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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

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 www.bagvote.co.nz 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 www.bagvote.co.nz.

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

Foodstuffs New Zealand launches new fleet of 100 percent electric vans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Foodstuffs stops selling microbead products in all stores

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Foodstuffs’ call to save Kiwi favourites Jaffas and Pineapple Lumps

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

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

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

We’re waiting! C’mon.

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

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

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Kiwi breweries and India Pale Ales win big at New World Beer & Cider Awards

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2017-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kiwi breweries and India Pale Ales (IPA) were the big winners at this year’s New World Beer & Cider Awards. New Zealand breweries won 10 out of the 12 classes while IPA took home nearly 20 per cent of the awards’ Gold medals.

Chair of the independent judges, beer writer and author Michael Donaldson says with so many strong entries selecting a Champion in each class was very difficult for the judging panel. A standout was the hotly contested IPA class with more than 70 entries from 45 breweries, which finally came down to technical excellence.

“IPA is the fastest growing sector in the brewing industry, so it’s a highly competitive class in any awards. There are so many techniques to brewing an IPA, different ways to use hops, malt structure, bitter-sweet balance, level of alcohol, all of these create varied flavour profiles which the judges have to assess.

“When it came to selecting the Champion from our five finalists, what stood out for the judges was the technical excellence of Epic’s Armageddon IPA. And it’s not for the first-time Armageddon has triumphed. This is the second year running that Armageddon has won best IPA in this competition, not to mention their other local and international awards. It’s now the benchmark for quality in the IPA category.”

Donaldson says the diversity of the winners illustrates the strength of the local brewing industry.

“We’ve got long-established brewers such as Hawke’s Bay Independent, whose Pure Lager was a revelation in the lager class, craft darlings ParrotDog, who produce a gem of a pilsner to win that class as well as relative newcomers such as Spark’s Brewing, whose Outlander Extra Stout has only been around for a couple of years but has already made a name for itself as one of the best in the country.”

He reserved special praise for Bach Brewing and Good George Brewing, who both took two Champion titles this year.

“Bach Brewing’s Witsunday Blonde IPA is a complex but approachable beer while their Driftwood Pale Ale packs in great flavour without being too high in alcohol. Good George showed there are plenty of ways to use hops, with a restrained dose in their very approachable Amber Ale to something different in their Drop Hop Cider.”

Donaldson says with the local craft brewing industry growing strongly there’s never been more competition for retail shelf space.

“These awards make Gold medal winners available in all New World stores nationwide. They help shoppers explore outside their comfort zone and give them the confidence to try the unfamiliar. When they choose a Gold medal beer or cider they can be sure it’s a very good drop.”

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd, says the New World Beer & Cider Awards are the only New Zealand awards that can give winners an instant boost in sales and brand visibility.

“All Gold medal winners are guaranteed distribution in New World stores,” says Anderson. “So being awarded a Gold medal in our competition guarantees a nationwide audience.”

“It gives us great pleasure to be able to support the local brewing industry, and in turn give our shoppers ready access to such fantastic, award-winning brews. That said, we know from previous years that there’s always huge demand for the winning beers and ciders, so anyone who’s keen to try them should get to their local New World to avoid missing out.”

More than 500 beers and ciders were entered by 81 local and international breweries. The entries were blind-judged by a panel of 19 independent expert judges using a collaborative method based on technical excellence, balance, mouthfeel, and most importantly, drinkability.

Champion and Gold winners will be available in New World stores nationwide from Monday 3 April. To see all the medal winners, please visit newworld.co.nz/goodstuff

Contact:

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

Source: Foodstuff NZ

New World Kaikoura gained an interesting insight into what customers buy in times of crisis

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the Kaikoura community tries to get back to some semblance of normality following last week’s earthquakes the team at New World Kaikoura have gained an interesting insight into what customers buy in times of crisis.

Steve Anderson, CEO, Foodstuffs South Island Ltd says, “While you’d expect water to be top of the list of must buys post-quake, it turns out the most sought after items are sweet, with over 3,400 packets of lollies and chocolates sold in the first seven days post-earthquake.”

“Water comes in second equal with biscuits, with both reaching approximately 3,200 units sold,” adds Anderson. “We saw similar trends following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. When people are faced with challenging conditions and a lack of power and amenities the types of food they are looking for, other than water, is high in energy, easy to carry, and requires zero preparation. This also explains why in the last seven days New World Kaikoura sold over 2,400 bags of potato chips.”

“After the Christchurch earthquake demand for beer and wine was strong due to the fact Cantabrians needed to restock their damaged liquor cabinets. Also, following such a high stress event the odd beer with friends and family is a good way to relax and find a bit normalcy,” says Anderson. “Beer sales have been strong in Kaikoura post-quake, but due to damaged stock and supply shortages wine sales are currently down.”

Demand for instant meals naturally increased sharply following Sunday night’s earthquake, in part potentially due to the lack of power and restricted access to houses, with many people cooking with gas perhaps on their BBQ’s. This meant the need for ‘one-pot’ meals that were quick and easy to prepare was critical. Sales of instant noodles, canned meals, packet and canned soups came in at around 2,400 units sold in Kaikoura.

“Canned vegetables were a necessity last week and in total around 2,200 cans of baked beans, spaghetti, peas and other veg were sold by our New World Kaikoura store,” says Anderson.

“The need for caffeine was high with sales of coffee outstripping tea by two to one,” continues Anderson. “And the sale of shelf stable milk products jumped up with over 1,300 canned and long life milk products sold over the course of the week.”

Customers pets were not forgotten, with over 1,600 units of pet food sold throughout the week.

While there was a marked absence of fresh grocery products such as milk, butter, cheese, fresh produce and meat, but thanks to a special helicopter delivery from Ewing Poultry, eggs were still on shelf throughout the week.

“I would personally like to thank Civil Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force who have worked tirelessly to assist us with ensuring the Kaikoura community has food, water and other essential items available at their local supermarket,” says Anderson.

Contact:

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

Source: Foodstuff NZ

Foodstuffs announces post earthquake store updates

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

Four Square Raglan to the rescue with much needed water

Updated on November 18/11/2016

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

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

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

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

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

Updated at 18/11/2016 15:06

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

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

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

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

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

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

New World Thorndon store access update

Updated at 17/11/2016 14:30

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

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

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

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

Kiwi spirit well and truly alive at New World Kaikoura

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

Updated at 17/11/2016 12:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bottled water availability in Wellington

Updated at 16/11/2016 15:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

New World Thorndon store access update

Updated at 16/11/2016 16:00

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

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

New World Kaikoura re-opens

Updated at 14/11/2016 17:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Store status as of Tuesday morning 9.00 am is;

Wellington region;

o   All stores are now open

Canterbury region;

o   New World Kaikoura (opened with stock limits)

o   Four Square Kaikoura (closed)

o   Henry’s Kaikoura (closed)

14 November 5.00pm

Store closure status is;

Wellington region

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

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

Canterbury region

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

14 November 9:00am

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

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

Wellington region

o   New World Railway
o   New World Porirua

Canterbury region

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

Contact:

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

Source: Foodstuff NZ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

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

Source: Foodstuff

PAK’nSAVE to raise funds for New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation thru its Pink Ribbon Appeal bag initiative

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — For a limited time PAK’nSAVE shoppers across the country can purchase a special pink reusable grocery bag for just $2. Not only will shoppers be ‘tickled pink’ with this cost effective and sustainable way to take their shopping home, but all proceeds from the PAK’nSAVE Pink Ribbon Appeal bag will go to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd. says the PAK’nSAVE team is proud to once again put its full support behind such an important cause.

“This is our second year supporting the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Last year we surpassed our expectations and donated over $72,000 to the Pink Ribbon Appeal, thanks to the wonderful support of our staff and customers. This year we are once again ‘PINK’nPROUD’ and I am confident we will see PAK’nSAVE Pink Ribbon Appeal bags in the hands of our customers across New Zealand.”

Not wanting to be left out, Stickman will show his support by making a bold style statement and pulling on his pink gumboots on TV screens for two weeks during October.

Evangelia Henderson, Chief Executive of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation says, “We are delighted to have PAK’nSAVE’s support during our Pink Ribbon Appeal. Breast cancer affects one in nine Kiwi women over the course of their lifetime. Our vision is zero deaths from breast cancer. With the support of companies like PAK’nSAVE, and the simple act of buying a pink reusable grocery bag you are helping us achieve this vision through pushing for new frontiers in early detection, supporting those with breast cancer, funding research, medical grants and advocacy.”

PAK’nSAVE is urging Kiwis to take action this October, by volunteering to the Pink Ribbon street appeal, or taking part in the Pink Ribbon Star Walks across the country. Also encouraging the ladies in your life to find out about the possible signs of breast cancer and to have a regular mammogram screening from the age of 40. Find our more from www.nzbcf.org.nz

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

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PAK’nSAVE to raise funds for New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation thru its Pink Ribbon Appeal bag initiative
PAK’nSAVE to raise funds for New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation thru its Pink Ribbon Appeal bag initiative

 

Source: Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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 www.newworld.co.nz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foodstuffs won gold for New World at the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Ends

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
sandy.trigg@networkcommunication.co.nz
021 231 9406 / 09 306 5811

PAK’nSAVE becomes the leading company to fundraise the most funds ever for Movember New Zealand

Stickman and PAK’nSAVE employees around New Zealand have helped to fundraise more than $100,000 and in doing so have now become the leading company to fundraise the most funds ever for Movember New Zealand.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — From the 1 of November, PAK’nSAVE staff across New Zealand have been growing their Mos, with Foodstuffs North Island going MO face-to-MO face against sister (or brother) company Foodstuffs South Island to see who can fundraise the MOst.

With 52 stores taking part, PAK’nSAVE Hastings was the leader of the pack raising more than $8,961, with the top ranking Mo Bro, store owner-operator, Brendon Smith.

Brendon says that he is chuffed to be the leading Mo Bro in the PAK’nSAVE network.

I’ve grown a Mo every Movember since it started, but I was determined for this year to be the best effort yet.” says Brendon.

I was lucky to have 25 staff who shared my enthusiasm. At the start of the month, we set the goal of raising the most. In addition to donation boxes at checkouts and staff Movember pages, the store donated $2 for every loaf of Quality Bakers bread bought during November.”

The top Mo Team in the South Island was PAK’nSAVE Hornby cracking the $4166 mark and the top rating Mo Bro was owner John Lee.

John, who usually sports a full moustache, started Movember clean shaven and half way through Movember, parted with half his Mo to raise extra funds. He also donated one dollar for every dollar staff and customers gave.

I’m stoked with the result. The whole team put in a tremendous effort and we raised far more than expected.”

The rivalry between the two islands has been a well fought battle, with the victor being the PAK’nSAVE North Island stores who raised: $35,333. However, the South Island stores with fewer than half the stores also put in a fantastic effort raising more than $15984. It was also a close battled for the amount per person raised with the South Island scraping in just ahead with $98.06 per person compared with $96.54 per person by the North Island stores.

The Foodstuff support centres also got involved in growing the best handle bar slugs, with a combined effort in excess of $32,000.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says that the efforts of everyone involved is to be commended.

The Foodstuffs family is a competitive bunch and this determination raised a lot of money to go towards the good work of the Movember Foundation. Importantly it also made us all think about men’s health – our own and the men in our lives”, he says.

Robert Dunn from Movember says, “We’re delighted to have PAK’nSAVE and Foodstuffs on board for the first time – it’s brilliant to see staff and customers embrace our cause wholeheartedly.

We are so grateful for the ongoing support from our sponsors; having large company’s such as Foodstuffs involved means we are able to talk to more men about the importance of their health.”

Family members, partners and wives will now be breathing a sigh of relief as the moustaches will now start to disappear from workplaces, supermarkets, Stickmen ads and homes across the country.

While Movember is now officially over, donations are still welcome and accepted nz.movember.com/donate

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Most Trusted Supermarket Brand 2015

Most Trusted Supermarket Brand 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to get your hands on the winning pies:

New World Greenmeadows, Napier

  • Supreme Award: Potato Top Pie $3.99

PAK’nSAVE Petone

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

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

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

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 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