellington

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Limited is excited to announce that it will soon be starting work to upgrade New World Willis Street, located at 70 Willis St, Wellington.

“The planned upgrade of New World Willis Street will see improvements to both the inside and outside of the supermarket,” says Angela Bull, General Manager Property Development, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd. “The store will get a ‘facelift’ with more glazing and natural light and a new entranceway. With improvements through every department across the store we can promise the changes will give our customers an even better shopping experience.”

Changes at New World Willis Street include a full upgrade of the interior décor, new refrigeration, an increase in the fresh food offer and a new deli counter. These improvements will provide a better layout throughout the store, and an additional two checkouts to assist with those ‘extra busy’ times of the day.

Owner-operator Richard Taggart is excited about the improvements in the store.

“We can’t wait for our customers to see the finished product so that we can offer them an even better store and an improved shopping experience,” says Taggart.

Work on the retail area of New World Willis Street will start in January 2016 and is expected to take five to six months. During this time the store will remain open, and staff will make sure customers can do all their shopping in a safe and convenient environment.

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


New World becomes the first retailer to sell the iconic, Sir Peter Blake, special edition 20th anniversary Red Socks

New World, this week announced that they will be the first retailer to sell the iconic, Sir Peter Blake, special edition 20th anniversary Red Socks.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sir Peter Blake, one of our greatest New Zealanders, 20 years ago pulled on a humble pair of red socks, engaged a whole county and went on to win the Americas Cup.

Now, Sir Peter Blake’s Red Socks have become a symbol of what we most love about being Kiwis. No matter what the odds or the competition we face, if we set our sights on a goal, we can achieve it.

Chris Quin, CEO, Foodstuffs North Island says as a proud New Zealand owned and operated business, pairing up with the Sir Peter Blake Trust was a no brainer.

Sir Peter’s red socks have a special place in our nation’s history and remind us all to dream big. New World is delighted to be supporting the Sir Peter Blake Trust and their ongoing work in the community,” says Quin.

Shelley Campbell, Sir Peter Blake Trust CEO, says it is delighted that New World is selling the famous red socks.

New World, a Kiwi owned and operated business, is a natural fit for the Trust. Both companies embrace all things New Zealand – and Red Socks are the epitome of what our country stands for, so we are thrilled to be partnering with New World for the 20th anniversary of this iconic Kiwi item.

We would also like to thank the MediaWorks Foundation for their support,” says Campbell

This year, is the 20th anniversary of red socks and a commemorative limited edition box has been designed and is available from all North Island New World supermarkets for $9.95. Commemorative Red Socks will be available until 31 December 2015, or while stocks last.


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


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.


New Zealand: New World, PAK’nSAVE, Stroke Foundation to conduct the biggest ever simultaneous health check

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —  New World and PAK’nSAVE stores across the country are partnering with the Stroke Foundation in an attempt to  conduct the biggest ever simultaneous health check.

Identifying people with high blood pressure (BP) is the aim of the Big New Zealand Blood Pressure Check which takes place on Saturday 3 October from 10am to 2pm.

Across the country at selected New World and PAK’nSAVE stores it’s expected 20,000 Kiwis will have their BP checked, which if identified as high and then treated, could prevent them having a stoke in the future. Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Mark Vivian says that every year they have helped to alert thousands of New Zealanders to the possibility that they might have high blood pressure.

“If everyone in the country had healthy blood pressure we could drastically reduce the number of strokes that happen every year – currently around 9,000 people, or one every hour. If people get the message about this simple health check, it could make a massive difference to their lives.”

Steve Anderson Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says: “High blood pressure is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’. Many people don’t know they have it. As a Kiwi company, we’re proud to support the Stroke Foundation in this extremely important and effective community health initiative.”

It’s expected 20,000 kiwis will turn up this year, breaking the previous record of 18,000 last year.

WHAT: The Big NZ Blood Pressure Check

WHEN: Saturday 3 October, 10 am to 2pm

WHERE: New World’s and PAK’nSAVE’s and a range of other locations throughout the country. For the full list of locations visit


New Zealand: New World and PAK’nSAVE butcheries to banish environmentally unfriendly polystyrene trays

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-8-31— /EPR Retail News/ — Nineteen New World and PAK’nSAVE stores throughout the country have been trialling a great piece of Kiwi ingenuity, a recyclable plastic meat tray, meaning the environmentally unfriendly polystyrene tray, which is commonly seen across supermarkets, days are well and truly numbered.

Creating a suitable alternative to the useful but hard to dispose of polystyrene trays has been a long running global environmental challenge.

Currently the problem remains that literally hundreds of millions of polystyrene trays are sent to landfill every year after being in use for about one week. Up until now there’s been no real alternative but to landfill the used product as polystyrene is not accepted via kerbside schemes.

According to Mike Sammons, Sustainability Manager, Foodstuffs New Zealand Ltd the business decided to ask itself – Could we find a truly workable, sustainable alternative to the ‘destined for landfill’ foam meat trays?

“Any replacement product needs to look better, work just as well, be available at the same cost and be 100% recyclable at kerbside,” says Sammons. “But we are determined to listen to our customers who have been clear in telling us it’s time to move towards packaging that is more environmentally friendly.”

After two years of product development, the team at New World and PAK’nSAVE think they might have cracked it says Mike Sammons,

“Our packaging partner, Alto Packaging, developed, designed and manufactured a recyclable plastic tray to our specifications, that is currently being trialled in 19 New World and PAK’nSAVE stores around the country,” says Sammons. “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.”

Initial results from the trial are looking very promising with 88% of customers rating the overall performance of the packs as better than the traditional polystyrene packs, and a further 10% of customers rating performance on par with the traditional polystyrene packs.

Sample 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 comprises 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.

“It’s also easy for customers to recycle. All the user has to do is give the used meat tray a quick rinse under the tap as you do with a lot of other recyclable packaging and pop it in the recycling bin,” confirms Sammons. “By moving to this tray, New World and PAK’nSAVE customers can avoid sending the equivalent of 14 Olympic size swimming pools full of polystyrene to landfill each year.”

But the innovations don’t stop at the trays ability to be recycled say Sammons. The real innovation lies in the trays ability to capture fluid in the base. The little ‘dimples’ in the bottom of the tray hold the fluid there even when tilted or turned upside down, meaning customers don’t have to worry about any nasty meat fluids getting in amongst their shopping.

Working with councils, recyclers and Alto Packaging means the inclusive process undertaken to bring the new trays to market ensure they will not only perform as required but customers can be assured they are 100% able to be recycled, says Sammons.

The recyclable plastic meat tray is just one of a number of sustainable innovations New World and PAK’nSAVE are bringing to the market over the next year, and Sammons confirms the business is committed to leading the charge on providing sustainable supermarket shopping solutions.


New Zealand: New World and PAK’nSAVE butcheries to banish environmentally unfriendly polystyrene trays

New Zealand: New World and PAK’nSAVE butcheries to banish environmentally unfriendly polystyrene trays

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland to roll out the REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland will begin rolling out the REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Following on from our announcement in July that New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in Auckland will begin rolling out the REDcycle soft plastic recycling bins at stores to enable shoppers to bring back their used plastic bags and other soft plastics, we are pleased to confirm that today The Packaging Forum has announced that the contract to service stores has been awarded to the Glenfield-based Abilities Group.

For more information on this exciting step forward check out for the full detail on our soft plastics recycling project.