New Zealand: Checkout operators from Waikato New World and PAK’nSAVE stores competed against each other for Foodstuffs North Island Checker of Year title

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last night, more than 50 checkout operators from Waikato New World and PAK’nSAVE stores tested their skills against each other onstage at the Clarence St Theatre 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 Stephanie Turner from New World Onerahi, Shanay Howard from PAK’nSAVE Kaitaia and Harlen Paraone from PAK’nSAVE Whangarei.

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 Onerahi checkout manager Tara Drake said that the Checker of the Year competition is a good way to showcase the checkers’ skills and something fun that we can do together as a team.

“The Checker of the Year competition is an incentive to make sure our skills are top notch. It also boosts our checkers’ confidence in their customer service skills,” said Tara Drake.
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.

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

Louise Nolan
022 6922 752

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New Zealand: Checkout operators from Waikato New World and PAK’nSAVE stores competed against each other for Foodstuffs North Island Checker of Year title
New Zealand: Checkout operators from Waikato New World and PAK’nSAVE stores competed against each other for Foodstuffs North Island Checker of Year title

 

Source: Foodstuffs

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.”

ENDS

Foodstuffs South Island Ltd
Address:
167 Main North Road
Papanui, Private Bag 4705
Christchurch
Phone: +64 3 353 8700
Fax: +64 3 353 8190
Web Address: www.foodstuffs-si.co.nz

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New World launches soft plastics recycling programme in the South Island

New World launches soft plastics recycling programme in the South Island

New Zealand: 2016 New World Beer & Cider Awards now accept entries

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Entries are now open for the 2016 New World Beer & Cider Awards.  Breweries, large and small, are encouraged to enter and compete in this unique celebration of great beer and cider from New Zealand and around the world.

The number of beer and cider products – from tea-beers to pumpkin ales, pilsners and citrus ciders – has exploded in the last few years and consumers are equally diverse in their tastes. These awards meet the market and give the best brewers in the business a chance to stand out from the crowd across thirteen categories with New World customers nationwide.

Best in Class winners of the 2016 Awards will be guaranteed distribution in 137 New World stores nationwide with extensive brand exposure and the opportunity for sustained sales.

Chair of the independent judges, beer writer and author, Michael Donaldson, said New Zealand has a great track record and this is an exciting time to be involved in its development.

“The 2016 New World Beer & Cider Awards will be a unique event.  Unlike most other competitions, the awards are focused primarily on the consumer. The presentation of results will help New World customers navigate the increasingly complex beer world, allowing them to make informed choices safe in the knowledge all medal-winning beers and ciders are both technically excellent and, most importantly, enjoyable to drink.

“Since 2008 the number of brewing companies in New Zealand has nearly tripled, and craft beer now accounts for 15 per cent of all New World beer sales. New and innovative brews are creating a buzz around about beer and cider. Consumers are becoming more sophisticated in their choices and brewers are responding in similar fashion with world-class products.”

Whilst breweries do not need to be an existing New World or Foodstuffs supplier, availability is a key criterion. Entrants are required to have enough stock available to be promoted in New World stores nationwide.

An independent panel of 15 expert judges will be evaluating the entries, with cider and perry judged by specialists in this area.  Held over two days in Wellington the judging will be blind and run according to the highest international industry standards. Each entry is judged individually on its merits, using a collaborative method that evaluates the entry’s qualities, balance and drinkablility. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to suitably worthy entries and the “Best in Class” is awarded to the top entry in each class.

Last held in 2014, the inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards attracted entries from 56 breweries entering 351 beers and ciders. Blair Harley from Tuatara Brewing, which won Best in Class for its Tuatara ITI Little Big Hop APA, says the promotion of New World Beer & Cider Award winners in New World stores across New Zealand is a key point of difference from other awards.

“Taking part in the New World Beer & Cider Awards in 2014, and winning Best in Class for our ITI APA, without a doubt delivered great exposure for our brand and a heightened level of brand awareness. The commercial benefits are immediate and meaningful, and post-win we saw a notable increase in sales,” said Harley.

In addition to the prestige of being recognised as a medal-winning beer or cider, New World will be maximising every opportunity to promote the Awards and Best in Class winners.

Entries to the competition close on Wednesday 27 January. To find out more information visit newworld.co.nz/nwbca

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

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand: FSL FOODS LTD recalls Fruzio frozen berry products sold across Foodstuffs stores

Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — In addition to the Fruzio Mixed Berry 1kg and 500g products with Expiry or Use By dates up to and including 7 October 2018 that were recalled earlier today, FSL FOODS LTD has now decided to extend the recall to the following Fruzio frozen berry products as they come from the same overseas source;

• Fruzio IQF Strawberry 1 kg bag all batches dates with expiry or use by date up to and including 8 September 2018

• Fruzio IQF Blackberry 1 kg bag all batches dates with expiry date or use by up to including 8 September 2018

• Fruzio IQF 3 Mixed Berry 1 kg bag all batches dates with expiry date or use by up to including 17 November 2018

The product recalls are currently occurring throughout all Foodstuffs stores nationwide, and the business is following up to ensure all recalled product is removed from shelf in a timely manner.

To receive a refund, our advice is to take the product back to the store it was purchased from and they will arrange a full refund.

Food safety is of paramount concern to us and we are continuing to collaborate with MPI to ensure all appropriate actions are being taken and customer safety around this issue is maintained.

While the MPI testing process continues guidance for consumers is to apply good food safety hygiene when consuming frozen berries remains in place including;

•  Wash your hands before eating and preparing food

•  Berries can briefly be boiled before eating (temperatures must exceed 85 degrees Celsius for one minute)

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

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

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

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand: new soft plastic packaging recycling initiative launched at Mount Roskill’s New World supermarket

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Environment Minister, Hon Dr Nick Smith, today formally launched the new soft plastic packaging recycling initiative at Mount Roskill’s New World supermarket.

For the first time in New Zealand, shoppers will be able to bring back to store and deposit, in the special bins, all soft plastic packaging, including carrier bags. The packaging will then be sorted, compressed and sent to Replas in Australia for recycling into outdoor furniture products. At present there are very few kerbside recycling collection schemes in New Zealand that will accept soft plastics.

The Auckland initiative, managed by the Packaging Forum and supported by the government is expected to expand through 2016 to cover all metropolitan areas in New Zealand, with the objective to provide access to recycle soft plastics to approximately 70% of the population.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand Ltd says, “With the majority of local councils not accepting soft plastics as part of their kerbside pickup, this material typically ends up in landfill or littering the environment, potentially harming wildlife.”

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

“Plastic bags of all shapes and sizes are often the default packaging choice in today’s retail environment, as they are resource efficient, space efficient, functionally efficient and cost efficient,” says Anderson. “Accepting that in some way, shape or form, they will be with us for the foreseeable future, Foodstuffs recognises that we have a responsibility to ensure that we do not waste them by using them once and then consigning them to landfill.”

Anderson confirms that the initiative is being rolled out across 36 New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in the Auckland area and represents a great example of both, innovation and collaboration.

Innovation in terms of turning a waste item into a feedstock for inventive reprocessors and manufacturers in New Zealand and Australia and, collaboration as a fine example of the retail industry pulling together for the greater good of the planet.

Sustainability is an area of high focus for Foodstuffs Anderson says, “What we are increasingly learning is that sustainability is just good business and that with a little innovation and a lot of hard work the solution is never too far away.”

Foodstuffs is proud to partner with The Packaging Forum, REDGroup, The Abilities Group, The Warehouse and the many other suppliers and manufacturing brands who have generously supported the initiative.

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

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25.11.2015 Hon Nick Smith Minister for the Environment at the official launch of the Soft Plastic Recycling at the New World on May Road Mt Roskill in Auckland. Mandatory Photo Credit ©Michael Bradley.

25.11.2015 Hon Nick Smith Minister for the Environment at the official launch of the Soft Plastic Recycling at the New World on May Road Mt Roskill in Auckland. Mandatory Photo Credit ©Michael Bradley.

New Zealand: Foodstuffs South Island Ltd won 3 awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

Foodstuffs South Island Ltd has taken home three prestigious awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) awards dinner held on 21st October 2015.

Christchurch, New Zealand, 2015-11-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Simon Olsen, Inventory Manager Hornby Distribution Centre, was awarded Young Achiever of the Year; and Foodstuffs South Island Ltd was recognised twice for its new Hornby Ambient Distribution Centre, in the ‘Supply Chain Innovation’, and ‘Implementation and Practice’ categories.

John Mullins, General Manager Supply Chain, Foodstuffs South Island Ltd says, “We’re honoured to be recognised by the industry for being leaders in both innovation and sustained excellence.

“Opening the Hornby Ambient Distribution Centre in October 2014 was a significant milestone. Our new high performance and throughput centre is the result of several years of sustained effort and planning from our team.

“The initial project had many facets that had to come together – it involved changes to our internal systems and how we work with suppliers, as well as constructing a state-of-the-art building based on best practice from overseas.”

Mullins confirms that Hornby is the largest food distribution centre in New Zealand, it has 400 staff, distributing half a million cartons of products per week.

The distribution centre has integrated seismic –resistant order fulfilment systems, a range of sustainability features and has improved product speed to market. This means when one of the Foodstuffs network of stores places an order, it’s delivered within one day, and often delivery is the same day of order.

“In opening Hornby, we were able to consolidate three ambient distribution centres into two offering greater capacity and order processing capability. Other key benefits include an improved transport fleet and network efficiencies, a significant reduction in packing waste, increased distribution flexibility and urgent order processing,” adds Mullins.

Between the distribution centres of Hornby and Dunedin, the Foodstuffs South Island supply chain is servicing around 2,000 customers. Previously this involved entirely manual operations, but with the new distribution centre at Hornby automation was introduced for the split case and small bulk items– around 15% of the business’ total order volume.

“The centre benefits our suppliers, retailers and consumers. Our ultimate objective is to increase productivity, improve accuracy and raise service levels to do the very best job we can for our customers,” says Mullins.

“The Distribution Centre has now been in operation for twelve months. This award is a big congratulation to the Foodstuffs team involved in the Distribution Centre opening and the smooth operations achieved since transition.”

At the same awards, Simon Olsen, Inventory Manager Hornby Distribution Centre, was awarded Young Achiever of the Year.

Simon began his career with Foodstuffs as a student working part-time at the Hornby Temperature Controlled Distribution Centre back in 2002. Since then he has worked his way up through numerous roles into the senior position of Inventory Manager at the Hornby Distribution Centre.

Scott Fairweather, Hornby Distribution Centre Manager, nominated Simon for his outstanding leadership and influence.

“We’re extremely lucky to have Simon in our business. He has been a pivotal member of the team involved in transforming the wholesale operations distribution and enabling a seamless transition of suppliers and members into the new Distribution Centre.”

“Under his leadership, the inventory team have increased productivity, reduced warehouse damages and improved inventory verification resulting in greater order accuracy to our retail members. Simon leads by example – he doesn’t shy away from rolling his sleeves up and getting involved,” says Scott.
John Mullins emphasises that the CILT awards recognise the hard work of all the Foodstuffs staff involved in the distribution centre operations, but particularly those involved in the project management, transition from the older Papanui distribution centre, and the operations of the new Hornby Centre.

Award for Implementation and Practice (Sponsor: Cubic Transport)
Winner: Foodstuffs South Island (Ltd)
Award for Supply Chain Innovation (Sponsor: Dexion New Zealand)
Winner: Foodstuffs South Island (Ltd)
Young Achiever of the Year (Sponsor: CILT NZ)
Winner: Simon Olsen, Inventory Manager Hornby Distribution Centre, FSSI

Foodstuffs South Island Ltd
Address:
167 Main North Road
Papanui, Private Bag 4705
Christchurch
Phone: +64 3 353 8700
Fax: +64 3 353 8190
Web Address: www.foodstuffs-si.co.nz

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

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New Zealand: Foodstuffs South Island Ltd won 3 awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

New Zealand: Foodstuffs South Island Ltd won 3 awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

New Zealand: Foodstuffs North Island Limited to upgrade New World Pahiatua

Foodstuffs North Island Limited is excited to announce that they will soon be starting work to upgrade New World Pahiatua.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-11-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — “The planned upgrade of New World Pahiatua includes seismic strengthening work to the building to achieve an A grade earthquake rating and also a facelift to the exterior and interior of the New World.” says Angela Bull, Foodstuffs North Island General Manager Property Development. “The work also includes improvements to the car park and access to the New World and a more modern and brighter store for our customers.”

The first stage of the work will involve demolition of the vacant buildings next to the New World. This demolition work will allow contractors full access to the New World exterior walls which are currently rated a D grade, and to strengthen them up to an A grade Earthquake rating.

New World Owners Jason and Rachel Griggs are excited about this project and the investment that Foodstuffs is making in the building. “We want to thank the community in advance for their patience and understanding as we carry out this important construction work”, says Jason and Rachel.

“During the demolition and earthquake strengthening project we will do everything we can so that there is very little impact or disruption on our customers’ normal shopping experience. Customers will be able to purchase all of their Christmas requirements in the main store, and we have also added a small room to the rear of the store so that locals can continue to order Gift Baskets. Our customers should just email their requirements to nwpahiatua@foodstuffs.co.nz, or ask at the checkouts to speak with Terry who has been creating amazing gift baskets for New World over the past 10 years.”

Final details of the interior refresh are still under planning stages but the exterior plan has been completed and will add a smart modern look to the main street. Tenders have now been submitted for the project and several local businesses have secured work on this development.
Work on the upgrade to New World Pahiatua will start in mid-November 2015. 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)
Address:
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand: Foodstuffs North Island Limited to upgrade New World Pioneer

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Limited is excited to announce that they will soon be starting work to upgrade New World Pioneer, located on 179-197 Main Street, Takaro, Palmerston North.

“The planned upgrade of New World Pioneer will see improvements to both the inside and outside of the supermarket,” says Angela Bull, Foodstuffs North Island General Manager Property Development. “The project includes a ‘facelift’ to the outside and improvements to the inside providing our customers with a more modern and brighter store to do their weekly shop in.”

The exterior of New World Pioneer will be repainted, and changes to the inside will see the entrance area modernised, including an upgrade to the café. Improvements within the store will mean wider aisles, an increased fresh foods offer and a full upgrade of the interior décor.

Owner-operator Darrin Wong is excited about the investment in the store.

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

Work on the upgrade to New World Pioneer will start on 15 October 2015. 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.

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS

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 www.strokewise.org.nz/bloodpressure

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

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

New Zealand: New World supermarket opens at ‘The Landing’ development at Wigram Skies

Wigram, New Zealand, 2015-10-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Twenty years to the month after the Wigram Air Base had its formal closure parade in 1995, a new family owned-and-operated New World supermarket is set to take off in its place, officially opening on 30 September at ‘The Landing’ development at Wigram Skies.

Wigram New World owners James and Karen Backhouse have plenty of experience when it comes to running supermarkets, having been the former owners of New World Northside in Oamaru, and Four Square in Wanaka.

“We absolutely love supermarkets, having worked in the business throughout the South Island together for over eight years. We’re really passionate about providing fresh produce and quality products to our customers – that’s really important to us.

“My Cantabrian wife Karen grew up in Darfield, so we’re looking forward to putting down our family roots and have our two children grow up in the wonderful Wigram community. Our kids love to play shop, and our nine-year-old daughter even has her own checkout uniform to dress up in!” says James Backhouse.

The customer shopping experience has always remained top of mind for the husband-wife team, from placing items in logical areas, double-height ceilings to enhance the sense of space, to a barista in the entranceway, enabling shoppers to enjoy a hot coffee as they browse the aisles.

Roger Davidson, General Manager Property and Retail Development, Foodstuffs South Island says that the latest 2,600m2 New World supermarket in the South-West of Christchurch will create more than 100 new jobs for Cantabrians in the community.

“New World Wigram has many environmentally-friendly features, such as LED lighting, CO2 refrigeration, natural light panels in the ceiling and Foodstuff’s new recyclable plastic meat trays in the butchery. We’re proud of our commitment to reducing our stores’ carbon footprint, and this has been considered since the initial design process,” says Mr Davidson.

The opening of Wigram New World supermarket is part of the first stage of the Ngai Tahu Property Ltd development called The Landing.

Details for the opening of New World Wigram on Wednesday 30 September are:

8.30am

Welcome Speech from Roger Davidson, GM Property & Retail Development
Response from James and Karen Backhouse, Owner-Operators
Speech from Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck
Cutting of the Ribbon – James, Karen and Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck

9.00am

Supermarket opens to customers

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New Zealand: New World supermarket opens at ‘The Landing’ development at Wigram Skies

New Zealand: New World supermarket opens at ‘The Landing’ development at Wigram Skies

New Zealand: New World Hillcrest Alana Empson won Alto Young Butcher of the Year

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alana Empson from New World Hillcrest has won the Alto Young Butcher of the Year.

Last night, following months of refining her skills, she had two hours to turn a beef rump, pork loin, size 20 chicken and a mystery cut into a display of value-added cuts.

She was also assessed on her communication skills in an interview and her knowledge of the trade in an exam.

Alana Empson says it is her dedication to pursuing her passion in butchery that helped her win.

“I think if you really want something you’ll do whatever you can to get there, and for me it was practice. I did eight rehearsals and practiced at work,” she said.

Alana also said that being a female in a male-dominated industry gives her a competitive edge in the competition.

“Girls tend to be more finicky and can spot finer details so I think that will set me apart from the other competitors,” she said.

Something the judges reiterated. Head Judge of the Alto Young Butcher, Matt Grimes, says the quality of butchers improves every year.

“We found it hard to take points away from contestants. The standard is impeccable, and I am blown away by the skill of our young butchers,” he said.

As well as winning Alto Young Butcher of the Year, Alana also took out the new category this year, Best International Practical – Young Butcher.

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New Zealand: Four Square opens store in Coromandel

North Island, New Zealand, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new Four Square Coromandel store is completing its finishing touches, as the eagerly anticipated store gets ready to open on Tuesday 9 June at 8.15am.

“We are thrilled to open a bigger, and better Four Square in Coromandel,” says Angela Bull, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd, General Manager Property Development. “We have been part of the Coromandel community for over 30 years and are delighted to have invested in the town with a Four Square the community can be proud of. We look forward to the store meeting all of our customers’ fresh food and grocery needs in a modern, easy to shop and convenient environment.”

Peter and Lesley Pritchard, owner-operators of Four Square Coromandel are looking forward to opening the new supermarket.

“We can’t wait to open the doors to our new store and bring Coromandel a brand new Four Square. We’ve loved being a part of the Coromandel community during our 12 years at the Kapanga Road store and the new Four Square will be a fantastic addition to the town. It has been a long wait and we would like to thank our customers for their support and patience. We’ll have plenty of car parking and easy access, with wider aisles, a greater range of fresh food and everyday products, and all the convenience and personal service our customers enjoy while shopping at Four Square,” says Peter Pritchard.
The new supermarket will employ 30 staff, creating six new jobs in the community.

The supermarket, located at 50 Wharf Road in Coromandel, will be officially opened on Tuesday 9 June at 8.15am by Scott Simpson, MP for Coromandel. Members of the public are welcome to attend the opening and be amongst the first people to shop at Four Square Coromandel.

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New Zealand: Four Square opens store in Coromandel

New Zealand: Four Square opens store in Coromandel

New Zealand: New World helps fund a modern nerve monitor for patients at Starship Children’s Hospital

New World has helped fund a leading-edge nerve monitor, which will improve surgical outcomes for patients at Starship Children’s Hospital.

NEW ZEALAND, 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starship Children’s Hospital received $51,000 of funding with help from the New Zealand-owned and operated supermarket for the NIM – NEURO 3.0 nerve monitor which enables Starship surgeons to perform surgery more accurately and safely, preventing long-term nerve damage and paralysis.

Starship surgeon Mr Michel Neeff performed an operation to fit seven-year-old patient James Marquardt with a cochlear implant in April, using the nerve monitor to ensure that he did not damage any facial nerves in the process.

“It’s very important to know where the facial nerves are and stop when you get too close because if you go on to injure one of the facial nerves then the patient might end up with a weak looking face.  We are very grateful to New World for funding this equipment and we now have the ability to use it on a lot of children,” says Mr Neeff.

James was diagnosed with Hunter Syndrome at four years of age and is believed to be one of only two children in New Zealand with the disease, which affects the body’s ability to break down sugar molecules, causing impaired organ and nerve function.

The family relocated from Christchurch to Auckland in 2013 to be closer to Starship as James will need further treatment in the coming years.

James’ mother Fiona Marquardt says, “James recently had the appointment to switch on the cochlear implant.  It was a good day in our journey with Hunter Syndrome, as we took another step forward in helping James have a normal life living with this disease. James has already had a bone marrow transplant and enzyme replacement therapy. This was the next thing on the list and we hope it will help him communicate better at school. For James he’s just excited to be able to hear his friends.”

New World became a Five Star Partner of the Starship Foundation in 2014 and its support has already made a big impact on Starship’s young patients and their families. As well as contributing to the funding of new equipment New World has funded the Hunger Provocation Programme trial which has successfully weaned three children off tube feeding and a Sonosite Ultrasound used for administering anaesthetic in paediatric patients.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director of Foodstuffs New Zealand, says he is thrilled to already see some tangible outcomes from the supermarkets partnership with the Starship Foundations.

“As a proud Kiwi business we are committed to being a positive active participant in the communities in which we operate and we are pleased that our sponsorship is able to make a real difference to so many New Zealand families.”

Chief Executive of the Starship Foundation, Brad Clark, says, “The support New World provides for our vulnerable Starship patients and their families is crucial to ensuring the best possible experience and outcomes.  We want to acknowledge and thank New World for their passionate support of our national children’s hospital.  We simply could not do what we do, without them”.

New Zealand: New World Browns Bay to open on Tuesday 17 March at 8.15am

The team at New World Browns Bay are completing the finishing touches, as the eagerly anticipated replacement supermarket gets ready to open on Tuesday 17 March at 8.15am.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-3-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — “We are thrilled to bring a brand new New World offering to Browns Bay,” says Angela Bull, Foodstuffs North Island General Manager, Property Development. “We have been part of the Browns Bay community for 43 years and have had incredible support and interest right from when our plans to build a replacement store were first announced. We are so excited to be able to open the doors to the 2,610sqm modern New World for our customers to enjoy. With 81 car parks, and access from both Anzac and Inverness Roads, the supermarket will allow our customers to do all their fresh food and grocery shopping in a modern and convenient environment.”

Garry Christini, owner-operator of New World Browns Bay is looking forward to opening the new supermarket.

“I can’t wait to open the doors to our new store and bring Browns Bay a brand new New World experience; giving our customers better supermarket choice and competition. I’ve loved getting to know the Browns Bay community through the Bute Road store and this is a great investment in the community. The store looks fantastic, with plenty of car parking and easy access. We’ll have plenty of natural light, with wide aisles, a greater range of fresh food and grocery products, and all the great prices and personal service our customers enjoy while shopping at New World,” says Christini.

The new supermarket will employ 130 staff, creating 70 new jobs in the community.

The supermarket, located at 21-23 Anzac Road in Browns Bay, will be officially opened on Tuesday 17 March 2015 at 8.15am by the Hon Murray McCully, MP for East Coast Bays. Members of the public are welcome to attend the opening and be amongst the first people to shop at New World Browns Bay.

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

New Zealand: New World announces winners of the inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards

Wellington, New Zealand, 2014-11-10— /EPR Retail News/ — The results of the inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards, which celebrate the diversity and high standard of beer and cider available from around New Zealand and overseas, have been announced today.

“As well as recognising the rapidly growing local beer and cider market, the New World Beer & Cider Awards were established this year to help make the decision process a little easier for consumers,” says Chair of Judges Neil Miller, who was recently named Beer Writer of the Year at the Brewers’ Guild of New Zealand Awards.

“Having that medal sticker on award-winning beer and cider in-store means people can try different styles with confidence that the brew is going to be a great example of its type.”

Recently, over two days in Wellington, a team of 12 industry leaders blind-tasted 351 beers and ciders from 56 breweries. Medals were awarded to the top scorers and resulted in 14 Best in Class, 32 Gold, 45 Silver and 77 Bronze winners. The Best in Class brews are:

Pale Ale – Epic Pale Ale
IPA & APA – Liberty Brewing Co. Yakima Monster
Strong Ale – Renaissance Brewing Company Stonecutter Scotch Ale
Speciality Ale – Bach Brewing Duskrider Red IPA
NZ Lager – Steinlager Classic
International Lager – Singha Premium Lager
Pilsner – Galbraith’s Special Edition Pilsner Czech Style
Speciality Lager – Wigram Brewing Co. Munchner Dunkel
Wheat Beer – Mac’s Great White Cloudy Wheat Beer
Stout & Porter – Three Boys Oyster Stout
Fruit, Flavoured & Specialty Beer – Garage Project VPA: Venusian Pale Ale
Lower Strength Beer – Tuatara ITI APA
Apple & Pear Cider – Zeffer Cider Co. Red Apple Cider
Fruit & Flavoured Cider – Old Mout Cider Feijoa & Cider

“I was incredibly impressed by not only the number, but the standard of entries from both new entrants and established players from all parts of the country and overseas,” says Neil Miller.

Each beverage was assessed against the style guide using the 50-point scoring system by a panel of four judges. The experienced and well respected judges included Kelly Ryan, Kieran Haslett-Moore, Stephanie Coutts, Joseph Wood, Hadyn Green, Mike Neilson, Colin Mallon, Greig McGill, Matt Warner, Jono Galuszka, Stephen Plowman and Shane Morley, with Craig Bowen as competition advisor.

The New World Beer & Cider Awards’ key point of difference from other competitions is that each of the 14 Best in Class brews must have 3,600 litres available around the time of results announcement, in order to ensure there is enough stock for New World customers nationwide. Even with this benchmark in place, Neil Miller believes the winning brews will sell out fast.

“Many of the winners are smaller, independent breweries from off the beaten track, which means that people will have to get in quick if they want to try some for themselves.”

All Best in Class brews are distributed and promoted in New World’s 136 supermarkets nationwide from 10 November, with full competition results available at newworld.co.nz/beerandcider.

“We’re now seeing more and more New Zealanders appreciating a great quality beer or cider just as much as they do a glass of wine. It’s fantastic that we can provided a competition much like our long-running New World Wine Awards to recognise and reward this growing sector,” says Steve Anderson, Managing Director, New World.

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New Zealand: New World announces winners of the inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards

New Zealand: New World announces winners of the inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards